NEW YORK — Calvin Klein Inc.’s advertising for fall is calculated to reach 575 million people—twice the population of the United States—starting with August magazine issues.
The company is sticking with Jamie Burke, the rocker it introduced as the face of Calvin Klein Jeans last season. The Bloody Social frontman appears alongside model Lara Stone in the campaign, as house favorite Natalia Vodianova is expecting her third child. The Calvin Klein Jeans campaign will be featured on more than 360 pages in more than 150 magazine issues in 23 countries. In addition, imagery will be posted at key outdoor sites in more than 17 cities—not including a Times Square billboard, which may be reserved for the Calvin Klein Underwear campaign that will feature actor Djimon Hounsou for the first time. That campaign is still under wraps.
Once again, the ads for the Jeans line will feature the illusion of mixed media, but this time the images appear torn and stitched with thread, instead of creased and taped. The coloration and composition are a continuation from spring, as the studio location and creative team are unchanged.
For Calvin Klein “white label” sportswear, the backdrop shifted this season from Los Angeles to New York’s streets and 7 World Trade Center, lending a distinctly professional flavor. Model Gabriel Aubrey, another house favorite, is now exclusive to this campaign.
And for Calvin Klein Collection, the line designed by Italo Zucchelli on the men’s side, the fall campaign is clearly an extension of last season’s shadowy creative concept, highlighting dramatic shapes and silhouettes in sharp relief. The spreads are pairs of photos of the same outfit on the same model, but with one photo in color and one in black-and-white, and from different distances.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast