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The Brand that Transcends Age: Calvin Klein


American sportswear is widely acknowledged as timeless, classic and sophisticated. Yet, the word ‘sportswear’ is perceived quite differently in Australia. Men have sport running through their veins and the word sportswear more so conjures up the framed Union Jersey taking prime position on their wall, than the American description.

Living ‘down under’ requires a certain connection to lightweight textiles in clothing. This is purely for comfortability as when the heat hits high 30’s, you’re in trouble if you’re donning an unbreathable suit. Our love for denim also calls for our wardrobes to be interchangeable – and who else but the king of the minimalist wardrobe to connect with us on a new Sportswear Lightweight collection; aptly named; The White Collection.

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In this extremely sophisticated collection, the denim is a re-issued wash with technological ‘infinite white’ in dual gender staples for the season. The team behind the design of this collection added a contrast-stitch and a distressed deconstructed look that accentuated an allure of coolness. And we mean the Steve McQueen kind of cool.

The inspiration came from the concept of urban nomads at play. Key elements include slim cut shirts, jackets and jeans in knitted and reprocessed denim. Boldly logoed sweatshirts add a block of colour and contrasting pieces are nonchalantly thrown together to personalise silhouettes. The collection looks relaxed, liven-in and warm. The Calvin Klein Look has always had an edge about it with particular styling and confidence.

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At an intimate lunch last month, Global Creative Director for Calvin Klein, Kevin Carrigan hosted an A-class list of influencers at Bennelong, where he discussed his vision for the brand.

“We cater for a modern contemporary looking man, who perhaps isn’t based in heritage dressing. It is key for us to speak to that modern and timeless man whether he’s 20, 30 or 50. Those gents can wear a Calvin Klein suit and feel very comfortable and they can wear a more relaxed collection such as the White Collection and still feel elegant and laid back”.

MenStylePower feel that Calvin Klein has a very global offering with Kevin Carrigan’s European sensibility and design and the brands established DNA within an American heritage.

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“The brand dresses men for today and the future with the influences and passion for tech, form and body. Dressing is enjoyable no matter how simple or complex”, Carrigan states in a quiet chat with Louise Edmonds, MenStylePower’s Style Director.

Calvin Klein implements an ethos of sexiness into every campaign they produce – to great success. Renowned for being one of the world’s leading designer underwear brands, their advertising never fails to evoke feelings of lust, or envy, over their models complete aesthetic impeccability.

Being a lifestyle brand, Calvin Klein is able to offer a 24/7 dress code for men. From suiting that transcends age to their keen eye for exceptional tonal elements, to now a weekend ensemble that allows gentlemen to dress more causal without losing any sophistication or class.

Kevin Carrigan, Global Creative Director for Calvin Klein

Kevin Carrigan, Global Creative Director for Calvin Klein


Louise Edmonds and Kevin Carrigan

Louise Edmonds and Kevin Carrigan


CK model, Gatenby and NZ sportstar Johnson.

CK model, Gatenby and NZ sportstar Johnson.


Kevin Carrigan and the Stenmark Twins

Kevin Carrigan and the Stenmark Twins


Stenmark Twins

Stenmark Twins


Jai Stevens

Jai Stevens


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