It’s been a minute since we’ve seen two powerhouse fashion brands come together in such an exceptional way. Uniting Calvin Klein’s tenacious minimalism along with Palace’s irreverent leisure style, CK1 Palace brings a shared vision of expression and self-empowerment. With garments built for the every day, the collection according to a press release is “anything but ordinary. A celebration of individuality and inclusion”. Considering the photoshoot stars celebrities as wide-reaching as Willem Dafoe, Precious Lee and Dame Joan Collins, it’s hard to argue,
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At first glance, the collection marries Palace’s playful aesthetics with essential Calvin Klein silhouettes. From signature underwear, denim, and tees, this marks a new beginning for Palace’s offerings. Speaking of firsts, the garments feature a custom symbol that combines Calvin Klein’s standard logo with Palace’s iconic tri-ferg. Taking on the classic palette emblematic of Calvin Klein, items come in a neutral range of black, grey, white, wheat, and quarry. The collection also takes on unisex silhouettes to challenge the notion of traditional sportswear. Oversized basketball jerseys create immense range, while baggy shorts are seen on a variety of models. A selection of socks and sweatshirts also make the cut.
We also can’t forget to mention the phenomenal craftsmanship that has gone into the collection’s denim. Meticulously engineered in a number of shades, the fabric is meant to purposefully fade with washes while retaining modern design details. We get a true sense of 90s with the refined jeans. Both short and full-length options pay testament to the enduring fashion age.
“From our first conversation, there was such a natural connection and a mutual appreciation and understanding of one another’s brand vision and DNA,” said Jacob Jordan, global chief merchant, head of product strategy & new product ventures at Calvin Klein. “It’s been really exciting and inspiring for me to see how people outside of Calvin Klein interpret the brand and its history. With Palace, the story we wanted to tell came to life quite naturally and we had a ton of fun working on it. I hope people will see that energy in the campaign and the products we created together.”
With that creative synergy, the brands have also tapped frequent Palace collaborator Vans to create a limited run of “Calvans”. As a nod to Calvin’s American heritage, and Palace’s roots in skate culture, the custom design features the dedicated logo across the staple sneaker.
Lastly, the collaboration also ventures into the world of fragrance crafting the first-ever remix of the classic CK One Fragrance. The evocative unisex scent finds transformation by infusing Palace’s playful sensibilities. The Limited Edition CK1 Palace Fragrance has delicate modifications, like sparkling notes of frosted mandarin. Other tones include violet leaf for a floral ripple, while oakmoss adds a layer of warmth to the earthy base.
It’s pretty clear that Calvin Klein and Palace have designed a collaboration that reflects progressive approaches in both streetwear and fragrance. The collection is available now at Palace London, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo stores. If you’d like to check out the release online, see below.