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


bold moves jan 25.001Gucci Confirms Alessandro Michele as Creative Director
Italian luxury house Gucci named their previous head of accessory design at the house, Alessandro Michele, as the brand’s new Creative Director.  Michele succeeds previous Creative Director Frida Giannini who recently left the company after eight years at the helm along with CEO Patrizio di Marco. Michele, 42, has been with Gucci since 2002 and had previously worked with Giannini at Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer. Michele will present his first womenswear show during Milan Fashion Week on February 25.

bold moves jan 25.003Anthony Vaccarello Joins Versus as Creative Director of Versus
After a season of partnering as a collaborator, Versus Versace has appointed Anthony Vaccarello its new Creative Director. The Paris-based Vaccarello, who founded his namesake collection in 2008, will continue to design his line as well as be responsible for Versus men’s and women’s collections reporting to Donatella Versace. Vaccarello’s first work as Creative Director will be the fall/winter 2015 collection.

bold moves jan 25.002Adam Andrascik appointed Creative Director of Guy Laroche
Adam Andrascik replaces Marcel Marongiu as Creative Director of Guy Laroche and will unveil his first collection for the label on March 4 during Paris Fashion Week. Andrascik namesake brand will be put on hold.

bold moves jan 25.004Catherine Vautrin appointed Chairman and CEO of Paule Ka
Previous CEO of Cerruti, Catherine Vautrin, has been named the Chairman and CEO of French womenswear brand Paule Ka. Vautrin replaces founder Serge Cajfinger, who was both Paule Ka’s CEO and Creative Director and left the firm six months ago. Antoine Bing, who was previously CEO and Interim Chairman at Paule Ka, has left the company.

Heather A. Vandenberghe, EVP of Marketing Tommy Hilfiger Americas has Resigned Her Post
After three years as EVP Marketing and Communications at Tommy Hilfiger, the Americas, Heather A. Vandenberghe, is leaving her post at the end of the month. Previously Vandenberghe was SVP of Marketing and Communication at Louis Vuitton for 10 years. Hilfiger will be replacing the position.

Eugenia Gonzalez, previously VP at Michael Bastian, has left the company.

Barnabé Hardy, currently Founder at Barnabé Hardy, is now Men’s Designer at Carven.

Marc Crossman, previously President and CEO at Joe’s Jeans, has left the company.

Samuel Joseph Furrow Jr., previously CEO at Innovo Group, is now interim CEO at Joe’s Jeans.

Amy Hsiung, previously Co-founder and Head Designer at Addison, is now Design Director at Quinn.

Kristin DiCunzolo, previously VP of Marketing and communication at Victorinox, is now VP of Marketing and communication at Original Penguin.

Warren Clamen Joins Marquee Brands’ Board
Former EVP and CFO of Iconix Brand Group, Warren Clamen, has joined brand management firm, Marquee Brands, as a board member. Marquee Brands recently acquired Bruno Magli for $33.6 million.

Liz Walker Swenson, previously Senior Director of PR at Tibi, has left the company.

Julia Austin, previously PR Director at VF Corporation, is now EVP of National Media Relations at Bloomingdale’s.

Jamie Frankel, previously Manager of National Media Relations at Bloomingdale’s, is now Director of National Media Relations at the company.

Becca Levy, previously Account Director at HL Group, is now Senior Manager of PR at Barneys New York.

Suzy Nager, previously Senior Assistant of National Media Relations at Bloomingdale’s, is now Manager of National Media Relations at the company.


Amanda Keiser, previously Online Fashion Editor at Teen Vogue, is now Digital Style Director at Lucky.

Annie Tomlin, previously Beauty Director at Refinery29, is now digital Beauty Director at Lucky.

Dana Sergenian-Hingtgen, previously Director of Sales at Upworthy, is now Executive Director of integrated sales at Marie Claire.


Nola Weinstein, previously Editor-in-Chief and VP of content at Mode Media, is now Head of Executive engagement at Twitter.

Jenny Barrett, previously Designer and Interactive Developer at Condé Nast Editorial Development Group, is now Product Manager at The Cut.


Dan Otero, previously Founding Partner at Launch Collective, is now CEO at Billy Farrell Agency.


Matthew Bires, previously Senior Publicity Director at KCD, is now Senior Director at KCD L.A.

Chris Constable, previously Senior Communications Director at Diane von Furstenberg, is now Co-founder at The Collective Communications.

Shira Sue Carmi, currently Co-founder at Launch Collective, is now Co-founder at The Collective Communications.

Rob Spira, currently Co-founder at Launch Collective, is now Co-founder at The Collective Communications.

Heather Skolnik, previously Account Executive at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Account Executive at Alison Brod PR.

Lindsay Tansky, previously VP at Creative Media Marketing, is now Executive Director at Tina Thomson Communications.

Danielle Zacharia, previously Media Director at ShopPR, is now SVP at Creative Media Marketing.

Samantha Kallen, previously Account Executive at SISTER TRIBES, is now Account Executive at Atelier Creative Services.

Andrea Ng, previously Account Executive at RMO Wetherly, is now PR Manager at Black Frame.

Braden Bradley, previously PR Coordinator at David Yurman, is now Senior Account Executive at Jonathan Marder & Company.


D’Orazio & Associates announces its representation of Pasquale Bruni.

THINK PR announces its representation of Gilded Age for New York Fashion Week.

BrandLink Communications announces its representation of Jay Strongwater.

Engelman & Co. announces its representation of ATM by Anthony Thomas Melillo.

No Such Agency announces its representation of St. Scott London.

Bollare Communication announces its representation of GracedByGrit and Steven Alan Optical.

UFCG announces its representation of Astley Clarke.

Moderne PR announces its representation of Mad Jewels.

PR Vein announces its representation of Kimberly Goldson.