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Raf Simons is Calvin Klein’s new CCO

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  That’s Chief Creative Officer. We had written about Raf Simons leaving Dior in October last year and the flurry of activities that has been keeping everyone busy updating their rolodex in the high fashion industry. Today the news broke of Simons coming on board the American desigh house team as their new Chief Creative Officer. In this new role, Simons will be leading the creative strategy at the brand all across the world, supervising design, global marketing and communications and debut his first collection for Fall 2017 season. With his minimalistic aesthetic, and a remarkable understanding of the urban youth culture, the Belgian designer has been one of the most formidable names in today’s fashion scene. Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein expressed his enthusiasm at having Simons on the team in a statement, calling it 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.”
Simons, had left Dior in October 2016, however a non-compete clause there meant he couldn’t take on a new position right after. That period is reported to have expired last month. However this appointment was widely anticipated in fashion circles after Calvin Klein Collection designers for menswear and womenswear, Italo Zucchelli and Francisco Costa exited the company in April this year. This news puts everything neatly into place. At least momentarily, after all, fashion industry can be fickle and high profile comings and goings have been one too many this year.  

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