Calvin Klein has confirmed the appointment of Raf Simons as chief creative officer, following widespread speculation.
Simons, who resigned from Christian Dior last October, will lead the creative strategy of Calvin Klein globally across Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Home brands.
He will oversee all aspects of design, global marketing and communications, as well as visual creative services.
His appointment is effective immediately and his first collections will debut for autumn 17.
Calvin Klein has also hired Pieter Mulier as creative director, reporting to Simons. He will be responsible for executing Simons’ creative and design vision and will manage the men’s and women’s design teams within the Calvin Klein brand, under his leadership.
Together they replace Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, formerly creative directors for womenswear and menswear at Calvin Klein respectively, whose departures from the US business were announced in April.
At the time, PVH Corp-owned Calvin Klein said it plans to unify all its brands under one creative vision following the reacquisition of the Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear businesses in 2013.
”The arrival of Raf Simons as chief creative officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,” said Steve Shiffman, chief executive of Calvin Klein Inc. “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 modernised fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.”
Simons was previously creative director at Dior, having joined in April 2012. He was replaced by former Valentino co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.