It’s been confirmed – after months of speculation, Raf Simons has been named as the new chief creative officer at Calvin Klein.
Coming from the role as creative director at Christian Dior, Simons replaces Francisco Costa who left the company in April.
It doesn’t come as a massive surprise, after months of industry rumours and Klein's hint at the move for the Belgian designer on Sirius XM radio show in an interview with Andy Cohen in June. Klein said: ‘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.’
The news couldn’t be officially announced due to Simon’s contract with Christian Dior, which ended last month.
Instead of the usual media furore, the news was announced on Calvin Klein’s Facebook. Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, said: ‘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 modernised fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.’
Simons will take total creative control of Calvin Klein, including Underwear, Jeans and Home brands, starting immediately, and his debut collection for the brand will be autumn/winter 2017.