Raf Simons has been formally appointed as chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, filling the vacant position left by Francisco Costa in April. “The arrival of Raf Simons as chief creative officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,” said CEO Steve Shiffman in a statement. “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.”
“As part of his role as chief creative officer, Mr Simons will oversee all aspects of design, global marketing and communications, and visual creative services. Mr. Simons’s first collections will debut for the fall 2017 season,” confirmed the brand.
Calvin Klein also announced the appointment of Pieter Mulier, who was Simons’s studio director at Dior, to the role of creative director. Mulier will report to Simons and help execute his vision across all Calvin Klein lines, managing all men’s and women’s design teams.