Raf Simons to helm all aspects of Calvin Klein, Inc.
A new era
The American empire appoints Raf Simons as its chief creative officer
Finally putting speculations to rest, Calvin Klein has recently annouced Dior's ex-creative director as its new ringleader. Tapping Raf Simons after the brand's mens and womenswear creative directors of their runway collections, Italo Zucchelli and Francisco Costa, left earlier this year, Simons has been charged with Calvin Klein, Inc.'s entire portfolio: Calvin Klein Collection, Platinum, Jeans, Underwear and the Home lines will take direction from the Belgian designer. Not one to do things by halves, Simons' takeover also marks the first time that the American powerhouse has been placed under a cohesive vision since the man and founder himself. CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc., Steve Schiffman said, "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." Pieter Mulier — having worked under Simons at Dior, Jil Sander, and the designer's eponymous label — has also been named Calvin Klein's creative director. Related story:Raf Simons leaves Dior: His five best show sets Raf Simons' first collection for Calvin Klein will be presented in fall 2017.