Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli Are Leaving Calvin Klein
The fashion tides continue to turn as Calvin Klein announced Tuesday that women’s creative director Francisco Costa and men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli are officially exiting the company. According to a release, the move follows a new “global creative strategy” that will combine all of the brand’s entities under one umbrella, including its jeans and underwear division, which Calvin Klein regained control of in 2013.
“This creative strategy marks the beginning of another significant chapter in Calvin Klein’s brand legacy since Mr. Klein’s retirement,” Steve Shiffman, Calvin Klein CEO, said in the 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 to making Calvin Klein a global leader in the fashion industry, and they have done so with dedication, focus, and creativity.”
That creativity was often embodied on the red carpet, with Costa’s off-the-runway and custom designs regularly gracing the bodies of A-list figures like Lorde, Saoirse Ronan, Selena Gomez, and Lupita Nyong’o. Zucchelli’s designs were favorites of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jussie Smollett; however, it’s the brand’s joint sexy and youthful Calvin Klein Jeans campaigns—starring Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, and FKA Twigs, to name a few—that as of late have put the brand back into the spotlight.
The news follows a slew of recent shuffles in the fashion industry that includes Hedi Slimane’s departure from Saint Laurent, Alber Elbaz’s from Lanvin, and Raf Simons’s from Christian Dior. According to WWD, Simons is rumored to be a top replacement for the Calvin Klein duo.