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Yet Another Fashion Industry exit in 2016 – both Creative Directors at Calvin Klein Step Down

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Designers Francisco Costa (L) and Italo Zucchelli attend the WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art on November 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Designers Francisco Costa (L) and Italo Zucchelli attend the WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art on November 4, 2015 in New York City.

On Tuesday afternoon, Calvin Klein Inc. announced the departure of Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli from their respective creative director roles for the Calvin Klein Collection women’s and men’s lines. “I would like to thank Francisco and Italo for their unwavering commitment to the Calvin Klein brand and their accomplishments over the past decade,” said CEO Steve Shiffman in a statement. “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 has led CK’s womenwear since 2003; Zucchelli has been the men’s creative director since 2004.

Shiffman also shared the consolidation of all Calvin Klein brands, including its jeans and underwear lines, which were reacquired in 2013. This means all diffusion brands will be consolidated under one label – Calvin Klein. This new plan for “one creative vision” is part of the brand’s greater, long-term goal towards becoming a $10 billion global business. “This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein’s brand legacy since Mr. Klein’s retirement,” said Shiffman, who expects to make an announcement on a new hire “in due course.”

So what’s next? According to Fashionista.com, many industry insiders are leaning towards Raf Simons, who unexpectedly left Dior in October 2015, while others are hinting at Hedi Slimane, who recently left Saint Laurent and was quickly replaced by former Versus Versace designer Anthony Vaccarello.

Can’t help but wonder why they all keep leaving. What do you think?

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Fashionista.com, Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for BellaNaija.com She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

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