Selected by Francisco Costa:
Clean Lines, Sensual Textures, and Modern Shapes
With his sharp eye for shape, proportion, and the almost invisible touches that can make subtlety stunning, Francisco Costa could be a daunting presence at a housewarming party. But the Brazilian-born fashion designer, who has served as women’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection since 2003, has a way of instantly putting people at ease, and so not only attended the recent opening festivities for The Apartment by The Line – Los Angeles but also served as charming co-host—and took time to select some favorite pieces.
Rarely more than a few days away from his next flight, Costa was immediately drawn to travel essentials: a black cashmere throw and sleep mask tucked into a pouch that doubles as an airline-sized pillow cover (“everything you need for a comfortable flight”) and Rodin’s new, carry-on-friendly cleanser (“a must for smooth and flawless skin”). The clean lines and sensual textures he favors at Calvin Klein extend to his taste in furnishings. “I love the idea of casually throwing this luxurious sheepskin over an ultra-modern seating area,” said Costa, pairing a furry pelt from Black Sheep (White Light) with a Poul Kjærholm-designed leather daybed.
An art lover and collector, he recommends the MoMA-published William Eggleston’s Guide and admires the “sensuality and uniqueness” of the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Later, in The Apartment’s walk-in closet, he gets down to business, assembling a trio of pieces from his latest collections: a forest green coat “with beautiful eyelet detail,” an “easy, seasonless” black skirt, and an exquisitely touchable dress. “This is a quintessential Calvin Klein shape,” noted Costa of the streamlined yet artfully seamed silhouette, “an easy tank dress updated for fall in a luxe chocolate suede.”