While Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli exiting from Calvin Klein is quite big news, continuing a long roller-coaster of designer exits, another question seems to be making its rounds in the rumor mill of the fashion industry. Will Raf Simons join Calvin Klein?
Simons was the one who started off this whole track of high-profile designer dominoes with his departure from Dior last year. Speculation has rose up that this all results from increasing pressure on designers being unable to cope with the demands of a fast-paced fashion world. If that really is the case, then most likely he’ll be sticking by his own label and chasing his own satisfaction. The designer is more than 40 years old now and there’s a chance that he’s all tired out. In an interview with the Guardian, he made the remark that he doesn’t have to be the “avant-garde kid” anymore.
On the other hand, in Calvin Klein’s statement about Costa and Zucchelli’s departure, they noted that this was all a part of a new global and creative strategy, pushing for the whole brand under one creative vision and solidifying the brand’s positioning. Some have started to take note that Simons seems to fit Calvin Klein’s minimalist aesthetic to a key, despite the fact that Simons also has shown capabilities in other styles as well. Perhaps, if Simons were to be on board, the driving force might be just right for the brand.
The business of speculation has any amount of possibilities, but we have to admit that making our bets about it is a whole lot of fun. In the meantime, Simons is set up to display his Spring/Summer 2017 collection in Italy at the Pitti Uomo menswear fashion event this June, which is a sign that, at least, the designer is far from done.