Calvin Klein is parting ways with its chief creative officer, Raf Simons, less than two years after the designer showed his first collection for the brand in February 2017. Simons first joined the American house in August 2016, prior to which he held the role of creative director at Dior. His departure is effective immediately, and reportedly comes more than eight months before the end of his contract.
“Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’s creative vision,” said parent company PVH in a statement. Consequently, the brand will not be showing on the February 2019 New York Fashion Week calendar.
Simons’s spring/summer 2019 Calvin Klein 205W39NYC collection, which heavily referenced films such as The Graduate and Jaws, was presented at New York Fashion Week in September. Back in February 2017, British Vogue deputy editor Sarah Harris described Simons’s debut for the brand as “a celebration of America seen through an exacting eye and his precision cut.”