Feting Calvin – Sept 08 2008

WWD – September 08, 2008
Sunday evening was not a night for floral prints. Rather, guests including Ashley Olsen, Loulou de la Falaise, Eva Mendes, Leighton Meester, Jared Leto, Natasha Bedingfield and Cynthia Nixon donned their chicest, most minimal greige to honor Calvin Klein’s 40th anniversary at an enormous $5 million bash at the Highline in Manhattan. “Calvin does clean lines and it’s simple,” said Naomi Watts in a body-hugging black number. “I never want to be overwhelmed by a dress.”

“I’m a minimalist,” said Claire Danes, echoing the brand’s mantra. “It’s the quickest way from A to B.”

Halle Berry has been reconnecting with the brand since her “sweetheart [Gabriel Aubry] is ‘Mr. Calvin Klein’ right now,” she said. “It’s clean and classic, and I’ve become more of a minimalist as I’ve gotten older.” But enough about her, she went on, what about her model beau, who appears in the Calvin Klein ad campaign? “It’s really his night. I’m just his date,” she said.

Partygoers, meanwhile, were treated to a preview of the Highline project, which had been transformed into what felt like a serene, lantern-lit pier. “It feels like you can walk right into the Hudson River,” said Kevin Bacon.

Hundreds of white rose bushes lined the walkway, and the fragrance was so overwhelming that some guests wondered if additional rose scent had been pumped through the air. “This is more an art installation than a party,” noted one observer.

Funny he should mention, because there was a deliberate installation on display: James Turrell’s “Two Blues” light exhibit, which was hard to find and puzzling to more than a few partygoers. “I am a perceptionalist,” Turrell said rather cryptically. “I work with perception, and try to do it without too many extraneous things.”

Fortunately, the mood shifted from artistic reverence to energetic revelry once singer Estelle started her surprise set, and began it with a clever tribute: “Start spreading the news,” she crooned, “this Calvin Klein suit is here to stay.”

She was referring to the 40-year Calvin Klein legacy, but this particular affair, produced meticulously by KCD Inc., felt very much like a celebration of Calvin: The Francisco Costa Years. His camp was well represented by celebs like Mendes, Aubry, Olsen and Djimon Hounsou, but where were the Calvin friends from years past Kate Moss, Mark Wahlberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington and Natalia Vodianova? Neither co-founder Klein and his estranged former business partner Barry Schwartz was there. Schwartz was off buying horses and Kelly Klein was legitimately ill. “I had my dress ready and everything,” she said the following day.

“We never billed it as a retrospective of the past 40 years,” explained a Calvin Klein spokesman. “It was always going to be about the vision of the future. We aren’t a backward looking brand.”

But Brooke Shields, who appeared in a notorious 1980 denim ad and now stars in “Lipstick Jungle,” was there, and wearing Calvin Klein jeans, blouse, jacket and even underwear to boot. Still, even after a few decades, her relationship with the label has changed, too. It’s no longer true that nothing gets between her and her Calvins. “I’ve had two kids,” said the actress. “You fill in the blanks.”

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Celebrity Rich CK 40th Anniv. Party – Sept 08 2008

Gossip Girls – September 08, 2008
These days in the fashion industry things are more cutthroat than ever. But Calivin Klein has been the definition of longevity, as evidenced by the 40th Anniversary Party last night.

New York City’s High Line played host to the glitzy and glamorous affair, and stars like Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, and Claire Danes all showed up to partake in the festivities.

Showing up with red hot model boyfriend Gabriel Aubry on her harm, Halle Berry looked like a sexy mommy in a black sleeveless top teamed with black Capri pants and a pair of black heels.

And Naomi Watts proudly showed off her growing baby bump in a black one-shoulder maternity dress with matching shoes, while Claire Danes (joined by Hugh Dancy) looked hot in a similar silver one-shoulder dress with peep-toe heels.

Also in attendance were fashion icons Ellen Pompeo, Eva Mendes, Molly Sims, Leighton Meester and “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon.

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Calvin Klein High Line Party

NYPost – September 08, 2008
There were high times on the high line Sunday evening.

To celebrate its fortieth anniversary, Calvin Klein took over a section of the planned High Line park in West Chelsea and turned it into an urban oasis that drew a bevy of boldface names and many of the models who helped the company make many of its iconic ads.

High wattage peeps such as Halle Berry, Ethan Hawke, Claire Danes, Ellen Pompeo, Jared Leto, Ashley Olsen, Cynthia Nixon, John Leguizamo, Padma Lakshmi, Martha Stewart and more attended the posh party that company executives admitted cost “well over $1 million.”

The company built a three story structure that resembled at big white box at Tenth Avenue and 30th Street to reach the elevated railroad tracks that were converted into an urban oasis with plants, benches, lighting and roses. Designed by architect John Pawson, the space was all white and gray on the inside, resembling the company’s flagship store on Madison Avenue. This temporary structure was set to be dismantled hours after the party ended Monday morning, with the materials recycled to area agencies that could use it.

“I just heard this whole place was going to be taken apart tomorrow,” said Lipstick Jungle’s Rob Buckley. “I’d like to take some stairs with me when I leave,” he joked. “Or maybe an ‘exit’ sign.”

Many there were happy to share their first Calvin Klein memory. Molly Sims admitted she wore way too much Obsession. “And you know Marky Mark — the way he wore his underwear and jeans? I tried to wear the underwear and the whole look — it didn’t go over so well,” she said. “It was better on guys than on girls.”

Lindsay Price claimed her first Calvin Klein memory features her “Lipstick Jungle” co-star Brooke Shields. “I think everyone remembers the ads that Brooke did.”

Shields however, wasn’t talking beyond admitting that she’s still stopped on the street, twenty years later. “They point at me and say ‘Calvin Klein.'”

Apparently, those poses are still in her repetoir. “We were shooting a scene after Lindsay Price’s character had a fashion show,” co-star Kim Raver explained. “Brooke did this pose and someone said ‘you look like a Calvin Klein model’ and she said, ‘I am.'”

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Calvin Klein 40th Anniversary Party – Sept 08 2008

Marie Claire – September 08, 2008
Calvin Klein celebrated its 40th anniversary in style last night, with a star-studded party during New York Fashion Week.

Attracting a glitzy array of A-listers and fashionistas, the party topped off a glamorous weekend, which saw celebrities flocking to New York for shows such as Diane von Furstenberg and DKNY.

Calvin Klein girls of past and present were out to celebrate, with original CK denim model Brooke Shields slipping back into her Calvins, and current perfume face Eva Mendes wowing in a plunging grey gown.

The red carpet included a host of super-stylish stars, such as Claire Danes, radiant in an asymmetric dress, Molly Sims working the strapless look, and Jessica Szohr in an asymetric design.

Gossip Girl Leighton Meester showed off a new look, ditching her preppy florals for a rock-chick worthy high-waisted black leather pencil skirt, while Halle Berry wowed in a slinky fitted gown.

About Claire’s Dress – “Claire Danes positively glowed at the Calvin Klein party, looking stunning in an asymmetric gown and radiant tan. “

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Zac and Claire at Toronto Premiere – Sept 05 2008

Gossip Girls – September 05, 2008

He’s not just the hunky high school senior of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” And Zac Efron is looking to prove it with his Toronto International Film Festival premiere of “Me and Orson Welles.”

The “Seventeen Again” stud was spotted arriving at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto, Canada, along with his co-star Claire Danes earlier this evening (September 5).

And Zac gave the ladies plenty to swoon over, sporting a handsome brown suit complete with a white button-up shirt and skinny brown tie and a pair of wingtip shoes.

In “Me and Orson Welles,” Efron plays a teenager hired to star in an Orson Welles production of Julius Caesar, whereupon he falls for the ambitious production assistant.

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Orson Welles Premiere in Toronto – Sept 05 2008

Just Jared – September 05, 2008
Zac Efron and co-star Claire Danes arrive at the Me and Orson Welles Premiere held at the Ryerson Theatre during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on Friday.

Actor Christian McKay and director/producer Richard Linklater also posed for photographers on the red carpet.

Me and Orson Welles involves a teenager hired to star in an Orson Welles production of Julius Caesar when he becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.

The film is slated for release in 2009.

Blue dress by Lanvin.

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