Calvin Luo likes to spin temporal references. His collections have explored the subcultures of ‘50s-era Americana, the dazzling ‘70s, a “Virgin Suicides” tainted ‘90s suburban America and most recently women spies of the Second World War. From these vignettes always emerge a strong woman with an inspirational man at her side.
New York City of the late ‘80s and early ’90s is the backdrop for Calvin Luo’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection. While the fashion of both decades could not be further apart, the transition from power dresser and punk to grunge and “denim all”, captivated Luo’s attention.
Thus we see proportions at play and Calvin shows exaggerated volumes transitioning into studied minimalism with a layered line up of his signature wool coats and jackets, multi straps dresses and tees, strong denim and colorful knitwear, now juxtaposed with vinyl and sequins – a nod to the excesses of New York City in the ‘80s.
Calvin Luo continues to tell the story of a strong independent woman, enhanced in femininity, now accompanied by a man confident in celebrating her.