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Both Of Calvin Klein’s Creative Directors Have Stepped Down

Costa-Zucchelli

The fashion industry is set for another shake-up with the announcement that Calvin Klein‘s creative directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli are departing their positions as part of a new global creative strategy unifying all Calvin Klein brands under one creative vision.

“A new brand direction will ultimately follow one creative vision across all categories of the business. An announcement will be made in due course,” said a statement released by Calvin Klein. As a result, the company’s in-house design teams will now conceptualise, produce and present each line, and there will be no men’s runway show for Calvin Klein Collection in June or women’s runway show in September.

Costa was a former design assistant to Tom Ford at Gucci and joined Calvin Klein in 2001. Zucchelli, on the other hand, worked in menswear at Jil Sander before being appointed to creative director of menswear at Calvin Klein in 2004. Together, the pair has helped grow the company into a global behemoth which last year generated $8.2 billion in global retail sales.

There has been plenty of speculation that Raf Simons will act as the replacement for Costa and Zucchelli, having left his role as creative director of Christian Dior women’s in October of last year.

It has been a bit of a domino effect in the luxury fashion world lately, with departures like Hedi Slimane from YSL and news that Balmain is up for sale. Who will be the next fashion casualty?

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