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A Sneak Peek At Francisco Costa's Affordable Collab With Macy's

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If you love Francisco Costa's designs, but have never been able to afford his elegant, minimalist clothing, your time has come. The Women's Creative Director of the Calvin Klein Collection recently announced that he's launching a limited edition capsule dress line for the Macy's "A Magical Journey to Brasil" campaign, and we got a sneak peek of the collection that will be hitting stores next Tuesday, May 15. Best of all: Prices will run a reasonable $135-$185.

Yesterday, we spoke to the handsome Brazilian-born designer about his work and he explained to us his inspiration for the collection's pure lines and clean shapes, as well as its color palette of guava, orange clay, warm cocoa, marble, cement, steel, iron, and black.

I started thinking about this Brazilian architecture that I've always loved so much, and a particular picture of the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paolo was significant to the color palette. In it you see the pavement, you see the cement, you see all those colors, then you see the juxtaposition with the sun kissed colors on it. It's cold and warm. Many of the collection's sleek pieces include the minimalist embellishment of a slim belt or shoulder straps with silver tone clasps. Costa shared that these were also inspired by the art museum's architecture. "It's the rail of metal at the museum. It all ties together. It's very sweet, very feminine, yet adds a touch of the metal."

Before we left, we were curious to learn what the designer's first memory of the Calvin Klein brand was, back when he was growing up in Brasil. It turned out to be Klein's first legendary and controversial advertising campaign.

Yeah, Brooke Shields. It's so amazing how ahead of his time he was. He was already catering to celebrities at the time, which nobody was doing. He started the whole thing. It was genius. · Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa Is Doing a Capsule for Macy's, and It Is Inspired by the Brazilian Sunset [Racked]
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· Macy's [Official Site]