Si­mons takes a bite out of fash­ion

Mod­els walked to the score of the Spiel­berg’s clas­sic Jaws

Tillsonburg News - - LIFE - Jo­ce­lyn noveck

new yorK — Since ar­riv­ing in new york two years ago to re­vi­tal­ize Calvin Klein with his hip euro­pean sen­si­bil­ity, it’s of­ten seemed that de­signer raf Si­mons has taken an over­sized bite of the city’s fash­ion world.

it’s per­haps apt, then, that his lat­est col­lec­tion should be a riff on the movie Jaws.

the bel­gian de­signer makes no se­cret of his ob­ses­sion with cin­ema, of­ten ref­er­enc­ing ob­scure euro­pean films as in­spi­ra­tion for his work. but after tues­day ’s Jaw­sthemed run­way show, it was clear that Si­mons loves him­self a good hol­ly­wood block­buster too.

“it’s a mas­ter­piece on all lev­els,” Si­mons de­clared after­ward of Steven Spiel­berg’s 1975 film. “and i think it speaks about so much more than a shark that kills a per­son.”

in his three pre­vi­ous Calvin Klein shows, Si­mons has riffed in var­i­ous ways on the amer­i­can land­scape. in Fe­bru­ary, he even built a land­scape out of pop­corn (some at­ten­dees are prob­a­bly still find­ing ker­nels in their shoes). For this, his fourth, Si­mons turned not to land, but to sea.

as the lights dimmed, two enor­mous screens, tak­ing up two full walls, lit up with a view of the glis­ten­ing blue ocean, where a lone swim­mer skimmed along the sur­face. peace­ful enough — un­til those un­mis­tak­able, pul­sat­ing, ter­ri­fy­ing notes from the Jaws theme started play­ing on the sound­track.

Si­mons’ mod­els emerged, with wet hair and glis­ten­ing skin, al­most all wear­ing ver­sions of wet­suits, fash­ion­ably un­fas­tened and folded over at the waist. the wet­suits — some black, some pat­terned — served as a uni­fy­ing theme for an eclec­tic set of en­sem­bles. Some mod­els wore Jaws tanks or tees; oth­ers wore more dressy items like black pants or printed sum­mer dresses.

and many wore tas­selled grad­u­a­tion caps, and robes — be­cause Si­mons was also riff­ing on the grad­u­ate.

Some­where along the way, things turned sin­is­ter. women in comfy sweaters and pretty pat­terned skirts headed down the run­way, only to re­veal that large bites had been taken out of the skirts.

So who, or what, was the shark? Si­mons said the shark sim­ply rep­re­sented dan­ger.

“Very of­ten we are at­tracted to things that we ac­tu­ally know are dan­ger­ous,” he said. “but we can’t stay away from it, i think.”

Si­mons said his mes­sage wasn’t po­lit­i­cal, at least not di­rectly, but that he wanted to point out that “dis­as­ters hap­pen but then they turn again into beauty, and beauty is around us and it can of­ten turn into dis­as­ter.”

Si­mons said he had al­ways wanted to do some­thing with Jaws.

“i’m fas­ci­nated with how some­body’s cre­ation can be a mas­ter­piece no mat­ter if it’s un­der­ground or com­mer­cial, whether it’s for a big au­di­ence or a small au­di­ence.”

Angela weiss/aFP/GeTTy im­AGes Pho­Tos

A model walks the run­way at the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Spring 2019 Men’s and Women’s run­way show dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week on Tues­day in New York City.

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