Designers Dish, Cannes Edition: Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa

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Rooney Mara and Francisco Costa

Before hitting up the Calvin Klein and IFP bash Thursday night, we chatted with Costa, the women's creative director of Calvin Klein Collection, about working with Rooney Mara, among other gems.

In Cannes for the annual Calvin Klein Women Celebrate Film party with the Independent Film Project (IFP) -- this year honoring Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts and Lupita Nyong'o -- the designer talked to The Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the brand's fourth annual event May 16.

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Rooney Mara is the face of Calvin Klein's Downtown fragrance. What is it like working with her?

Rooney has a pure yet edgy sense of style. She knows herself very well, and she is very self-assured.

What was behind the choice of the Parc Camille Amelie location?

We like to choose a different location each year that we hope will surprise our guests. We like to find unique venues, and we don't like to use the same locations.

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Your fall and pre-fall collections have a lot of knits in them and texture: fuzzy chunky knits, fuller trousers, unique footwear. What was your inspiration?

I focused on cozy yet luxurious knitwear. The charming silhouettes and youthful naivete seen throughout were inspired by photographer Loretta Lux's portraits of children. I also explored a lot of unique and innovative textures, which were influenced by the soft and plush subjects of Mike Kelley's nostalgic works.

This interview first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Cannes Daily Day 2.