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7:13 am

Calvin Klein REVEAL Launch

09/09/2014, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs, Fashion and Style, Fragrance, Francisco Costa

I had fun attentending last night’s launch of Calvin Klein’s new fragrance “Reveal”. It was held at the 68th floor of the new 4 World Trade Center building just three blocks away from my apartment. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora performed throughout the night. In attendance: Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Amber Heard, Clark Brockelman, Joe Jonas, Doutzen Kroes and more.

Fashion blogger Bryanboy at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch
Bryanboy at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch
Iggy Azalea at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch
Joe Jonas at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch
Francisco Costa and Amber Heard at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch
Rita Ora at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch
Clark Brockelman at the Calvin Klein Reveal launch

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6:00 am

Have A Safe Flight

20/07/2014, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs

Like the rest of the world, I, too, am shocked and devastated on the news of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. My heart goes to the family members, loved ones and friends of the innocent victims of this horrific tragedy. I almost cried when I first read about it on my cellphone. The plane did not crash because of technical or pilot error. The plane was shot down high up in the sky by murderers! 298 innocent lives were killed.

I’m sure you all know that I spend an awful amount of time inside airplanes because of work. Air travel used to be a novel idea, an activity that most people do when they go on holidays or the odd business trip. But for some, like me, air travel is a routine akin to work commute. Many say that statistically, it’s safer to be in a plane than a car but for some strange reason, the more I fly, the more I develop a fear of flying. There’s always that weird, “what if I’m next”, thought at the back of my head that lingers after I board an aircraft.

One of my closest friends told me the other day over lunch that dying by way of an air disaster is his biggest fear. I agree with him completely. The idea of knowing you’re about to die within minutes or seconds is terrifying. For him it’s about being absolutely helpless and the fact that there’s nothing one can do to control situation. For me it’s about the lack of having closure, the lack of being able to say goodbye to my loved ones in a “proper” way. I really don’t want my final send off to be a photo of a designer bag on my plane seat or worse, a selfie on instagram with a plane emoji and a caption saying “I’m off to XXXX (my next destination)”.

I’m scheduled to take four flights next week. Granted, Im traveling to AND from relatively low-risk, safe destinations. I’m not gonna lie through my teeth and say I’m not scared. I am! Unfortunately, there’s not much we can all do but to wish for the best. Or, as my Swedish boo always tell me, have a safe flight.

Bryanboy at the Empire State Building, New York City
Bryanboy at the viewing deck of the Empire State Building, New York
Downtown Manhattan, New York Skyline from Empire State Building
Midtown Manhattan and Uptown, view of New York Skyline from Empire State Building

Sunglasses by Balenciaga, top by Calvin Klein Collection, backpack by Chanel

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6:35 pm

Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco

28/05/2014, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Celine, Chefchaouen, Current Affairs, Morocco

I’m thrilled to be back in Morocco once again — it’s my third time around. This country has a very special place in my heart. I’m currently here, very high up in the northern Moroccan (Rif) mountains, visiting this gorgeous town called Chefchaouen. If you ask me to name some of the most beautiful places I’ve been to, I would definitely include Chefchaouen on my list. It’s a quaint little town where the buildings, streets, alleyways, walls and doors are in different shades of blue. Visiting the Medina is a must. It was rather humbling walking around — you feel like you’re in some sort of time warp. I haven’t felt “detached” from the world in such a long time and believe me, it’s a precious, magnificent feeling.

Bryanboy using a payphone at Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco
Chefchaouen Medina Morocco skyline
Fashion blogger Bryanboy takes a selfie at Chefchaouen, Morocco
Fresh orange juice vendor at Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco
Pigment and dyes at Chefchaouen market, Morocco
Knitted hats and scavres at Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco
Chefchaouen residential houses
Bryanboy at Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco
Bryanboy with a group of Moroccan boys crossing their legs at Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco
Moroccan children in Chefchaouen
Blue stairways and streets in Chefchaouen Medina, Morocco
Blue door in Chefchaouen, Morocco

T-shirt by Calvin Klein Collection, shorts by Alexander Wang, sandals by Celine

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7:22 pm

All Suited Up

09/10/2013, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs

Bryan, what are you wearing? A suit! Says who? Calvin Klein! Cher Horowitz called, she wants her dress back!

Every once in a while, I get this nagging voice at the back of my head to dress appropriately for my age. Sometimes, when I look at my photos, I find it hard to believe the person I’m staring at owns his busyness multi-media company. When that happens, the first thing I do is wear a suit. I guess its the executive realness in me talking. I feel like a grown up whenever I’m all suited up! I don’t know why. Anyway, Calvin Klein Collection sent me this suit a few months back and I resurrected it during Fashion Week in Milan. Am I a navy suit or a gray suit kind of guy? I can’t really tell because I love both colours though I must say I’m obsessed with gray lately.

Gray suit by Calvin Klein
Bryanboy wears a suit from Calvin Klein collection

Gray jacket, trousers from Calvin Klein Collection, shoes by Cividini

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10:41 pm

Calvin Klein Collection Resort 2014

12/06/2013, Calvin Klein, Fashion and Style, Francisco Costa, Resort 2014

I popped over to the Calvin Klein Collection showroom earlier this afternoon to see the Resort 2014 collection by Francisco Costa. I couldn’t stop myself from touching the oh-so-chic ultrasuede pieces; love the green coat on the rack, the short, boxy white jacket and the long-sleeved blue top with the zip on the back. It was refreshing to see Francisco use denim. I also love the colourful collaboration with the artist Ellsworth Kelly. Not shown on the runway was this amazing, graphic, black and white printed jacket and trousers; had my name all over it. Want. Love. Need.

White ultrasuede coat from Calvin Klein Collection Resort 2014 collection by Francisco Costa
Calvin Klein Collection Resort 2014 Re-see

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2:14 pm

Tête-à-tête With Francisco Costa

20/05/2013, Calvin Klein, Fashion and Style, Francisco Costa, Savannah

Oh Francisco! I had a lovely time catching up with Calvin Klein Collection’s Womenswear Creative Director Francisco Costa in Savannah. Francisco is this year’s recipient of the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Bryanboy and Francisco Costa at Andaz Hotel, Savannah Georgia

Bryanboy: A lot of young people go into fashion design with the dream of one day pursuing their own label. Considering your path, would it be ideal to contribute to the work of existing designers or focus on developing themselves as a brand?

Francisco Costa: They have to focus on developing their own personality and then everything will fall into place. When I ended up at Calvin Klein, I felt like this is an ideal situation because it is a brand with so much strength and I really try to bring what I like in combination with what Calvin did. I feel very blessed to have such a structure under me, but I’m also very nurturing to young students.

For instance, I had somebody that I hired temporarily who was an architecture major and had no idea what fashion was. So I said, “come work for us and see how you like it.” He showed interest. After awhile, I hooked him up with this one organization which held an international contest. Next thing you know, he was one of the participants and he ended up becoming very successful with it. Then he came to me after winning the contest and asked me what he should do next. I said, I don’t know, go open your own business because I felt like it’s the right time. This is a guy who has a lot of talent. But then again, maybe he is young enough and he could explore. Every experience is individual, right?

I’ve been working for a long time. Andre Leon-Talley came to me a long time ago, when I used to work for Gucci. I was in London and he asked me, “why don’t you open your own business?” I said, “Andre, I am truly happy.” I made a conscious decision not to. I could have done something, I could have played, I could have. But in retrospect, I am extremely happy.

Bryan: Speaking of Gucci… Tom Ford is known for his va-va-voom, high-octane, glamazon aesthetic whereas Calvin Klein Collection is the polar opposite — pure, luxurious, modern American sportswear. How did you refine your aesthetic considering the differences between the two brands?

Francisco: Interestingly enough, what Tom Ford did was really based on Calvin’s aesthetic. All the advertisements, the imagery, the sexiness — they were all very, very strong and very Calvin in many ways. So I don’t think that was a challenge so much because, you know, we are talking about the same thing.

The primary challenge for me was, as the business grew bigger and bigger, after it was sold it went from $700 million to $8 billion, the company exploded into so many different areas. The challenge for me is to keep that flame of the collection genuine and really protect it. So whatever it is that we are doing has to have a true essence and not just an essence, but a personality that wouldn’t be mixed up with all the other products in other categories.

Bryan: That’s another question for me — how do you bridge Calvin Klein Collection, your collection, which is very architectural, pure, modern and very technical whereas whereas the general public’s perception of Calvin Klein the brand? You have sexy, you have provocative, you have underwear, you have fragrance… how do you bridge the two?

Francisco: It’s all about securing that high-level position. A brand can actually exist both in high-end and low-end categories. It’s seamless. It’s totally seamless. If you think of the Calvin Klein lifestyle, you get it. A woman is able to explore both ends of the spectrum. One can have extraordinary clothes, very fine clothes while at the same time, have a lifestyle that’s cool. The juxtaposition is very modern. A cool woman goes shopping and mixes it all up today. I think that’s the most exciting part because it reflects independence.

Bryan: You’re one of the very few designers who actually push new fabrics, new, modern techniques in fabrics. What’s your relationship with fabric?

Francisco: I love fabrics! That’s the most organic part of designing because its tactile and you have to be part of the development. For example, for Fall/Winter 2013, it took me three years to get certain mills to agree to develop the same kind of fabric. Because you buy cashmere from one mill, you buy suiting fabric from another, you buy this from another, so you have to make them agree to make the same thing at the same time. It’s very costly for these people to change their techniques and what have you. A lot of fabrics for fall, for instance, those are actually woven and not cut-out.

I could have achieved that by cutting and boiling but I didn’t. It thrills me to be experimental — this is how you learn about the essence of fabric. Experimentation triggers fabric mills to create other things and further their development. It’s the same experimentation that would be seen two, even three seasons later. It’s all a great exercise.

Bryan: Do you start your design process with fabric itself or do you conceptualize shapes and silhouettes before deciding which fabric to choose?

Francisco: It goes both ways. A collection starts with an idea and could take up to years to materialize. And then all of sudden, you saw something on the street that inspires you and feels really relevant and it’s just this is the way to go. The design process comes in very different forms but ultimately, fabric is really the catalyst for a collection to work or not.

Bryan: If your next ten years of work could be described into one word, what would it be?

Francisco: In one word?

Bryan: Go on…

Francisco: I think it’s… I could give you three words (both laugh)

Bryan: Three is good!

Francisco: I think what I do is, you know, essentially provocative, strong and current and strong in many ways. If it had to be described in one word, I would have to say having a pulse. Pulse, pulse.

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9:03 am

Rita Ora x Calvin Klein at BaselWorld 2013

28/04/2013, Basel, Calvin Klein, Celebrity Gossip, Current Affairs, Events

Oh Rita Ora. Not only I was impressed to see her perform in person, I must say that I was truly impressed by her personal style transformation as well. She looked s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g in Calvin Klein.

Rita Ora Performing at Calvin Klein party BaselWorld Basel Switzerland 2013
Rita Ora in Calvin Klein at BaselWorld 2013
Bryanboy, Lily Kwong, Laura Burdese and Hanneli Mustaparta at Calvin Klein party BaselWorld 2013
Lily Kwong, Bryanboy and Hanneli Mustaparta at Calvin Klein party BaselWorld 2013
Rita Ora singing at BaselWorld 2013 party for Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein party at BaselWorld 2013 Basel Switzerland

On me: Suit, orange shirt, jewelry all by Calvin Klein Collection

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10:26 pm

Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry Baselworld 2013

27/04/2013, Accessories, Basel, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs, Fashion and Style, Jewelry, Watches

Greetings from Basel! Calvin Klein flew me to Switzerland as one of their guests for this year’s BaselWorld exhibition. To those of you who are not familiar of BaselWorld, it’s the biggest watch and jewelry fair in the world. It’s my first time to attend the fair. Don’t be misled by the word ‘fair’ though. BaselWorld 2013 was set up to resemble a giant shopping mall with some of the biggest watch and jewelry brands setting up conceptualized “booths” that looked like their actual retail stores. It was a no-expense-barred event and it was fascinating to see what everyone came up with.

It was lovely reuniting with familiar and friendly faces in addition to the Calvin Klein team and Executives: my ultra chic friend Lily Kwong flew in from Gabon, Laura Burdese, Calvin Klein tumblr contributor Hanneli Mustaparta and Ulrich Grimm who is the Creative Director of both Men’s & Women’s Shoes and Accessories. Rita Ora performed at the celebratory party in the evening and my beloved DJ Mike Nouveau spinned at the festivities.

The new Calvin Klein watches and jewelry collection features clean lines and characteristic curved metal surfaces. Some of the highlights from the 2013 line include the ck dress watch, the unisex ck eager timepiece, the ck classic watch that has been newly redesigned for 2013 and ck undulate, a key jewelry offering for the season including two pendant necklaces, rings and delicate earrings that showcase sleek and rounded shapes. Overall, the new collection can be described as sleek, elegant and ultra functional. Totally in synch with the brand’s modern and minimalist DNA. Very Calvin Klein.

On me: Jacket, top, shorts all by Calvin Klein spring/summer 2013 menswear

Calvin Klein watches and jewelry Baselworld 2013
Bryanboy, Lily Kwong and Laura Burdese at Baselworld 2013

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8:00 am

Watch Live Now: Calvin Klein Fall Winter 2013 Menswear

13/01/2013, Calvin Klein, Fall Winter 2013, Fashion and Style, Menswear, Milan

Calvin Klein Collection is livestreaming their fall/winter 2013 menswear fashion show. Watch now!

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12:31 pm

Sports, Illustrated.

16/09/2012, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs, Sports

Oh hi guys!

Bryanboy with Conor Dwyer, Amar'e Stoudemire and Henrik Lundqvist

Lace blazer and bag from Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Prada

I ended New York Fashion Week on a high note. At the Calvin Klein Collection dinner held at the new Beatrice Inn, I had the pleasure of meeting three wonderful sportsmen of the moment: the very handsome Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Conor Dwyer, superstar New York Knicks basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire and the Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist.

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