THE IMPRESSION compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
BRANDS & Retailers
DVF Names Jonathan Saunders Chief Creative Officer
New york based Diane Von Furstenberg has appointed Jonathan Saunders as Chief Creative Officer. Saunders, who closed his London-based label in December 2015, will start immediately and be responsible for the overall creative direction while reporting to CEO Paolo Riva.
Mark Langer Promoted to CEO at Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss has promoted Mark Alexander Langer to CEO. Longer, who has been with Hugo Boss AG for 13 years most recently served as CFO and Managing Board Member. Prior to that Langer held various roles at the firm including Director of Controlling, Finance & Accounting and SVP Global Replenishment. He joined Hugo Boss from Procter & Gamble where he served as Finance Manager.
Target Taps Mark Tritton as Chief Merchandising Officer
Mark Tritton is joining Target as Chief Merchandising Officer succeeding Kathryn Tesija. Tritton joins Target from Nordstrom where he served as President Nordstrom Product Group where he managed over 50 private label brands for the past 7 years. Prior to Nordstrom Tritton held various roles at Alignment Consultancy Group, Timberland, and Nike.
Carven Names Sophie de Rougemont CEO
Carven, who recently received a majority stake from Hong Kong based Bluebell Group, has appointed Sophie de Rougemont as CEO. De Rougemont was previously Group Fashion Director at Bluebell Group a firm she joined in 2003 holding various roles including Managing Director and Fashion Director and Managing Director within the Bluebell Group.
Rue La La Names Mark McWeeny as CEO
Original cofounder of Rue La La has been named CEO succeeding Steve Davis. McWeeny has served various roles within the organization including CFO, CMO and President of new ventures.
Safilo Promotes Henri Blomqvist to CEO North America
Italian based Safilo has promoted Henri Blomqvist to CEO North American. Blomqvist most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at Safilo for the past three years. Prior to that Blomqvist was Associate Director Customer Business Development at Procter & Gamble.
American Eagle Taps Kyle Andrew as CMO
Kyle Andrew has been named CMO at American Eagle Outfitters. Andrew most recently consulted for numerous fashion firms. Prior to that she was SVP Brand Director at Kate Spade Saturday seeing the brand from inception in 2013 to it being folded into Kate Spade in 2015. Andrew joined Kate Spade in 2008 as SVP Global Brand Marketing from Kenneth Cole where she was SVP Marketing. Prior to Kenneth Cole she was VP Marketing at Gap Inc. and held various roles at agencies including Toth brand Group and Arnell Group.
Nick Wooster is now consulting Men’s Fashion and Creative Director at Forty Five Ten.
Tom Hellebore, previously VP of International Sales for Spy Optic is now International Sales Director at Saxx.
Abílio Diniz has joined the board at Carrefour SA.
Franco Lucà is stepping down as CEO of Gianfranco Lotti.
Mandy Moore, previously Account Coordinator at Ann Taylor, is now Associate PR Manager at Old Navy.
Lauren Hale Rieckhoff, previously Agent at Creative Artists Agency, is now Chief Revenue Officer at VFiles.
Vestments, J. Mendel, Yuma Nakazato, Francesco Scognamiglio, & Iris Van Herpen to show at Paris Couture Week
France’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture has extended invitations to Vestments, J. Mendel, Yuma Nakazato, Francesco Scognamiglio, and Iris Van Herpen to show in July during Paris Couture Week. The five designers will join reappointed guest designers Guo Pei, Schiaparelli, Ulyana Sergeenko, Ralph & Russo, Aouadi , Ilja, Julien Fourné, and Zuhair Murad who have been asked back after showing last couture season.
Amy Astley Named Editor-in-Chief at Architectural Digest
Condé Nast owned Architectural Digest has tapped Amy Astley as Editor-in-Chief. Ashley most recently served as Editor-in-Chief at Teen Vogue a role she held since the title launched in 2003. Prior to that Astley was Beauty Director at Vogue US for 10 years. She began her career at in 1989 at House and Garden.
Hearst’s Sweet Names Ross Clark as VP GM
Hearst’s owned Snapchat channel, Sweet, has tapped Ross Clark as VP General Manager. Clark was most recently Senior Director at Condé Nast where he negotiated global content distribution deals. Prior to that he served as Director, Business Development & Strategy at Condé Nast Entertainment. Clark previously held various roles at NBCUniversal and Booz & Company. Clark will report to Troy Young, President of Hearst Magazines Digital Media.
Time Inc., Taps MaryAnn Bekkedahl as President
MaryAnn Bekkedahl has been named President of Fashion and Luxury Group at Time Inc.. Bekkedahl joins the firm from Keep Holdings, a e-commerce ad-tech firm and will report to EVP Evelyn Webster. Bekkedahl will oversee InStyle, StyleWatch, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure and Departures. Bekkedahl cofounded Keep Holdings in 2010. Prior to that she spent 17 years at Rodale Inc. where she had various jobs, including EVP Group Publisher.
Time Inc., Promotes Charles Kammerer to President of Lifestyle
Group Publisher Charles Kammerer has been promoted to President of Lifestyle overseeing Real Simple, Cozi, Cooking Light, MyRecipes, Health, Sunset and Coastal Living. Hammerer joined Time Inc., in 1995 holding various roles including Publisher of Real Simple.
Jason Wagenheim, previously Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer at Teen Vogue, is now SVP of Brand Partnerships and Head of Revenue at Fusion.
Megan Gilbert, previously Content Director at Gawker is now Director of Branded Content for Lightworks.
Rachel Small, previously Associate Editor at Interview, is now Associate Editor at Surface.
Michael Fragoso, previously Brand Manager at LDV Hospitality, is now Integrated Marketing/Communications team member at Surface.
Sarah Swartz, previously in-house ideas team member at Soho House, is now Events Manager at Surface.
Ashley Davis, previously freelance Jewelry Editor and Accessories Assistant at WWD, has been name Associate Editor at National Jeweler.
Malcolm Carfrae, previously Global Head of Communications, PR and media at Ralph Lauren, is now principal at Carfrae Consulting.
Kristin Flohr, previously Account Manager at Karla Otto, is now Senior Account Executive at Williamson PR.
Amanne Sharif, previously Account Supervisor at Siren PR. is now Account Supervisor at Grayling.
KCD announces its representation of Delpozo.
Purple announces its representation of Miharayasuhiro.
Karla Otto New York announces its U.S. representation of Zimmermann.
Black Frame announces its representation of Adriana Degreas.