With only a few days in 2018, fashion could not wait until next year to give us another shocking headline: Raf Simons is officially making his exit from Calvin Klein.
The Belgian designer was named creative director of CK in August 2016 and went on to present his first collection with the American brand in February 2017. It is believed that Simons still had eight months remaining in his three-year contract, which would have They were renewed in the summer of 2019. "Both parties have decided to separate amicably after Calvin Klein Inc. has decided on a new brand direction that differs from Simons' creative vision," CK said in a statement to the Business of Fashion.
While the acclaimed stylist has garnered several accolades for the brand, including three CFDA awards for women's and men's fashion, it was reported last month that Simons was not making enough profits for the company. "We've gone too far, too fast in terms of fashion and price," said Emanuel Chirico, chief executive of CK's parent company PVH Corp. during the quarterly teleconference of the brand.
Sources also report that Calvin Klein will not feature a collection during the fall season of 2019 in New York, despite being on CFDA's official calendar earlier this week. No substitute for Raf Simons has been named yet, but keep him locked here for more details as the story unfolds.
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