Considering that we’re still in the throes of summer, it may feel a touch surreal to be thinking about fall style already. Thankfully, we have the perfect excuse to dream about cozy knits and sexy long-sleeve dresses: Calvin Klein’s fall 2023 campaign, starring none other than Kendall Jenner and debuting exclusively on ELLE.com. The supermodel-entrepreneur-expert cucumber-cutter has been working with the legendary American brand for over a decade now, fronting both signature CK Underwear ads and sporting its signature wares. Next season sees Jenner in vampy makeup with blown-out hair, embracing a classic ’90s supermodel look that wonderfully contrasts her more pared-back appearances, both in front of the camera and in candid street style photos.
The upcoming collection is an encapsulation of the fall trends we’re shopping now in hopes for slightly cooler weather around the corner: loose-fitting suits in neutral colors, knit dresses, leather miniskirts to pair with crisp poplin skirts. The lines are clean, easy to wear, and incorporate seamlessly into any wardrobe, whether you skew minimalist or you’re an ultra-maximalists who needs a palate cleanser. Jenner, as is her wont, rocks everything, from curve-hugging black dresses to an alluring black cut-out slip dress paired with cowboy boots. Here, she discusses fall fashion, what’s on her shopping list, and when she feels the sexiest.
What’s your fall wardrobe must-have?
A versatile pair of jeans is a must for every season, especially fall. Typically, my go-to for the barn, meeting friends, or going to work is a great pair of denim.
What do you hope to accomplish before 2023 is over?
Professionally, I hope 818 Tequila keeps hitting milestones in the industry. Tequila has been a passion of mine forever, and now more than ever, it’s such an exciting time to be in this space.
You’ve been in the Calvin family for over 10 years. What makes working with the team different than other brands?
Calvin Klein is such an iconic brand to get to work with. I think seeing familiar faces on set is always so amazing. I love everyone in this campaign—[Calvin Klein] always does an amazing job at picking a diverse group of talent with different perspectives, and this time it’s the same. Alexa Demie, Kid Cudi, Jennie, and Jung Kook all bring their personal style to the table.
Cowboy boots or high heels?
Always cowboy boots.
Little black dress or black suit?
It depends on the occasion, but typically a little black dress!
Any new fall trends you’re willing to try out?
I am always willing to take a risk.
This campaign is super sexy, with your blowout and smoky makeup. When do you feel the sexiest?
When I’m wearing what I’m most comfortable in: a great pair of jeans and a tee.
What’s your ideal day off?
Riding my horse and going to see friends for a really good meal.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Kevin LeBlanc is the Fashion Associate at ELLE Magazine. He covers fashion news, trends, and anything to do with Robyn Rihanna Fenty.