raf simons to be named new head of calvin klein this week
The worst kept secret in the industry is almost out.
Rumors have been swirling around the fashion world about the Belgian designer's destination since he stepped down as creative director of Christian Dior late last year, when he quit the historic maison citing a desire to focus on his own brand and passions outside of work. It was a decision that started a period of soul searching for the fashion industry, specifically about the fashion calendar and how best to utilize the creativity of designers who can be forced into creating numerous collections a year.
So, almost a year after leaving Dior, it seems that Raf will rejoin the sound and fury of the show schedule, by taking over the American fashion empire of Calvin Klein. Rumors have been circulating since last November that Simons would take the reins at the American brand, and only heightened when the creative directors of the brand's women's and men's collection — Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, respectively — left their positions.
But it looks like the worst kept secret in the fashion industry is about to revealed, seeing as Raf's no-compete clause with Dior expires today, finally clearing him to take another job. In June, Calvin Klein himself weighed in on the debate, telling WWD that: "They are doing something that I had hoped they would have done, which is replace me. Find someone who can with a singular vision oversee everything that is creative. They won't announce [who it is] publicly because it's under contract. But the whole industry knows."
Text Felix Petty
Photography Willy Vanderperre