Posts tagged: Calvin Klein

The 2012 Fashion Finale

By , May 4, 2012 8:50 pm

Coco Chanel said that when a woman is well dressed, “you notice the woman,” rather than the clothes.  At the BFA fashion show, when the winning designs came the runway, well, we noticed the clothes.

The procession begins. Photo: Greg Mario

And of course we noticed the models as tall as sky-scrapers, and whispered and pointed out the industry stars. “There’s Calvin.” “There’s Joe Zee.” “There’s Nanette Lepore.” ”Ohhh – Sarah Wallace from Channel 7 is here!”

Designer Mariesa Lopes/Photo: Hana Cho

And we wondered where does all that imagination come from, how does it manifest, and can it really be taught? It sure is a long way from home ec class. 

Designer Joshua Schwartz/Photo: Greg Mario

Design by Kenneth Udemezue/Photo: Greg Mario

 ”We were intrigued when we walked through that door into the Great Hall,” said student photographer Greg Mario. They created it into a whole different environment, because I know that room and it blew me away.”  Mario said that having press access gave him “the best seat in the house.”

Designer Whitney Bender/Photo: Greg Mario

“It’s about the movement” said Mario, who wants to become a sports photographer. “I’m still capturing that pivotal moment. When they come down the runway it’s like capturing an action shot.”

Designer Brianna Badolato/photo: Greg Mario

Designer Jordan Randolph/photo by Greg Mario

For BFA fashion student Jordan Randolph it’s not a long way from home ec class.  She’s only 22. She credits the fashion industry pros and FIT instructors who helped her with the black evening dress with a skeleton back that made it to the runway. Yet she also thinks back to her home ec teacher.  ”I’m her success story,” she said of Katherine McCluskey.

Calvin Klein at the BFA fashion show. Photo: Greg Mario

Mario, ever-present, gave a shout out ” Hey, Calvin!” to get this parting shot.

Congratulations to all the BFA fashion seniors. It is all about the clothes!

l-r: Gerald, Dellova, Nelly Carbonell-Corujo, Alexandra Armillas, Rebeca Velez-San Andres, Barbara Segio, Alicia Cerrone, Barbara Kerin, Marlene Middlemiss, Lisa Donofrio, Asta Skocir - photo by: Patrick McMullen.

The crew:  The great look of Fashion Design faculty who taught 8th-semester FD students.

To see Sarah Wallace’s WABC coverage go to: FIT Fashion Show Segment

Nothing comes between FIT students and their Calvin

By , February 28, 2012 5:40 pm

Calvin Klein met with a group of FIT presidential scholars on Wednesday to talk about the then-and-now of the fashion world and what many call the genius behind the Calvin Klein brand.  “You’re all special ones, so you really have to do it,” he said to the group of art & design that includes fashion design, as well as advertising & marketing communication and home products students.

Calvin Klein with Dongeun Esther Lee, Packaging Design senior & President Scholar

Mr. Klein talked about his New York sensibility but also his roaming artistic eye–one that picked up on color and experiences from Studio 54 to Florence and Paris.  “When I graduated design school and after FIT there were a few who were really good and went to Paris. I said ‘it’s not me—I’m too American. I’m too New York,’” he said.

Mr. Klein told of the mechanical malfunction that led to his discovery. “The elevator door opened on the wrong floor. A man just walked in…The colors caught his eye…’Hi my name is Donald O’Brien, (an executive at Bonwit Teller). I will have the buyer down here on Friday and on Saturday you will be discovered.’”

Truth was, “I think I would have made it work anyway. I was afraid to fail.”

“My style was minimal and understated and the photography reflected that.”  The controversy over risqué ad campaigns weren’t “minimal” however.  “In truth, it was the marketing,” he said of Calvin Klein jeans. “We gave it an image.”

The ensuing outrage didn’t hurt.

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A restlessness led to more phases of his career. “The only thing that kept me going was that I got bored. After a while it’s hard to get excited by a white cotton shirt.

Mr. Klein was never entirely New York-centric. “I’d take chips off the buildings. In Florence you see every color. It was all on the streets. Rothko was my favorite. I’d die over his colors.”

“I never thought when I was a student (at FIT in 1962) I’d be that big. You don’t have that kind of vision, but you do plan ahead.”

Mr. Klein advised the scholars that they should work for someone they admire. “Someone you relate to and respect and can learn from. When I hired people that’s what I looked for.”

“It’s a pleasure to talk to the students who are really strong,” he said after fielding questions.

Dean of Art & Design, President Dr. Joyce Brown, Calvin Klein

“I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet Calvin Klein,” said  Dongeun Esther Lee, Packaging Design senior & President Scholar. “He truly inspired me. Not only did he do his best, but he enjoyed doing it, and appreciates what he’s been given. He gives back to the society and motivates students and others.”

 photos:  Rachel Ellner

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