Ten years after Calvin Klein and Barry Schwartz opened their women’s coat business, they launched men’s tailored clothing and sportswear. Calvin Klein women’s sportswear had already generated fashion waves, garnering three Coty Awards in the process. Men’s wear would add a new dimension to what would become a lifestyle-brand juggernaut.
Retailers had already shown interest in the men’s looks the designer occasionally created as runway showpieces. And by 1978, Klein’s celebrity and his association with the glamorous Studio 54 crowd made him someone men wanted to emulate. Over the next decade, the company’s forays into jeans, underwear, fragrances and provocative advertising were hits with both genders.
Calvin, launched in 1981, was the brand’s first scent for men. The next year, Calvin Klein underwear was introduced at Bloomingdale’s and, as with so many other products, the fashion house’s ads were as much of the story as the product itself. The campaign, featuring pole vaulter Tom Hintnaus, elevated plain white underwear to Olympian heights of sexiness, and forever linked the Calvin Klein brand with male beauty.
The tradition continued with rapper Marky Mark, whose 1992 ads with Kate Moss helped Calvin Klein become an icon for Generation X. Then the hip, more affordable ck Calvin Klein sportswear line launched and quickly hit its stride with the same audience.
The designer men’s wear Collection was another story, having suffered through years of stops and starts related to numerous licensing arrangements. But it has found stability in the current decade, which should be helped by the company taking the Collection business back in-house this year.
Showing Collection men’s wear in Milan since 2002 has helped align the label’s reputation with sophisticated European fashion, not just American sportswear. So has the leadership of Italo Zucchelli, Collection’s Italian-born, men’s creative director since 2003 — the same year Calvin Klein Inc. was acquired by Phillips-Van Heusen, a men’s wear powerhouse.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye