Bold Moves - Olivier Lapidus Departs Lanvin as Artistic Director, Carol Pennelli to David Yurman Presdient, Jessica Diehl Departs Vanity Fair as Creative Director

Bold Moves | Lapidus Departs Lanvin, Pennelli Joins David Yurman, Diehl Exits Vanity Fair

In this weeks Bold Moves – Olivier Lapidus Departs Lanvin as Artistic Director, Carol Pennelli to David Yurman Presdient, Jessica Diehl Departs Vanity Fair as Creative Director

BRANDS & Retailers

Olivier Lapidus

Olivier Lapidus Departs Lanvin as Artistic Director
Artistic Director of Lanvin, Olivier Lapidus, is leaving the company after designing for the French fashion house for two seasons. Before joining Lanvin last year, Lapidus helmed his father’s namesake brand for 11 years. Prior to that, he was Artistic Director of Balmain Homme. Alongside his career experience, Lapidus has 11 patents for fabrics he made with fiber optics. Lapidus was also the first to create a web-based couture house, allowing buyers to live stream runway shows attached with a see-now-buy-now option. Going forward, Lapidus will continue to design under his own name, and the creative team at Lanvin will be responsible for design.

Lanvin Names Joann Cheng Interim CEO
Joann Cheng has been named Interim CEO of Lanvin. She takes the position with over two decades of senior managerial experience. Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer for DJI Innovations, a Chinese tech firm. Prior to that, she was Finance Director of TPG, a private equity firm. Before that, Cheng was Greater China Controller at GE Capital.

Peggy Eskenasi Appointed Vera Wang President
Vera Wang has tapped Peggy Eskenasi as President. Eskenasi joins from Nine West where she was Executive Chairman. Prior to that, she was SVP of Product Development at Kohl’s Department Stores. Before that, Eskenasi was President of Private Holdings at Saks Inc. Eskenasi succeeds Veronique Gabai-Pinsky who recently resigned as President.

Carol Pennelli

David Yurman Promotes Carol Pennelli to President
Carol Pennelli has been named President of David Yurman. She has spent 15 years with the company, most recently serving as their Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to David Yurman, she was SVP of Sales, Education and Global Special Events at Bobbi Brown. In her new role, Pennelli will oversee all of David Yurman’s functions outside creative and design.

Anna Bakst

Anna Bakst Named Kate Spade CEO
Anna Bakst has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Brand President of Kate Spade. Bakst joins from Michael Kors where she was for 14 years, most recently serving as their Group President of Accessories and Footwear. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Donna Karan International, serving as their President of Footwear and Accessories at the time of her departure. In her new role, Bakst will report to Victor Luis, CEO of Tapestry Inc who recently bought Kate Spade.

Stacey Cartwright

Stacey Cartwright Departs Harvey Nichols as Deputy Chairman
Effective April 30th, Stacey Cartwright is leaving Harvey Nichols as their Deputy Chairman. Cartwright had been appointed Deputy Chairman last fall after previously serving as Harvey Nichols Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, she worked executive financial positions at Burberry

José Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez

José Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez Departing Esprit as CEO
Chief Executive Officer of Esprit, José Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez, is leaving the company after 6 years at the helm. Previously, Gutiérrez was Group Director of Distribution and Operations for Inditex. Prior to that he was at McKinsey and Co. for 8 years, managing it’s Spain Operations.

Anders Kristiansen

Anders Kristiansen Appointed Esprit CEO
Effective June 1st, Anders Kristiansen will take over the role of Chief Executive Officer of Esprit. Kristiansen joins from private equity firm Permira where he was an Industrial Adviser. Prior to that, he was CEO of British retailer New Look.

Nathalie Remy

Nathalie Remy Named Christofle CEO
Nathalie Remy has been named Chief Executive Officer of the French silver brand, Christofle. Remy joins from McKinsey and Co., where she worked to reposition and market brands. Christofle is owned by Dubai-based Chalhoub Group, the largest luxury retailer in the Middle East.

Erica Vilkauls

Erica Vilkauls Appointed CEO of L.K. Bennett
L.K. Bennett has tapped Erica Vilkauls to be their new Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Vilkauls was Chief Executive of East. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Pink This new appointment is not her first time with L.K. Bennett, as from 2006-2009 she was Merchandise Director of the British footwear and accessories brand.

ModCloth Names Antonio Nieves as CEO
Antonio Nieves has been appointed to Chief Executive Officer by ModCloth. Nieves was previously Chief Financial Officer for the company. Before ModCloth, Nieves was Chief Operating Officer at Bonobos. Prior to that, he was Senior Finance Director at Logitech.

The RealReal Taps Jun-Sheng Li as COO
Jun-Sheng Li has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at luxury consignment company, The RealReal. Li joins from Walmart where he was SVP of E-Commerce.

The RealReal Taps Len Eschweiler as CRO
Len Eschweiler has been named Chief Revenue Officer at The RealReal. Previously, Eschweiler was SVP of Retail at Affirm. Inc. In the past, he also served as General Manager, Director of Commerce and Payments at Amazon.

Rebecca Goodman Krantz, previously Director of Global Communications at Tomas Maier, is now Global Vice President of Communications at Oscar de la Renta.

Julie Selig, previously PR/Marketing North America at M Missoni, has left the company.

Jill Meisner, previously Public Relations Director at Karla Otto, is now Head of Communications at Modern Meadow.

Rachel Kritchman, previously Public Relations Manager of Sisley Paris, is now Public Relations Director at the company.

Aire Plichta Reese, previously Associate Manager Fashion Media & Relations at ModCloth, is now Fashion Media & Public Relations Manager at the company.


Jessica Diehl

Jessica Diehl Departs Vanity Fair as Creative Director
Vanity Fair’s Creative Director, Jessica Diehl, is exiting the publication after 12 years. Prior to joining Vanity Fair as a Style Editor, Diehl was Sittings Editor at Vogue and worked as Grace Coddington’s Personal Assistant for 3 years.

Yves Bougon

Yves Bougon Appointed President of Condé Nast France
Condé Nast France has tapped Yves Bougon as President, effective May 7th. Previously Bougon was CEO and Representative Director of Hearst Fujingaho based in Tokyo. Prior to that, Bougon worked at Hachette Fujingaho, being named CEO of the publishing group in 2006. In 2011, it was acquired by Hearst Media, and Bougon stayed on, continuing to launch 5 magazine and 9 digital publications during his tenure.

Andrea Běhounková

Vogue Czech Republic and Slovakia Names Andrea Běhounková Editor-in-Chief
Andrea Běhounková has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Czech Republic and Slovakia, which is set to launch later this year. Previously, Běhounková was the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Czech Republic. Prior to that, she worked editorial at Style, as well as Žena a život.

Kevin Martinez

Kevin Martinez, previously Group Publisher of InStyle and StyleWatch, has left the company.

PUBLIC Relations

Ashley Grabill, previously Head of Communications at Brandless, is now Senior Director at Factory PR.

Max Stomber, previously Account Manager at HL Group, has left the company.

Tyler Burrow, previously Senior Manager of Celebrity and Influencer at dOMAIN Integrated, has left the company.

Sarah Castro, previously Showroom Manager at Janey Loptay Public Relations, is now Senior Account Executive at Heather Magidsohn Consulting.

Ellie Bonner, previously Senior Account Executive at Edelman, is now Account Supervisor at Covet PR.

Casey Blatt, previously Operations Manager at Covet PR, is now Director of Operations at the company.

Ashley Short, previously Senior Account Executive at RKPR and Porter Novelli, is now Account Executive at Covet PR.

Nicole Tarko, previously Account Executive at Kaplow Communications, is now Account Executive of Covet PR.

Katharine Samuels, previously Senior Account Executive and Media Specialist of Ketchum, is now Senior Account Executive of Covet PR.

Nisha Btesh, previously in House Design Contact at MSI International, is now Executive Assistant at Covet PR.


BPCM announces its representation of Bvlgari Parfums and Flower Beauty.

Infinity Creative Agency announces its representation of PrettyLittleThing.

Sandrine Charles Consulting announces its representation of Alife.

Maguire Steele announces its representation of Capadopia.

Anchor Communications announces its representation of Dennis Basso.

Purple PR announces its representation of ZYNE and Mih Jeans

Lindsey Smolan PR announces its representation of Shivaloka.

Film Fashion announces its representation of JockeyNha Khanh, and Glassons.

SHADOW announces its representation of Blue Nile