The 48-year-old Belgian designer who once helmed the creative chair of Dior, Jil Sander and a host of other collaborations including his own eponymous label has been speculated for the role for almost a year now. Rumours began boiling away in November when WWD revealed that Simons had been approached to lead Calvin Klein’s design department. The rumours were further backed when the then creative directors of Calvin Klein’s men’s (Italo Zucchelli) and women’s (Francisco Costa) collections departed the brand.
The delayed announcement comes via a non-compete clause in Simons’ contract with Dior which ends this July. Meanwhile the designer is understood to have already been in meetings with key Calvin Klein figures since moving to New York last month. In a recent statement, Calvin Klein said that, “They won’t announce [who it is] publicly because it’s under contract. But the whole industry knows.”
Simons’ first collection for the American label should arrive in the second half of 2017 whilst his own men’s label, Raf By Raf Simons, will continue to operate simultaneously out of Paris.