Calvin Klein, Inc. 2016 global multimedia advertising campaign marks an evolution in Calvin Klein’s stance of provocation and embrace of youthful culture. For the first time, each of the Calvin Klein brands – Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear are presented together in compelling images and video featuring a provocative blend of talent. Shot by avant-garde photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon, the visually striking global campaign presents a diverse and democratic cast that ranges from global superstars, actors, musicians, activists and models to street cast unknowns, often juxtaposed together. Those featured include Grammy nominated, 30-time platinum selling phenom Justin Bieber; American model and social media star Kendall Jenner; 11-time Grammy nominated hip-hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar; British artist, musician and director FKA twigs; Grammy nominated, platinum selling hip-hop recording artist Fetty Wap; breakout Danish actress Klara Kristin; independent hip-hop recording artist Joey Bada$$; Australian actress, model and musician Abbey Lee Kershaw; British model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Dutch artist, author and model Saskia de Brauw; indie music artist Destiny Frasqueri; and Korean model and up-and-coming music artist Sung Jin Park. The street cast up-and-comers include Daniel Hivner, Jan Gatewood, Aiden Dare, Rene Ferry, Sophia Tatum, Laura Sorensen and Petra Lajuan.
In the spirit of a creative factory, Lebon collaborated with a new generation of fellow photographers Harley Weir, Jamie Hawkesworth and Tobin Yelland, as well as Calvin Klein veteran photographer David Sims. Lebon’s father and brother, veteran photographer Mark Lebon and emerging filmmaker Frank Lebon, worked together with Tyrone as a family to capture the global campaign from a documentary perspective. The team of creators focused on a mix of offerings from the SS2016 lines of all the Calvin Klein brands, as well as imagery dedicated to each of the brands. A combination of photography and video, these creative works will be released through the SS2016 season.
The SS2016 campaign takes #mycalvins out of the bedroom, representing an evolution of the Calvin Klein brand’s acclaimed omnichannel initiative, which originated with individuals posting selfies on social media in Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans and tagging #mycalvins in the image caption. Beginning with the new call to action, “I _________ in #mycalvins,” this campaign moves from the passive, solo moment of the static selfie to live action, supporting the concept that the movement and moments of life are what creates its sensuality and sexiness. The campaign images are intimate and authentic, taking the long view past the famous faces in them to find the shared human truth at the heart of a generation that prides itself on its purpose and ambition.
“I _______ in #mycalvins” is included as text on the advertising visuals and features a different verb in the phrase with each visual. The call to action will encompass all brands under Calvin Klein and invite the global audience to show how they live their lives in their Calvins.