Raf Simons is officially in at Calvin Klein, where he’ll take on the role of creative director for both the men’s and women’s brands — and we can’t wait to see his debut collections for the Fall 2017 season. Can you?
After months of speculation Calvin Klein confirmed that the former helm of the Dior house, Raf Simons, would take on the role of creative director at Calvin Klein, overseeing both the men’s and women’s brands in his new appointment. The brand took to Instagram to announce Raf’s hire with the following caption: “Calvin Klein, Inc. today announced the appointment of Raf Simons as Chief Creative Officer of the brand, effective immediately. ⠀ Mr. Simons will lead the creative strategy of the Calvin Klein brand globally across the Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Home brands. As part of his role as Chief Creative Officer, Mr. Simons will oversee all aspects of Design, Global Marketing and Communications, and Visual Creative Services. Mr. Simons’ first collections will debut for the Fall 2017 season. The appointment of Mr. Simons as Chief Creative Officer marks the implementation of Calvin Klein’s new global creative strategy, announced in April 2016, to unify all Calvin Klein brands under one creative vision.”
Steve Shiffman, CEO of Clavin Klein, Inc. also released a statement. “The arrival of Raf Simons as Chief Creative Officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein. Not since Mr. Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Raf’s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand,” he added.
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Raf served as the artistic director of Christian Dior’s women’s ready-to-wear, accessory and haute couture collections and announced his departure from the French fashion house in October 2015. Rumors surrounding Raf and Calvin Klein swirled, especially with the April departures of former creative director of the women’s collection, Francisco Costa, and Italo Zucchelli, former creative director of the men’s collection — and now it’s finally official!