In 2017 Raf Simons was on TIME magazine’s annual 100, and A$AP Rocky penned a bio. Weeks earlier, Rocky shared his appreciation for the Creative Director of Calvin Klein with a rap entitled “Please Don’t Touch My Raf”.
“I feel like Raf Simons is important for the culture based on the fact that he built a whole new religion around fashion,” said A$AP. “His archive is more important and relevant than anything that's out today...When you wrap your mind around the concept that he wrote the future of fashion and design in the 1990s and early 2000s, then you'll also understand why Raf is the greatest to ever do it.”
Rocky may be correct, but on Friday the Belgian designer Raf Simons and Calvin Klein announced that they were parting ways amicably eight months before his contact was up for renewal. Calvin Klein will not show during New York fashion week.
Cathy Horn weighs in with a thought piece for The Cut.