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Everything You Need to Know About Fashion, According to Calvin Klein

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American fashion designer Calvin Klein. Photo: Getty

Calvin Klein has been hailed as one of the most iconic fashion designers in history. The American designer became a household name after launching his eponymous label in 1968, initially focusing on women’s apparel, but has since established his brand as a key player in the underwear and denim market. Calvin Klein is known for his distinct ad campaigns, often featuring the best from the celebrity and supermodel world.

As Calvin Klein celebrates his 77th birthday today, November 19, we take a look at what we can learn about fashion from the designer.

Don’t take it too seriously

“What we’re doing is fun – if you have any sense of humor at all.”

Be prepared to mix up your style

“Fashion is about change and, for me, the philosophy is always the same… That the clothes have to be really modern and make women look really beautiful. But, it’s fun to keep changing and to change the silhouettes, to change the fabrics and to change the color.”

Trust your instincts

“Success is how you feel about what you’re doing. You have to please yourself and trust your instincts. You can’t go by what other people think.”

Embrace your true self

“My advice is you need to have a vision. Be confident. Or act as if you are confident as a way to get people to believe in you. Then repetition is reputation. Keep growing, keep changing, but always remain true to yourself and your vision.”

It’s a tough business

“I’m in a business where no one cares about anything except how well your last collection sold.”

Everyone will have their opinions

“You don’t only worry about the people who hate or resent you; in a way, you’re more worried about the people who love you.”

Always strive to achieve what you want

“I think fantasies are for the birds; anything I wanted to do, I did. If there’s something I want, nothing stops me.”

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