THE IMPRESSION compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
BRANDS & Retailers
Rag & Bone Names Lydia Forstmann Chief Commercial Officer
Lydia Forstmann is joining Rag & Bone in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer responsible for wholesale, retail, merchandising and business development for the firm. Previously Forstmann held various roles at Tory Burch, including EVP Wholesale, EVP International and Licensing. Prior to joining Tory Burch in 2008, Forstmann worked for Coach, Swarovski, and Coopers & Lybrand.
Salvatore Ferragamo Appoints Eraldo Poletto as CEO
Florence-based Salvatore Ferragamo has tapped Eraldo Poletto as CEO. Poletto is currently the CEO of Furla SpA, which he will depart in June. Prior to Furla, Poletto spent nine years with Brooks Brothers, where he held roles including President of International and Chief Merchandising Officer. Earlier Poletto was Chief Merchandising Officer at both Adrienne Vittadini and Casual Corner. Poletto replaces Michele Norsa, who recently announced he is stepping down after 10 years at the helm.
Alain Lorenzo Steps Down as CEO LVMH Fragrance Brands
President and CEO of LVMH Fragrance Brands, Alain Lorenzo, is stepping down from the role in July for personal reasons. Lorenzo, who also holds the title of President of Parfums Givenchy, has been an adjunct professor at HEC Paris for eight years. Prior to LVMH, Lorenzo worked for 18 years on LVMH properties, including CEO Parfums Givenchy, eLuxury.com, and De Beers Diamond Jewellers.
Romain Spitzer Named CEO LVMH Fragrance Brands
European GM of Parfums Christian Dior, Romain Spitzer, is to succeed Alain Lorenzo as President and CEO of LVMH Fragrance Brands. Spitzer will work with Lorenzo during a transition period through June. Spitzer joined Dior Parfums in 2006 from Yves Saint Laurent Parfums, where he held the role of International Marketing Director. He began his career with Guerlain and then moved to Jean Paul Gaultier Parfums.
Tiffany CFO Ralph Nicoletti Exits to Join Newell Brands
Tiffany & Co. EVP CFO Ralph Nicoletti has exited the role he held since 2014 to join Newell Brands as EVP, CFO. Prior to Tiffany, Nicoletti served as CFO of Cigna Corporation and Alberto Culver, and he held senior finance positions at Kraft Foods, including Senior Vice President of Finance of Kraft Foods North America.
Co-Founder James Holder Departs Superdry
James Holder, who founded Superdry in 2003 with co-founder Julian Dunkerton, is exiting as Executive Director of SuperGroup Plc, owners of Superdry. Holder is launching SuperDesign Lab, a design consultancy firm which will develop products exclusively for SuperGroup.
Zachary Prell Taps Colin McNair as VP of Design
New York-based men’s designer collection, Zachary Prell, has named Colin McNair to the newly created position of VP of Design. In his new role, McNair will be responsible for the creative direction, design and product development of the men’s collections. McNair previously spent 10 years at John Varvatos, where he most recently held the role of Sr. Design Director. Prior to that, he worked as a Menswear Designer for Nicole Farhi and held various roles at Whistles, Pringle of Scotland, and MaxMara.
Fossil Promotes Richard Collins to UK Managing Director
Longstanding member of Texas-based Fossil Group, Richard Collins, has been promoted to UK Managing Director. Collins, who joined the company in 2001, was previously Operations Director, a role he has held since 2013.
Ralph Lauren taps Kate Bartle as Sr. Director of Global PR & Communications
Kate Bartle has been named Senior Director, Global Fashion Public Relations and Communications at Ralph Lauren. Previously Bartle was Communications Director at Michael Kors. Prior to Kors, Bartle held senior global communications roles at Belstaff and DVF. She began her career at Kate Spade and spent several years at PR firm Starworks Group.
Halide Alagöz Joins Ralph Lauren as Head of Global Manufacturing and Sourcing
Ralph Lauren Corp has tapped Halide Alagöz as Head of Global Manufacturing and Sourcing. Since 2014, Alagöz was Head of Purchasing at H&M. Prior to that, she served as Global Supply Chain Manager and as Regional Manager in China and Europe for the Swedish group.
Heather Shimokawa, previously Men’s Fashion Market Director at Vanity Fair, is now U.S. VP of PR and Communications at Bally.
Alexandra Lippin, SVP of The Lippin Group, is now Director, PR and Marketing at Elyse Walker.
Paul Watson, previously Head of PR at Mr Porter, is now Global Head of Menswear Communications at Matchesfashion.com.
Sofia Bibliowicz, previously Women’s Ready-to-Wear Account Director at Mode PR, is now PR Director at Maryam Nassir Zadeh Showroom.
Cédric Charlier to Show Spring Collection in New York in June
Belgian-born designer Cédric Charlier, who typically shows a pre and main collection in Paris, will unify his Spring 2017 collections into one and show in New York on June 7th at Shop Studio’s rooftop in Manhattan.
Antonio Marras to Combine Men’s and Women’s Shows
In yet another announcement of combining womenswear and menswear shows into one, Sardinian-born designer Antonio Marras will merge his shows starting in September. The announcement leaves another gap in the June Milan menswear calendar as the designer, who founded his namesake collection in 1999, will join Bottega Veneta in presenting a singular collection for Spring 2017.
I think it’s time to present men’s and women’s collections in a single moment. Moreover, the two collections are becoming more and more the two faces of the same soul that, together, can complete each other.
Kurt Rao, previously VP and Corporate CIO at Time Warner, is now SVP of Technology Operations at Time Inc.
Colin Bodell, previously Chief Technology Officer at Time Inc., has left the company.
Nathan Guetta, previously VP of Product at Condé Nast Entertainment, is now VP of Product and Technology at the firm.
Celia Ellenberg, Beauty Director at Vogue, is overseeing Conde Nast’s #TheLookIs first edition.
Kirsten Hurley, previously Publicist at PR Revolution, is now Senior Account Executive at Di Petroff PR.
Arianna Lazos, previously Junior Account Executive at Paul Wilmot Communications, has left the company.
HL Group announces its representation of PH5.
SHO+ CO announces its representation of Atelier Swarovski for VIP services.
Linda Gaunt Communications announces its representation of Lilly Pulitzer.
Negri Firman PR & Communications announces its representation of Fabiana Filippi.
Maguire Steele announces its representation of C.P. Company.
Cece Feinberg PR announces its representation of Hollie Watman.
Avant Collective announces its representation of Vayarta.
Succarra Showroom has rebranded to Succarra Media Group.
Bollare Communications announces its representation of Chinese Laundry.