The two lab creations, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, are the ultimate goal for all the poor, unfortunate, empty headed youngins’ out there who stare into the Instagram abyss and long to be… FAMOUS. So naturally, companies are snatching them up left, right and center to plug their shit. Kendall is the Fashion Barbie of the two, so she’s got the magazines and billboards, like Calvin Klein. But Calvin Klein, the man, is not interested or impressed by her or the ads.
Calvin recently gave a talk at the Savannah College of Art and Design, via People. Having not been a part of the company he started since 2002, it was only natural that the moderator ask him what he thought about it.
On the topic of Kendall, her involvement with CK and her family’s brand of internet fame, he had this to say:
You know, I’m really not that familiar with it. I’m honestly not. I’m sure she’s a lovely young woman. It’s not the kind of thing I would have done, even today. Now, models are paid for how many followers they have. They’re booked not because they represent the essence of the designer, which is what I tried to do — they’re booked because of how many followers they have online. I don’t think that, long-term, is going to work. I don’t think that’s a great formula for success for the product you’re trying to sell. If you take really exquisite photographs of the right people in the right clothes in the right location, and you put it online, that’s fine. Just putting any old clothes on Kim Kardashian, long-term, isn’t going to do a thing.
Amen! Thank god for a little sanity! And this is coming from a man who was kicked out of a Knicks game for walking onto the court and talking to a player, mid-game. But I’ll take a strong dose of “who dis woman, Harpo” level shade aimed at the Kardashians wherever I can get it. If only Calvin were still at his company, we might have one less piece of Kardashitrash to assault us.
Calvin also talked about the other tween fantasy mess gracing his ads, Justin Bieber. Of Biebs, he is a fan:
Justin Bieber, yes. I think they’re very good. So many people wanted to be on a billboard or in an ad or in a commercial, and for sure Justin Bieber wanted to do it. I thought that was really good. When [I say] I like Justin Bieber in the Calvin Klein Underwear [campaign], it’s because I like him — not because he’s got millions of followers.
Well, life and the universe are about balance, I suppose. He says one good thing and then one bad thing. But, I’m not surprised, Calvin did after all date a gay-for-pay gold digger for four years, so being into Biebs makes sense. Lecherous old man lusting after the bodies of young men. Sick! Sick world we live in! In any case, we can only imagine what CK chonie ads would look like were he still the one pulling the strings and pulling down the panties!
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