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."
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)