Calvin Klein is Raf Simons’ Americana triumph

Calvin Klein is Raf Simons’ Americana triumph

Back in February the Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons made his debut at Calvin Klein during New York Fashion Week. Today 49-year-old Simons, the creative mind behind the label’s $8.4 billion Calvin Klein reboot, is capturing the fashionista’s attention with his avant-garde take of CK’s Americana heritage.

The designer is overseeing the women’s and men’s lines, jeans, underwear, home goods, and fragrances, as well as all aspects of advertising, marketing, and communications, “a degree of control not in the hands of a single designer since Calvin himself left the company, a year after it was bought by Phillips-Van Heusen in 2002” writes Vanity Fair on Simmons latest revival project -he has done it again for Jil Sander (2005–12) and Christian Dior (2012–15).

“Calvin Klein is renewed” proclaimed The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan as Raf Simmons fashion tale captures the US.

“The collection, which combined women’s and men’s fashions, played with the brand’s two most essential elements—minimalism and the American spirit, updating both with ironic decorative twists. That translated into black leather biker’s jackets embroidered with silvery roses; basic-black jersey dresses slit open along the bottom of the bosom; well-cut gray men’s suits worn without shirts; cocktail shifts made of feathers encased in plastic. A woman’s bright-yellow rain slicker and a man’s glen-plaid double-breasted overcoat were overlaid in clear plastic, too, harking back to the 1950s, when newly affluent American suburbanites protected their sofas the same way” commented VF’s Bob Colacello.

“I’m not romantic about the past. Once it’s done it’s done. I’m romantic about the future” said Simons himself.

Read more on Raf Simons latest triumph here.

Photograph by Jack Pierson via Vanity Fair