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NYFWM: NBA Stars Step Out for Calvin Klein's Presentation

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Italo Zucchelli

NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, L.A. Lakers' Nick Young and British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton were among those at Calvin Klein Collection's L.A.-inspired menswear show.

"The collection is inspired by the staples of the American wardrobe, but I wanted to express them in a new way," said Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein Collection’s men’s creative director, at the spring 2016 presentation on Tuesday afternoon during CFDA's first men's New York Fashion Week.

The "Graphic Heatwave" collection, which was first presented in Milan, showcased palm tree printed T-shirts (inspired by L.A. artist Ed Ruscha), khaki pants, and jeans, which had Velcro detachable pockets and were made of jacquard instead of denim.

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"I like familiar things, but then doing something unfamiliar to them," Zucchelli explained. "It’s what I end up doing to every collection — reinterpret things that are familiar."

Guests included L.A. Lakers guard Nick Young, NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow and two of the eight CFDA chosen NYFWM ambassadors, British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton and Bravo's Andy Cohen, who enjoyed being able to get up close with the mannequin-displayed collection.

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"As much as I miss seeing the parade of male models, there is something wonderful about touching the clothes and really check it out," said Cohen. "Calvin [Klein Collection] is just simple, clean, cool staples."

FROM LEFT: Victor Cruz, Nick Young, Italo Zucchelli, Andre Iguodala and Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Jr. (whose "first real music video" for the single "Slow" was based on infamously banned '90s Calvin Klein ads) is building a relationship with the brand. "I’ve been wearing their clothes for a while now, and I wore a bunch for our last performance on [Late Show With David] Letterman," he said, clad in head-to-toe Calvin Klein Collection. "I got introduced to the team yesterday, and they invited me to this."

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With his cool, laid back demeanor, Lewis Jr. easily falls into Zucchelli’s idea of the "classic Calvin Klein man."

"The Calvin Klein man is confident, at ease with himself," the designer said. "Someone who wears the clothes — the clothes aren’t wearing him."

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