- Heidi Klum announced via Twitter that she will be the new judge on America's Got Talent. [Twitter user HeidiKlum]
- Condé Nast International has invested $20 million in Farfetch. This is the largest ecommerce deal to date for the publishing house. [WWD]
- Natalia Vodianova proved that she is as good of an athlete as she is a model yesterday when she completed a half marathon before closing the Givenchy Fall 2013 show. [Telegraph]
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If you hadn't planned on watching this Sunday's Super Bowl, Calvin Klein is making a compelling case for at least sitting through the first quarter.
That's when the company will debut its first-ever Super Bowl commercial, a 30-second spot that advertises the new Calvin Klein Concept underwear collection. The black and white ad, directed by Fabien Baron, features shots of model Matthew Terry stretching and flexing in a pair of miniscule black briefs. Between those shots are a few short clips of vague machinery. A press release said the visual pairing is supposed to invoke the "man vs. machine" idea inspired by the underwear's seamless construction. That Terry's abdominal region appears to have more horsepower in it than most modern sports cars, however, was not addressed.
Steven Klein's coordinating ad campaign, seen above, will appear in GQ, Esquire, and Men's Health, as well as on billboards around the world. Viewers will see the full commercial during Sunday's game, which will air on CBS at 6:30 p.m. A look at the teaser below.
Photo courtesy of Calvin Klein.
>> Matthew Terry, closely watched during his first outing this season — he's a knitwear alum of both Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan — showed in the same Cedar Lake theater space as Rag & Bone, but the experiences couldn't have been further apart. Instead of the chaotic crowds of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Coventry was much more zen — maybe he inherited that from Donna? The runway was circular, with a mossy, sparse bundle of sticks in the middle, and the focus was clearly on Terry's strength: knitwear. A number of the pieces looked too generic sportswear; more should have been approached like the below-the-know pleated skirts, which upon first glance looked normal and dowdy until the model walked, allowing the fabric between the pleats to become translucent and adding an element of sexy. High-waisted riding pants also caught the eye, as well as Terry's ability to create knits that hold shapes the way wovens do — with no seams.
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>> Even established designers are editing, editing, editing for Fashion Week — the number of models, the number of looks, the amount of fabric used — but the tight times aren't keeping a crop of new blood away. Joining former Bill Blass design director Prabal Gurung and Swaim and Christina Hutson, who are starting over with a new label, in the mix — alums of Central Saint Martins, FIT, and Parsons; apprentices of Marc Jacobs, J.Mendel, and Ralph Lauren; but most importantly, New York Fashion Week virgins — show us what you've got.
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