Barely two years in the role, Raf Simons is exiting Calvin Klein and will not be showing at the coming New York Fashion Week in February, as reported on BoF.
A premonition coming through, the exit of Raf Simons from the New York label comes with little surprise as Calvin Klein's parent PVH Corp. chief executive Emanuel Chirico has just recently criticised the direction of the brand since the appointment of Raf Simons and its poor financial performance in the market.
In a statement, Calvin Klein says, "Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after Calvin Klein Inc. decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’ creative vision".
According to BoF, PVH Corp. chief executive Emanuel Chirico had even mentioned that Raf's vision and his Calvin Klein denim collection was a "fashion miss".
He says, "We will cut back on a number of these planned investments in the 205 collection business, and as we move forward, we will [be taking] a more … commercial approach to this important business."
That said, many still applaud Raf's constant push for American arts and culture throughout his tenure including the collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation.
CFDA Chief Executive Steven Kolb says, "Raf brought a unique point of view to American fashion and the CFDA wishes him future success. Calvin Klein is an iconic American brand that will continue to flourish under new creative direction.”
As of now, Calvin Klein has officially announced that they will not be showing at the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 shows in the coming February.