PHOTOS: Minimalism & ’90s Platforms At Calvin Klein

What to say about Calvin Klein that hasn’t already been said? Francisco Costa‘s minimalist-with-a-textured-twist take on fall clothing was signature CK, but with baggier proportions and unabashedly ’90s platform shoes.

As always, Calvin Klein put on two mid-afternoon shows on the final day of fashion week and in a twist of fate that we will forever and always refer to as a bank error in our favor, we got invited to the first one — which means celebs, celebs, celebs, and plenty of fashion star-wattage front row. (That said, Andre Leon Talley made it to the second showing, which is nothing to sniff at.) The problem (if you’re someone trying to report on the front row at runway shows) with Calvin Klein’s figure eight runway set-up, however, is that they seat their big guns in the middle aisle, which is typically blocked by two imposing security guards in black suits. And as brave as we are, we just can’t seem to make it past them. That said, we know for a fact (and via photo evidence) that Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana, and Kate Bosworth were this year’s guests of honor and, boy, did they look good.

Our second (!) row seat put us directly across from the ELLE crew (Hi Joe Zee! Hi Roberta Myers!) and behind socialite-cum-fashion-correspondent Fabiola Beracasa. A seat set aside for Zani Gugelmann was quickly filled with Annabel Tollman as the lights went down, but lest you think Gugelman was a no-show, we spotted her in the doorway a few minutes later. Fashion waits for no one!

The clothes were a mod take on last season’s minimalism — Calvin Klein’s perennial area of expertise — though with muted colors and vibrant textures of alpaca cashmere, metallic jacquard, and double-faced lambskin. The models were styled with nude faces and awesomely inspiring bedhead ponytails that make us feel a lot better about our unkempt tresses.

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