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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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