Designers Skipping the Met Gala, Raf Simons on His Calvin Klein Exit

by Aria Darcella
2019 Met Gala

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Major Brands Rumored to be Skipping the Met Gala (WWD)
Rumors are swirling that Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein decided not to buy tables at the Met Gala this year. This does not necessarily mean that designers from those brands won’t attend themselves or dress notable guests, except maybe in the case of Calvin Klein, which shuttered its demi-couture and runway collections. For what it’s worth, the party planning team isn’t worried — a spokesperson told WWD that the event is already sold out. The 2019 Met Gala will take place May 6.

Raf Simons Alludes to Untold Drama Surrounding His Exit From Calvin Klein (The Guardian)
Raf Simons has been keeping busy since his exit from Calvin Klein last December. In addition to working on his eponymous menswear line, he has collaborated on a collection with the Danish textile company Kvadrat. The designer created three new textiles, which will be shown in Milan during the city’s furniture fair, Salone del Mobile. The news comes from a new profile in The Guardian in which the writer also asked Simons about his fashion career and his exit from Calvin Klein. Simons signed an NDA with PVH upon leaving Calvin Klein, but cryptically offered: “What you read and what actually happened are not always the same thing.” Do tell, Raf. Do tell!

Raf Simons (Patrick McMullan/PMC)

Bloomingdale’s Celebrates Prabal Gurung’s New Shop-in-Shop
To celebrate Prabal Gurung joining the mix of prestigious designers — among them Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, and Cushnie — on Bloomingdale’s newly revamped 4th floor, the brand, along with Gurung himself, hosted a private dinner for editors, influencers, stylists, and executives at Café Clover in the West Village. Gurung delivered a short speech before the dinner, in which he reminisced about starting his company during the recession in 2009 and thanked Bloomingdale’s for their early support of him and his brand.

Tommy Hilfiger Launches the “Make It Possible” Campaign
For his Spring 2019 campaign, Tommy Hilfiger is celebrating real people with real stories of making a change in their communities. The women’s campaign stars model/activist/humanitarian Halima Aden; Babba Canales, founder of the marketing agency By Babba and the co-founder of Her USA; and Lily Scout Kwong, a landscape designer and founder of Studio Lily Kwong, which focuses on creating sustainable design solutions for cities and brands.

The menswear campaign stars Levi Dylan, the actor/producer grandson of Bob Dylan; Phil Torres, a scientist, journalist, television host, and photographer leading conservation projects in the Amazon rainforest; and Khali Sweeney, founder of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program in Detroit, which helps keep at-risk and troubled youths off the street.

Happy Socks Partners With the Hoff 
Happy Socks has launched a swimwear collection. Naturally the brand tapped the world’s most famous TV lifeguard to showcase its new wares: David Hasselhoff. The summer collection features swim trunks for men ($65 – $75), one-pieces for women ($75), pool slides ($38), a beach towel ($64), a beach bag ($28), and a pool ring ($48) and is available now on

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