Calvin Klein Inc. has looked to London to shore up its Calvin Klein Jeans business.The company has named Luella Bartley head of global design for Calvin Klein Jeans. In this role, Bartley will oversee design of all Calvin Klein Jeans products globally to achieve one cohesive vision for the brand.Kevin Carrigan, who resigned in August as global creative director of CKI, had been responsible for Calvin Klein Jeans, among other divisions. He joined Ralph Lauren as senior vice president, creative director, women’s Lauren and Chaps brands in January.Most recently, Bartley was cofounder and codesigner of Hillier Bartley, a luxury ready-to-wear and accessories company. Earlier, she had a short stint as head of women’s rtw design at Marc by Marc Jacobs, prior to which she owned her own namesake line, Luella for more than 10 years.Known for her quirky, punk-inspired, British style, Bartley shot to fame with her brand and became London’s darling. She developed a cult following and was the recipient of the “Designer of the Year” award in 2008 by the British Fashion Council as well as an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. She also developed successful collaborations with brands such as Mulberry and Target. But Bartley lost her financial investor and her brand was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2009.At Calvin Klein, Bartley will report to Pieter Mulier, creative director of CKI, and Franck Belochi, president of Calvin Klein Jeans Europe. The company declined to disclose where Bartley will be based. She lives in London with her partner, fashion photographer David Sims, and their three children.Calvin Klein, whose global retail sales exceeded $8 billion in 2015, is well-known for its jeanswear, which has been one of the brand's biggest apparel categories. The division has had its challenges in recent years, both in North America and abroad, but appears to be back on track. In December, Emanuel Chirico, chief executive officer of PVH Corp., parent company of CKI, noted acceleration in both the Calvin Klein Jeans and underwear categories in Europe, and strength in jeans in Asia. North American wholesale saw strength across categories from dress shirts to sportswear, jeans and “certain underwear business led by continued momentum in our women’s intimates business.”PVH acquired the Calvin Klein Jeans business as part of its 2013 acquisition of Warnaco Group.For years, Calvin Klein Jeans was well-known for its seductive and controversial advertising featuring models ranging from Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber. Earlier this month, Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer Raf Simons unveiled a spring campaign for underwear and jeans that juxtaposed those iconic items with modern and contemporary art. This month Simons introduced his women’s and men’s Calvin Klein Collection to extremely positive reviews from retailers and press.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.