Monday Musings: Calvin Klein

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I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else.- Calvin Klein

A Bit of Background

  1. Calvin Richard Klein was born on November 19, 1942, in the Bronx, New York.
  2. His grandmother was a  seamstress, which sparked his love of sewing.
  3. Klein graduated from FIT in 1962, after which he spent five years as an apprentice, for a coat and suit house in NYC.
  4. Just four years later, Klein teamed up with a childhood friend Barry Schwartz to create a Calvin Klein coat business. He later would expand this line to include women’s attire.
  5. Calvin Klein is known for his advertisements, which often feature men and women portrayed as sexual idols. Some famous celebrities had their “start” as modeling Calvin Klein’s underwear and jeans such as Mark Walhberg and Brooke Sheilds.
  6. His advertising continued into the 1990’s yet the ads were heavily criticized causing Klein to cancel them.
  7. Yet his fragrance advertisements continued to use sexual images for the sales of his major fragrances Obsession, Eternity, and Escape.
  8. Aside from his advertising methods, Klein’s clothing lines have continued to garner praise over his fashion career, such as winning the Coty Award for three years in a row.
  9. Calvin Klein is no longer the creative director for his company, but the main womenswear designer Francisco Costa, took over the position in 2003.

Outfit One

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This look was a breath of fresh air for Calvin Klein’s Spring 2012 collection featured at Mercedes Benz fashion week. From the chiffon dress, to the strappy sandals, this look is put together, but in an effortless sort of way.

Get the Look!

To recreate this look try a light chiffon dress like this one, and pair it with strappy sandals, and a simple neutral clutch.

Outfit Two

Get the Look!

This look is quintessential of Calvin Klein’s easy-chic-style, from the color palette to the minimal accessories. To start try a pair of scalloped tan shorts, and pair it with a sheer button up navy top. Complete the look with a white boyfriend blazer, nude high heeled sandals, gold earrings and a fun purse!

Outfit Three

Get the Look!

Lastly this look features the same white blazer in the second outfit, to show how versatile a boyfriend blazer can be. For this look I chose to feature an outfit with a pair of jeans, as Calvin Klein’s jeans are synonymous with his brand. To complete this easy going look, start with a pair of dark wash jeans, a chiffon blue blouse, and adorable ankle booties. For accessories keep it simple with a fun charm, like this Tiffany’s necklace, and a gray handbag.

What do you think of Calvin Klein’s designs? How about his advertisements? Will you be recreating any of these looks? Let me know!


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