In a whole new global creative strategy unifying all Calvin Klein labels, creative directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli are exiting the brand.

The story was first reported on Business of Fashion midday on the 19th of April, after which wide speculation grew as to whom might be the successor of the two designers; and all rumours point to Raf Simons, former creative director at storied mega-brand, Dior.

Costa joined Calvin Klein after working as design assistant to Tom Ford at Gucci in 2001, then was appointed creative director of womenswear in 2003 when when Mr Calvin Klein decided to retire. Zucchelli was previously employed as the menswear designer at Jil Sander before he was brought to Calvin Klein in 2004 as creative director of menswear.

Both designers have been at the label for more than a 12 years, and just like the increasingly long list of director-less brands, all eyes will be on Calvin Klein and whom the brand chooses to appoint as successors.

For the year, Clavin Klein will not produce a runway show for the menswear shows in June, or the womenswear shows in September, but will host presentations.

By Pavan Premaney