Tanja Ruhnke & Gianfranco Gianangeli to Maison Margiela, Nicolas Di Felice Joins Courrèges
Courrèges Names Nicolas Di Felice as Artistic Director Paris based Courrèges has tapped Nicolas Di Felice as Artistic Director. Di Felice joins the house from Louis Vuitton where he served as Senior Women’s Wear Designer under Nicolas Ghesquière. Originally from Belgium, Di Felice joined Ghesquière’s team at Balenciaga in 2008 after graduating from La Cambre, and remained at the house for six years. After a brief stint at Dior under Raf Simons, he was reunited with Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton in 2015. The house was purchased in September 2018 by Artémis, François Pinault’s family holding company. Di Felice will report to CEO Adrien Da Maia, who took on the role early this year and the designer will present his first collection for Courrèges in March 2021.
Maison Margiela Appoints Tanja Ruhnke Chief Marketing Officer Tanja Ruhnke has joined Pairs based Maison Margiela as the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer. Ruhnke was most recently VP of Communination overseeing PR, events, advertising, and VIP relations for North America at Valentino. Ruhnke has had a long-standing career in public relations, advertising, events, digital and social media has served as a Communication Consultant for fashion and luxury clients such as Gucci, and Bottega Veneta. In 2003, she took on the role of International Director of Communications at Helmut Lang in New York, and subsequently Vice President at KCD Paris. In 2012, she joined Alexander Wang as Vice President of Global Branding and Communications. She will report to recently appointed CEO Gianfranco Gianangeli.
Gianfranco Gianangeli Joins Maison Margiela as CEO Italian fashion group OTB has named Gianfranco Gianangeli as CEO of its is Paris-based fashion house, Maison Margiela. Gianangeli joins the firm which also controls the houses of Diesel, Marni, Viktor & Rolf, and Amiri, from his family-owned, namesake knitwear manufacturer in Perugia, Italy. Prior to that, he was the Global Retail Director at Givenchy and Associate International Director at Prada. He also worked for several years at Bottega Veneta in various merchandising positions as well as Bottega Veneta’s Regional VP in Japan.
Chris Benz Departs J.Crew Designer Chris Benz is parting ways with J.Crew, where he oversaw womenswear as Head Designer for their Womenswear and Childrenswear collections. Benz joined the first in February of 2019 although it was not the designer’s first time at J. Crew, having previously designed for them from 2004-2006. Benz joined the US mass retailer navigating a bankruptcy from Bill Blass where he acted as Creative Director for 4 years. Prior to that, Benz had founded and acted as Creative Director of his own namesake brand, which he started in New York in 2007.