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Calvin Klein Maybe (Probably) Confirmed Raf Simons's Hire

"The whole industry knows."
Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Perhaps the worst kept secret in the fashion industry right now is who will replace Francisco Costa as creative director of Calvin Klein, though insider speculation suggests that Raf Simons — who stepped down from his creative director role at Dior in October 2015 — is the sole candidate. In fact, depending on who you ask, Simons's hire may already be a done deal, and the American label is simply waiting to make an announcement until Simons's non-compete with LVMH expires, reportedly at the end of July.

While all of the above is unsubstantiated thus far, Calvin Klein, the person, may have given the public an inadvertent confirmation of the news during an interview with Andy Cohen at Sirius XM on Wednesday. According to WWD, Klein openly discussed the vacancy left by Costa — specifically, that it's been filled. "They just finally made changes in the design staff," he said. "They won't announce [who it is] publicly because it's under contract. But the whole industry knows." This little tidbit is pretty solid proof that Simons is waiting in the wings, and that we can expect an official announcement before New York Fashion Week kicks off in September. Here's hoping.

Klein isn't one to hold back his honest opinions (remember when he dissed the label for hiring Kendall Jenner?), and he had some slightly shady things to say about Costa, who led the brand's womenswear line for 13 years, too. "They are doing something that I had hoped they would have done, which is replace me... Find someone who can with a singular vision oversee everything that is creative," he said. The eponymous label, which Klein sold to PVH Corp. in 2002, made a point to announce that as of Costa's departure, it would be consolidating all Calvin Klein lines — including jeans and underwear — and uniting the brand under "one creative vision." This, of course, includes menswear (men's Creative Director Italo Zucchelli departed back in April, too) which is perhaps the largest clue that Simons is the man for the job.

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