It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than half a year since Raf Simons, the Belgian avant-garde designer and recently-crowned doyen of designer streetwear, swapped Paris for New York to take on the American fashion giant Calvin Klein. In just a few months, the brand has undergone a complete overhaul, from logo to runway, to re-position itself as the most important fashion house in the US. Simons’ debut collection this winter was attended by the crème of fashion editors and celebs, who enthusiastically hailed his Belgian take on Americana, incorporating quilts and plastic-wrapped furnishings into the more familiar minimalism of CK. His wildly successful arrival across the Pond was further marked this week with Simons receiving both Menswear and Womenswear of the Year awards at this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The awards are given to designers who have made the most outstanding contributions to and have influenced the direction of women’s and men’s ready-to- wear fashion collections that year – and more than any other, the award registers and marks the current hierarchy of American fashion. With this double-crowning, it’s safe to say that Raf has found his new home.