NYFW: Calvin Klein's Spring 2018 collection is a nod to classic American horror films

Marah Alindogan

"Beautiful nightmare" are the first two words that come to our mind when describing Calvin Klein's Spring 2018 collection.

"American horror, American dreams," is how Raf Simons, the recently installed artistic director for the brand, described his latest New York Fashion Week collection to Vogue.

In his latest collection, Simons continues his exploration of America that he began in his Fall 2017 show --but with an extra splash of grimness.

Fringe, Andy Warhol photos and blood-spattered prints were aplenty in the 79-look (!!!) collection that debuted on Thursday night. The 8 p.m. show -- no doubt a sought-after time slot -- featured a star-studded crowd, with Mahershala Ali and Millie Bobby Brown among the celebs seated front row.

Nods to classic American horror films, such as "Carrie" and "Friday the 13th," with rubber and gauzy nightgowns and shoes made out of the same material as the hockey face mask worn by killer Jason Voorhees, were sprinkled throughout the show.

Even the set design, by artist Sterling Ruby, featured unique touches straight out of a horror film -- pom-pom-like fringes strung from the ceiling inspired by "The Shining."

However, it wasn't all blood and horror -- Simons made references to the American West, with a Western-inspired outfits, as well as pop art, with a number of prints by legendary artist Andy Warhol.

The biggest surprise of the show? Kaia Gerber's New York Fashion Week debut.

Cindy Crawford's 16-year-old daughter (she just got her license this week!) looked like a total pro as she walked down the catwalk in a diner inspired-uniform.

For more on her debut, watch the video above.

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