THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Mark Howard Thomas Joins Helmut Lang, Jerry Storch Leaves Hudson Bay, Brian Phillips to Garage Magazine, Kate Lanphear Joins Marie Claire

This week Mark Howard Thomas Joins Helmut Lang as Creative Director of Menswear, Jerry Storch Leaves Hudson Bay as CEO, Brian Phillips Named Creative Director at Garage Magazine, and Kate Lanphear Joins Marie Claire as Creative Director.


BY BRENNA O’DONNELL

BRANDS & Retailers

Mark Howard Thomas

Mark Howard Thomas Joins Helmut Lang as Menswear Creative Director
Helmut Lang has hired Mark Howard Thomas as their new Creative Director of Menswear. Thomas joins from Joseph, and his new job will include a move from London to New York City. Thomas’ debut collection for Helmut Lang will be for fall 2018.

Jens Riewenherm

Jens Riewenherm Departs Mytheresa.com as Managing Director
Managing Director of Mytheresa.com Jens Riewenherm is leaving the company after nearly 6 years holding the position. Previously, Riewenherm worked as Marketing Director at Value Retail. His successor has not been named.

Giovanni Zoppas

LVMH Appoints Giovanni Zoppas as Thelios CEO
Giovanni Zoppas has been named CEO of LVMH and Marcolin’s new joint venture, Thelios. Zoppas previously served as CEO of Italian eyewear maker Marcolin. Starting in 2018, Thelios will make eyewear for LVMH’s French ready-to-wear brand Céline as their first project. The agreement behind the joint venture states that LVMH will hold 51% of the venture while Marcolin holds the remaining 49%.

Massimo Renon

Massimo Renon Promoted to Marcolin CEO
Massimo Renon, previously Worldwide Commercial General Manager of Marcolin will now head the company as CEO. Renon succeeds Giovanni Zoppas as he leads new joint venture Thelios.

Steven Newey

Steven Newey Steps Down from Harrys of London as CEO
After Harrys of London’s recent acquisition by Charles Cohen, CEO Steven Newey has stepped down. Richard Cohen will lead the company in a temporary advisory role as the company begins their global expansion. Newey had been CEO of Harrys of London for 2 years, previously acting as Group Commercial Director at Mulberry England. Prior to that, Newey held leadership positions at a plethora of brands including Hermès, Alfred Dunhill, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Gianni Pieraccioni Departs Revlon as COO
Chief Operating Officer of Revlon Gianni Pieraccioni has stepped down after 2 years with the company. Previously, Pieraccioni was EVP and Chief Commercial Officer for Alitalia Compagnia Aerea Italiana SpA. Prior to that, Pieraccioni worked for a multitude of corporations including PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble.

Jerry Storch

Jerry Storch Leaves Hudson Bay as CEO
CEO of Hudson Bay Jerry Storch is stepping down after 2 years with the company. Before his time at Hudson Bay, Storch was Chairman and CEO of Toys R Us for 7 years. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman of Target. Storch is also CEO and Founder of his own senior management firm, Storch Consulting which started in 2013. Executive Chairman of Hudson Bay Richard Baker will act as interim CEO while the company looks for Storch’s successor.

Michael Appel Joins Rue 21 as Interim CEO
Rue 21 has found their interim CEO in Michael Appel. Appel is the Founder and President of restructuring business consultancy Appel Associates. Appel previously served as Chairman of Loehmann’s and had stints as interim CEO of Wilkes Bashford and Baccarat.

Tom Athron Departs John Lewis as Group Development Director
Effective spring 2018, Tom Athron will step down from his position as Group Development Director of British department store company the John Lewis Partnership. He leaves after 2 years as Group Development Director but also worked at John Lewis previously from 2005-2009 as Head of Group Financial Strategy and Buying Director.

Lucia Dumas

Lucia Dumas, previously VP of Communication at Essilor, is now EVP, Communication and Public Affairs at L’Oréal.

Kelsey Breining, previously Senior Account Executive at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Director, Designer Relations at IMG.

Adrienne DeGisi, previously PR Coordinator at Zoi Agency, is now Sr. Coordinator, PR at Rebecca Minkoff.

Carley Roberts-Gunn, previously PR Manager at Kurt Geiger, is now PR Manager at Gant.

Sarah Henriques

Sarah Henriques, previously Beauty PR Manager at Push PR, is now PR Manager at The Body Shop.

Dakota Kate Isaacs, previously Sr. Account Executive at KFD PR, is now Communications and PR Manager, USA, at Deciem.

Patricia Korepta, previously Press Assistant at Stella McCartney, is now PR Specialist at Fendi.

Artemis Azima, previously PR Director at Sergio Rossi, is now Head of Communications at Solid & Striped.

Kate Doerge

Kate Doerge, previously Partner at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now SVP, Marketing at iStar.

Alex Paige, previously PR Manager at Lanvin, has left the company.

Kerri Clark, previously Global Manager of PR, Events, and Partnerships at Club Monaco, has been promoted to Global Director of PR and Marketing at the company.

Evan Tye, previously Senior Public Relations Manager at Luxottica, has been promoted to Public Relations Director at the company.


MEDIA

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips Named Creative Director at Garage Magazine
Brian Phillips, President of Black Frame and Framework, is taking on the role of Creative Director at Garage Magazine in addition to his position at Black Frame and Framework.

Kate Lanphear

Kate Lanphear Joins Marie Claire as Creative Director
Marie Claire has found their new Creative Director in Kate Lanphear, succeeding Nina Garcia after her move to Elle. Lanphear joins from Google where she worked on fashion-centered projects for the tech giant. Prior to that, Lanphear was Editor-in-Chief of Maxim, and before that she also worked at Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.

Hari Nef

Hari Nef Named Love Magazine Contributing Editor
Love Magazine has tapped transgender actress, writer and model Hari Nef as a new Contributing Editor starting on their 19th issue. Being the first transgender model signed by a major global agency, Nef has previously worked with Love as a cover star on their #LoveMe17 issue.

Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore Promoted at Time Inc. to Digital Content Director
InStyle UK’s Editor-in-Chief Charlotte Moore has been promoted to Time Inc. UK’s Digital Content Director, expanding her role to oversee marieclaire.co.uk and look.co.uk.

Hearst Buys Rodale Inc.
Mass media giant Hearst has purchased Rodale Inc. for an unspecified amount. Rodale publishes Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World and Bicycling, and Rodale’s Organic Life. It’s believed that Time Inc. will consolidate some of Rodale’s smaller titles.

Sophie Clark, previously Junior Fashion Editor at GQ Style, is now Fashion Editor at the firm.

Laurie Abraham, previously Features Director at Elle, is now Executive Features Editor at New York Magazine.

Emma Bazilian

Emma Bazilian, previously Features Editor at AdWeek, is now Senior Articles Editor at The Hearst Design Group.


PUBLIC Relations

Matthew Snyder and Bryn Kenny form MBA agency
Snyder, founder of PlaceNY, and Kenny, former PR Director for Dior Beauty, have come together to form their new full-service brand communications agency called MBA.

Michelle Dederko, previously Marketing and Social Media Manager at Alice & Trixie, has been named Beauty Account Supervisor at Alison Brod Marketing and Communications.

Sara Sylvester, previously Junior Account Executive at Alison Brod, has left the company.

Kelly Owens, previously Account Supervisor at Ogilvy USA, is now Senior Account Manager at Sling & Stone in Sydney, Australia.

Hollie Smith, previously Media Relations Account Executive at Rachel Kay PR, is now Account Executive at Sayles & Winnikoff Communications.

Irissa Sheikowitz, previously Director at PR Consulting, is now Senior Account Director at Beauty Seen.

Jillian Hunter Thayer

Jillian Hunter Thayer, previously Account Supervisor at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Account Director at the company.

Lindsay Weightman, previously Publicist at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Senior Account Supervisor at the company.

Hannah Gardiner, previously Senior Publicist at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Account Supervisor at the company.

Breanna Shirk, previously Senior Publicist at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Account Supervisor at the company.

Lauren Kita, previously Publicity Assistant at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Account Supervisor at the company.

Kelly Harrison, previously Marketing and Communications Director at VisitBritain, is now Account Supervisor at J Brand Public Relations.

Greer Brody, previously Senior Publicist at J Brand Public Relations, has been promoted to influencer and brand collaboration strategist.

Suzanne Brose

Suzanne Brose, previously senior director at J Brand Public Relations, has been promoted to Senior Vice President at the company.

Amy Ogden

Amy Ogden, previously Vice President of Brand Development at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Brand Development at the company.

Emma Hartland-Mahon

Emma Hartland-Mahon, previously Senior Account Supervisor at J Public Relations, has been promoted to U.K. Senior Director at the company.

Marrissa Mallory

Marrissa Mallory, previously Senior Account Supervisor at J Public Relations, has been promoted to Account Director at the company.

Katherine Brooks, previously Account Manager at Azione, is now Senior Account Manager at Berri Goldfarb PR.


REPRESENTATION

PR Consulting announces its representation of Y-3 and adidas by Raf Simons within North America.

Catherine Miran New York announces its representation of Suecomma Bonnie.

SHO+CO announces its representation of Schutz for VIP services.

Grayscale PR announces its representation of Loquet.

HL Group announces its representation of Marine Layer.

Purple PR announces its representation of Brooks Brothers.

Black Frame announces its representation of Converse.

Chasen Creative Media announces its representation of Playful Promises.

Caro Marketing announces its representation of Voloshin.

BrandLink Communications announces its representation of India Hicks.

D’Orazio & Associates announces its representation of Marli Jewelry.