94 posts tagged "Calvin Klein"
The fact that sandals—from flip-flops to gladiators—emerged as a keynote trend on the Spring ’14 menswear runways isn’t terribly surprising. However, a trio of the industry’s heaviest hitters rendered a unique (and somewhat unexpected) take on the staple: exotic-skin Teva-style footwear.
At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci showed snakeskin sandals to complement his Africana-tech motifs. In a palette of coral snake and black mamba, the shoes were a nice carryover from the designer’s Fall ’13 womenswear lineup, which featured banded python and eel-skin booties.
Dries Van Noten, too, implemented snakeskin on his Teva-esque kicks, pairing the vermilion hide with Velcro closures and gummy rubber. And at Calvin Klein, Italo Zucchelli offered an iteration in powder-blue crocodile—a hue derived from Fire Island’s summer seas. However, if the Discovery Channel has taught us anything this week, it’s that the only creatures we need to fear in the Atlantic are sharks.
Gieves & Hawkes—the centuries-old British tailor that holds three royal warrants and owns a prestigious “corner office” at No. 1 Savile Row—is getting a facelift. In January, the brand hired Boston-born Jason Basmajian to take the creative helm. Basmajian’s new role will require him to carry on the tradition of dressing Prince Charles and his kin (baby George can’t be too far away from his first suit, can he?), as well as military, political, and regal grandees, which, over the years, have included Winston Churchill, J.P. Morgan, David Niven, and Laurence Olivier. Basmajian’s mission? To dust off the formidable patina of the brand and turn it into gold dust—English-style. Here, Basmajian talks to Style.com about preserving Gieves & Hawkes’ storied past (so storied, in fact, that the brand employs a full-time archivist to this day), while pushing it into the twenty-first century.
You are American-born and developed your design chops in New York, Paris, and Milan with Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Brioni, and so on. What can you bring to such a traditional British brand?
Funnily enough, that is why I think I was chosen—because I brought an international style perspective to the table. Gieves & Hawkes comes out of a military/equestrian background, which is the anchor of Savile Row. But we also have a loyal clientele in Asia and America where that military and formal tradition isn’t as richly stepped. It weighs heavily on a brand, how to carry that tradition through, but I think my role is to celebrate the brand and move it forward to what today’s man wants, which is a lot of personality and not just body cover. Continue Reading “A New History: Jason Basmajian Talks Gieves & Hawkes” »
Fashion’s love affair with nineties supermodel Christy Turlington never really ended, but in recent months, the 44-year-old has resurfaced in all her leggy, glossy glory. Calvin Klein, a label Turlington began working with in the eighties, tapped her to be the face of its Fall ’13 underwear campaign in May. That was followed by a megawatt June/July Harper’s Bazaar cover, and today we can report that Jason Wu has made her the star of his Inez & Vinoodh–lensed Fall ’13 ads, one of which debuts exclusively above. “Inez, Vinoodh, and I loved the concept of capturing a moment in what we imagine to be a glimpse into a supermodel’s life,” said Wu, who notably featured another nineties bombshell—Stephanie Seymour—in his Spring ’13 campaign. The Fall ads, Wu explained, are a continuation of the story he began to tell with his Spring snaps: “The idea is to create the next chapter through a set of instantly iconic images that depict a larger-than-life personality in a New York institution.”
While Seymour’s campaign was shot at uptown (in every sense of the word) French eatery La Grenouille, Turlington posed at Mr. Chow on East 57th Street. Perched atop a black booth, she dons a saucy scarlet Fall frock, which, we should add, is complemented by an untouched order of lobster on the table. When asked about his affinity for famous nineties faces, Wu said, “I gravitate toward personalities and will continue to work with women who bring their own sense of style to my designs.” After seeing Turlington’s shots, we’re hoping he stays the course and turns out chapter three for Spring ’14.