Zoe Saldana, Kerry Washington, and most recently Emily Blunt at the Met Gala are just a few of the celebrities who don Francisco Costa's minimally chic collection for Calvin Klein, and now you can get a piece of Francisco's genius designs for much less. Today, we got a preview of Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein (Francisco's first ever diffusion collection), exclusively available at Macy's on May 15, and believe us when we say the line is every bit as chic as the designer's main collection. "It's a good price, great design," said Costa. "One of the inspiration points came from the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo, which was really inspirational because there was a picture of a sunset picture, and the sun was just hitting the pavement. It was so significant to me and that's where the color palette came from . . . The fabric is so nice, very versatile, and easy to wear during the day, to the office, and into the evening." One touch of the fabric and you will not believe that each dress only costs from $135 to $180. "If you think of Jennifer Lawrence in her red dress at the Oscars, this is basically it, what it represents," said Costa. Check out the slideshow to see the collection — additional colors like guava, warm cocoa, and iron are not included in the lookbook, but will be available upon launch — right now, then remember to check out Macy's in stores or online on May 15 and nab a dress, or two, before they sell out fast.
Francisco Costa brings his clean-lined Calvin Klein minimalism to Macy's this month with a limited-edition capsule collection of dresses in architectural shapes and sunset hues — all inspired by his home country of Brazil.
The collection of jersey and crepe pieces — titled Francisco Costa For Calvin Klein — will be priced from $135 to $180 and is part of the retailer's "A Magical Journey to Brasil" Spring initiative. "The collection really represents Calvin Klein; its really light, its really well-made, and the price is really right." Costa told us. "It's always a challenge but very exciting to design within a different block. It's good that we can bring our collection product to a much larger audience."
Francisco Costa For Calvin Klein hits Macy's and macys.com May 15. Click through for a peek at pieces from the collection.
At left, Costa backstage at the Calvin Klein Collection Fall 2012 show; Greg Kessler
Francisco Costa Models, Natalia Vodianova Defends Her "Skinny" Comments, and Opening Ceremony Pops Up in London
- Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa landed his first modeling assignment with the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Costa will star in a campaign advertising the organization's new "São Paolo for the Cure!" t-shirts, set to debut tomorrow in his native Brazil. He's joined in the campaign by fellow Brazilians Luciana Casta and Raquel Zimmermann. [Daily Front Row]
- Natalia Vodianova took flak for saying "It's better to be skinny than to be fat" at this past weekend's Vogue festival, and today she responded to the criticism on her Facebook page, explaining that her original comment was designed to make people laugh. "If I was giving a speech I would have chosen my words more carefully of course," she wrote. [The Cut]
- Opening Ceremony will open its first London store — a pop-up shop — to celebrate the start of the 2012 Olympic games this July. When the games are over, the store will move to a permanent spot on King Street in the Covent Garden neighborhood. "Bringing Opening Ceremony to Covent Garden is an important next step in the growth of our company," said founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. [Catwalk Queen]
- The Food and Drug Administration will start monitoring what goes into beauty products sold in the United States by creating a mandatory ingredient registry next year. Current law allows beauty companies to report their ingredients voluntarily, and there are only 10 ingredients that are banned from domestic products. In the European Union, tighter beauty industry regulations have banned some 1,200 ingredients. [Refinery29]
- Richemont, owner of luxury jewelers and watchmakers like Cartier and IWC, won a momentous infringement case against a company that registered the trademark for Vacheron Constantin — Richemont's oldest watch brand — in Russia and sold clothes under that label. The outcome of the case means that a well-known trademark in one country can't be taken and reregistered in another country, because it can confuse consumers and harm the original trademark holder's reputation. "This is a landmark case with worldwide implications," said Richemont chief counsel Frederick Mostert. [Material World]
Photo: Natalia Vodianova walks during Stella McCartney's Fall 2012 show.
>>You've seen the pictures from Wednesday evening's event — now here's a video that will make you really wish you were there. Put together by Swarovski — who is underwriting the awards for the 11th year in a row now — the video reads like a who's who of the industry. Among those who make cameos? Well, there's Carolina Herrera, Johan Lindeberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som, Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Pamela Love, Stefano Tonchi, Virginia Smith, Garance Doré, and Scott Schuman — just to name a few. There's also lots of head-nodding, air-kissing, champagne-drinking, and general good times being had all around.
Considering this morning's news that Occupy Wall Street protesters were planning to shut down the show, it was nice to see that Calvin Klein's Fall runway presentation went off without a hitch. Francisco Costa showed pieces that prove you can be sexy without showing off absolutely everything — the designer sent loose, hourglass-shaped frocks and pleated pants down the runway, sticking to a chic, sensible color palette of black and off-white with a few pops of red thrown in. The perfect wardrobe for working women — or the girl who wants to invest in one piece to wear forever — Costa's Fall collection was decidedly modern, with a hint of mystery and subtle seduction. Get the breakdown below.
- Trends: Textured wool, leather panels, hourglass silhouettes.
- Colors: Black, bone, red.
- Key Piece: The poppy-hued, wool-mohair collarless coat cinched with a simple silver belt.
- Accessories: Modern, minimalistic waist belts; classic court shoes.
- Who Would Wear It: Feminine, minimalist types; Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rooney Mara (who sat front row).
>> Francisco Costa built volume — and a nice dose of structure — into his Fall 2012 collection for Calvin Klein. There was a strong showing of dresses, most of which came full-skirted, long-sleeved, and cinched at the waist. Silhouettes were covered-up and slightly '50s, but pressed mohair, "technical" wool, glazed cashmere, and pebbled leather provided plenty of texture and edge. The result was forward-thinking, ladylike — and powerfully sexy.
Francisco Costa took the brand's signature minimalism to a sexy place for Spring 2012. There were whisper-thin slip dresses that hugged the body, done in black or nude tones, and suiting cut to show a hint of lingerie. We'll be back shortly with our full review, but for now, check out the full collection in our slideshow. To see the clothes in live motion, watch our runway video!
>> Some of Calvin Klein's most recent memorable red carpet moments have involved vivid colors or metallic sheen, but neither were present in Francisco Costa's Resort 2012 collection, which is instead washed in a sea of white, black, navy, and icy gray. Monochrome the collection may be, but not monotonous: the finale halter dresses earned more than a few fans as the models clomped by in their white-soled sandal flatforms.