Calvin Klein and Zac Posen show very different NY style

12 September 2008

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It would be hard to imagine two designers more diametrically opposed than Francisco Costa, who designs Calvin Klein, and Zac Posen. These were the two big hitters in the Thursday schedule of New York fashion week. Costa, who is in his fifth year as creative director of the house which has just celebrated 40 years in business, heads up one of America's most famous fashion brands. He shows his collection in a starkly minimalist space: a style that was pioneered by Calvin, his predecessor and founder of the label. Today's presentation of the spring/summer line was about manipulating fabrics, origami style, into shapes that are so complicated they defy logic. When the shapes were executed within the bounds of a classic shift dress or kimono coat shape, it looked intriguingly modern and you can just imagine those mavens of the Museum of Modern Art snapping them up to wear to their next (Julian) Schnabel or (Damien) Hirst opening. It was very cerebral, smart and thoughtful.

Posen, on the other hand, is all chutzpah and in-your-face attitude. His company is owned by P Diddy and his front row was a stellar turnout of everyone from Lauren Hutton to Juliette Lewis, Ugly Betty's kid brother to P Diddy's mom. And the models stomped down the catwalk in a blaze of leopard-print chiffon and hair extensions. Posen was clearly not after the intellectual market. The corseted, jewelled dresses and ruched swimwear are destined for a market keener on dancing than debating. Mind you, artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel was there in the front row and clearly riveted by the spectacle. So who knows? Maybe that's what the modern art maven is actually wearing these days.  
- By Paula Reed, Grazia's style director
 
So which will YOU be wearing - minimalistic Calvin Klein or more in-your-face Zac Posen? Tell us below, plus view and rate more pictures from each show.


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