NEW YORK — Calvin Klein Inc. continues to expand its global presence, including in Asia. Next week, the company will be celebrating growth in the region with its biggest event of the year, in Singapore on April 11.
The multibrand affair, including Calvin Klein Collection, platinum label, Jeans, Underwear and Home, will take place on the grounds of the former Kallang Airport, an architectural landmark since it closed in 1955. The event marks the opening of four new Collection stores in Southeast Asia with long-term licensee Club 21. These will kick off with a store at Singapore’s The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday and a unit at Hong Kong’s Elements mall the following day. The company is also set to open a store at Bangkok’s Central Embassy shopping complex next month, followed in July by another at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
The stores’ concept mirrors elements of the unit at Forum 66 in Shenyang, China, including an Italian marble and glass storefront, and an interior with modernist furniture.
“These store openings mark a significant milestone for the Calvin Klein Collection brand as they further extend the brand’s presence in this very important region and build upon our long-standing relationship with Club 21,” said CKI’s chief executive officer Tom Murry. “This event will also be the first presentation of Calvin Klein Underwear and the newly positioned Calvin Klein Jeans line in Asia since the company brought those brands back in-house last year.”
Murry is hosting the event with CKI’s creative directors Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, Kevin Carrigan, Ulrich Grimm and Amy Mellen.
For the night, Calvin Klein will create a special architectural installation inside a hangar — a concept house designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus, principal of Rex, the New York-based architecture and design firm. The structure — which “mingles the modernist sophistication befitting a Calvin Klein home with a little architectural disobedience and a touch of voyeurism,” according to the architect — will feature 30 models sporting the various collections and pieces from the home collection on display. Each label will have its own distinct space in the house.
Prince-Ramus is no stranger to CKI. He collaborated with the company on a futuristic concept home called “Madison Avenue (Doll) House,” which became the centerpiece of the flagship’s 2008 holiday windows.
A new Joan Rivers coffee table book, titled “Joan Rivers Confidential,” gives readers never-before-seen photos and letters of the late comedian throughout her life. “Because of her drive to always be fresh, she kept records of every appearance, every performance, all the jokes that were used on TV, all the clothes that were worn,” said Rivers’ daughter Melissa. Here, Rivers poses at the “Tonight Show” in Tracy Mills in 1985. Read more about the book and see more photos at WWD.com. #wwdeye
After a career at New York hot spots like Narcissa, Dovetail and Nix, @chefjfraser has expanded to the West Village with The Loyal, a modernized take on an American brasserie. “And as I’ve gone through my career I’ve felt some departure from that kind of simple, straightforward [cooking]. This is meant to take on the idea of ‘what if the American brasserie was invented today?’” #wwdeye (📷: @chinseephoto)
@bellahadid and @lilyaldridge at @bulgariofficial’s celebration on Friday night, toasting the brand's new Peter Marino-designed flagship on Fifth Avenue. The two-part event included a cocktail party at the store followed by a dinner at a mystery location — the Met Cloisters. #wwdeye
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews