Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein is a high street, high end fashion house with a vast array of sub-labels and collections. It's famed for it's ads, particularly for it's fragrances. CK One, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear are just some of the brands under the name. Check out style tips from CK, with the latest collections and news.

Friday, 9th September, 2016

Fashion Friday No.12 – Best Menswear Of The Week

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It’s back! Fashion Friday has returned to Michael 84 to bring you the best menswear and clothing for guys of the week. Let me take the hassle of shopping around and showcase a small selection of what’s caught my eye over the past week.

The Calvin Klein Re-issued clothing is still on trend, and CK know it, and have released even more reincarnations of their favourite 90’s classic pieces of clothing. You can get this Calvin Klein Jeans Sweatshirt which comes in a couple of colourways, my favourite being this tonal dark blue colour which CK are calling night sky. Get it here at Calvin Klein for £80.

In keeping with the 90’s trend, there’s this Kappa Track Jacket. It’s a new design, but keeps the nostalgic taping and piping down the arms and classic Kappa logo to the front. The blue and white half colour works well, you can get it for £60 here

First up for the knitwear and jumpers is this one from DR Denim. The Noah Neppy Knit comes in an 80% lambswool mix in a marled style, and will be a good addition to you wardrobe game. It’s yours for £65 – here

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Light coloured knits are great, I really like them, and this one from TOPMAN is no exception. It’s an Ecru Textured Sweatshirt and is a good start if you’re looking to increase or start a new wardrobe for Autumn, a very reasonable £22 here

As you’ll probably know if you’ve read the blog over the Summer, nautical stripes are on trend, and I love them. Just because the Summer is over doesn’t mean the trend has to be, and you can get this TOPMAN Striped Jumper if you want to take the trend into Autumn. For £30 it’s a good way to keep the style going. Get it here

If you are in need of a pair of jeans for this season, you can have a look at the LEVIS 511 Black Slim Jeans. It’s my favourite fit, and as you’ll know from reading my 5 pairs of denim guide, you’ll want at least one pair of black denim in your armoury. Get a pair of classic Levis for £80 here

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Autumn and Winter are about layering, and you can do this with a good, solid knit. This cotton cashmere knit from Tommy Hilfiger is something you should seriously consider. Grey is a timeless colour, the V-neck style means you can wear it with a shirt to have that all important smart casual look. Get it for £80 here

If you want to add more dimension to your knitwear, the GANT Donegal Stripe Jumper could be a good way to do it. It’s a neutral colour, but the sand colour could be one you don’t already own, with the stripes it will add some individuality to your look. You can buy it for £95 – here

If you want an alternative to dark jeans, these GANT Chinos could be it. Khaki in colour, you can style them up with most colours which will keep your outfit looking smart. They’re £85  here

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The Adidas NMD-R1 are some of the most talked about trainers in menswear at the moment. If you want to join the trend you can do so with these all black trainers, which will be available in a week for £110 here

If you prefer to have smarter footwear, Paul Smith has you covered with these Bordeaux Christo Brogues. Crafted in Italy from Parma calf leather, they are not only a stylish piece, but also an investment in high quality footwear. Get yourself a pair for £285  here

That’s it for Fashion Friday this week! Remember to check out the men’s fashion advice section for men’s style tips, and as always, if you spot something worth a mention, shout me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog and let me know 🙂


Friday, 16th October, 2015

Men’s Style Tips – Fashion Friday Edit: No.8

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Happy Fashion Friday to you all 🙂 The weekend is upon us, so if you’re looking for some men’s fashion advice for what to buy this weekend, or pieces to invest in going forward, you should check out this week’s fashion edit.

Calvin Klein Shirt – £70

Nike Air Max 95 Exclusive At JD Sports – £115

ASOS Bomber Jacket 2 Pack – £34

Ted Baker Swanley Socks – 3 Pack – £22

Zara Suede Jacket – £99

Hugo Boss Colasso Coat – £380

Superdry Jacket – £75

Ralph Lauren Trainers – £95

First up is this dark chambray shirt from Calvin Klein. I just love the colour and the washed out look of it. It’s a slim fit, and this combined with the dark colour will keep you looking sleek.

Next is this pair of trainers which are Nike Air Max 95. I really love Air Max 95, they are old school and super comfortable, you can really feel the difference when you’re walking on a cushion of air which covers the key points of the foot. This colourway is really nice, a combinations of different blues creating a striping effect on the backdrop of the white trainers. These are exclusive to JD Sports, with all the legendary elements which has made the Air Max 95 an all time classic from Nike.

What’s better than having one light bomber in your wardrobe? Having two! You’ve probably seen 2 packs of T-Shirts, and 2 packs of other clothing, but a 2-pack in jackets? It’s not something you see every day. ASOS are doing a 2-pack of a bomber jacket which is constructed in light sweatshirt material which is super soft to touch. They come in a grey and black colour, suitable for wearing in mild temperatures with a tee, or wear with a bigger coat when the temperatures dip a bit lower.

Ted Baker do some really nice socks, and this 3-pack of socks is one of them. You don’t have to buy them as a gift for someone else, get them for yourself. They’re made from organic cotton, and at £22 for a 3 pack, they are a good deal.

The Autumn/Winter season is the prime time for a suede jacket, and Zara have a few which are on trend right now. I’ve picked out this one in navy blue. Bomber length with collar detail, zips on the sleeves and a zip-up opening, you should consider this if you’re looking to get into suede jackets this season.

This week has reminded me that Winter is coming, and so you may be on the look out for a winter coat. This is called the Colasso from Hugo Boss, and it looks like it will stand up to the cold very well. With a zip through opening and chunky buttons to the front, the design is smart and minimal, which means you’ll always be looking smart while staying warm too. It’s £380, but it will always be stylish for many winters to come.

If you’re looking for a jacket which will keep you dry and is lighter and more competitively priced, the Arctic Windcheater from Superdry is a worthy contender. For only £75 you get a whole lot of jacket, it’s waterproof and is fleece lined, with a selection of really colourful interiors to suit your personal style.

Last up are some smart trainers which I would say look more like casual shoes, the Odle from Ralph Lauren. They come in either black or dark tan, which is the colour I have selected here. The uppers are made from Nubuck leather, with a rubber sole and leather lining.

I hope you’ve had a great week, and you’ve enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As always you can send me tips on Twitter at @Michael84Blog, you can check out last week’s Fashion Friday here.


Sunday, 4th October, 2015

90’s Fashion Trends – The Come Back Of 90s Style

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The 90’s was an absolute immense decade for so many reasons; The music, the technology, the good times and of course the fashion. With a lot of cultures and sub-cultures being born or coming of age, there was such a rich diverse of style and fashion, a lot of it from the 90’s music scenes like Brit Pop. I love shows set in the 90’s like This Is England 90, fashion was and still is a big part of life, and it’s done well in the show.

90’s fashion trends have come back and are getting increasingly popular, everything from bucket hats to track jackets and band T-shirts, with favourite brands like Stussy, Ellesse and Kappa making comebacks, and fashion labels like Calvin Klein doing 90’s reissues of their clothing, there’s plenty out there if you’re looking to get into a 90’s trend. Check me out in my 90’s Kappa tracksuit, something which really brings back memories, and you can bring back the 90’s in your very own style.

90’s Fashion Brands You Should Know

Tommy Hilfiger – A trendy American import, Tommy Hilfiger and the trademark Red and white logo could be seen all over the place in the mid to late 90’s. Popular fashion from Tommy Hilfiger were denim, and smarter pieces.

Kappa – Kappa, the Italian sportswear kings of the mid-90’s. Infamous tracksuits and track jackets were backed up with tees and other tops.

Adidas Originals – It was just Adidas back then, and they’re responsible for perhaps the most iconic track jacket of them all. The three stripes in classic colours can still be bought today, it’s worn and loved. Adidas ‘poppers’ which were press-stud tracksuit bottoms were a huge hit, and the Gazelle trainers were also loved.

Calvin Klein – Calvin Klein was thought of as one of the coolest premium high street brands back then, if you had a CK top or pair of jeans then you were considered at the height of fashion. They were much ‘posher’ than your traditional pair of 501’s.

Fred Perry – The number one choice when you had to buy a polo shirt. With it’s minimal styling and tipped collar and sleeves, Fred Perry tops were clean cut and smart, without being formal.

Fila -Another sports brand which done well in the 90’s was Fila. If you ever wanted a casual T-shirt or track top they were always a viable option, and they are back in 2015!

Ellesse – Another big hitter making big waves in the 90’s which has returned is Ellesse. Another go to fashion label when you needed a jacket or casual tee.

Reebok – One of the biggest sports brands in the 90’s alongside Adidas, Nike and Puma. They were responsible with the Reebok Classics trainers, the much loved trainers which even makes it into Mike Skinner’s The Streets lyrics (Let’s put on our Classics and we’ll have a little dance shall we?).

Ralph Lauren – Another of the American imports, Ralph Lauren brought their signature line along with Polo Sport, both of which were seen as high end high street fashion, which was popular but worn sparingly.

Diadora – Last of the Italian sports brands in the list, they will always be remembered for the fluorescent coloured sports tees; Yellow and orange options were available, with plenty of other more neutral colours of tees and trackies.

DKNY – Donna Karen New York was more edgy and another American brand which was popular back in the 90s. With large printed graphics, you only needed four letters, DKNY.

Puma – More popular with sportswear and footwear, Puma made everything from tees to trainers and sweatshirts to bags and accessories.

United Colours Of Benetton – A more contemporary fashion brand with nice sweatshirts, tees and probably pioneered coloured jeans in the UK in the 90’s Benetton had a lot of boutique style shops selling their cool wears.

90’s T Shirts

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As mentioned above, Calvin Klein reissued their CK line which has proved to be popular. Inspired from the original 90’s collection, it’s still going strong now.

Tommy Jeans

Tommy Hilfiger followed in the footsteps and re launched Tommy Jeans, with the same success as CK. They’re updated designs which keep their original style, and look the part.

Reebok

Reebok were later to the 90’s party, but with their Classics range they’ve released some T-shirts and sweats with the iconic Reebok vector logo, for a reasonable price.

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CK, Tommy Jeans and Reebok have all reissued 90’s style sweatshirts and in some cases hoodies, all inspired from the greatest decade there was.

90’s Style – Jackets And Track Jackets

Whether it’s cold, warm or hot, a track jacket was one of the most fundamental fashion items to own. They’re light, you could usually get matching bottoms and they were on trend. There were so many brands with so many styles and their own take on track jackets. In the mid 90s there was the infamous Kappa, and throughout the 90s there were the iconic Adidas (which we now call Adidas Originals) as well as Fred Perry, Ellesse and Umbro to name a few.

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Fred Perry Track Jackets

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Ellesse Track Jackets

Trainers

In the trainer department there were a couple of favourites, but some of the absolute iconic trainers which were must have for the cool kids in the 90’s were a pair of Air Max, in particular what we now know as the Air Max 1 as well as the Air Max 90, but trainers which were just as popular back then were a pair of Reebok Classics. All white or all black, they were trainers which were super smart and super cool, but still casual. If you didn’t own a pair you probably know someone who did. Others worth a mention were the Puma discs which were a bit of a hit, and Adidas Gazelle’s which came in an array of colours.

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Reebok Classics £55 | Air Max 90 £95

Bucket Hats

Baseball caps were OK, but if you really wanted an alternative for headwear bucket hats were the way to go. There was a huge amount of style, colours, and patterns available from all the big clothing brands. Kangol had a lot out there, as did the other labels of the day. In 2014 and 2015 bucket hats, like other 90’s trends has had a big resurgence, and there’s a big range available today.

Criminal Damage bucket hat – £25 | Stussy bucket hat – £30| Adidas

Jeans & 90’s Denim Brands

Jeans and denim in the 90’s was about light blue washes, relaxed fits, and rips if you like them or could afford them, ripped jeans were more expensive, with the premise that “you had to pay someone to put rips in them, that’s why they cost more”. If you were from Newcastle you’ll know all about Geordie Jeans, if you’re not then the big brands were Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. If you were feeling a bit adventurous you may go for a colour in the summer, possibly white, but the go to colour wash the light blue wash synonymous with a pair of jeans.

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Tommy Hilfiger – £150 | Levi’s ORIGINAL 501 £75 | Pepe Jeans £85

Band T Shirts

Music was a big part of the 90’s as we’ve already established. From punk to pop, dance, and of course Brit pop. It was Oasis vs Blur with a bit of Pulp and Ocean Colour Scene thrown in, it was the Stone Roses, The Prodigy and underground rave-ups. The best way to show your alliance with what kind of music you were into was a band T-Shirt, and there were plenty available, and some still are. The lemon Stone Roses T-shirt is a particular favourite, get the licenced one.

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Polo Shirts & Shirts

Polo shirts were popular, and were the perfect balance of being smart while maintaining a casual look. One of the most popular brands for polos were Fred Perry. As for shirts, short sleeve was the way to go, with Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Ben Sherman among others.

Digital Watches

Digital watches were popular back in the 90’s, and certain ones have become legends of the decade, such as the G-Shock watches, or Baby-G if you’re a girl, and the ultimate boys watch, a Casio digital watch. Whether you go for the gold metal strap or rubberised one is entirely up to you.

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Verdict

The 90’s was an amazing decade for fashion, but just like in the past right up to the present day, the fashion you wore depends on your own personal style. Sportswear and casual clothing were the big things back then and a hit in popular culture, but there was also a massive amount of different sub-cultures and styles in existence each with their own take on the 90’s classics. Many styles, fashion labels and clothing has been brought back, and has never looked better. Long live the 90’s! 😀 Check out more of my favourite men’s fashion trends here, with ideas on how I style each trend.


Friday, 2nd October, 2015

Men’s Style Advice – Fashion Friday Edit No.7

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Hi guys and welcome to yet more end of the week fashion advice, yes, I am talking about another Fashion Friday roundup. This is edit number 7, and it has a bit of a theme going to it. H&M have released their AW 2015 collection, and there’s a lot of good things in their collection. In fact there’s so many, I have dedicated half of the edit just to H&M wears. Here’s this week’s picks.

H&M Long Sleeve Tee – £6 – here

H&M Selvedge Jeans – £40 – here

H&M Colourful Knitted Jumper – £30 – here

H&M Merino Wool Knit – £30 – here

ASOS Stripe Jumper – £28 – here

Ted Baker Cardigan – £109 – here

NN.07 Cody Melange Sweater – £110 – here

Calvin Klein 90’s Logo Sweatshirt – £90 – here

First up from H&M is an item which is new but already on sale, and it’s for an amazing £6 so you can’t grumble at that…In fact, I’ve ordered one myself and will post it on the blog soon! :mrgreen: Next are a pair of jeans from H&M, but not just any old jeans, these are made using Selvedge Denim, the darling of the denim world. Usually more expensive, H&M are bringing these to the high street at a price of only £40. There’s a colourful knitted top which will add some bright colours to your Autumn look, and then a premium 100% merino wool knit for only £30, available in a few colours, I really love the blue colour.

Rounding off the high street end of things is a jumper from ASOS. It’s a wool mix composition and comes in a nice pattern of striped with a block of blue across the shoulders, on the hem and sleeves. At £28 it’s at a nice price-point if you’re looking for a jumper and prefer something other than a plain knit.

My favourite piece from this week’s Fashion Friday is this cardigan from Ted Baker. It’s an ombré colour which looks really beautiful. It’s sure to get heads turning, and is perfect for layering and making an otherwise boring outfit stand out. It comes in at £109.

NN.07 are Scandanavian brand from Denmark which has produced a really great collection of modern classics, including this melange sweater. I love the colour, and it will go well with most things you already have in your wardrobe.

If you’re a regular reader then you’ll of already seen the Calvin Klein 90’s reissue T-Shirt I got earlier in the year. It’s getting a little chilly for tees, so what can you do? Well, you can get the same iconic 90’s inspired design, but on a sweatshirt. The CK 90’s sweatshirt is available in a few colours, I’ve picked it out here in a classic white with black logo. It’s £90 so not cheap, but you will be the coolest guy in the room in this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s fashion Friday, you can send me tips on Twitter here, or check out last week’s edition here.


Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

CK One – 90’s Retro Men’s Fragrance

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I love 90’s style, and Calvin Klein has been making a huge comeback with it’s 90’s retro stuff. I got the 90’s reissue T-Shirt which I love, and I thought I would get one of my first ever aftershaves, CK One.

CK One was probably my first fragrance, I remember getting that and also Cerruti 1881, probably when I was around 15-16 years old. CK One is probably the most iconic of fragrances for guys and girls of my generation, it was released in 1994 and was bought in the millions and really loved by so many people; It’s a unisex fragrance so is suitable for men and women, which could be why it was such a huge hit, and continues to be loved.

I got this for the nostalgic vibe it gives me, it does remind me of wearing way too much aftershave for going out, and the good old times we had back in the day. However don’t be fooled, this is not just something to reminisce about, it does smell very good.

It’s not the most refined scent, but you have to remember that this is over 20 years old. Having said that, it is very pleasant, and a great all rounder for the Spring and Summer, so perfect for this time of year. It’s completely inoffensive, citrus and green like fragrance, perfect for you if you’re younger looking for something simple and fresh for the day.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Citrus, Green
Age Recommendation – 16+
Best Worn – Casual, Formal, Daywear, Evening

Top Notes – Bergamot, Cardamom, Fresh Pineapple, Papaya

Heart Notes – Hedione High Cis, Violet, Rose, Nutmeg

Base notes – Musk, Amber

Check out more of my men’s fragrance reviews here, and find the perfect scent for yourself.


Friday, 17th April, 2015

Calvin Klein Jeans Limited Edition Collection At Selfridges

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Calvin Klein is having something of a resurgence in the past 12 months. You may remember my Calvin Klein 90’s reissue T-Shirt which they’ve brought back, they’ve done campaigns with Justin Bieber and now their latest campaign is with Kendall Jenner for their #mycalvins denim series.

Like the reissue, this collection focuses on the Calvin branding, and is presented throughout the limited edition collection. The ladies styles are fronted by Kendall herself, with the men’s range being modelled by Simon Nessman. The collection includes sweats and tees as well as jeans, a denim jacket and denim shirt. The range starts at a much higher price-point, with tees coming in at £85 a piece, and £150 for a sweatshirt.

The range is available to buy at Selfridges London in store and online here, right now.

What do you think of the collection?

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Thursday, 22nd January, 2015

Calvin Klein Reissue 90’s CK Jeans T-Shirt

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It’s no secret that I love the 90s, I am a 90’s child after all. Being born in ’84 means the 90’s was the decade I grew up, the decade I remember, and the decade I will always love the most (because it was the best! 😉 ). A few months ago I saw the reissue Calvin Klein 90’s fashion and had to get me at least one piece of it, and now I have 😀

I got the white T-Shirt. It has the iconic Calvin Klein CK Jeans logo on the front, and I just love it. It comes in at £45 which is quite expensive for a basic logo tee, but well worth it if you are a fan of fashion and 90’s trends. It’s also available in black and grey, and the same iconic logo can be found on a hooded top and sweatshirt for £110 and £90 respectively. This is however far less than when it was an exclusive with Mytheresa, with tees costing around £78! They can now be bought from Calvin Klein directly, as well as other retailers.

If you want one be quick, these are limited! Unless of course you still have one from your childhood (and it still fits!) :mrgreen:

If you want to get some inspiration on what to wear with this T-shirt, check out the 90’s fashion trends advice and get tips on what to style this with.

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