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Calvin Klein Talks About Being Discovered

Calvin On Kate Moss
He hired her for her "natural, always thin" look. Eek. Read More »
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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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Personal Trainer Cassio Marcus Shows Us His Calvins

Personal trainer Cassio Marcus stripped down to his Calvin Klein briefs for Brazilian website Vipado. We think Cassio would fit in quite well with the real CK underwear models. There’s one more photo for your viewing pleasure after the jump. You are welcome. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

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