Next February, New York will get two Raf Simons-designed runway shows. After being tapped as the artistic director for Calvin Klein, the designer will also show the Fall 2017 collection for his namesake brand stateside as well.
The show, which is scheduled for February 1, will be Simons’ first presentation in New York. Previously, he has showed his brand only in Paris and, last year, in Florence, when he was invited as a guest designer at the Pitti Uomo trade show there. The move is a huge win for the New York market, as the event will give a much-needed jolt to the New York Fashion Week: Men’s lineup. That full schedule will run from January 30 to February 2.
The move makes logistical sense. Simons moved to New York in order to head up both the men’s and women’s Calvin Klein collections, and the relocation allows Simons to cut down on travel, something he had to do a lot of during his previous post at Christian Dior.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America should be overjoyed. NYFW:M has been said to lack directional designers or brands of real weight or relevance that are exclusive to the showcase. With Simons enjoying a position as one of the most important menswear designers working today, his presence will no doubt cause buyers and editors to rethink skipping it.