Raf Simons has been named the new Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein. Previously, order held three years as women’s Creative Director of Christian Dior. “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 modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand,” said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein. Simons is set to take on a reported salary of $18 million per year as he begins at Calvin Klein. According to reports, Simons already relocated to New York City weeks ago. When Calvin Klein fired the creative heads of men’s and women’s in April, they announced that they would not be showing runway collections for the rest of 2016. In February 2017, Raf Simons is expected to make his debut for the brand. Simons will have even more responsibility than he did at Dior. He will be in charge of both the men’s/women’s collections, men’s/women’s underwear, fragrances, jeans and accessories. It is believed that he will be responsible for all of the brand’s advertising and other creative endeavors.

Kareshma Singh