With just a few days back in 2018, fashion couldn't wait for next year to give us another shocking headline: Raf Simons officially departs from Calvin Klein.
The Belgian designer was appointed CK's chief architect back in August 2016 and continued to present his first American brand collection in February 2017. It is assumed that Simons still had eight months left on his three-year contract, which would have been on renewal in the summer of 2019. "Both sides have warmly decided to share ways after Calvin Klein Inc. has decided on a new brand orientation that differs from Simon's creative vision," CK said in a statement to Fashion Business.
Although the award-winning designer continued to win several awards for the brand, including three CFDA awards for women's and men's clothing, it was reported last month that Simons did not earn enough profits for the company. "We went too far, too fast at both fashion and price," says Emanuel Chirico, CEO of CK's parent company PVH Corp, under the brand's quarterly results.
Sources also report that Calvin Klein will not present a collection during the Fall 2019 season in New York, even though it is on the CFDA's official calendar earlier this week. No replacement for Raf Simons has been named yet, but keep it locked here for more details as the story unfolds.
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