The Impression compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week.
Taylor Recchia | Impressionist
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Raf Simons Departs Dior
Christian Dior’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections artistic director Raf Simons has announced his departure from the French fashion house after three and a half years. Simons’ spring 2016 collection, shown at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month was his last. His replacement has yet to be announced.
Brendan L. Hoffman Named CEO of Vince
Brendan L. Hoffman has been appointed CEO of the New York-based fashion brand Vince. Previously, Hoffman was President and CEO of Lord & Taylor.
Debenhams CEO Michael Sharp Announces Departure
Michael Sharp will be stepping down from his role as CEO of the UK’s second largest department store, Debenhams, in 2016. Sharp served as CEO of Debenhams since 2011.
Lululemon Appoints Lee Holman as Creative Director
Lululemon’s VP of Womens, Lee Holman has been promoted to be the brand’s first ever Creative Director. Prior to his role at the yogawear brand, Holman was VP of Global Apparel, Innovation and Equipment Design at Nike.
Francesca Bellettini of Saint Laurent is now executive committee member at Kering.
Carlo Alberto Beretta of Bottega Veneta is now executive committee member at Kering.
Abercrombie & Fitch Appoints Jeanetta Darno Head of Diversity
Jeanetta Darno has been named Abercrombie & Fitch’s new VP of Diversity and Inclusion. She will report to SVP and Head of Human Resources, John Gabrielli. Darno joins A&F from Huntington National Bank where she served as SVP of Diversity.
Cory Pitzer, previously Art Director at Coach, is now Associate Art Director at Carolina Herrera.
Lauren Junge, previously Senior Account Executive at LaForce + Stevens, is now PR Director at Cynthia Rowley.
Abigail Sanders, previously account executive at LaForce + Stevens, is now Marketing and Events Coordinator at Vince in the U.S.
Austin Smedstad, previously PR director at Lacoste, has left the company.
Kate Lanphear Exits Maxim
Editor-in-Chief of Maxim, Kate Lanpher, is parting ways with the magazine after a year in the position. Lanpher was in the process of rebranding the men’s magazine as a more fashion-centric title. Previously, Lanpher was Style Director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and American Elle.
Erik Maza, previously Eye Editor at WWD, is now Digital Features Director at W magazine.
Guyton Porter, previously Editorial and Casting Associate at Starworks Group NY, is now Entertainment Director at Paper.
Alldayeveryday Taps David Boxser as Managing Director
Entertainment and media firm, Alldayeveryday, has named David Boxser as Managing Director, a new position formed to lead the growth of Alldayeveryday’s creative services division. Boxser previously served as President the NY division of fashion and luxury agency Wednesday. Prior to that he was Group Business Director at Engine Group owned Deep Focus.
Olimpia Napoleone, previously junior PR manager at PR Consulting NY, is now Lifestyle Account Manager at Purple.
Jen Gomez, previously VP of women’s at Kenwerks, has left the company.
The Consultancy PR announces its representation of Parachute.
Alison Brod Public Relations announces its representation of Lolita Lempicka.
PR Consulting Paris announces its representation of Emilio Pucci in Europe, excluding Italy.
HL Group announces its representation of The Outnet and Iris and Ink.
Grayscale PR announces its representation of Noor Fares.
The Yeaton Group announces its representation of Marie-Helene de Taillac.
Agentry PR announces its representation of MATIERE, Rubin Singer, and Max ‘n Chester.
Style Counsel announces its representation of Luca Jouel.
Michele Marie PR NY announces its representation of Hipsters for Sisters and Honns.
Woodthorpe Comms announces its UK and Europe representation of Cherry London and Walker Slater.
Platform announces its representation of Victor Xenia.
Purple announces its U.S. representation of Elle Sasson.
Mann Media announces its representation of Lola & Sophie.
Catherine Miran Press Office announces its representation of Delphine Manivet and Sarah’s Bags.
The Creative NYC announces its representation of Adriana Degreas.
Exposure announces its representation of Noah, Kith and Robert Geller.
Wetherly announces its digital representation of AYR.