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Raf Simons Is Officially Creative Director of All Things Calvin Klein

 

Calvin Klein, Inc. today announced the appointment of Raf Simons as Chief Creative Officer of the brand, effective immediately. ⠀ Mr. Simons will lead the creative strategy of the Calvin Klein brand globally across the Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Home brands. As part of his role as Chief Creative Officer, Mr. Simons will oversee all aspects of Design, Global Marketing and Communications, and Visual Creative Services. Mr. Simons’ first collections will debut for the Fall 2017 season. ⠀ The appointment of Mr. Simons as Chief Creative Officer marks the implementation of Calvin Klein’s new global creative strategy, announced in April 2016, to unify all Calvin Klein brands under one creative vision. The strategy comes as part of a global evolution of the Calvin Klein brand, which began with the reacquisition of the Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear businesses in 2013. As Calvin Klein looks to grow the brand to $10 billion in global retail sales, this new leadership is intended to further strengthen the brand’s premium positioning worldwide and pave the way for future long-term global growth. ⠀ The arrival of Raf Simons as Chief Creative Officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,” said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. “Not since Mr. Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Raf’s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.” ⠀ As part of the creative strategy for the apparel and accessories business, Calvin Klein also announced the hire of Pieter Mulier as Creative Director, reporting directly to Mr. Simons. Mr. Mulier will be responsible for executing Mr. Simons’ creative and design vision for all men’s and women’s apparel and accessories lines within the Calvin Klein brand.

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At long last, Calvin Klein has confirmed possibly the worst-kept secret in recent fashion history: Raf Simons is its new Chief Creative Officer. Apparently Simons’ non-compete agreement with his previous employer (he served as women’s creative director of Christian Dior Couture for three years) has finally expired, allowing the new couple to finally share the news via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so forth. (Although Calvin Klein himself pretty much spilled the beans during an interview with Andy Cohen back in June).

“The arrival of Raf Simons as chief creative officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,” Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc, told Business of Fashion. “Not since Mr. Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Raf’s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.” Simons will helm the creative director of all of the brands under the company’s umbrella — everything from the brand’s racy campaign imagery to the logo placement on your Calvin Klein down-alternative pillows will be Raf-approved. (more…)

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Rihanna and Steven Klein Give Us Two Gorgeous September Covers for W Magazine (Forum Buzz)

As rumored on our forums a few months back, Rihanna makes a much-welcomed return to W Magazine’s all-important September edition for 2016. After managing to impress on the cover back in 2014, she knocks it out of the park once again with a dramatic cover shoot photographed by visionary photographer Steven Klein. Giving us not one, but two collectable covers, Rihanna’s Mad Max-inspired shoot has given our forum members (almost) exactly what they needed.

W September 2016 : Rihanna by Steven Klein

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“YES. Striking and memorable the way all September issues should be, I love it…she’s such a superb model and has so much character and understanding of what she does…probably the reason why everyone produces such great work with her,” MulletProof enthused.

Scotty felt the same way, echoing, “I love it. RiRi delivers better than models today.” (more…)

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This Viral Makeup Tutorial Shows That Luxury and Drugstore Cosmetics Look Exactly the Same

The beauty industrial complex would have you think that in order to have truly flawless makeup, one must shell out the big bucks. However, as demonstrated by Raye Boyce, known to her 1,342,030 (at time of publishing) YouTube subscribers as ItsMyRayeRaye, such is not the case.

In a now-viral makeup tutorial (246,000 views currently) the beauty vlogger, lauded for her transparency, sense of humor and affordable product hauls, made up the left side of her face with expensive products and the right side with their drugstore counterparts. “Most of the makeup brands you use today and are made with the same formulas or similar techniques in the same factories,” Raye attests in the video’s written introduction. Other beauty bloggers have used the same reasoning to contest Kylie Jenner’s cultish Lip Kit following, arguing that ColourPop’s Matte liners are identical to the teen mogul’s marked-up merchandise. (more…)

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Adriana Lima Stars on Vogue Brazil’s Dated (But Gorgeous) Cover for August 2016 (Forum Buzz)

This year hasn’t exactly been a brilliant one for Vogue Brazil, with one mediocre cover after another. Even the title’s major coup of landing designer Nicolas Ghesquière and Selena Gomez as cover stars failed to ignite much interest on our forums. But for Brazilian Vogue‘s August 2016 edition, the title went back to its roots and tapped the country’s very own Adriana Lima for the cover. Photographed by Greg Kadel, the Brazilian native gets wrapped up in a Christian Dior camel coat and lets her flawless face do all the captivating in the commanding shot.

Vogue Brazil August 2016 : Adriana Lima by Greg Kadel

IMAGE: VOGUE.GLOBO.COM

Was it enough to win over our critical forum members? “This looks SUPER dated, it’s not even funny! But her face is gorgeous, as always!” said Miss Dalloway.

“The cover looks rather dated but she looks absolutely gorgeous… at the end of the day that’s what matters to me, so thumbs up from me,” KissMiss echoed. (more…)

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Gwyneth Paltrow Consciously Uncouples From Goop to Help It Grow

It looks as though Goop.com’s 12-odd staff members will soon be the ones guinea pigging vaginal steams, apitherapy (bee stings for beauty and de-scarring) and more unconventional beauty treatments. During her speech at the 2016 Sage Summit in Chicago, lifestyle guru and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow announced her plans to step away from the beauty, cooking, health and travel website.

What began as a weekly newsletter in 2008 has grown into a full on — New York Times contributor Bee Shapiro put it best — “New Age meets wellness meets urban bourgeoisie” phenomenon. The site’s even spawned an e-commerce offshoot as well as organic skincare and makeup lines in collaboration with Juice Beauty, for which Gwyneth now acts as Creative Director of Makeup.

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Despite the brand’s success under her tutelage, Gwyn holds that for Goop to grow, it must strike out on its own: “In order to build the brand I want to build, its scalability is limited if I connect to it,” she explained. “So I always think: ‘How can I grow the brand? How can I separate myself from the brand?’ and I think it’s going to be more its own brand.” (more…)

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Cara Delevingne’s September Cover of UK Vogue Might Be Her Best Ever (Forum Buzz)

British Vogue covers have been a bit lackluster as of late, but with the unveiling of the title’s big September edition, it seems to be getting back on track. Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne fronts the issue and delivers her best cover for UK Vogue yet. Returning to the glossy for a fifth time, Cara was once again photographed by Mario Testino for the occasion and wears a look from Balenciaga’s coveted Fall 2016 collection, styled by Lucinda Chambers.

UK Vogue September 2016 : Cara Delevingne by Mario Testino

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.UK

Members of our forums were certainly into it. “Oh wow, her best British Vogue cover yet! It’s so conceptual which is actually very rare for this magazine. Wearing Balenciaga? Love the unusual pose and composition, great hair and bright colors. Cannot wait until this is out,” Benn98 admired straight away.

“I love it! Fresh and colorful, Cara looks great,” added Oxymore. (more…)

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