As Calvin Klein issue an exclusive capsule collection of Hamptons inspired pieces onto Net-A-Porter, we can’t help but reminisce over classic Calvin moments of the past and present because this particular new drop features one of the American fashion megalith’s most notable contributions to the industry - the slinky bias-cut slip dresses. Created first by Calvin himself and now reworked for the present day by current creative director Francisco Costa, these sheaths are once again as popular as they were during the ‘90s, when Kate Moss wore little else, save for successorising with Johnny Depp.
Sketches from Net-A-Porter's exclusive capsule collection from Calvin Klein
Back in the day you will no doubt remember Gwyneth Paltrow being quite the fan but more recently the Calvin slip fan club has included Rooney Mara, Ashley Olsen, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson and Rihanna in a shorter, naughtier, scarlet-red version. ‘I mean, how gorgeous,’ the highly skilled Mr Costa says of RiRi at the 2012 GQ awards, ‘Calvin had done this kind of little dress for the film Clueless and it was just a “Clueless Moment” again. It’s totally cool and easy. Nothing to it, and you’ve never seen Rihanna like that.’
But the thing is, there is something to it. Lots of fabric research and pattern cutting time has been spent over the years to perfect such effortlessless. For example, when Jennifer Lawrence caught the world’s attention in a jaw-dropping red Calvin Klein gown for the Academy Awards in 2011, the seemingly easy dress had ingenious structuring on the inside to further enhance her luscious curves. ‘She rocks up in this dress and looks so sexy, so confident, so beautiful. At these awards you expect glitz, but instead, she did this against all the odds.’ And that’s just it; wearing such an understated dress shows more than trend smarts, but self-assurance.