Calvin Klein is expected to finally announce that Raf Simons is the brand's new creative director this week, reports WWD.
The news would end nine months of rumors and speculation surrounding the future of Dior's former artistic director. Rumors began in early November, when WWD first announced that Simons was the preferred choice to head Calvin Klein’s design department. Those rumors skyrocketed when Francisco Costa, the creative director of Calvin Klein’s women’s collections and Italo Zucchelli, the creative director of men’s collection, both left the brand.
The reason behind the delay in announcing Raf as the next boss is a banal one. A stringent non-compete clause in his Dior contract prevented him from taking the job officially until the clause expired on July 31. However, WWD report that the designer relocated to New York last month, and that he has already started meeting with key Klein staff.
In June, Calvin Klein himself said, “They won’t announce [who it is] publicly because it’s under contract. But the whole industry knows.” His first collection is likely to be for Fall 2017.
Stay tuned for more information as we have it. Until then, here's why Raf shouldn't take the job.