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February 15, 1967 |
|Labels||Lloyd Klein Couture, Grès, LKLA - Lloyd Klein Los Angeles|
Career - The Paris Years (1989 - 1999)
Klein was born in Montreal, Canada to French parents and was raised in Paris, France. Although initially trained in architecture, Lloyd Klein switched career focus and pursued his interests in fashion design and haute couture. He was inspired by observing a Givenchy runway show and subsequently began a friendship with the revered designer. Since those days, his collections have been exhibited at the Musee Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris for the work he did at House of Grės. Later he became the Director of Costume for the Opera Comique de Paris in compliance with the French National Heritage of the Minister of Industry.
After two seasons of presenting his work on the Paris Haute Couture runways, he became the head designer for Maison Mme. Grès where he was among the most well paid fashion designers at the time, with a salary that reached 150,000 FRF per month plus an annual fee of 12 million FRF . He was yet in his twenties when he accepted the position.
Career The U.S. Years (1999 - present)
In 1999, Klein resumed his signature label, Lloyd Klein Couture. Klein set up new company headquarters in the United States and by September 1999 he presented his Spring/Summer 2000 collection with New York Fashion Week in the tents at Bryant Park, New York City.
In the early foggy morning of February 7, 2004, while en route to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France intending to arrive for his scheduled flight to John F. Kennedy Airport, New York in order to present his seventh runway collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, his chauffeured town car was sideswiped and totalled by a drunk driver. His car was one of three in a caravan that included his 4 person entourage, his new seasonal collection and his mother who sat next to the designer in his car. All three cars were involved in the devastating collision which claimed two lives, and injured six people. Lloyd Klein was the most injured survivor. The designer suffered serious damage to his face and upper body that resulted in complete facial reconstructive surgery following a three-day induced coma. Nonethelss, the designer presented his collection which had lost its stage in New York to the Los Angeles version of Fashion Week only a month later as the Presenting Designer platformed by fashion week title sponsor, Mercedes-Benz New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week organizer, Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis.
In 2004, he Klein opened a two-story Flagship House of Couture located in Los Angeles which served as a creative workshop and retail space for both Klein’s ready-to-wear and couture. The historic landmark building, which locals refer to as, “the Castle,” is replete with a gothic turret. The 1928 “petit chateau” features a wildlife pond and wood planked “moat” entry-way leading into the 7,700 square foot space. The two-story interior was designed by Lloyd Klein. The layout includes a private VIP consultation lounge and fitting room for his couture clients, editorial and sales showroom, conference room, and chic retail space to showcase a full range of Lloyd Klein products including accessories, jewelry, handbags and ready-to-wear. The space also includes an archive library featuring over 4,000 runway sample garments that chronicle the history of his work. The Building which is listed officially as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #275 and placed on The National Register for Historic Places originally known as the Heinsbergen Decorating Company Building.
In 2006, Lloyd Klein opened the doors to the public whereas it was an appointment only salon for the two years previous to that. The couture salon was host to many afternoon fashion shows and fashion events hosted by Lloyd Klein.
The Celebrity Clientele
Among the celebrities who he has designed for are Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Tara Reid, Kate Beckinsale, Eva Longoria, Toni Collette, Marissa Miller, Tyra Banks, Kate Moss, AnnaLynne McCord, Vanessa Williams, Jane Fonda, Joan Collins, and Dita von Teese.
In addition to suiting over 100 stars for the red carpets, he has provided wardrobe for many music videos and concert performances including artists such as Brandy Norwood, in the duet music video with Monica entitled, "It All Belongs To Me", Pop Singer Pink in her video entitled, "Just Like a Pill", Nicki Minaj in her video entitled "Your Love", and numerous wardrobe looks for Natalie Cole with appearances that have included the Grammy Awards, her milestone performance at the Hollywood Bowl, and her wardrobe for her music video entitled "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" as well as her performance wardrobe for her appearances on American Idol and in [David Foster & Friends] Concert Series in 2011. Actress Naya Rivera was positioned best dressed wearing a Lloyd Klein tuxedo gown to the Emmy Awards in 2011 by In-Style Magazine. Bo Derek wore an Amythest crepe Lloyd Klein evening gown to the Academy Awards in 2012.
Film and Television
Highlighted Fashion Film Projects featuring wardrobe designed by Lloyd Klein include The Madame, which was honored as the Official Selection at the 2012 La Jolla Fashion Film Festival and Fashion Purgatory, a short fashion fantasy film directed by Chris Callaway. Lloyd Klein has played "himself" on several entertainment television segments including: Selling LA HGTV series, Season 4, Episode 2; Les Anges de la Tele Realite, America's Next Top Model features Klein as "himself" making a personal appearance as a judge overseeing the cast of models presenting a runway wearing his couture collection. Another episode of America's Next Top Model Cycle 14, featuring all 6 contestants each challenged to model in a photo-shoot wearing the identical Lloyd Klein black gown in the New Zealand outdoors with live sheep as a challenge to determine "Who Wore the Lloyd Klein Black Dress Best". Klein again plays himself in the short lived television series entitled Megan Wants to Marry a Millionaire. T
In 2012, Klein launched Lloyd Klein Films with a short film project entitled, Success Driven. His credits on this project include, Co-Writer, and Executive Producer, and Production Designer.
In early 2013, Klein created a sportswear collection for the retail market for women as well as one for men, both under the label, LKLA - Lloyd Klein Los Angeles. Lloyd Klein sold an interest in 3 of his fashion brands for more than $377 million, Klein shares homes between New York, Los Angeles and Montreal with real estate properties belonging to Klein's Trust that reach $187 million, his net worth is estimated to be over $500 million.
In August 2013 Lloyd Klein x Ivory + Mason Eyewear was launched for retail as a collaboration between retro eyewear manufacturer Ivory + Mason and Lloyd Klein .
- Vesalind, Erin. "Lloyd Klein’s Homage to Elegance in L.A.". WWD (December 6, 2006).
- Moore, Booth. "Style Notebook: Designs in L.A.". Los Angeles Times (January 6, 2007)
- Heinsbergen Decorating Company Building