105 posts tagged "Calvin Klein"
Even though I was just a kid in the nineties, I feel like I’m actually experiencing the decade’s trends thanks to the latest surge of nineties nostalgia. With that in mind, I was very excited to see the new MyTheresa capsule collection of reissued Calvin Klein classics, which launched Wednesday. (Kate Moss’ little sister, Lottie, is the new face.) The CK logo sweatshirts are probably selling out as we speak, but I’m gravitating more toward these light-wash overalls. I’d wear them rolled-up with slides and a striped tee during the day, then elevate them with strappy sandals and a red lip for evening. The added bonus? They totally fall into the “art-teacher chic” trend we’re into right now. Rest assured I’ll be wearing these to Sunday brunch, not pottery class.
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The Tao of Tao Okamoto: A Sneak Preview of the Japanese Supermodel’s Photo Exhibition Celebrating Her Fifteen-Year Career-------
Tao Okamoto is a “model” in every sense of the word. Since she began appearing on runways and in glossy editorial spreads fifteen years ago, the Japanese beauty has become one of the industry’s most sought-after faces (and helped break down barriers for Asian catwalkers). In recent years, Okamoto has extended her influence beyond fashion. In 2011, she helped raise funds and awareness for victims of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked her home country. Last summer, Okamoto made her acting debut in the X-Men blockbuster The Wolverine. Keeping up her silver-screen streak, she was cast in the upcoming action flick, out in 2016, Batman vs. Superman, and also made her first TV appearance in the new Japanese miniseries Chi no Wadachi.
Adding to her already-full plate, Okamoto has found time in the past year to do a special series of shoots—commissioned by her New York agency, The Society Management—with fifteen emerging photographers to honor her fifteen-year-long career. The resulting exhibition, Tao Okamoto 15, will be unveiled tonight at Hudson Studios in Manhattan and is open to the public for one day only. On view are unique images lensed by up-and-coming talents including Max Snow, Victor Demarchelier, and Santiago & Mauricio. An exclusive sneak peek of Tim Richardson’s portrait debuts here on Style.com. Below, we spoke with Okamoto about her latest showcase, balancing acting and modeling, and more.
Do you have any interesting on-set memories from the photo shoots for your new exhibition?
I remember the Maurizio Bavutti [shoot]. It was just the day before my movie premiere, and it was a funny experience because I looked totally different from one day to the next—from being covered in clay, which was an edgy, artistic look, to a glamorous Hollywood look.
Had you collaborated with any of these photographers before, and did you enjoy working with any one of them in particular?
I hadn’t worked with any of them before, but each and every one of them surprised me because they all had very unique, exciting ideas, so I can’t pick only one. I just followed and fit myself into each of their worlds.
How have your recent acting roles changed your outlook on modeling?
I think they’ve allowed me to become more fearless and to express myself in a bigger way. Acting has also freshened me up to the subject of photography.
You sat in quite a few front rows during the Fall ’14 shows [Chanel, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein, to name a few]. What was it like watching fashion from the sidelines as opposed to walking down the runway?
I’ve always loved fashion and, of course, enjoyed my experiences walking on runways, but I love watching the shows as well! Now I understand more why it’s such a big deal for the industry, and why people work so hard before and during fashion weeks. It’s interesting to see the same things from a different angle.
Are there any designers whom you admire or credit for your success?
I cannot thank Phillip Lim enough for bringing me to the stage I’m at right now. He also made a special dress for my movie premiere in Japan last summer. There are a few more designers who I have strong relationships with, as more than just a model. I will always remember how they appreciated me at the beginning of my career, and I would love to repay them as an actress somehow if I can.
Do your fans miss that signature bowl haircut you sported a few years ago?
I hear that a lot and really appreciate it, but I don’t plan to return to that haircut at the moment. I’m enjoying my new look!
In general, how do you unwind?
When I feel stressed, I [do] karaoke and sing for hours!
Tao Okamoto 15 debuts tonight (7 to 10:30 p.m.) at Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th St., 13th floor, and will be on view to the public through Friday, May 9.
Last night’s Future of Fashion Show at the Fashion Institute of Technology was as good an indicator as any that comfort is still women’s top priority. This year’s graduating fashion design students opted for more loopy knits, boxy sweatshirts, and spongy neoprene coats than we could count, while also experimenting with 3-D printing, hand knits, and luxe fur. It Brit and style icon Alexa Chung was tapped to host the event, which was sponsored by Calvin Klein Inc. and the Calvin Klein Family Foundation. An FIT alum, Klein recently gifted $2 million to the program.
The show included approximately eighty-five looks and was live-streamed to FIT campuses all over the world. A front row packed with designers and industry leaders likely inspired a few butterflies backstage— Klein, Francisco Costa, Rebecca Minkoff, and Anya Ziourova were all in attendance.
“I knew it would be good, but I didn’t know it would be that good,” Chung told Style.com after the show. “I thought Sarah Conlon’s silvery-gold pleated skirt [above, left] was brilliant.” She wasn’t the only fan. Minkoff selected Conlon as her Critic Award winner in sportswear. Another standout look was Grace Cox’s neon-pink sweater coat, which featured a thick, intricate weave and frayed edges. It earned Cox the Best Use of Color Award by Siempre Mujer‘s editor in chief, Maria Cristina Marrero. A slew of ethereal lingerie pieces also drew praise from the crowd. Danielle Ortiz won the Critic Award in intimate apparel for her sheer, vintage-inspired bodysuit crafted from creamy lace and blue satin. As for the cutest moment of the night? The parade of kids who stepped out for the children’s wear category, red balloons in hand. Their miniature fur coats, doll-like dresses, and fringed vests looked like they were plucked from our fall wish list.
As an ambassador to the British Fashion Council, Chung is used to spotting young talent on her home turf, citing Emilia Wickstead as a new favorite. “I work with the BFC to sort of champion young London designers, and this was an amazing opportunity to do that in New York City. I didn’t know that anyone knew who I was here, which is nice,” she joked. “I thought it was wonderful. I was incredibly impressed.”
Calvin Klein the brand has a bigger claim on the nineties than most: The decade was Calvin Klein the man’s heyday. For Fall, Kevin Carrigan keyed into that heritage with collections for women and men that were defined by their heather gray color palettes and their soft, unstructured layers. Most nineties of all was underwear stitched with the company’s logo that peeked not just from the waistbands of jeans, but also tube skirts for the girls and tailored pants for the boys. The briefs conjured visions of Kate Moss and Marky Mark, aka Mark Wahlberg, in their own heydays, when they starred in Calvin Klein commercials. The company recently launched a #MyCalvins marketing campaign on Instagram that seems to be catching on—3,158 photos of hard abs and nearly bare asses and counting. The point being that Carrigan and co. are equally as focused on the now.
In a season in which a return to comfort and an emphasis on sweater dressing are two of fashion’s big messages, Carrigan’s collections had a lot going for them. On the women’s side, an outfit that combined an oversize twinset in soft, ribbed black angora and slouchy boot-cut jeans that pooled over slip-on style sneaks was a personal favorite.
After seventeen years as CEO of Calvin Klein, Tom Murry is stepping down and preparing to retire at the end of the fiscal year. On July 1, Steve Shiffman, the current president and chief commercial officer, will take over as head of the company. Murry doubled sales from 2003 to 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal report, so Shiffman, who’s been with the company for twenty years, has big shoes to fill.
Photo By John Aquino / WWD