205W39NYC x Andy Warhol Foundation Indigo Denim Jacket
A fashion stalwart since 1968, New York brand Calvin Klein is synonymous for classic silhouettes and iconic Americana. In 2016 with the appointment of Belgian designer Raf Simons’ (Jil Sander, Dior) as its Chief Creative Officer, the former high-end ready-to-wear Calvin Klein Collection transformed into 205W39NYC.
Simons designed four menswear collections for the label, parting ways with the company less than two years later. Three months after Simons’ departure was announced, Calvin Klein reported it was not only forgoing the replacement of 205W39NYC, but it was also shuttering ready-to-wear altogether.
From the Spring 2018 collection, this indigo denim jacket with metal button-front closure features a repeating print of Sandra Brant – from Andy Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series; a darker study following his Campbell’s Soup Cans. Brant, who was a co-producer of the Karl Lagerfeld-starring 1973 Warhol/Paul Morrissey film “L’Amour”, alongside her then-husband publishing magnate Peter Brant, went on to run the business side of the Warhol-founded Interview magazine from 1989-2003.
“[Andy] had a kind of uncanny skill to blur the lines between the interviewer and the interviewee; and therefore the insider and the outsider,” Brant said on a panel at the Dia Art Foundation in 2018, sitting adjacent to Simons himself.
With this jean jacket, Simons broodingly blends utilitarian outerwear with pop art for the collection he casually quipped to Vogue as “American horror, American dreams” — a strong statement piece, especially if you can cop the matching pants.
MATERIAL: 100% COTTON