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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?

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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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9 Jun

Five Fantasy Fashion Holidays

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The fashion calendar dictates that Autumn/Winter collections hit stores in the deep summer months, leaving plenty of opportunity for those coveted new styles to work their way into your suitcase this holiday season. With July just around the corner, that time has almost come, and whilst chunky knitwear and heavyweight fabrications aren’t necessarily suitable for that beach break in Alicante, there will always be pieces that are – look no further than Balenciaga’s skimpy floral A/W17 dresses as a case in point. With this in mind, we turned to this season’s runways to picture where the muses behind the collections might have travelled for their own holidays. From Raf Simons’ debut at Calvin Klein, where the Belgian designer paid homage to the...
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20 Apr

Calvin Klein’s Underwear S/S17 Campaign Proves That Age is Just A Number

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Calvin Klein Underwear latest campaign celebrates women all of ages ranging from 18 to 73. It captures them real women, confident in their own skin relaying sweet memories and tells tales of stolen first kisses. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola handpicked the cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Rashida Jones, Nathalia Love, Laura Harrier, Maya Thurman-Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, and Chase Sui Wonders, Anna Sui’s niece. Coppola wanted to move away from the typical lingerie ad by portraying the women as raw, real and cool.  Sophia noted: “I think they relate to me, and to the camera, in a different way — they’re not so much like goddesses; they’re more approachable.” Take a look at our top five short films below of the black-and-white “vignettes...
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27 Mar

Calvin Klein SS17

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Since Raf Simons was appointed at the helm of Calvin Klein, the New York brand gained back it’s ’90s height of cool’ reputation purely by association with the cult designer. Now that Simons has one season under his belt, he is making sure to align himself with some more promising young talents. For the SS17 campaign he chose Julian Klincewicz, a multi-talented creative, to direct a video series featuring some of his latest muses. The filmmaker, photographer, skater and author has already been selected by a variety of fashion labels for collaborations, including Eckhaus Latta and Gosha Rubchinskiy. The Cast introduces us to the young models by name and location alongside chopped-up and distorted slo-mo visuals. The dream-like sequence of clips is accompanied by a...
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6 Feb

The Calvin Klein Logo Doesn’t Look Like This Anymore

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Through the years, we've seen Calvin Klein logos like this:

Dreamer and musician @okay.kaya has a reason to stay in bed: new Modern Cotton Bedding, inspired by the classic Calvin Klein Underwear and made from the same ultra-soft cotton modal fabric. Photographed by @columbinegoldsmith. Available July 7th exclusively at @bloomingdales. #mycalvins
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And this:

Late night walk-through in @costafrancisco’s design studio before the big reveal. #mycalvins #nyfw

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But now, there's a new design to represent the brand. The label revealed a new logo on Instagram this morning, describing it as "a return to the spirit of the original" and "an acknowledgement of the founder and foundations of...
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24 Jan

See All the Looks in Raf Simons’ First Collection for Calvin Klein

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In Beyoncé-like form, Calvin Klein dropped their first collection since Raf Simons' took over as chief creative officer last year with little-to-no warning. Calvin Klein by Appointment, a 14-piece made-to-measure collection, will be hand-crafted in NYC, with the first appointments taking place on April 1, 2017. "Calvin Klein is not only about iconic underwear and jeans – it's about so much more," a statement from Simons reads on calvinklein.us. Ahead, a look at the collection that's inspired by every decade since the '20s.

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