Calvin Klein discreetly unveils Raf Simons debut collection ‘Calvin Klein by Appointment’ online.
Amidst the hectic line-up of Paris Fashion Week, Calvin Klein presented their first collection since Raf Simons took the helm as Chief Creative officer, filling the vacant position left by Francisco Costa in April last year.
The bespoke made-to-measure line consisted of 14 styles, created to “celebrate American women and American Fashion” Raf Simons, CCO Calvin Klein. Each look was presented alongside a pair of classic Calvin underwear briefs, embracing the brands roots and heritage.
Raf is known for making bold moves in the fashion industry, and continues to embody a youthful aesthetic within his work. So it was no surprise to hear that he appointed Pieter Muiler as the brands Creative Director. Pieter has flanked Raf throughout his career, starting with him on his own menswear label as well as the three-year stint at Dior.
Simons and Pieter wanted to identify what freedom of fashion actually means in 2017. The products were deconstructed and modernising iconic staples of today. There is an air of American debs and cheerleaders explore exaggerated proportions with clinched in waists.
The highly anticipated collection was presented in a showroom, where Raf relied on some of his long-time collaborators photographer Willy Vanderperre, and styling specialist to present this unique collection. The Models were selected from the rising stars of 2017, including Millie Bobby Brown, Abbey Lee, Julia Nobis and Samantha Eldridge.
Watch this space – as on February 10th Raf will be presenting both menswear and womenswear ready-to-wear and accessories collections.
A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Career in Fashion
Born in Neerpelt, Belgium in 1968. Raf graduated in industrial design and furniture design in 1991 and started his career as a furniture designer for galleries and private interiors. He took an internship at Walter Wan Beirendonck design studio working on the decoration and environment that the collection would be presented in.
He radically changed profession, becoming a self-trained menswear designer in 1995 and launches his Raf Simons Label.
From July 2005 until Feb 2012, he was named Creative Director of Jil Sander both the menswear and womenswear ranges.
April 2012 he was nominated as the Artistic Director of Christian Dior for women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections. He presented his first haute couture collection in July 2012.
In August 2016 it was revealed he would be the new Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein.