Raf Simons is leaving Calvin Klein more than eight months ahead of the end of his contract, according to a release from parent company PVH. Simons first joined the American brand in August 2016, when he was given the title of chief creative officer; prior to his appointment, he served as women's creative director at Dior, a role he also held fewer than three years.
His departure is not totally unexpected: In a December earnings call, PVH CEO Emanuel Chirico expressed dissatisfaction with Simons's performance, noting that a high-end overhaul of Calvin Klein Jeans had been unsuccessful and the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC line had not seen solid return on investments. "Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’s creative vision," the release reads. As a result of Simons's departure, Calvin Klein will not be showing on the February 2019 New York Fashion Week calendar.
Fashionista has reached out to Calvin Klein for more information and will keep this post updated as details become available.
UPDATE, Friday Dec. 21, 7:15 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect information given in a release by PVH.