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. Klein is the youngest of four children. 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 de 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 talented fashion artists according to the fashion cognoscenti in Paris and 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, the designer's 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 including Mrs. Klein who sustained multiple broken bones throughout her upper body. Beside those that lost their lives including the driver of his car, 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. Amazingly, 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, Lloyd 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 clientele. 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 which notables such as Betsy Bloomingdale, Natalie Cole and Joan Collins were regularly seen.
The Celebrity Clientele
Lloyd Klein is often referred as a Celebrity Designer due to the numerous media personalities that wear his gowns for personal appearances on the red carpeted events
like: 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. The designer is pranked and unwittingly appears in the Premiere episode of the Ali G television series, the third segment of episode one has the infamous Bruno (the alter ego character of Ali G) sneaking onto the Lloyd Klein New York Fashion Week Catwalk held at Studio 54, without invitation, past Lloyd Klein himself and right onto the runway. Televised Video Interviews include the Klein being profiled by Lubomir Stoykov for Nova, Bulgarian Television. Carrie Ann Inaba getting ready to the host the Emmy's for aired on the TV Guide Channel in 2009. Kirsten Lea profiles Lloyd Klein for Hollyscoop TV. Earlier broadcasts include French television's talk show Tout-Paris, Italian Television's talk show Non Solo Moda in the studio of photographer Marino Parisotto.
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 2007, the designer received an unexpected phone call in Beverly Hills on Father's Day from Switzerland from a 20-year-old man who introduced himself to the designer as his son. The young man looked up Klein on the internet after his mother informed him that his father who had recently and unexpectedly passed away was not his biological parent and that his real birth father was a young fashion designer with whom she, a top model at the time, had shared a romantic relationship but had kept her pregnancy secret from both father and son for personal reasons. The news of having a grown son was welcomed by the designer and has resulted in father and son building a relationship that is welcomed by both.
In March 2013 at the invitation of Donald Trump, Klein became a spokesperson for the Unicorn Children's Foundation, which provides support for children with Autism and other neurodiverse challenges. The designer shared his triumphant personal struggle with neurodiversity by publicly discussing this in a video created by the Unicorn Children's Foundation. In the video, he credits his work in Fashion business as helping him overcome his childhood Autistic diagnosis.
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 .
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