By Francesca Mainella | Impressionist
New York, United States – The Impression compiles the most important professional moves of the week.


bold moves dec 20.001Dov Charney Fired from American Apparel, Paula Schneider Appointed CEO
Dov Charney, the controversital founder and CEO of American Apparel, has been fired. Charney was suspended as President and CEO in June by the board for alleged misconduct, serving since then as a consultant to the Los Angeles company. Paula Schneider, who has previously served as President of brands including BCBG Max Azria and Warnaco Swimwear group, has been named as the new CEO effective January 5th.

Hudson’s Bay Appoints Gerald Storch CEO
Gerald “Jerry” Storch has been named as Hudson Bay’s new CEO. For the last two years, Storch has been Chairman and CEO of Storch Advisors. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO of Toys ‘R’ Us. Richard Baker, who held the CEO role, will continue as Governor and Executive Chairman of HBC, with Storch reporting to him. Baker and Storch will comprise the office of the chairman.

bold moves dec 20.003Chanel Names Lucia Pica Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer
Italian make-up artist Lucia Pica has been named Global Creative Make-up and Colour Designer for Chanel, effective January 1. Pica has been a freelance make-up artist for Dior, Peter Pilotto, House of Holland and Roksanda Ilincic. She succeeds former Creative Director of Make-up Peter Phillips, who left the French fashion house in 2013. Since Phillips’ departure, make-up artist Tom Pecheux has been responsible for creating the brand’s runway looks.

bold moves dec 20.004Natasa Cagalj Named Creative Director of Ports 1961
Natasa Cagalj has appointed Creative Director for luxury brand Ports 1961 womenswear collections . Cagalj succeeds Fiona Cibani, who has been promoted to President of the label. Cagalj was previously Head of Design at Stella McCartney, before going freelance in 2012.

Wolford Appoints Ashish Sensarma CEO
Austrian hosiery maker Wolford has appointed Ashish Sensarma as Chief Executive, effective January 7. The moves follow the company’s appointment of Grit Seymour as Creative Director in November. Sensarma replaces Holger Dahmen, who left earlier this year after 10 years with the firm. Axel Dreher has been named deputy CEO in addition to his role as chief operation officer.

bold moves dec 20.002Escada Names Glenn McMahon CEO
Escada has named Glenn McMahon as its new Chief Executive. McMahon succeeds former CEO Bruno Sälzer, who left after his contract expired in November for British apparel brand Bench. McMahon will be based at Escada’s headquarters in Munich. Previously, McMahon was President and Chief Executive at Tamara Mellon.

Monica Sottana, previously General Manager at Moncler, has left the company.

Rihanna, currently pop superstar, has also been named Creative Director and Global Ambassador at Puma.

Jim Wiggett, previously President and CEO of, is now CEO and Director of Stores at Bebe.

Don Watros, previously President of Hudson Bay,is now President of International at the firm.

bold moves dec 20.005David Zolot, previously Vice President of Strategic Development at Iconix Brand Group, is now Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Saban Brands Lifestyle Group.

Scott Tepper, previously head of Luxury Buying at Kurt Geiger, is now Head of Collaborations at Liberty.

Kristen Ronan, previously Senior Manager of Communications at Diane von Furstenberg, is now Director of PR at Farfetch.


bold moves dec 20.007New York Fashion Week To Move from Lincoln Center After February’s Shows
New York Fashion Week will need to find a new home after February’s shows as IMG will not be able to renew their contract following a settlement between IMG Fashion Week and the City of New York. The issue at hand was the tents impact on Damrosch Park, which boarders Lincoln Center, where the tents were installed. “IMG Fashion Week shall vacate the premises and remove all tents and other Fashion Week equipment from the park,” ordered Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan in the settlement. Additionally, Lincoln Center will lose their Damrosch Park privileges, returning this public space back to the community. IMG is currently exploring spaces for the September shows.

Gareth Pugh to Show In London
Gareth Pugh, who last season showed in New York, will show in London Fashion Week this February for the first time. Pugh has traditionally shown in Paris and announced plans to become a permanent fixture in LFW.

bold moves dec 20.008Alexandre Vauthier Added to Couture Calendar
After five years in business, previous ‘guest member,’ Alexandre Vauthier, has become a full-time member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Vauthier will now be a permanent fixture on the Couture Fashion Week line-up.

Marios Schwab Out of Shows
London based designer Marios Schwab, who was rumored to be behind Masion Martin Margiela prior to John Galliano’s appointment, will not be participating in the runway-show circuit starting this February. The designer plans to instead hold appointments for editors to view his collection.


Danielle McNally, previously Senior Editor at Details, is now Senior Editor at Cosmopolitan.

Anne Kim, previously Assistant Editor at InStyle, is now Lifestyle Editor at the publication.

Sheryl George, previously Associate Beauty Editor at InStyle, is now Beauty Editor at the publication.

Lauren Regina Perry, previously Business Development Manager of wine and spirits at Gilt Groupe, is now Account Manager at W.


Mark Walker, previously GM and EVP at Rue La La, is now President of Commerce at Thrillist Media Group.

Leslie Price, previously National Editor at Racked, is now Editor-in-Chief at the site.

Izzy Grinspan, previously Editorial Director at Racked, is now Executive Editor at the site.

Liz Wasden, previously Consumer Communications Manager at Facebook, is now VP of Communications at BuzzFeed.


Stephanie Hertz, previously Director at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Associate Partner at the company.

TJ Allers, previously Director at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Associate Partner at the company.

Jessica Ritt, previously Director at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Associate Partner at the company.

Heather Schmidt, previously Senior Account Executive at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Director at the company.

Julia Cushman, previously Senior Account Executive at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Director at the company.

Erik Perez, previously Managing Director at HL Group, is now Principal at Hello PR Group.

Cole Trider, previously Senior Account Executive at Autumn Communications, is now Senior Account Manager at the company.

Katie Nida-Rovano, previously Director of National Media Relations and PR at Bloomingdale’s, is now Media Director at Krupp Kommunications.

Annmarie Mercieri, previously Junior Account Manager at Mission, is now Senior Account Executive at Sunshine Sachs.

Brigette Rothenberger, previously PR Coordinator at Alice + Olivia, is now Account Executive at Derris & Co.

Sara Flores, previously VP at Bollare Communications, has left the company.


Purple PR announces its representation of Johnathan Cohen.

The Creative NYC announces its representation of Les Copains and Blue Les Copains.

The Eighth Floor Strategic Communications announces their representation of Marie Saint Pierre.

BPCM announces its representation of Ji Oh, Oliver Sweeney, and Pal Zileri.

Bradbury Lewis announces its representation of Jonathan Simkhai, Naadam Cashmere, Meandher and Virzi + De Luca jewelry.

Hello PR Group announces its representation of Runyon Canyon Apparel.

MHA Media announces its representation of Bruce Oldfield, and Gauri & Nainika.