Since it’s the holidays, although I can’t be sure because of the unseasonable warmth, let’s take a look at Ebenezer Scrooge. He’s not a character I’ve ever considered before, which is odd because A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories. So when Calvin Klein asked me to interpret a 2012 version using their collection, I jumped at the challenge.
Most will recall Scrooge as a grumpy businessman who despises the holidays, always ready with a “bah humbug” for any well-wisher, charitable soul or. Of course on Christmas Eve his ghosts catch up with him after a warning from his deceased business associate, Jacob Marley whose selfish ways earned him a wretched afterlife. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come show Scrooge Christmas in a new light. The ghost of Christmas yet to come, the most terrifying, gives Scrooge a preview of his grave and he finally repents his ways. Shocked and frightened, he awakes a changed man spreading the holiday spirit wherever he goes—from what little family he has left to the family of his mistreated employee, Bob Cratchit.
So the next time you’re feeling over the holidays, just remember that you probably once enjoyed them and if you remain selfish, you’ll get what’s coming to you in this life or the next. All piece from this modern take on Scrooge are from Calvin Klein and you can shop similar below. Just clickity click.
Phoebe Caulfield is one of the more underappreciated characters in literature. Although Catcher in the Rye focuses on the exploits and development of Holden, much of his character is based on his relationship with his younger sister. In fact, his entire fantasy about catching children “in the rye” is centered around his desire to protect her and childlike innocence in general. Phoebe, when contrasted with her older brother, is far more mature than he and sees him as an idealistic and misguided young adult. Eventually, Holden learns from her judgement of him as he reluctantly grapples with adulthood. They’re both well-born kids of Manhattan, but the strike me as cooler than your average Dalton or Spence student. Phoebe definitely would’ve grown up to run shit, and been more into The Bell Jar than Gossip Girl. In conclusion, the Caulfields dominate.
1. Buffalo plaid is big in this crowd.
Coat by Michael Kors, dress by Chloe, shoes by Derek Lam
2. Holden, you’re crazy, I like you, but you’re crazy.
Coat and skirt by by Altuzarra, shirt by Band of Outsiders, boots by Fendi
3. Hanging out on a cliff, near that rye.
Coat by Billy Reid, shirt by Creatures of the Wind, skirt by Carven, shoes by Altuzarra
Dickie Greenleaf, one third of The Talented Mr. Ripley trio is a sad case. On the run from his family and fortune waiting for him in the states, he travels Europe seeking solace with his friend Marge. His father, seeking his son returned, enlists the help of con-artist Tom Ripley to bring him home safely. Tom travels across the atlantic to track Dickie down and they quickly become friends. While Dickie is welcoming of the friendship, Marge is suspicious and untrusting of Mr. Ripley. Slowly, Tom forms an obsession with Dickie and his lifestyle. After an odd episode where Dickie catches Tom impersonating him, the pair travel to Italy together to ease the tension. As an aside, if you catch somebody imitating you and becoming obsessed with you, do not travel to Italy with them. Ripley’s psychotic side gets the better of him and he murders Dickie to assume his identity. What follows for Ripley is a life of constant fear that he will be reprimanded for the crime. Dumbass.
1. I’m just chillin’ here, this is my new friend Tom
Suit by Hackett London, shirt by Richard James, shoes by Zegna
2. Sureeee, I’ll go to Italy…that seems normal.
Shirt and bags by Trussardi, pants by Richard James, shoes by Nicole Farhi
3. Oh great, now I’m dead.
Zip up by Richard James, shirt by Pringle of Scotland, shoes by Bottega Veneta
Do you know before I became the world’s leading rhythmic gymnast, I really wanted to be an architect? The design of buildings always held an interest for me, from historical architecture, to Bauhaus, to post-modern crap. Howard Roark, the protagonist of The Fountainhead and I share this love. Like many people, he suffers for his work. Howard finds it difficult to work after he graduates. He could find easy success at the sacrifice of his own creativity. He knows how good of an architect he is and he spends his early career bouncing around, waiting for somebody to recognize his talent. His work life is plagued by negative press and a relationship with Dominique Francon. Eventually, Roark finds somebody to appreciate his work, but not without exploding some things. Hooray for explosions.
1. Are you kidding? I’m the most bomb-ass architect in town
Coat by E. Tautz, shirt and sweater by Michael Bastian, pants and shoes by Louis Vuitton
2. You people at The Banner are a bunch of muckraking bastards!
Coat by Michael Bastian, suit and shoes by Canali, shirt and tie by Corenliani
3. You disobeyed me, so I’m going to explode this ugly building. Explosions!
Coat by Simon Spurr, pants and shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
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I’m a little rusty on Dorian Gray, so forgive any errors up in this piece. It centers on the idea of selling your soul, or exchanging it for something. It’s a common theme, I believe it was first seen in Faust or Faustus. The protagonist sells his soul for a life he thinks would be better. Things go on and he lives a fantastic, pleasure-seeking life and then goes to Hell. Yay, Hell! Of course, this theme is everywhere from Billy Joel to Elizabeth Hurley and to Dorian Gray. In Dorian Gray, the lead trades a normal life for an eternal youth. Through the influence of others he lives a hedonistic life. It must be tough to have tons of sex and be really really ridiculously good looking. Trouble is, as Dorian’s sins mount, his true self is revealed in the portrait. His once handsome image is ravaged by his actions. Slowly, he comes to see that his life is a farce, a farce I say! However, despite his attempts at repenting and redemption, he couldn’t change it back. Frustrated with rage, he stabs the painting, killing himself and restoring the original work. Heavy shit.
1. Wow, I am so damn good looking, everybody thinks so. Like OMG, look at me.
Jacket by Roland Mouret, shirt and scarf by Maison Martin Margiela, pants by Prada, shoes by Acne
2. Hold on, I gotta sit for this portrait yo.
Suit by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Paul Smith
3. Stop looking at me, portrait Dorian!
Jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo, sweater by Maison Martin Margiela, pants by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Dries van Noten