Calvin Klein is shaking up its designer structure. The brand has dismissed its men's and women's designers, Italo Zucchelli and Francisco Costa, respectively, the New York Times reports. The design of men's and women's was handled separately by these two designers up until now, but the Times reports that now the two divisions will be united under one person.
Calvin Klein definitely could not have picked a better time to open up its label to a sole leader. There's a crop of designers that are currently free agents, including Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, and former Lanvin leader Alber Elbaz. There has already been plenty of buzz that Simons was in talks with Calvin Klein, and rumors will only ramp up with this latest news.
Calvin Klein confirmed the news to WWD and said "an announcement will be made in due course" regarding the future of its design team. WWD also stoked the Raf fires, adding that the designer reportedly has a non-compete with LVMH until summer.