Calvin Klein Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Calvin Klein Spring 2013 RTW

THEME: Minimal but striking

HAIR: Guido Palau

MAKEUP: Pat McGrath

ACCESSORIES: The fewer the better


And this is how you end fashion week: not with a bang, but with an understated, architectural display of clean classics. Boring? Not in the least.

Francisco Costa's roster of black and white numbers, give or take a couple of variations on ivory and just one subtle mint dress, was predictably streamlined and unfussy.

No patterns, a few playful textures, but as always, the simplicity managed to ooze sex appeal.

Even the most flamboyant of dressers might be rethinking their affinity for bold patterns and vision-blurring colors. Put down the pink, banish the dots: solid black and white have never been so tasteful and smoldering.

Deep bustier cuts and sheer, gauzy layers gave a hearty peekaboo, while A-lines and cropped pantsuits were the epitome of figure flattery on the models who lapped around the whole periphery of the runway. Slightly mussed hair, vaguely post-coital, and clean faces—now is not the time for a crimson lip or avant-garde eyes—were blank palettes against the striking pieces.   

We know about tennis elbow, but is there such a thing as camera elbow? We might have it. We never put our iPhone down, trying to document every look. Each one was better than the last.

FRONT ROW: Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Diane Kruger