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The past few months have seen a number of changes at the head of some of the biggest luxury fashion houses. Yesterday it emerged that Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, the respective creative directors of womenswear and menswear for Calvin Klein Collection, will be leaving their roles at the American fashion label. Costa had held his role at the head of womenswear since 2003, whilst Zucchelli had taken the reins of menswear in 2004. In a statement Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein 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.”
The news comes as part an announcement that the company is implementing a new global strategy, whereby it plans to recruit a candidate that will take on the role of creative director across all Calvin Klein brands. Shiffman commented: “This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein’s brand legacy since Mr. Klein’s retirement.”
Having founded his eponymous company in 1968, Calvin Klein began to step-back from his label in 2003, when PVH Corp acquired the company. The fashion label now encompasses Calvin Klein Collection, the high-end line, Calvin Klein (platinum label), Calvin Klein (white label) as well as Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear which were both re-acquired in 2013 in order to bring all the brands under one roof.
Raf Simons, who recently left his position as creative director of French fashion house Dior, is widely rumoured to be a strong contender for the new opening: with experience designing for both men and women he would have the right skillset and knowledge to become the creative head of the iconic American label.