Raf Simons is THE MAN
The Belgian’s gig as Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer is one giant reboot for the storied American label. For starters, there’s the new moniker for its runway line (a nod to CK’s headquarters in Midtown New York) and the refreshed logo by lauded graphic designer Peter Saville. Then there are the touches that Raf-philes would recognise in his F/W ’17 debut collection. These include the generous use of punchy colours, the gender-fluid silhouettes, and the intellectual irreverence he gives to the likes of Wall Street suits (sheathed in transparent vinyl) and varsity sweaters (a sheer, stocking-like fabric for the bodice). Which also means, on a larger scale, he’s helping to make American fashion great again.