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H&M collaboration with Iris Apfel, Fabrizio Cardinali appointed CEO at Etro

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Iris Apfel

H&M Announces Collaboration With Fashion Icon Iris Apfel

H&M announced the global collaboration with a true fashion icon – the inspirational Iris Apfel.

The Iris Apfel x H&M collection pays homage to her unique style and is to launch in select H&M stores and online in early 2022.

Iris is a self-made businessperson, interior decorator, fashion designer and style icon, famous for her stand-out style, fierce individuality, bold fashion choices and creative designs. She represents the notion that style and inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone, regardless of the price. 

H&M was drawn to work with Iris because of her eccentric style and influence with the fashion community. For 100 years, Iris has inspired people to create, celebrate and embrace their own personal style and continues to be a pioneer in the fashion industry. Her colorful outfits and bold accessories have been a point of fascination for decades – she embodies what it means to be a true, fearless style icon. 

Inspired by Iris’ eye-catching style and unique flair, the Iris Apfel x H&M collection will include a stunning assortment designed for everyone. The collection includes clothing and accessories – all created embracing Iris’ bold sense of style and independence in mind.

All materials used in the collection are recycled, or sustainably sourced and each garment and accessory has been made with circularity in mind. 

“I think H&M is fabulous and are absolute pioneers in their field – which I love! I love doing high style at affordable prices, which H&M has mastered!” – Iris Apfel

“Iris epitomizes personal style – a style that is both beautifully flamboyant and eclectic as well as being totally ageless. She shows what fashion is all about – a means to express yourself, who you are or want to be and having fun at the same time – a true inspirer!” – Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor, H&M Womenswear.

Fabrizio Cardinali

Etro announced that Fabrizio Cardinali will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective fourth quarter 2021. 

Mr. Cardinali brings more than 25 years of strategic leadership expertise and an unmatched track record of driving international brand growth in the luxury fashion space. He joins Etro from Dolce & Gabbana, where he held several roles with the company, and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and executive member of the board since June 2017. His nearly 13-year tenure at Dolce & Gabbana was interspersed with five years within Richemont, where he held the role of Chief Executive Officer of several luxury fashion brands of the group, including Dunhill and Lancel. 

In this new role, Mr. Cardinali will work closely with and be supported by Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm, which announced a strategic partnership with the business in July 2021, as well as the Etro family, including Founder and Chairman Gerolamo Etro. 

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to join Etro during such an exciting time for this iconic fashion house. I have long admired the Company’s heritage and its distinctive Italian style and craftsmanship, and I look forward to working closely with Catterton, the Etro family, and the entire leadership team to capitalize on a number of exciting opportunities to grow the customer base and expand our category offerings and international footprint.” – Fabrizio Cardinali 

“We are delighted to welcome Fabrizio to Etro. Having established himself as an unparalleled leader in luxury fashion with incredible vision and creative energy, his depth of expertise and operational acumen make him well-suited to drive this new chapter of growth as we look to build on Etro’s incredible legacy around the world.” – Luigi Feola, Managing Partner and Head of Europe at L Catterton

“As we enter into this meaningful new phase for the Company, we are pleased to welcome an experienced and bright manager like Fabrizio. I am convinced that his vision and knowledge of the business will strongly contribute to enhance Etro’s future growth and strengthen its positioning as a leading fashion brand in the global luxury scene.” – Gerolamo Etro, Founder and Chairman 

Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni Becomes A New Hublot Global Ambassador And Face Of The Global Campaign

Chiara Ferragni has joined the Hublot family in the company of many legendary personalities such as football legend Pelé, tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, track and field champions Dina Asher-Smith and Usain Bolt and three Michelin star chef Clare Smyth.

“Everything I do, I do to share. The things I love, the people I love, the things I experience, my daily life, my children, my work: I put my heart into everything to inspire others, to believe in themselves and their dreams. I found my ikigai in 2009. I managed to combine my passion with my talent in response to a need and now it has become my business. By opening the door to who I am and what I experience, I am also hoping to inspire the women of today not to choose between being a wife, a mother or an entrepreneur. All these roles complete me, just as they complete each other. Beauty drives everything I do. Not only inner beauty, but everything I see around me. That is reflected in my collaborations, my words, my charity work and my daily life. Why Hublot? Because Hublot is not like any other watch brand, it follows its own distinctive path, with determination: It follows its dreams of innovation, while respecting traditions; it seeks beauty both inside and out, by showcasing much more than athletic performance or the success of a family member, it celebrates the reasons for this performance and success, in other words, the ability to be first, different and unique. Hublot’s messages and values speak to me, that’s why I have chosen to join this family today. A fusion of passion and determination has shaped who I am, across all my roles, and forged the businesswoman I have become. This same fusion has also made Hublot the company it is today. ” – Chiara Ferragni, Hublot Brand Ambassador

“Who does not know Chiara Ferragni? Her extraordinary destiny is not down to luck, this visionary and determined woman is someone who learnt how to grow and evolve with her time. By portraying and sharing who she is and what she loves, she has realised her dream, inspiring the men and women of her generation to believe that anything is possible. As someone who is both authentic and spontaneous, she has turned her happy, positive and generous nature into her trademark. As a visionary and pioneer, she has been able to move with the times by dominating the digital platforms and turning her passion into a real business. Her passion became her job, and her natural talent transformed into a success that is seemingly within everyone’s reach. Her inspiring journey proves that anything is possible; it’s the stuff of dreams, while being very real. Who wouldn’t want to live and realise their dreams like Chiara Ferragni? At Hublot, we love inspiring women and men who believe in their dreams and move heaven and earth to fulfil them, who assert their distinctive personality, are willing to go out on a limb, who are not afraid of what people will say and who follow their path with authenticity and passion. That’s why Chiara fits so well into our family. ” – Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO

Sandra Weber

Appointment of Sandra Weber as Group Strategy and Development Director Galeries Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette group announces the appointment of Sandra Weber as Strategy and Development Director, effective since August 30, 2021. Sandra Weber will be responsible for supporting the Group and its subsidiaries in defining and implementing their strategic vision in the medium term, and to identify growth drivers and development opportunities in a context of profound transformation of the retail sector and changes in customer behavior reporting to the Chairman of the Management Board, Philippe Houzé.

Sandra Weber is a professional in finance and corporate strategy, with more than 20 years of experience in investment banking and in the general management of large groups. She began her career in 2000 at Goldman Sachs, where she spent eight years in the M&A team between the London and Paris offices, overseeing operations in the consumer goods sector in particular. In 2008, she joined the Rallye group where she held various positions, first as deputy to the CEO, then to the finance department. From 2015 to 2019, she was appointed Secretary General of the Holding, helping in particular to define the group’s strategy and its priority areas, and to ensure its operational and financial implementation.

Ludivine Pont

Ludivine Pont appointed chief marketing officer at Balenciaga. This is a new position at Balenciaga. Pont will oversee marketing and communications for the Kering-owned fashion house. Previously, Pont was marketing and communication director for Moncler. Ludivine will report to the brand’s chief executive officer, Cédric Charbit.

Camille Miceli

Camille Miceli named as Artistic Director of Maison Pucci

“I am delighted to welcome Camille Miceli as the Artistic Director of the Maison Pucci. She will begin a new chapter in the history of this Maison, which has a rich and unique heritage. I am certain that her energy and talent as well as the wealth of experience she has gained from the greatest Maisons in the Group will be key to the success of the brand’s new global project.” – Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group and a member of the LVMH Executive Committee

“I would like to thank Sidney Toledano for his trust and I am delighted to lead the Artistic Direction of the Maison Pucci, a Florentine brand that has been celebrating the joy and art of Italian living for over 70 years. It’s an honor for me to be able to contribute to the great history of this Italian Maison.” – Camille Miceli, Artistic Director of Maison Pucci

After an internship with Alaïa at the end of her studies, Camille began her career in 1989 working in public relations at Chanel. In 1997, Camille joined Louis Vuitton as RTW Communication Director, and in 2002, she became Fashion Jewelry Creative Director & Fine Jewelry Consultant. In 2009, she was appointed as Creative Director for Fashion Jewelry and Creative Consultant for Leather Goods at Christian Dior Couture. Since 2014, Camille has held the position of Accessories Creative Director at Louis Vuitton.

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Kendall Jenner Photo credit: Glen Luchford / Stylist credit: Carlos Nazario

Next Generation Luxury Fashion E-Tailer Forward Announces Kendall Jenner As Creative Director

Luxury fashion destination FORWARD, part of REVOLVE Group, Inc., announces Kendall Jenner as the new Creative Director. 

“I grew up loving fashion and have been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the most brilliant people in this business. As FWRD’s Creative Director, I am excited to help curate the site’s offering with emerging designers and brands.” – Kendall Jenner, Creative Director FWRD

As the new Creative Director, Jenner will be in charge of the look and feel of the site, curation of brands sold on the site, monthly edits of must-have trends, styles, and looks, as well as marketing ideas, brand partnerships, and brand activations.  Jenner will be kicking off her new role during New York Fashion Week in September 2021.

“Kendall as the Creative Director for FWRD is the perfect choice as we continue to invest in the next generation luxury consumer. We have always had an extreme admiration for Kendall’s style, creativity, and overall exquisite taste. Her multifaceted experience in the fashion industry and the vision she has outlined for the FWRD business has the potential to  transform our business and the luxury business as a whole.” – Michael Mente, Co-CEO and Co-Founder REVOLVE Group

“Kendall is the epitome of luxury fashion, and there isn’t a better fit for this position. As leaders in the industry and innovators in marketing, we are always looking for fresh ideas, staying ahead of the curve, and being at the forefront of style trends. The world looks at Kendall to lead the industry, and we are beyond excited to have her vision for FWRD come to life.” – Raissa Gerona, Chief Brand Officer REVOLVE Group

Mel Ottenberg has been appointed editor-in-chief of Interview Magazine. Ottenberg previously held the role of Creative Director since 2018. His first edition as editor-in-chief will be the October issue.

Mel has collaborated with international photographers Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Pierre-Ange Carlotti, Ryan McGinley and Collier Schorr. Celebrities he’s styled include Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Lana Del Rey, Barbara Streisand, Justin Bieber, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Aniston. Mel’s advertising clients include Dior, Instagram, Converse, Calvin Klein, Nike, Chopard, Samsung, Tom Ford, Equinox, Mac Cosmetics and Diesel.