What Francisco Costa Taught Us About Minimalism

Style lessons from the departing Calvin Klein designer

Keep It Interesting
20 Apr 2016

Keep It Interesting

Simple doesn’t have to be boring, evidently. Costa’s debut collection elevates the basic slip dress into a fascinating piece with origami-like, textural details.

Photo: SS04

Go With The Flow
20 Apr 2016

Go With The Flow

Airy, flowy silhouettes add a touch of ethereal romanticism to your look. Best of all, they feel as comfortable as they are sexy.

Photo: FW06

Suits Me Fine
20 Apr 2016

Suits Me Fine

Precision is the key to good tailoring, and Costa excels at refining details – the slightly built-up shoulders of this blazer give the suit a more structured and powerful silhouette.

 Photo: FW09

Look For Innovative Fabrics
20 Apr 2016

Look For Innovative Fabrics

The crinkled, shiny finish of this velvet dress may resemble old upholstery, but Costa gives it a refreshing upgrade with a bold, citrus hue.

Photo: FW09

Give Your LBD A Break
20 Apr 2016

Give Your LBD A Break

A white gown can be equally stunning - just look at Diane Kruger’s elegant, figure-hugging piece she wore to the Met Gala in 2010.

A Peep Of Skin Is Incredibly Sexy
20 Apr 2016

A Peep Of Skin Is Incredibly Sexy

Rose Bryne turned heads at the 2013 Emmy Awards with this super flattering and subtly sexy pink number.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Prints
20 Apr 2016

Don’t Be Afraid Of Prints

You can still look minimalist in patterns – just pick a classic print, such as plaid, and keep the lines simple for a polished finish.

Photo: FW16

Glam Up With Shine
20 Apr 2016

Glam Up With Shine

Saoirse Ronan’s simple, strappy gown at the 2016 Academy Awards was transformed into a sparkly stunner with intricate beading and impeccable cut.

After more than a decade at the helm of American fashion juggernaut Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa announced today that he will be leaving the label. Throughout his 13-year tenure as creative director of the womenswear line, Costa adhered to the minimalist aesthetic of brand, while reviving the label with a refreshing, muted colour palette and figure-flattering tailoring. Click through the gallery above for the most important style lessons we picked up from Costa’s interpretation of minimalist style.

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