With New York Fashion Week kicking into high gear, I took this opportunity to highlight one of fashion’s biggest stars and our ONE WORLD guest Calvin Klein. He is an icon in an industry that can make a designer a household name one year and then send them crashing back into anonymity the next. Yet he has managed to maintain prominence since founding his company in 1967.
Influenced by his grandmother, who was a seamstress in the Bronx and his mother’s love of style, Klein knew from a very early age that fashion and design were his passion. In his first runway show Calvin was immediately recognized as a rising star in the industry and was hailed as a young Yves Saint Laurent.
Calvin Klein’s continued success has largely been based on his focus and his ability to stick with his own personal aesthetic. “There has to be a way to communicate to people what you stand for,” he explains in his interview with Deepak Chopra.
“I don’t want to say it was easy, but…if I loved it, and I thought it was as good we could do, then usually the result came out well.” In an industry dominated largely by bold and busy prints, materials and shapes, Klein has maintained his clean and simple aesthetic and it continues to be successful decades after it was originally introduced.
Not one to be constantly in the spotlight himself and agreeing to interviews on a limited basis, Klein generally prefers to let his work speak for itself. The elegance of simple and clean lines is not something that Klein maintains only in his garments but also in his marketing strategies. With simple black and white advertising campaigns, the brand launched many models, including Brooke Shields and Mark Wahlberg into stardom. Today a Calvin Klein ad is instantly recognizable around the globe for its simple and consistent messaging. His body of work and his sizable success are a testament to the fact that sometimes less truly is more.
You can see his whole ONE WORLD discussion with Deepak Chopra here.
As the granddaughter of a former President of the United States and the daughter-in-law of American designer Ralph Lauren, Lauren Bush Lauren is no stranger to community involvement and creating brands. But her familial connections are only part of the story. Lauren’s fashion brand FEED is changing the way business and global aid interact. What started as a fundraiser for the UN World Food Program has turned into a thriving business, with the mission of creating well made products that help feed the world.
As student at Princeton University, Lauren grappled with the fact that after having seen so much hunger and poverty during her travels, it seemed an insurmountable problem. She struggled with what she could do to help as well as with what advice she could give to other young people equally interested in making a difference. Rather than feeling defeated she combined her love of design with her passion for ending hunger into FEED Projects. The six year old endeavor has expanded rapidly, and today FEED has provided over 75million meals to children in need.
Lauren sat down with Deepak Chopra as part of our ONE WORLD production to talk about her career, her brand and her aspirations.
Lauren has moved into a new realm in the business world, catering to an ever more mindful consumer who not only wants quality products but also has an interest in making a global impact. Increasingly, the public not only wants to know that the products they buy are made well and responsibly but also precisely what it is their money is going towards. Lauren has created a brand that allows others who have felt as if the problems of the world are insurmountable to make a difference and giving them a tangible explanation of what their money has done to help end hunger.
ONE WORLD is an interview series hosted by Deepak Chopra and produced by NEWSWIRE.FM where Deepak interviews various inspirational leaders such as Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Nigel Barker and many, many more. Each Friday we will profile a different guest from the ONE WORLD series to show you how these people are generating their success with mindful practice.
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