CALVIN KLEIN X PALACE WAS NOT ON OUR BINGO CARDS

CALVIN KLEIN X PALACE WAS NOT ON OUR BINGO CARDS

by Stella Hughes
2 min
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It may be a new year, but the collaborations keep coming thick and fast. After being teased with a trailer featuring Joan Collins that many brushed off as an April Fool’s joke, things started getting serious as Palace and Calvin Klein showcased their collaborative logo – the Palace tri-ferg with Calvin Klein branding written within. Welcome to CK1 Palace.

Then came the billboard in NYC, alongside Calvin Klein debuting the collaborative logo on its socials – the rumours appear to have been true. Launching today, the collab is described as “anything but ordinary – a celebration of individuality and inclusion”. Although Calvin Klein’s minimal chic may be questioned when paired with the skate aesthetic that Palace pushes, the collection  actually makes a lot of sense.

For the drop, each label’s design DNA has been considered and worked into the garments. From Palace’s side, we see playful graphics, nostalgia and relaxed silhouettes, all translated onto signature CK materials – denim, tees, fleeces and of course underwear. The collection also marks Palace’s first foray into underwear, and the two keep things grounded with a predominantly neutral colour palette.

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We see the collab logo on these more minimal offerings, as well as some standout pieces like basketball jerseys, baggy shorts and jersey crewnecks. Here, Palace’s influence is clear – reworking traditional tropes of sportswear into something fresh. As a nod to Calvin’s American heritage and Palace’s roots in skate culture, the brands have also tapped the longtime Palace collaborator – Vans – to create a limited run of “calvans.” The designs showcase a custom, dedicated logo repeated across the classic authentic skate sneaker.

Dropping via a star-studded campaign, the two brands have gone all out, even remixing the classic CK One fragrance into a unisez, playful scent. Speaking on the move, Palace’s founder Lev Tanju stated that he feels “so lucky to launch our first ever fragrance with Calvin Klein…CK One disrupted the status quo and to be able to make a new version of it in a Palace way has been a dream.” The limited-edition CK1 Palace fragrance reimagines the original citrus scent to include oakmoss, violet and mandarin. Cop the collection on both brands’ websites from today.

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