Calvin Klein Women

Calvin Klein celebrates women

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calvin klein womenThroughout his career, American fashion designer Calvin Klein had the uncanny ability to sense changing cultural movements. From the audacious sexuality of Obsession to the romantic values of Eternity, he sensed when the next big cultural shift would take place. Ckone’s androgynous ad campaign that celebrated individuality still stands out as one of the most successful fragrances launches ever. I remember on the launch night watching customers line up at midnight in New York City to buy the unisex scent. That fragrance defined a generation.

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I had the opportunity to meet him once in my career. It was a breakfast press launch for a men’s fragrance hosted in the basement of his flagship store on Madison Avenue. Two dozen journalists flew in from around the world to see the Calvin Klein team present the inspiration behind the scent. Fifteen minutes into the event there was a commotion at the front entrance and the designer arrived totally unexpected. He travelled with four body guards and quite honestly looked apprehensive. This was just after the death of Gianni Versace and Klein was understandably shaken.

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Klein was very gracious and charming. He only stayed for a few moments but greeted the guests and thanked them for attending. I noticed that he was constantly looking at the displays and products. He called someone over when he noticed a bag wasn’t lined up exactly even with a table. Giorgio Armani is the same. They notice everything.

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Calvin Klein designer Raf Simons

This month, Raf Simons unveils his first fragrance for Calvin Klein and is betting that the women’s movement will continue to gain momentum in 2018. “Calvin Klein Women draws inspiration from the multifaceted identity of femininity today – from the empowered reality of modern women and their myriad interpretations – to invent a new scent – the first by Raf Simons, Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein,” reads the official press release.

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Developed with an all-female cast, the ad campaign champions iconic women of past generations and celebrates heroines of contemporary culture. “In approaching the campaign for Calvin Klein Women, I was curious to see if it was possible to create a different kind of image: an image that was both confident and empathetic, where the female subjects could articulate and project their identities,” says photographer Anne Collier. Actresses Lupita Nyong’O and Saoirse Ronan star in the ads. Each chose two women who have inspired them. Lupita selected Eartha Kitt and Katherine Hepburn. Ronan picked Sissy Spacek and Nina Simone.

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lupita nyong’o

“Earth Kitt and Katherine Hepburn are examples of people who didn’t accept the status quo; they made room for themselves. I am drawn to their integrity, and their ability to speak up and speak out for what they believe in, to change the course of history. I admire their fierce artistic points of view and that they did not betray themselves. I aspire to be similarly authentic and full of integrity,” say Nyong’O.


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The fragrance itself is a modern, minimal woody-floral scent for her. It contains notes of eucalyptus, orange flower and Alaskan cedarwood. The creators are Honorine Blanc and Annick Menardo. The artwork on the bottle was created by Anne Collier and is a nod to the Pop Art screens made famous by Andy Warhol.

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Calvin Klein Women is available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay and

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  • September Dee
    September 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve ben spritzing myself at the store every now and again because no one has samples!!! It is really lovely. Still deciding if I will purchase it or not. A sample for home would help speed up the decision making. I will keep trying.

  • Anna Roszak-Robinson
    August 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I Loved reading this Dave, beautifully written <3

  • Tejiri Agbodoroba
    August 16, 2018 at 5:28 am

    I love the fragrance. @agbodoroba

  • Jamie Johnson
    August 16, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I want those boots those lovely runway women are wearing! I bet this perfume smells fantastic! I love the simple name for it: Women. It goes perfect with other great Calvin Klein fragrances like CK One, Euphoria, and so many other greats! It’s bound to be an instant classic! Thanks Dave for this great article! Hope all is well with you. Wishing you and yours nothing but the best! Big hug and tons of love! Always! xoxoJJ

  • Cynthia Sacks
    August 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    So enjoy reading the “behind the scenes” info you post! Thank you, as always. @cindy_sacks

  • Melanie E
    August 15, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Interesting info on creating this new scent! What an unique bottle! @MaraMel

  • Hazel
    August 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I like how they put the sprayer off to one side. I will have to go to the store and try it.

  • Hazel
    August 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I like that they changed up the bottle a little.
    Nice touch putting the sprayer off to one side.

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  • Flossie
    August 15, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    A really great read as always it’s so nice to read how they put this all together, can’t wait to try it.

  • Emily Mitton
    August 15, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Sounds lovely!!! Can’t wait to try, have always been a fan of Calvin Klein!

  • Cynthia Chambers
    August 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I love Lupita, she is not only beautiful, she is special! @chambs24

  • Catherine Jones
    August 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Love this! So iconic!!

  • September Dee
    August 15, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I’ve always admired Calvin Klein fashions and scents. My favourite was Escape in a bottle reminiscent of antique no-spill travel bottles. Sadly, that scent is no longer around. I remember an interview with Klein during a time that he was so happily in love. When asked what the name of his next perfume would be called, he paused a moment and then smiled and said Baby. That did’t happen though. Could this be my new favourite Calvin Klein scent?? Well, I’m crazy about the bottle design and really look forward to trying it. It looks and sounds wonderful!

  • Joyce Anderson
    August 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Sounds Truly magical…a must try!

  • Linda L
    August 15, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Enjoyed reading the creation and significance of Calvin Klein Women! Can’t wait to try it!! @linlett60