I was at Marshall Fields yesterday, and was happy to see that they carry the new collections by Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. I'll start off with Calvin. Â I am under the impression that this replaces the cheaper CK line. Â Calvin Klein Collection will still be made, and is his runway line. Â Anyway, Calvin Klein was fairly nice. Â The quality didn't seem extraordinary, nor did the materials. Â Designs were pretty nice - fairly minimalistic - lots of pale pastels, blacks, whites, and neuturals. Â Designs were on the conservative side, though some pieces were nice. Â Shirts were $50-80, pants $70-90. Â I would buy this on sale, I wouldn't pay close to the full retail for it. Michael by Michael Kors - what a disapointment. Â I had heard some hype to this, but was very unimpressed at the actual garments. Â Shirt quality was on par with Hugo Boss, but slacks/jackets/suits were far below that. Â Some of the shirts were okay, nice striped patterns, and there was one light blue shirt in a nice twill (100% cotton, but thick and slightly shimmery). Â Prices for shirts were $70-90. Â The slacks and suits were the worst. Â The material felt very artificial, and coarse. Â The jackets and slacks felt like they had been dry cleaned and pressed 10 times. Â There was one interesting coat - a tan safari-style coat with several cargo pockets on it. Â However, it looked as though it was trying too hard. Â Too many pockets and zippers. Also, the 'signature' touch for the Michael line was orange thread. Â The shirts had some of the buttons (either cuff buttons, collar buttons, or the bottom shirt button - I can't remember) sewn in the orange thread, and the pants and casual jackets also had details/stitching done in orange thread. Â The worst thing was that on the suits, the jackets had their sleeve buttons sewn on with the bright orange thread. Â This would be fine for a very casual jacket, but I was under the impression these suits were meant for office wear. Â The orange was way too much. Â Anyone else care to comment?
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8/4/04 at 4:56pm