THE IMPRESSION compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.


BY JESSICA LOFARO

BRANDS & Retailers

Christophe Lemaire

Christophe Lemaire

Uniqlo Appoints Christophe Lemaire Artistic Director
Uniqlo has appointed Christophe Lemaire Artistic Director of Uniqlo Paris R&D Centre. Lemaire will continue to design his namesake label while designing a new Uniqlo U collection which will be unveiled during Paris couture week in July. Previously, Lemaire left his position as Creative Director at Hermes last summer to focus on his eponymous line.

Lee Wood

Lee Wood

Dirk Bikkembergs Taps Lee Wood Creative Director
Dirk Bikkembergs has named Lee Wood as Creative Director. Previously, Wood was Creative Director of his own line, L72. Prior to that, he held various positions at Versace. 

Commit Colbert Elects Guillaume de Seynes as Chairman
France’s luxury trade association Comité Colbert has elected Guillaume de Seynes as Chairman. De Seynes, is  EVP of Equity Investments at Hermès International, and succeeds Michel Bernardaud, CEO of Bernardaud. The role of Chairman at Comité Colbert is for a four year term.

John SmithBurberry COO John Smith Departs
John Smith is departing as COO of Burberry a role he had since 2013. Smith had previously been a non-executive director at Burberry since 2009. Perviously Smith was CEO of BBC Worldwide from 2004 to 2012. Smith joined the BBC in 1989, where he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance, Property & Business Affairs and Finance Director. He previously served as a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc and Vickers PLC, and on the Accounting Standards Board from 2001 to 2004.

Tomoko Ogura

Tomoko Ogura

Tomoko Ogura Departs as Sr. Fashion Director Barneys
Barneys New York’s Senior Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura has exited after nearly four years. Ogura joined Barneys New York  in 2005 as a Fashion Merchandising Assistant.

Marie-Laure Vaganay

Marie-Laure Vaganay

Marie-Laure Vaganay Departs as Communications Director at Kering
Communications Director at Kering Americas, Marie-Laure Vaganayhas left the company. Vaganay joined Kerning Americas in 2014 from Procter & Gamble France where she held various communications roles since 1997.

Ralph Lauren Names Jane Hamilton Nielsen CFO
Ralph Lauren has named Jane Hamilton Nielsen as CFO. Nielsen was previously at Coach where she served as EVP CFO. Prior to that, she was CFO of PepsiCo Beverages Americas.

Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Departs Eponymous Brand 
After two decades, Cath Kidston has left her role as Non-Executive Director of her own lifestyle brand. Her departure comes two years after she stepped down as Chief Creative Designer.

Andrea Shaw Resnick, head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Coach, is now Interim CFO.

Paul Proietto, previously EVP of Merchandise Execution at Macy’s, has retired.

Sogole Honarvar, previously VP of Global Marketing at YOOX Net-A-Porter Group, is now Senior Director of Global Communications at David Yurman.

Alix Morabito

Alix Morabito

Galeries Lafayette Appoints Alix Morabito Fashion Editor
Galeries Lafayette has appointed Alix Morabito Fashion Editor. Morabito worked at the department store chain until 2008, and rejoined in 2015 as Deputy Buying Director for Menswear and Accessories. Prior to that, Morabito served as Fashion Accessories and License Collection Director at Chloé.

Gianluca Brozzetti

Gianluca Brozzetti

Gianluca Brozzetti Steps Down From Jimmy Choo Board
Gianluca Brozzetti will step down from the board of Jimmy Choo. Brozzetti wants to dedicate more time to his executive assignments. Brozzetti is currently the CEO of the Italian jeweler, Buccellati. Previously, he was also the CEO of Roberto Cavalli Group.

Dave Dombrow

Dave Dombrow

Under Armour Names Dave Dombrow CCO
Under Armour has named Dave Dombrow CCO. Dombrow was previously Under Armour’s SVP Design Creative Footwear and Accessories. Prior to that, Dombrow held various positions at Puma. 

Jeffrey Kuster

Jeffrey Kuster

Jeffrey Kuster Named Group President of Ralph Lauren
Jeffrey Kuster has been named Group President for the Americas. Kuster was previously President of HSN Inc.’s cornerstone portfolio. Prior to that, he served as EVP at Fruit of the Loom. 

Ralph Lauren Taps Bill Campbell SVP of Global Supply Chain
Bill Campbell will join Ralph Lauren as Corporate SVP of Global Supply Chain. Previously, Campbell has been at Amazon Inc. holding various roles in key distribution and logistics.

Forever 21’s CFO Elizabeth Jain Resigns
CFO of Forever 21, Elizabeth Jain, has resigned to pursue other opportunities closer to her family and home. Jain has held various positions with Forever 21 for nearly a decade, but prior to that, she was VP of Finance of Vantage Deluxe World Travel.

Emily Demchyk, previously Sr. Account Executive at LaForce, is now Sr. PR Manager at Veronica Beard.

Kristine Fahner, previously Marketing Intern at Barneys New York, is now Assistant of Public Relations at Kenneth Cole.

Kell Cholko, previously Global PR Coordinator at Alice + Olivia, has left the company.


AGENCIES

Marisa Lee joins Saturdays NYC as Global PR Manager
Marisa Lee has joined Saturdays NYC as Global PR Manager. Previously, Lee served as Men’s Account Manager at HL Group. Prior to that, Lee was Junior Publicist at Topman.


MEDIA

Elias Media and Jyl Elias announces its representation of The Impression and The Impression/CFDA.

Bill Phillips Departs as Editor-in-Chief Men’s Health
Bill Phillips has left as Editor-in-chief of Rodale owned Men’s Health. Phillips, who became VP Editor-in-Chief in 2012,  joined the organization in 2003, first serving as Executive Editor and Editor of MensHealth.com. Bill Stump will assume Phillips duties for the time being.

Claire Marie Healy, previously Print Features Editor at Dazed, is now Deputy Editor.

Tracy Doyle

Tracy Doyle

Tracy Doyle Joins T Brand Studio as Creative Director
The New York Times Company has named Tracy Doyle Creative Director of Fashion and Luxury for T Brand Studio, its in-house branded content studio. Previously, Doyle ran her own creative agency, Tracy Doyle LLC.

Payton Wang, previously PR Director at Nylon, has left the company.


PUBLIC  Relations

Huilian Ma Anderson, previously Publicist at RBBR, is now Senior Account Supervisor at Turner.

Chelsey Peppe, previously PR Coordinator at Negri Firman, is now Junior Account Manager at Bradbury Lewis.


REPRESENTATION

Negri Firman PR announces its U.S. representation of SeaFarer.

Wunderlich Kaplan Communications announces representation of Fleeps.

Walker Drawas announces its representation of Punarvi.