Calvin Klein's High-Tech Threads

Luigi Tadini

CFDA-award winner and Calvin Klein's men's creative director Italo Zuchelli continues to juxtapose the traditional shapes we've come to expect of the house with new and mind-bending high-tech materials. For Fall 2010, Zuchelli left shapes precise and palettes monochromatic with an impressive selection of architectural suits, jackets and button downs in tones of bark, onyx, iron and olive greens. Masculine silhouettes were only tweaked at the neckline in the form of turtlenecks, ribbed stiff hoods and soft crew cuts. But it's Zuchelli's skill for improbable fabric blends that stood out -- suede and denim combinations transformed into sport jackets; iron-embossed nylon threads sewn into classic trench coats; and the highlight, suits made entirely of Mylar elastic, a polyester-like film usually used to produce product packaging. The unquestionable secret to this designer's success is his unmatchable ability to transform the toughest of materials into elegant body conscious garments.

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