It’s never too unwise for the fashion world to publish another shocking title. In a scene reminiscent of Phoebe Philo’s departure from Céline a few days before Christmas last year, it is announced that Raf Simon will leave his creative role after his two years at Calvin Klein.
On the way: Raf Simons, Chief of Creation, Calvin Klein
In his tenure, Raf Simons was committed to Calvin Klein’s cause. His investments in the company have earned him many awards for the brand, including three CFDA awards for women’s and men’s clothing. Although Simon’s position on the brand was hailed by the industry, it did not have a commercial impact. According to Business of Fashion, Calvin Klein’s parent company, PVH, has expressed concerns when its profit margins contracted by 8 percent, resulting in a first loss of revenue for the company in the last two years. “We went too far, too fast, both in terms of fashion and price,” said Emanuel Chirico, chief executive officer of PVH Corp, when calling the brand’s quarterly results.
“The two parties have amicably decided to separate after Calvin Klein Inc. has chosen a new direction of the brand, different from the creative vision of Simons,” the company said in a statement.
Simons was appointed Chief Creative Brand in August 2016 and reportedly signed a three-year contract, which is expected to be renewed in 2019. However, at 8 months from the end of his contract, Simons formally resign. Sources reveal that Calvin Klein will not be presenting his Fall 2019 collection in New York.