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6 Dec

Balenciaga Is Merging their Men’s And Women’s Collections

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The times are changing at Balenciaga.

Balenciaga is the latest fashion house to join the recent trend of brands moving to dual-gender runway shows, taking the plunge like Burberry, Calvin Klein, Gucci, and Kenzo. Today, the Paris-based brand and creative director Demna Gvasalia announced that going forward, their men's and women's collections will be shown on the runway together, rather than appearing separately in men's and women's fashion month. The change will go into effect starting with the forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2018 line during Paris Fashion Week next March. And in addition to the combination of their lines, Balenciaga will also see an expansion for their men's fashions, which was only recently relaunched in June 2016, as they are set to debut a...
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29 Nov

Calvin Klein Just Redefined The Fashion-Meets-Art Collaboration

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In an unprecedented fashion world move, Calvin Klein has entered into a four-year agreement with the Andy Warhol Foundation that will allow the fashion company to license Warhol’s art across its collections and activations. Through 2020, Calvin Klein will have access to the full breadth of Warhol’s creations—including never-before-published works—and the ability to use them (mostly) how it pleases. Calvin Klein will financially contribute to the foundation’s endowment that provides grants for contemporary visual art. The news of the partnership follows the arrival of Calvin Klein’s art-obsessed chief creative officer, Raf Simons, who has made a habit of collaborating with artists like Sterling Ruby, Peter Saville, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Estate for his eponymous menswear brand. Simons’s first campaign for Calvin Klein, depicting models...
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20 Nov

Calvin Klein Teams Up With Amazon For The Techiest Pop-Ups

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Buying underwear now requires an app.

Shoppers in New York and Los Angeles now have the opportunity to buy #mycalvins in brick-and-mortar stores. Calvin Klein has collaborated with Amazon Fashion to open two new pop-up shops featuring the best-selling Calvin Klein underwear and leisurewear lines, two prime examples of logo mania, along with styles exclusive to the store. Along with the new items, the stores utilize some very cool Amazon technology. The pop-ups will be monitored by Amazon Echo Look-controlled webcams, allowing buyers in New York and L.A. to interact with each other. Rather than using price tags, each piece of merchandise will be labeled with a barcode that can be scanned and bought through the Amazon app. Cool, yes, but...
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2 Nov

Logomania, The 1990s Trend That’s Returned With A Vengeance

Ribbed wool dress, metal and cardboard chain belt, and necklace by Moschino. Photography by Tim Elkaïm, Styling by Chloe Grace Press

As demonstrated by the A/W17 collections, branding is back to assert its place in our wardrobes

The logomania trend, whilst rooted in the excess of the 1980s, truly came into its own during the following decade, as a sartorial response to the US economic boom of the 1990s. Whilst branding initially found its place in fashion as a mechanism to denote prosperity and status, it soon became an aesthetic trope in itself, with Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior logos emblazoned on It bags, splashed across sweaters and seductively printed on underwear. Post-recession, the desire to wear labels in such a blatant manner waned, and a quiet minimalism began to dominate the runways. This season, however, the logo returned with a vengeance...
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24 Oct

Liya Kebede On Her Calvin Klein Eternity Campaign

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Starring in Calvin Klein’s Eternity commercial with Jake Gyllenhaal would make anyone seem cool. But Liya Kebede’s had major fashion cred since before Donnie Darko hit cinemas. The African supermodel made her Gucci debut in 2000; 17 years later, she’s still a catwalk star for Louis Vuitton, Céline, and Dries Van Noten. She’s also an ambassador for the World Health Organization and the founder of Lemlem, a clothing line with flowy fabrics and a sustainable, female-focused work ethic.
We got some life advice—and Gyllenhaal scoop—with the Ethiopian native in New York City.

Growing up, was Calvin Klein a big deal in Ethiopia? Oh, the CK One ad [with Kate Moss] was monumental for us. The jeans and the tank top—what a cool girl looked like changed so much for...
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12 Sep

Raf’s Second Outing For Calvin Klein Mixed American Horror With American Beauty

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Few countries encapsulate as many paradoxes as America. Raf Simons took this as the overriding theme for his second season as Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein. If the opening looks of this collection picked up last season's marching band meets cowboy uniforms, rendered in luxurious, heavy silks, it quickly turned into an exploration of America's contradictions and conflicts. Or "American dream, American horror," in Raf's words.

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So quintessential Americana (Andy Warhol) rubbed up against fetishistic pieces in rubber and clashed with cheerleader pom-poms remade as accessories and dresses. Warhol's Dennis Hopper print featured throughout. An apt motif for the collection, Easy Rider is still a landmark of the 60s counterculture, and is similarly full of American dreams...
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11 Sep

Kaia Gerber Looked Just Like Cindy Crawford At Her Runway Debut

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Kaia Gerber made her runway debut last night, further proving that she's following in her mom Cindy Crawford’s supermodel footsteps. The 16-year-old has often been described as the spitting image of her mother, but on her first catwalk yesterday, that was even more so—especially when compared to Crawford’s own debut. Gerber walked for Calvin Klein on Thursday night in a two-tone oxford shirt, yellow pants, blue turtleneck, yellow pants, and boots—a part of Raf Simon's take on Americana style. Her debut came 26 years after Crawford's, which was at Donna Karan's Spring 1991 collection. The models couldn't have been dressed any more differently (fashion can change a lot in two and a half decades); Crawford sported an edgy-feminine ensemble clad with denim and gold...
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25 Jul

Can You Spot Elvis in This New Calvin Klein Ad?

Photo: © 2017 Willy Vanderperre

Everything old is new again in Raf Simons’s latest campaign for Calvin Klein’s fall 2017 205W39NYC collection. The ads, shot by photographer Willy Vanderperre, show models wearing the quintessential plastic-coated fur coat, steel-toed leather boots, and Calvin’s signature underwear amid California’s desert landscape. They pose in front of billboards featuring last season’s American Classics campaign, which featured quintessential works by Andy Warhol, including Elvis (Eleven Times) and Skull.

Photo: © 2017 Willy Vanderperre
Photo: © 2017 Willy Vanderperre
For Simons and creative director Pieter Mulier, the choice to “recycle” images from last season’s campaign was an effort to explore the juxtaposition of high and low — a commentary on an outsider’s romanticized vision of America. The faded photography and desolate landscapes, coupled with Warhol’s quintessential pop art, evoke American nostalgia. The fall 2017 collection...
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22 Jun

Calvin Klein Releases Never-Before-Seen ’90s Footage Of Kate Moss

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Dreamlike footage of a very young Kate Moss has resurfaced for Calvin Klein’s first fragrance campaign under Raf Simons. The American house has released 250 archival images of the supermodel originally taken by Mario Sorrenti for its Obsession scent, which was released in 1993. The never-before-scene graphics mark the release of two new Calvin fragrances, Obsessed for Women and Obsessed for Men, which are both slated to launch in the U.S. on July 1st. The new Obsessed scents are said to be modern interpretations of the 1993 classic. Back then, it was considered youthful, sexy, and wildly romantic—a clever marketing ploy heightened by the hiring of Moss and her then real-life boyfriend, Sorrenti. In the unveiling of archive prints, Calvin seems...
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