Celeb-Fave Calvin Klein Is Shutting Down Its Runway and Collection Businesses

Celeb-Fave Calvin Klein Is Shutting Down Its Runway and Collection Businesses
Kendall Jenner attends “China: Through the Looking Glass”, the 2015 Costume Institute Gala, at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Despite being a fave of celebs like Kendall Jenner, Lupita Nyong’o, Millie Bobby Brown and more, Calvin Klein has confirmed that it is shuttering its collection and runway businesses for the time being.

The iconic American fashion house has been plagued with rumors of a shakeup since the announcement of creative director Raf Simons’ departure in December 2018, and now it looks like the brand, which skipped its usual showing at New York Fashion Week in February, will move away from the luxury market in favor of its millennial-friendly underwear and denim lines.

It remains to be seen what the pivot will mean for the bevy of celebs who regularly wear Calvin Klein designs on the red carpet, but there is no denying the brand’s enduring legacy. Nyong’o, for instance, rocked in a strapless beaded gown by the brand at the 2019 Golden Globes, and she wore a custom pearl-encrusted design to the 2015 Oscars that was infamously stolen from her hotel room after the event.

Lupita Nyong'o Celeb-Fave Calvin Klein Is Shutting Down Its Runway and Collection Businesses
Actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives in Chopard to the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood Getty Images

Jenner, meanwhile, stunned in a mermaid-inspired nearly naked gown at the 2015 Met Gala, and Brown sparkled in a precious pink minidress by the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC at the 2018 SAG Awards. The then-14-year-old memorably paired the playful frock with Converse kicks. Back in 2011, a fresh-faced Jennifer Lawrence made her Academy Awards debut in a simply sexy scarlet Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa gown, and there is so much more fashion history where that came from.

On the runway, OG supermodels like Kate Moss, Brooke Shields and Linda Evangelista strutted their stuff during the brand’s heyday in the 1990s, and models-of-the-moment like Kaia Gerber carried on the tradition of taking to the catwalk in the fashion house’s Americana-inspired designs as recently as last fall.

Celeb-Fave Calvin Klein Is Shutting Down Its Runway and Collection Businesses
Kaia Gerber walks the runway for Calvin Klein Collection Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2018-2019 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 13, 2018 in New York City. Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

But for those who have been entranced with the star-studded Calvin Klein Underwear and Jeans campaigns that — in the last year alone — have featured the likes of the Kardashian-Jenner clan (shoutout to Khloe and Kylie for posing in their skivvies while pregnant), a shirtless Shawn Mendes and Noah Centineo, don’t fret. According to WWD, the brand is still on the hunt for a fashion director to replace Simons who will oversee the high-street portions of the business.










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