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.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion