By  on July 27, 2016
Raf Simons Fall 1997

Roopal Patel, Senior vice president, fashion director, Saks Fifth Avenue
"What Raf does really well is he's been able to take the DNA of the brand and he's been able to modernize it. His track record and his history have proven that he has an incredible eye and talent to bring the past and the future together. I think his time at Jil Sander was very revolutionary in how he was able to tap into the essence and heritage of the Jil Sander aesthetic and the legacy that she had created for so many years. And how he was able to come in and really modernize what minimalism meant during that time. Raf Simons is not a one-note designer and that was really exhibited at his time at Dior. Being able to show a completely different aesthetic and to step into the shoes of a couture house and being about to move the Dior brand into the future, with modern techniques and innovative design. It just shows the breadth of his work and his capacity to design on multiple levels through different lenses. I think it's presumptuous for us to say, 'This is what we think Raf is going to come in to do,' because he's always full of surprises. He proved that when he went to Dior. What's exciting if Raf comes into Calvin Klein, he's going to reinvent and do a complete rehaul of the brand, and it will be from start to finish."

Alix Morabito, Fashion editor, Galeries Lafayette
"It can be a beautiful match! The mix of modernity, sharpness and poetry of Raf Simons fits perfectly with the elegant and sportive minimalism of Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein is a powerful global brand. In the last years they have developed their business with all their lines — from jeans to tailored, from perfume to underwear. It's now the perfect timing to reintegrate a strong creative vision at the top of all these. Between minimalism, sportive attitude, gender and conceptuality, the territory is wide and for sure, he can surprise us."

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