THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Bouchra Jarrar Departs from Lanvin, James Cox Takes Over at Dune, Edwin Navez Joins Philipp Plein, Grace Coddington Joins British Vogue
This week Lanvin’s Artistic Director Bouchra Jarrar parts ways with the firm after a year, James Cox takes the reigns from John Egan as CEO of Dune, Edwin Navez joins Philipp Plein, and Grace Coddington is on the masthead at British Vogue as Contributing Editor.
BY BRENNA O’DONNELL
BRANDS & Retailers
Bouchra Jarrar Departs from Lanvin as Artistic Director
Bouchra Jarrar, who served as Artistic Director at Lanvin since March 2016, is stepping down as the French fashion house works on issues regarding revenue and investments. Before her time at Lanvin, Jarrar lead her own namesake brand which she launched in 2010 and is known for its tailored haute couture which takes cues from Paris street style. Prior to that, she designed for Balenciaga from 1996-2006.
Ashish Sensarma Steps Down as Wolford CEO
Ashish Sensarma is leaving Austrian womanswear company Wolford as their Chief Executive Officer. However, Sensarma will stick around in the coming months to advise the hosiery brand and ease their transition. Prior to his time at Wolford, Sensarma was CEO of Senan Investments for 5 years, and before that he was Chief Operation Officer at men’s swimwear company Vilebrequin for 4 years. Sensarma will be succeeded by Axel Dreher, Wolford’s Deputy Chief Executive.
Edwin Navez Named Phillipp Plein CFO
Edwin Navez has been tapped by German label Philipp Plein as its Chief Financial Officer. Navez joins from Versace where he was a Financial Advisor to CEO Donatella Versace. Prior to that, Navez was VP of Finance for Michael Kors European Operations.
Cristina Scocchia Joins Kiki Milano as Kiko Spa CEO
Cristina Scocchia is the new CEO of Kiko Spa, subsidiary of the Percassi Group. Scocchia succeeds Stefano Percassi, who has been promoted to VP. Scocchia joins from L’Oreal where she was the CEO of their Italian branch for 4 years. Prior to that, Scocchia worked at Procter & Gamble from 1997-2013, most recently serving as their Global Managing Director for their Cosmetic International Operations.
John Egan Departs Dune as CEO
Effective this August, John Egan will depart from British footwear brand Dune as CEO, a position which he held for nearly 10 years. Instead, Egan will take on a non-executive Director position at the company. Dune’s Chief Operating Officer James Cox will succeed Egan as CEO.
Rebecca Jordan Levy, previously Head of PR at Amazon Fashion, has left the company.
Bessa Selimaj, previously Associate Public Relations Manager at Aeropostale, is now PR Manager, Sports at Authentic Brands Group.
Danielle Custer, previously PR Intern at BCBG Max Azria Group, is now PR Assistant at at the firm.
Grace Coddington Returns to British Vogue as Contributing Editor
Building up his team for his upcoming arrival in August, Edward Enninful has appointed Vogue veteran Grace Coddington as Contributing Editor for British Vogue. In the past, Coddington worked as Photo Editor at British Vogue for 19 years through the 70s and 80s. Since then, Coddington has worked with big names like Calvin Klein and Tiffany’s, but perhaps her most notable credit is her time as Creative Director for Vogue America from 1988 to 2016.
Steve McQueen Joins British Vogue as Contributing Editor
Turner Prize-winning director Steve McQueen also joins Enninful’s team as Contributing Editor for British Vogue. McQueen has been making major films since 1993, and in 2013 he became the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture for his Direction of 12 Years a Slave. In 2014 McQueen was included in TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential People In the World” and in 2016 he was granted the BFI’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship.
Naomi Campbell Joins British Vogue as Contributing Editor
British Supermodel Naomi Campbell makes another addition to the British Vogue team as she joins as a Contributing Editor. Campbell has been modeling since she was 15, but gained enormous popularity in the 80s and 90s as part of the “Big Six” supermodels that ruled the runway and advertising arenas. Campbell was the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue, and the September Issue of American Vogue. Edward Enninful’s decision to bring Campbell on board puts another renowned fashion emblem at the helm of British Vogue.
Azzedine Alaïa Returns to Couture After 6 Year Hiatus
Azzedine Alaïa’s new Haute Couture collection debuted in Paris this week after a 6 year hiatus from the season. The last time Alaïa held a Couture show was in 2011, which had marked his return to the runway after an 8 year hiatus. Alaïa’s close friend and mentee Naomi Campbell opened the show which included tailored skirts and collars, rich textures and knitwear, and black plastic hair wraps on all models.
Daniella Weinberg, previously Director at PR Consulting, is leaving the company.
Jaclyn Goldbaum, previously Senior Publicist at Covet PR, is now Account Supervisor at the firm.
Carey Burgess, previously Senior Account Supervisor at J Public Relations, is now Publicity Director at Covet PR.
Gabrielle Zollner, previously Senior Account Executive at Media Maison, is now Publicist at Covet PR.
Taylor Gornish, co-founder at Sienna Rising, is now Influencer Relations Coordinator at Covet PR.
KCD New York and KCD Paris announce their representation of Balmain Accessories and Birkenstock.
Azione announce its representation of Cole Haan.