Calvin Klein Fall 2011 Review

Calvin Klein Fall 2011 RTW

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Calvin Klein Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Calvin Klein (See the full runway collection.)

HAIR: Guido Palau

MAKEUP: Pat McGrath

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: A textural and voluminous approach to minimalism

Saying Calvin Klein's Fall collection was minimal is like saying the sky is blue or that the last day of Fashion Week is often the most difficult. This is not news. What is interesting and intriguing is the way Francisco Costa plays with the mission of the house, adding in textures, working with volume and fabrics to create something different each season.

For Fall, Costa offered up the It fabrics of the week: alpaca, cashmere, shearling and silk, giving simple sheaths and shirtdresses new textures. Parchment leather added a sheen to pants and pantsuits while a soft, camel-hued lambskin funnel dress draped the body perfectly.

The outerwear—a staple for the house—came in a mix of cashmere and leather, and was collarless in keeping with the modern approach. A slate gray look was particularly well done.

Volume was showcased via a black silk bouclé dress that was the pinnacle of the collection. Bold and billowy, it managed to maintain the concept of bare sophistication that Calvin Klein prides itself on.

Though the collection continued in the spare mode we've come to expect, the new textures, fabrics and silhouettes allowed for movement, the series of shift dresses catching the light as the models walked.