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Louis CK One Is The Perfect Mashup

The season four premiere of “Louie” is still five months off. But we can content ourselves with a little bit of Louie C.K. — well, parts of him, anyway — in these funny mashups on the Tumblr Louis CK One. Each one spoofs the traditional style of a sexy CK One ad with Louis CK-ian imagery. Like, you know, his cute pudgy belly.  [Louis CK One]

Kate Moss Reveals She Had A Nervous Breakdown After Iconic Calvin Klein Ad

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“I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark. It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die. I went to the doctor and he said, ‘I’ll give you some Valium.’

It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally. There’s a massive pressure to do what you have to do (and) I was really little … I didn’t like it. But it was work, and I had to do it.”

– Kate Moss describes the effects of the photoshoot with Mark Wahlberg that produced an iconic Calvin Klein ad campaign and helped make her one of the highest paid supermodels in the world. I really admire her for being so honest about this, but I’ve gotta say, this quote makes me incredibly sad.  Keep reading »

Just A Video Of Alexander Skarsgård Being Gratuitously Hot For Calvin Klein

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Fun fact: I once had an ex-boyfriend who declared himself to be straight as an arrow “except for that blonde guy from ‘True Blood’ — I would totally have sex with him any way he wanted.” After watching this spot for Calvin Klein’s Encounter cologne starring Alexander Skarsgard and Lara Stone, I finally understand. (Also, is it just me or is “Encounter” kind of a bad name for a cologne? It makes me think of Craigslist “Casual Encounters,” which probably is not the brand association CK wants.)

Calvin Klein’s Former Boy-Toy Arrested On Various Charges

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If 69-year-old Calvin Klein’s (former) relationship with model Nicholas Gruber wasn’t weird enough already, it just got a little weirder: Gruber, 22, was charged with misdemeanor assault, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance early Tuesday morning after he allegedly assaulted a man in his Greenwich Street penthouse. The 20-year-old victim, who had been at the assailant’s house for a “get-together” of sorts after Gruber took him home following a night out, suffered injuries to the face during the 4 a.m. scuffle. When apprehended by police, Gruber didn’t go easily, flailing “his arms in an attempt to avoid being cuffed” and shoving “his hand into his pants trying to conceal something,” sources said. That “something” was cocaine, which authorities discovered hidden in his underwear when he was strip-searched at the police station. Hey, I’m not surprised, but that is one seriously expensive habit. I wonder how he keeps it going without his sugar daddy writing him off. I have a suspicion of sorts — especially since his gay porn pics were revealed back in 2010, when he was only 20 — but I won’t jump to conclusions. Cocaine! Don’t do it. [NY Post]

Francisco Costa To Design A Capsule Collection For Macy’s

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Macy’s is really getting on their designer collaboration flow these days. Their first few capsule lines were little-hyped and could have fallen easily to the wayside, but they followed up with a power line-up: first Doo.Ri, with Alberta Ferretti hot on its heels, and now news has broken that Calvin Klein designer and perennial supermodel favorite Francisco Costa is next up before the Ferretti line has even hit stores. Hey, we’re not complaining — the more high-end designers with mid-range price points, the better, if you ask me. Unlike the other collars, which were part of Macy’s contemporary Impulse line, Costa’s collection will be part of the chain’s promotion to benefit the Amazon rainforest under the title of “A Magical Journey to Brasil” — consequently, Costa’s home. The “fresh, youthful” line of crepe and jersey dresses will be priced from $135 to $180, a mere shadow of what his other designs go for, and sold in more than 80 Macy’s stores and on Macys.com starting May 15. Is that a subsequent database crash I see in the distance? [The Cut]

Calvin Klein Talks About Being Discovered

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“My first real job was designing coats and suits for a company that was run by a man whose name was Dan Milstein … I decided that while I was on the job, I could make some samples at night and on weekends and then I would leave my job. The people I was working for figured out what I was doing and they fired me before I quit. So I took a little room at the York Hotel that had rooms for manufacturers who made clothes in the South. My little room was right opposite the elevator and, sure enough, one day the general merchandise manager from Bonwit Teller walked in. I showed him the clothes and he said, ‘I will have a buyer down here tomorrow, then on Saturday you will come up to the store and show the clothes to president Mildred Custin.’ And he said, ‘You will then have been discovered.’ I promise you this is exactly what happened.”

– Designer Calvin Klein, speaking to Fern Mallis at the 92 Street Y this week, on the pivotal moment that changed his career. [WWD]

Calvin Klein Hired Kate Moss For Her “Natural, Always Thin” Look

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“The reason for Kate and this whole group of women I found that someone named ‘waifs’ was because before that, a lot of women were getting breast implants and doing things to their buttocks. It was getting out of control. I just found something so distasteful about all that. I wanted someone who was natural, always thin.”

Calvin Klein on first hiring a then 19-year-old Kate Moss to be the face of his underwear line in 1993. Moss’s slight physique led to a significant rise in waif-ish models and, of course, the “heroin chic” trend of the early/mid-’90s. While I appreciate Klein’s honestly, I find this perspective problematic as it pits one feminine ideal — big-breasted and Barbie-like — against another — hyper-thin and girlish. While this “always thin” look may come “naturally” to Moss, it doesn’t come naturally for many; eating disorder statistics are frightening proof of that. [Jezebel]

Is This Calvin Klein Ad Saying A Swear Word?

Take a good look at this Calvin Klein billboard ad, starring supermodel Lara Stone. Notice anything a bit naughty about it (other than the fact that she’s in a tit-baring bra and underwear)? Some savvy media critics say that the ad subliminally spells out a swear word. If you start at the legs of the table in the background, which form an F, and then follow the curve of Stone’s underwear line, which makes a U, to its logical CK end, well, you see where we’re going with this. But what do you think? An intentional swear or just a kooky coincidence? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Does This Calvin Klein Billboard Spell Out The F Word?

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Australia Bans Lara Stone’s Calvin Klein Jeans Ads For Allegedly Promoting Rape

Australia‘s Advertising Standards Bureau has asked Calvin Klein to remove billboards from the autumn/winter 2010 Jeans X ad campaign after it received 50+ complaints that the images glamorize rape and violence. Three of the ads, which are to be taken down from billboards in Sydney and Melbourne, show model Lara Stone surrounded by shirtless men with her head laying in one man’s lap while another appears to be climbing over her. While it suggests group sex or a foursome, it’s not necessarily violent. Why does anything that implies group sex often interpreted to also imply rape? I’m sensitive to the glamorization of sexual violence, too, but this one’s a stretch, Aussies. What do you think?

[Business Review Australia]
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