While rumblings of Raf Simons possibly heading to Calvin Klein are nothing new, it looks like Mr. Klein himself just gave a statement hinting that the former Christian Dior creative director is indeed the label’s next hire. As WWD reports, in an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, the 73-year-old fashion icon says:
But it’s been a long time since I saw something exciting… They just finally made changes in the design staff. 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. They won’t announce [who it is] publicly because it’s under contract. But the whole industry knows.
With a slew of reports and op-ed pieces already written about the pairing, it already feels like the fashion community had a hand in influencing “the decision.” So in fact, the industry does already “know” who the final choice is. Furthermore, Simons’s non-compete agreement with LVMH is said to expire at the end of July, which could mean that the CK/Simons deal has already been completed and we’re just waiting for the official announcement to come in the months following the expiration.