Calvin Klein Shines during the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Dinner

In a room filled with some of the most elite fashion designers, Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) introduces the Keynote Speaker. Calvin Klein stands amongst Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Francisco Costa, Diane von Furstenberg, and more to share moments of his early days in the business.

Calvin Klein built his business with Barry Schwartz and had his first order of $50,000 taken by Bonwit Teller. Teller growing Calvin into a lifestyle brand made him infamous. Infamous enough to attract the likes of the Gambino Family. Yes, the Gangsters.

Klein recalled “ One day, I got a call from the Gambinos telling me that they are now my truckmen. I said, ‘What do you mean, truckmen?’ I was just barely in business. At that point, I began to realize how important it was to not think that I know everything.” “….they wanted 25cents to deliver a box…”

Others who were in attendance included Joe Jonas, Chloe Moretz, Amanda Seyfried, Hannah Bronfman, Carmelo and LaLa, Zoe Kravitz and Mia Wasikowska.



The CFDA fashion awards took place Monday but clothing designers weren’t the only one getting notoriety. Fashion architecture was on the radar with some of the hottest retail store designers on hand. Check out this exclusive interview with menswear designer of the year Patrik Ervell and V Magazine!