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

BRANDS & Retailers

Aliza Licht, SVP Global Communications Donna Karan International, departs to launch ‘Leave Your Mark LLC.’
Industry icon, author and social innovator, Aliza Licht, is parting ways with Donna Karan International after seventeen years at the firm. Licht was SVP Communications as well as the voice behind the brand’s popular social media personality DKNYPR Girl, whose community was recently migrated to @DKNY.

Licht became a published author last year with a best-selling book, “Leave Your Mark,” offering mentorship and sage advice to those entering the professional market. She has launched a new firm, Leave Your Mark LLC, and a newsletter, Blackboard.

Tony Rogers named Wal-Mart CMO
Wal-Mart has recruited Tony Rogers from within to take over the reins from current CMO, Stephen Quinn, when he retires at the end of January. Rogers has been with Wal-Mart for 10 years, and was most recently posted to their Chinese operations. He will report to CEO Greg Foran and be responsible for the branding, strategy, and customer research.

Carrie Ask tapped as President Global Retail at Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. has appointed former Nike Inc. retail executive, Carrie Ask, as EVP and President of Global Retail, effective in February. Ask will be responsible for leading all global retail business, including 2,700 owned and operated stores, franchise stores and outlet stores. Ask previously served as VP & GM Nike Stores North America. Prior to that she held various leadership roles at Nike’s Converse unit, Target Corp., Petco and BC Natural Foods LLC. Ask was also an associate principal at McKinsey & Co. Inc.

J.C. Penney taps Therace Risch as CIO
U.S. based department store J.C. Penney is continuing their team’s recent wave of top level operational appointments with Therace Risch as their new EVP, CIO. Risch, who joins the retailer from Country Financial, where she held the same title, follows on J.C. Penney’s recent appointments of Michael Amend, EVP of E-Commerce and Omnichannel, as well as Mike Robbins, SVP of Supply Chain.

Eva Chen joins Yoox Net-a-porter Group Board
Current Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen, has been appointed board member Yoox Net-a-porter Group. Chen recently joined Instagram in July after two years as Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. Previously she held various roles at Teen VogueElle and The Wall Street Journal.

Vittorio Radice joins Yoox Net-a-porter Group Board
Vittorio Radice of La Rinascente has joined the board of Yoox Net-a-porter Group. Radicle is currently remodeling recently acquired department stores Illum in Denmark and the KaDeWe Group in Germany. Preiousvly he served as CEO of Selfridges from 1996 to 2003.

Lynne Koplin exits as President of J Brand
Lynne Koplin has stepped down from her role as President of premium denim and sportswear label J Brand to pursue other career opportunities. The Fast Retailing-owned brand has yet to announce her successor or its plan for the role. Prior to J Brand, Koplin was President, Chief Merchandising Officer at True Religion.

Scott Currie exits as VP, Global Communications of Elie Tahari
VP of Global Communications at Elie Tahari since 2009, Scott Currie, has resigned. Currie joined Elie Tahari in 2008, leaving for a short stint at Kenneth Cole Productions and returning later that year. Prior to Elie Tahari, Currie held various roles at Susan Magrino agency, Universal Television and King World, where he produced “The Joan Rivers Show.”

Head Designer Jessy Heuvelink departs from J. Lindeberg
Within a week of announcing the return of Johan Lindeberg to the brand he founded in 1996, Head Designer Jessy Heuvelink is exiting the company. Heuvelink served as the Head Designer for the past three years and has been with the firm for the past ten. He will now focus his attentions on his own line, JH Nocturnal, which he founded in 2013. Prior to J. Lindeberg, Dutch-born Heuvelink worked at Victor & Rolf, Christian Lacroix and Adidas.

Jake Sargent steps down as President & Co-Creative Director of Simon Miller
Co-founder of Simon Miller, Jake Sargent, is stepping down while remaining an equity holder in Influx, owner of Simon Miller. Miller cofounded the brand with Daniel Corrigan in 2011. Recently the label was purchased by Influx Studio LLC, a business founded by Corrigan and Chelsea Hansford. Corrigan and Hansford will now serve as Co-Creative Directors of the men’s and women’s brand.

Pierre-Alexis Dumas of Hermès elected President of Les Arts Décoratifs
Paris museum Les Arts Décoratifs has elected Artistic Director of Hermès International, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, President. Dumas will retain his duties at Hermès while succeeding Bruno Roger at Les Arts Décoratifs.

Preia Narendra, previously Senior Director of PR at Miu Miu, is now VP U.S. PR at the firm.

Amanda Eufer-Le, previously Director of PR at Sally LaPointe, has left the company.

Grace Adams, previously PR Coordinator at Gap PR, has left the company.


Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Tom Ford to hold intimate presentations in New York
Tom Ford, who until recently was going to present his first men’s runway show in London, will now show his Womenswear and Menswear Collections in an intimate presentation in New York on the 18th of February. This is the first time the house has shown Men’s & Women’s together.

As we all know, the way in which we show clothes, not only to the press, but also to the consumer, is changing. Right now, I think that a certain fluidity is necessary in regards to how we communicate with the consumer, and I have experimented with different formats recently. The most important thing to me with a presentation is that it communicates the message of the season and the point of view of the collection. Next season, it feels right to return to a format that is intimate and shows the detail of the clothes. The intimacy of small presentations affords that.

– Tom Ford

Scotch & Soda to show in New York
Amsterdam-based contemporary brand Scotch & Soda will present its first show at NYFW in February. The presentation of their Fall 2016 collection for both women and men is the 30 year-old brand’s first foray into marketing and shows.

Ralph Rucci returns with RR331
Designer Ralph Rucci, who left Ralph Rucci LLC in November of 2014, is return to the New York show schedule with his new collection RR311. Rucci will present at 7 p.m. on February 16th in Times Square.


GQ names Will Welch as GQ Style Editor-in-Chief
Current style editor of GQ, Will Welch, will assume the new role as Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast quarterly GQ Style. Welch joined GQ as a senior editor in 2007 and the first issue under his reign will debut on May 15th.

Jessica Schiffer, previously Fashion Features Editor at WhoWhatWear, is now Senior Online Editor at V Magazine and V Man.

Megan Nolan, previously Director of Advertising at WhoWhatWear, is now Head of Digital at Fashion Media Group, including V Magazine, V Man and CR Fashion Book.

Rebecca Ramsey, previously Senior Fashion Editor at New York Magazine’s TheCut, is now Style Director.

Natasha Howard, previously international Beauty Coordinator at Vogue Japan, Vogue China and Vogue Korea, is now Executive Beauty Editor in the U.K. office.


Black Frame expands to Brazil with new office
Public relations and consultancy firm led by Brian Phillips, Black Frame, has opened a Brazilian office based in the Sao Conrado area of Rio de Janeiro. VP Juliana Ribeiro, who joined the firm in 2006 and is originally from Brazil, is leading the regional office and will split her time between there and New York. Black Frame’s current client roster includes Rodarte, Nike, Opening Ceremony, The Standard and Yabu Pushelberg.

Annie Drury, previously Account Manger at Allison + Partners, is now Senior Account Supervisor at Covet PR.

Kira Tirshfield, former Publicity Assistant at Covet PR, is now Junior Publicist at the firm.

Fallyn Valenti, previously Fashion Director at Collective Communications, is now Account Supervisor in the Accessories Division at Factory PR.

Autumn Gilliam, previously Accessories Assistant at Factory PR, is now Junior Account Executive in the Accessories Division.

Tami Evioni, previously Director of Client Services at SelectNY, is now Managing Director of the LA office.


Karla Otto New York announces its representation of Santoni.

Purple NY announces its U.S. representation of Loquet. 

Williamson PR & Showroom announces its representation of Kolor.

Starworks Group announces its representation of Sara Cristina.

EFG PR announces its representation of Rotten Roach and Solkissed.