It has been confirmed that in a bold yet widely anticipated move, Raf Simons has been named chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, bringing his signature minimalist aesthetic to the iconic American brand.
It has been long debated where Raf Simons would go with speculation having said Calvin Klein was the favourite after the announcement of his resignation back in October 2015.
Today a statement from the designers has confirmed this as the Belgian’s next move after three years as women’s creative director of Christian Dior Couture.
“The arrival of Raf Simons as chief creative officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,” said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc.
“Raf’s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernised fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.”
The arrival was declared after the news that Dior has hired Valentino co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri to design its women’s collections, which would be replacing Simons, who had notoriously resigned from the post in October 2015.
Simons will indeed lead the creative direction for the entirety of the company, including ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein, as well as the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections.
By giving creative control of the company to Simons, Shiffman and Calvin Klein Collection president Michelle Kessler-Sanders seem to show that there is now a focus upon interest within designer fashion, which has been seen to be lacking in previous years.