is raf simons collaborating with sterling ruby at calvin klein?
If rumours are to be believed, the artist and designer could be set to take their longtime creative partnership stateside.
Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby autumn/winter 14
It's been a couple of months since Raf Simons was announced as Calvin Klein's chief creative officer and already the rumour mill is in full swing regarding a potential new collaboration with Sterling Ruby.
The American artist has been seen "regularly at Calvin Klein headquarters," Page Six report, sparking talk of a follow-up to the pair's last collab, Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby autumn/winter 14 -- their fourth such project since meeting in 2005.
While one source suggests that Sterling's involvement may be to assist Simons on the brand's Madison Avenue flagship -- a role he previously undertook during a revamp of Raf's Tokyo store in 2008 -- it wouldn't take a huge stretch of the imagination to see the artist's influence upon its clothing too; Simons known to want to revitalise the brand's runway collections.
After Simons tapped Ruby to help create his highly-anticipated and much celebrated first collection for Dior -- with the artist's prints appearing on autumn/winter 12 couture -- it is certainly possible that the Belgian designer has Ruby's work in mind for his debut Calvin Klein collection, expected to be shown in the spring, for autumn/winter 17.
Text Matthew Whitehouse
Photography Morgan O'Donovan