Calvin Klein women’s creative director Francisco Costa has officially left his position. Yep, both him and men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli have announced their departure from the brand as part of a “global evolution”.
“This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein’s brand legacy since Mr Klein’s retirement,” Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. said. “I would like to thank Francisco and Italo for their unwavering commitment to the Calvin Klein brand and their accomplishments over the past decade. They have both contributed immensely to making Calvin Klein a global leader in the fashion industry, and they have done so with dedication, focus and creativity.”
As for who will take over, bets are on former Dior creative director Raf Simons. Watch this space.
19/4/16: So it turns out that Kendall Jenner hasn’t impressed everyone in the fashion industry… Because hold up, did Calvin Klein just majorly diss her?!
Despite walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Chanel (and starring in the latest Calvin Klein Underwear campaign), it seems that the 20-year-old hasn’t won round Mr Klein himself, as revealed in a new interview…
The 73-year-old designer was speaking at a talk at Savannah College of Art and Design when he confessed that if he was in charge of the brand, he wouldn’t have picked Kendall to be one of his models. Ouch.
When asked about the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star’s work for the brand, Calvin replied: ‘You know, I’m really not that familiar with it. I’m honestly not.’
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‘I’m sure she’s a lovely young woman. It’s not the kind of thing I would have done, even today. Justin Bieber, yes’, he added about the other famous face in the My Calvins campaign.
‘When [I say] I like Justin Bieber in the Calvin Klein Underwear [campaign], it’s because I like him — not because he’s got millions of followers,’ Klein continued.
‘Now, models are paid for how many followers they have. They’re booked not because they represent the essence of the designer, which is what I tried to do — they’re booked because of how many followers they have online.’
‘I don’t think that, long-term, is going to work. I don’t think that’s a great formula for success for the product you’re trying to sell.’
Calvin then proceeded to slam Kendall’s half-sister, Kim, by adding: ‘However, if you take really exquisite photographs of the right people in the right clothes in the right location, and you put it online, that’s fine. Just putting any old clothes on Kim Kardashian, long-term, isn’t going to do a thing.’
The fashion legend hasn’t been involved in the design process for 14 years now, after he sold his global brand to Phillips-Van Heusen back in 2002.