Even though Raf Simons said that he wasn’t just a minimalist, most notably in the Dior and I film, the designer has been inextricably linked to the adjective— and with good reason. As evident in his designs at his own label, Jil Sander, and even at Christian Dior, he has a tendency to pare back designs in some ways. Sure, his couture designs were a lot more ornate than his work at Sander, but when compared to John Galliano’s overworked costumes, for example, they were as simple as T-shirts.
Calvin Klein is similarly minimal. From underwear design, all the way up to the highest-end pieces within Calvin Klein Collection, the brand is a fan of monochromatic looks and clean lines. The happenstance seems small, but all signs point to it leading to a harmonious working relationship. Simons stayed at Sander, where there was also a similarity in aesthetic, for seven years and his swan song for that label brought the designer to tears.