Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli leave Calvin Klein

Rumour has it that Raf Simons is taking over

By Andrea Tim | Published: 20 Apr 2016

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Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli in 2015 (Photo: TPG Images)

Calvin Klein has confirmed that its womenswear creative director Francisco Costa and menswear creative director Italo Zucchelli are leaving the company.

"This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein's brand legacy since Mr. Klein's retirement," CEO Steve Shiffman said in a statement. "I would like to thank Francisco and Italo for their unwavering commitment to the Calvin Klein brand and their accomplishments over the past decade. They have both contributed immensely to making Calvin Klein a global leader in the fashion industry, and they have done so with dedication, focus and creativity."

Costa joined the brand in 2001, with experience from his time at Oscar de la Renta and Gucci, while Zucchelli joined in 2004 after working at Jil Sander. Their exits from Calvin Klein are, according to the company, part of "a new brand direction" that will "ultimately follow one creative vision across all categories of the business."

Successors have not yet been named, but former Dior creative director Raf Simons is being rumoured to take over. For the coming menswear and womenswear seasons in June and September respectively, Calvin Klein will hold presentations instead of runway shows, lead by the brand's design team.

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