Calvin Klein has always been really good when it comes to reminding us that models don’t need to actually wear clothes in order to sell clothes. This summer alone brought us Eva Mendes greased up and stripped down and the foursome on a billboard in SOHO that made moms and this city councilman (who sounds drunk) protest. Now the two windows of Klein’s NYC store give us two stories of model David Agbodji—practically ALL of model David Agbodji. Even the NY Times’ Bill Cunningham, couldn’t help but take note of them in his most recent installation of “On the Street”.
Truth is, I think a little nudity on Madison Ave. is refreshing and I imagine that there are plenty of old ladies wearing Chanel who would agree. The second window (which you can see over at The Shophound) has a kneeling mannequin positioned squarely in front of the semi-transparent scrim bearing** the naked image of Agbodji. As much as I enjoy the rearview, I think this second display is tipping the scales on the side of tacky. I’ll give a few creativity points for the arrangement but seriously CK, it’s still Madison Avenue, not the red light district. Please try to keep your nudity classy.
**definitely one of my better unintentional puns of 2010!