The Impression compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.

By Marissa Tozzi | Impressionist


Carlo Di Biagio photoCavalli Appoints Carlo Di Biagio Chief Operating Officer
Carlo Di Biagio is returning to the Roberto Cavalli under new owner Clessidra SGR as COO. Di Biagio previously held the same position in Cavalli’s Florence-based firm from 2009 to 2014, working under then CEO Gianluca Brozzetti. Di Biagio and Brozzetti both left Cavalli in 2014 to join jewelry firm Buccellati. Prior to first joining Cavalli, Di Biagio was the Finance Director at Procter & Gamble Co., along with holding board-level roles at many Italian and international firms.

Peter Williams Exits as Jaeger Chairman
After six months as the Chairman of Jaeger, Peter Williams has stepped down from his position. Williams had joined the chain in November for the purpose of putting its five-year turnaround plan into action. Currently, he is chairman of, online fashion retailer, Brissi and Mister Spex.

Steven Murphy photoSteven Murphy leaves Ralph Lauren Board
Steven Murphy has resigned after nine years as Director at Ralph Lauren Corp. Murphy will continue to consult for the firm on strategic matters. Murphy was previously the CEO of Christie’s International and prior to that served as President and CEO of Rodale Inc.

Slate & Stone Appoints Jeff Block President
Jeff Block, previously VP of Sales at Perry Ellis, has been named President for New York sportswear firm Slate & Stone. Prior to Perry Ellis, Slate held VP positions at Cockpit USA and Original Penguin.

Ted Marlow Retires as CEO of Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters Group CEO, Ted Marlow, announced that he will resign his position at the end of August. Marlow served as President of the firm from 2001-2010. In 2012, after then-CEO Glen Senk stepped down, Marlow returned to Urban Outfitters as CEO. His successor has yet to be announced.

Net-a-Porter Taps Claire Chung as GM China
Net-a-Porter has named Claire Chung as GM China, a newly created position. Previously Chung served VP of international business development at Shangpin, a Chinese fashion site.

Jen Lavelle, previously Marketing Director at Mizzen+Main, is now Chief Marketing Officer at the company.

Adam Douglas, previously Account Manager at Williamson PR, is now PR Manager in Men’s and Home at Gilt.

Lindsay Zurlo, previously Media Relations Coordinator at Tiffany & Co., is now PR Manager for Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry.



David & Goliath Revamping Creative Team
David & Goliath (D&G) has added 12 new people to its creative team, including three Creative Directors: Brandon Davis, Nick Hine, and Rick Utzinger. The other roles hired include Art Directors, Copywriters, and an Associate Creative Director. Davis previously worked at Widen & Kennedy, and Hine was Global Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day. Utzinger also served at TBWA\Chiat\Day as Creative Director.

Ted Florea photoPartners + Napier NYC Taps Ted Florea as Chief Strategy Officer
Ted Florea has been appointed by creative agency Partners + Napier NYC (PNYC) as its new Chief Strategy Officer. Florea previously served as head of brand strategy at Droga5. In his new role, Florea will be responsible for the strategic leadership of all of the PNYC businesses.



Dirk Standen’s Dirk Standen Joins W
Dirk Standen, who steered Condé Nast’s as Editor-in-Chief since 2005, has been named Digital Creative Director at W magazine. Straden is credited with transforming into the first major fashion mobile website, which received industry wide accolades, including a 2015 Webby Award. In his new role, Straden will be responsible for W magazines brand’s digital strategy.

Gillian Gorman Round photoGillian Gorman Round, previously President at The Lucky Group, has left the company.

Julia Carrick photoJulia Carrick Tapped by Country Town & House 
Publisher Julia Carrick has joined with Country & Town House. Carrick previously spent 30 years as the Founder, Publisher, and Global President of Financial Times Newspaper’s luxury lifestyle magazine, How to Spend It. Carrick will continue as global luxury advisor to Bell Pottinger Communications.

Elisa Benson, previously Senior Community Manager at, is now Social Director, Young Women’s Network at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.

Renee Jacques, previously Viral Editor at The Huffington Post, is now Associate Digital Editor at Allure.

Sophia Panych photoSophia Panych, previously Beauty Editor at Allure, is now Digital Beauty Editor at the publication.

Caitlin Heikkila, currently a Freelance Social Media and Community Strategist, is now Social Media Editor at Allure.

Will Kahn, previously Market and Accessories Editor at Town & Country, is now Senior Market and Accessories Editor at the publication.

Ben Ryder Howe, previously Senior Editor at Town & Country, is now Site Director at the publication.

Danielle Robles, previously Senior Fashion and Content Editor at Forever 21, is now Copy Writer at ELLE Productions.

Susan Rinkunas, previously Senior Editor at, is now Health Editor at New York’s The Cut.



Anne Pasternak photoAnne Pasternak, previously President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, is now Director at the Brooklyn Museum.


Taj Alwan, previously PR Manager at Azione PR, is now PR Director at The dFm.

Dana Yacyk, previously Account Executive at Edelman, is now Senior Account Executive at LFB Media.

Mina Yoo, previously Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Marie Claire, is now Account Executive at Grayscale PR.



Agentry PR announces its representation of PLAC.

UFCG announces its representation of Mathieu Mirano.

The Brown Collective announces its representation of Edeline Lee.

Collective Communications announces its representation of Molly Shaheen.

Moderne Press announces its representation of Stephanie Karen Jewels.

Bollare Communications announces its representation of Faithfull the Brand, and Stella 9.

The Yeaton Group announces its representation of Back At The Ranch Boots.

Be Social PR announces its representation of DESPI Beachwear.