A New Chapter For Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein 1981 photo Irving Penn
Calvin Klein 1981 photo Irving Penn

The official news naming Raf Simons as chief creative director for Calvin Klein broke Tuesday while I was enjoying a day at the beach. The entire industry has been anticipating the announcement since April but because of Simons’s non compete agreement with Dior the official word was delayed.

Simons is well suited to take over the helm for the house known for its minimalist approach to fashion. I worked in collection design under Mr. Klein in the late eighties and saw first hand how ideas were explored and reduced to their essence. Zack Carr, Klein’s long time right hand man, set the tone for the collection with his artful line illustrations. I thought I’d take this moment of transition to reflect on some of the high points of Calvin Klein in the early years when the DNA of the collection was formed.  No doubt Simons will bring press attention and excitement to the house. My hope is that he also produces beautiful clothes that women can really wear in their daily lives as Calvin did in his day.

Vogue 1972
Vogue 1972
May 1978
May 1978
Harper's Bazaar 1978
Harper’s Bazaar 1978
Calvin Klein 1981
Calvin Klein Ad 1981 photo Irving Penn
Calvin Klein Ad 1985
Calvin Klein Ad 1985 photo Bruce Weber
1989 photo Albert Watson
1989 photo Albert Watson
Vogue 1989
Vogue 1989
Vogue 1994
Vogue 1994
Fall 1996 show
Fall 1996 show
Illustration Zack Carr
Illustrations  Zack Carr

  • God, what an amazing period that was. So lush and still so spare. It was a golden age! Thanks for mining those beautiful images and sharing them.
    XE