“New York, sleek, Tina Chow.” Those were Francisco Costa’s bullet points after his Calvin Klein Collection show this afternoon. Like last season, Costa’s message today was about knitwear. But where back in February he was thinking warm and cozy, sending the models out in flat, lug-sole boots, here the look was bare and elongated. In their Lucite platform sandals, with metal belts cinched high on the waist Empire-style over tunic-length tanks and longer skirts, or the occasional pair of swingy culottes, the models were skyscraper tall, as narrow as a sliver.
There are plenty of us who would like to look like that, but Costa’s knits have other advantages. They’ll feel good against the skin: formfitting but not constricting. Sweater dressing was one of the key messages of New York fashion week, and knits make particular sense at this label.