PVH has announced that Amy McPherson was appointed to its Board of Directors. McPherson will serve on the board’s audit committee.

The appointment is effective April 25, 2017, the date of the board’s and committee’s next scheduled meetings. The number of directors constituting the full Board was increased to 12 in connection with this appointment. McPherson, the company said, will be eligible to stand for re-election at the 2017 Annual Meeting of stockholders.

McPherson has been the President and Managing Director, Europe for Marriott International, Inc., a global lodging company, since 1999. She has served in various positions of increasing responsibility during her over 30-year career at Marriott.

Citizen Watch appoints first chief digital officer

Citizen Watch America has appointed former Ralph Lauren executive Barbara Garces as its first chief digital officer, as part of the brand’s strategy to invest in digital “to transform the customer experience across myriad touchpoints and channels for all its brands”.

Garces, who led the Ralph Lauren digital team as vice president of wholesale digital and e-commerce, will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company's comprehensive digital strategy, which will include the leveraging of emerging technologies and platforms.

The role will cover all of its brands, Citizen, Bulova, Caravelle, Frederique Constant, and Alpina, and she will report directly to Citizen Watch America president Jeffrey Cohen.

The appointment comes ahead of Citizen launching a new ERP and Product Information System that the company states will bring its portfolio of brands to the forefront of business technology and will help the company streamline its back-office operations and add efficiency to their new warehouse management system that was installed at its corporate headquarters in Torrance, California last year.

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Anya Hindmarch names Francesco Giannaccari its new CEO

Anya Hindmarch has found a replacement for its current CEO Helen Wright. Francesco Giannaccari has been brought on board to take over the CEO’s responsibility on March 22, 2017, as Wright steps down from her role, Fashion Network reports.

Giannaccari brings vast experience working with brands such as Tom Ford, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Most recently he was general manager of Etro, for nine months between 2014 and 2015. He has been assigned the responsibility of spreading the company’s presence in international markets, the report adds.

Hindmarch, who founded the namesake label in 1987, now operates over 50 stores worldwide and also enjoys presence in some of the world’s best-known multi-brand retailers. The brand celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, regularly showcases its collections at London Fashion Week and was the first on-schedule accessories designer at the London Fashion Week. The report further says that Hindmarch, who was awarded the CBE for services to fashion in 2016, is serves as the non-executive director of the British Fashion Council.

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Burberry ropes in Sabrina Bonesi as Design Director

Before the company’s new CEO, Marco Gobbetti takes command in July this year, current CEO Christopher Baily, who will then become president and the chief creative officer, has roped in Sabrina Bonesi, an accessories specialist from Christian Dior as the Design Director of leather goods and shoes, says a WWD report.

Bonesi, reporting directly to Baily, will oversee the bags, shoes and accessories lines under for both the men’s and women’s collections.

Bonesi was earlier associated with luxury labels such as Prada, Bottega Veneta, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tod’s. Her appointment strengthens the women’s team that already has Net-a-Porter’s co-founder, Claudia Plant, who was hired a month ago into a newly created role. Plant will serve as Senior Vice President, brand experience.

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Maternity and baby retailer Mothercare has named Gillian Kent as its new non-executive director, effectively immediately.

Kent was chief executive of real estate portal Propertyfinder until its acquisition by Zoopla, and prior to that spent 15 years with Microsoft including three years as managing director of MSN UK.

Her appointment comes as the retailer continues to reposition itself as a leading digital retailer. Kent will serve on the Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees.

Alan Parker, chairman of Mothercare, said: "I am delighted to welcome Gillian to Mothercare. She brings a wealth of experience in marketing, strategy and business development with particular emphasis on digital transformation which will add great value to our board.”

Missguided’s chief customer officer Arslan Sharif quits

Missguided’s chief customer officer Arslan Sharif has put in his papers just two months of joining the company, says a Retail Week report.

The report notes that Sharif was Missguided’s first chief customer officer, joining the company last December. After quitting the company in January, he has joined insurer Ageas Group as interim digital and acquisition director.

His responsibilities at Missguided included leading the company’s ecommerce and digital teams, who earlier reported to the control of chief technology officer John Allen.

Sharif was earlier associated as digital director at British Gas and has worked for E.ON as well as at Morgan Stanley, Alliance & Leicester, RBS and Halifax.

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Brioni appoints Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO

London - Kering wasted no time in appointing a new Chief Executive Officer to lead Italian menswear label Brioni. Following the recent departure of its former CEO, Gianluca Flore, who left his role at Brioni last month after a two and a half year tenure comes the appointment of his successor Fabrizio Malverdi.

Brioni taps Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO

Set to take over the lead at Brioni from April 18 onwards, Malverdi has been tasked with accelerating the international expansion of the high-end menswear fashion house. In his new role Malverdi will be reporting directly to Jean-François Palus, managing director of Kering. He brings with him years of experience and has held management positions in luxury fashion houses such as Dior Homme, Givenchy and John Galliano.

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In 2016 he was appointed CEO of Agent Provocateur, but left his position at the premium lingerie retailer following its pre-pack administration which saw the brand acquired by Four Holdaings, a London-based fashion and retail company. Malverdi started out his career in the fashion industry in advertising in 1996, when he became director of Staff International and was in charge of the Vivienne Westwood and Margiela licenses and international subsidiaries. In 2006 he joined the team at LVMH, where he served as CEO of John Galliano before he was subsequently appointed president and CEO of Givenchy in 2008, and managing director of Dior Homme in 2011.

Flore, Malverdi predecessor, joined Brioni in November 2014 and selected the menswear label former creative director Justin O'Shea, a womenswear retail executive who had no design or tailor experience. He suddenly stepped down from his role as creative director last October, after a six month tenure and Flore followed his exit a few months later. During O'Shea brief time at Brioni he moved the brand away from its heritage and roots, tapping metal band Metallica to star in the Italian label's autumn 2016 campaign for example. "Kering is grateful to Gianluca Flore for his achievements at the helm of Brioni over the past two years," said the company in a statement this morning.

Now it is up Malverdi to reposition the brand and reconnect it with its heritage once, guiding it going forward.


Givenchy names Clare Waight Keller its new Artistic Director

London - Clare Waight Keller has spread her design wings and found a new Maison to call home, as the former Creative Director of Chloé has been named as the new Artistic Director at Givenchy.

The French Fashion house, who previously said goodbye to the former Creative Director Riccardo Tisco in January, took to social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to break the news to the fashion industry earlier this afternoon. In her new role at Givenchy, effective as of May 2, 2017, Waight Keller is set to oversee the fashion house women's and men's ready-to-wear collection, accessories as well as haute couture.


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"Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary House’s history," said Waight Keller on her new role in a statement. "I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story."

Clare Waight Keller to succeed Riccardo Tisci as Givenchy new Artistic Director

The British designer succeeds Tisci, who left a deep mark on Givenchy following an impressive 12 year tenure. She is also the second female designer to take the creative reins at a LVMH held fashion house. Waight Keller follows in the footsteps of former Valentino creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri who was named artistic director of Women's Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and accessories at Dior last July.

“The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family,” said Philippe Fortunato, CEO of Givenchy, in a statement according to British Vogue. “I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our maison’s 65-year heritage and the outstanding savoir faire of its ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

As the first female designer to lead at Givenchy, Waight Keller appointment signals a change in direction for the fashion house. Unlike her predecessor Tisci, who is best known for his sensual and racy designs favoured by celebrities such as Madonna and Kim Kardashian West, Waight Keller is best known for her modern-bohemian yet incredibly desirable and wearable aesthetic. She has been credited for building Chloé reputation with millennials around the globe through her highly coveted handbags, entertaining social feeds and expressive advertisement.

Although the British designer does not have any experience when it comes to creating haute couture, Waight Keller is likely to turn to the fashion house heritage and the elegant signature created by its founder Hubert de Givenchy. “I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH Group,” added Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH. “I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path.”

Waight, who is set to present her first collection for Givenchy for Spring/Summer 2018 in Paris this October, graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in Fashion Knitwear before moving to New York to work for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren's Purple Label. She returned to London in 2001 and serve as head designer at Gucci under Tom Ford, working alongside of Francisco Costa and Christopher Bailey before leaving to over the creative direction at Pringle of Scotland in 2005.

Jil Sander confirms it will part ways with Rodolfo Paglialunga

London - Jil Sander has confirmed the departure of its creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga Wednesday morning. The Milan-based label is set to say goodbye to Paglialunga following a three year tenure, who joined the team at Jil Sander from Vionnet in April, 2014.

"It was a great pleasure to collaborate with everyone in Jil Sander and to give my contribution in the brand's history and legacy," said Paglialunga on his exit from the label in a statement. Paglialunga was originally taken on board to help elevate the brand and take it to the next level, but following a turbulent period, which saw the label undergo a ,restructuring phase and the departure of its former CEO, the two have decided to part ways.

Rodolfo Paglialunga to exit role at Jil Sander

"We decided to terminate our professional journey with Rodolfo Paglialunga together with the designer himself," added Alessandro Bettari, CEO of the brand which is owned by Japanese Group ILG. "We want to deeply thank Paglialunga for his great job at Jil Sander and the respect he paid to the brand's DNA." Paglialunga presented his final collection for Jil Sander, women fall/winter 2017, last month during Milan Fashion Week, which was praised for its elegant and minimalist approach.

The designer's exit comes a little surprise however, as speculation concerning his impending departure from the fashion house founded by German designer Jil Sander first began last November. Earlier this year reports emerged that Jil Sander had taken on two new creative directors, namely married duo Lucie and Luke Meier, although the label has yet to confirm their appointment or name Paglialunga successor.

Prior to joining the team at Jil Sander Paglialunga lead a revival at fashion house Vionnet, where he helped breath new life into the French fashion house. Before taking over the creative direction at Vionnet, he served for 14 years at Prada, where he worked as the Italian label's womenswear design director.

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Delving into expansion, Philipp Plein just added a new key member to their staff to help drive the brand's development. To drive the brand’s growth on a global scale, the company just brought on Roberto Magnani as director of international development.

Taking on the role, Magnani’s job will include development the brand and business internationally including an expansion of the brand’s distribution channels. He will also be in charge of finding new opportunities for the group, as reported by WWD. He will work closely with Philipp Plein International Group’s New York and Hong Kong offices as well as the brand’s headquarters in Switzerland. His past experience comes from working at Costume National, Iceberg, and Gianfranco Ferrè. Working in a range of positions, previously he has shown his experience in working in an executive role with his work at Tod’s Group.

In heading Philipp Plein’s new development, Magnani will further the company’s international exposure. At the moment, the company operates approximately 100 sole-standing stores including cities such as Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and more. The fashion house’s portfolio currently encompasses the Philipp Plein, Plein Sport, and Billionaire Couture brands. For the future, it is likely that the company will move forward with more retail flagships as well as international business opportunities.