Raf Simons Joins Calvin Klein
From one fashion house to the next, Raf Simons has found a new label to bring his creative vision to: Calvin Klein.
We sort of knew that this new move by Raf Simons would happen but it is nice to finally have some confirmation. It can be counted as one of the worst kept secrets of the fashion industry (which is what Calvin Klein himself called it) but it is now official: Raf Simons has joined Calvin Klein and has gotten right down to work. His new role as the chief creative officer will see the 48-year-old oversee the brand’s clothing, underwear, jeans and home furnishings effective immediately. Fans of the designer can look forward to seeing his first collection under Calvin Klein this fall.
Prior to his role at Calvin Klein, the Belgian designer was the creative director at Dior. Apart from bringing along his experience gained by working at Dior and Jil Sander, the designer is also bringing along his former right-hand man Pieter Mulier. “Mr Mulier will be responsible for executing Mr Simons’ creative and design vision for men’s and women’s ready to wear, as well as the bridge and better apparel lines and accessories,” the fashion house said.
Back in April, Calvin Klein reported that it would be unifying all its brands under one vision, in a bid to increase its global retail sales. “This new leadership is intended to further strengthen the brand’s premium positioning worldwide and pave the way for future long-term global growth,” said Calvin Klein CEO Steve Shiffman. He added that “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.” It remains to be seen if one head is better than four — the formula that the brand had used up till April — but for now we are glad to bring some cheer to the world of fashion!