A little known fact about me is that I went to fashion school because I wanted to be a fashion designer as a teenager. I soon realized that I wasn’t going to pursue a career in fashion but graduated anyway so I could go to university. So for five years, I learned all about designers, history of fashion, fabrics and sewing. Looking back, reading fashion magazines for school actually was really fun.
I’ve never considered myself a stylish and fashion-savvy person, but some styles and designs stuck with me during all these years. To this day, when I think style, I think “Calvin Klein 1999” – literally. Fashion right around the turn of the millennium was very sleek, minimalistic and straight. And Calvin Klein’s collections of the late 90s were the ultimate epitome of that.
It’s an aesthetic I’m looking for when buying clothes to this very day, even if it’s not on trend. The first item by Calvin Klein I ever purchased is a black fitted button down shirt that I got in 2010. It’s one of a handful of clothes that I know look good on me no matter how I good I feel. And it’s holding up well even after seven years. Another Calvin Klein piece I really love is one I bought last year in New York, it’s a structured tank top that actually reminds me very much of the 1999 designs. I’ll post pictures soon. What I appreciate most about the 1999 inspirations is that all designs are basically timeless.
Of course, Calvin Klein was not the only designer representing the sleek style in the late 90s, another one of my favorite collections of that era is Jil Sander. But Calvin Klein holds a special place in my heart, especially after featuring one of my ultimate style icons Shirley Manson in his 2001 campaign. You can view the 1999 collections here and here.