By  on March 21, 2017
Raf Simons

It takes a lot to impress the jaded fashion flock — even at the beginning of the biannual show circus. But the run-up to Calvin Klein's fall runway show saw the preeners and the posers, the buyers and the bon vivants happily standing on line on a frigid February morning waiting to be ushered into the company's nondescript show space in the Garment District.

The reason for their excitement? The first glimpse of Raf Simons’ interpretation of the Calvin Klein Collection. Would the Belgian designer lean toward the underground edge of his signature men's wear line, which he launched in 1995 and which over the years has gained a cult following for its streetwear-inspired style? Would he go starkly minimal like he did while at Jil Sander? Or would he opt more for his Christian Dior days, where as artistic director he interpreted the famed French house's codes in a romantic yet modern manner?

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