Designer to leave

Calvin Klein post

Less than two years after he shook up the New York fashion world with a splashy runway debut for Calvin Klein, designer Raf Simons is leaving the company.

The company and the Belgian designer announced they had “amicably” decided to part ways after Calvin Klein “decided on a new brand direction different from Simons' creative vision.” A representative for Simons said in an email Friday night that the designer would have no further comment.

Simons revitalized Calvin Klein with his hip European sensibility after being appointed chief creative officer in 2016. His New York Fashion Week shows were the talk of the industry, beginning with his February 2017 debut, which had a clear political message, opening and closing with the David Bowie song “This is Not America.”

Simons, 50, who previously worked at Dior and Jil Sander, brought an artsy European approach to the iconic American brand, often citing numerous cultural references — but especially Hollywood — as inspiration.

 

Andy Cohen says he

will be dad soon

It was “ Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen instead of one of his reality show guests who dished up a surprise for his audience.

The 50-year-old announced on his last show of the year on Thursday that he's going to be a father.

Cohen said it happened “after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science.” He said a “wonderful surrogate” is carrying his future child and the baby is due in about six weeks.

Cohen is the executive producer of reality series such as “Real Housewives” and will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper.