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Luxury department store Harvey Nichols has named David Aquilina as its new head of menswear, replacing Darren Skey, who left the retailer after eight years to explore “new opportunities”.

Aquilina, previously buying manager at footwear group Kurt Geiger and international buyer for Hong Kong luxury department store Lane Crawford, starts immediately and will report to Anita Barr, Harvey Nichol’s group fashion director.

He will manage the retailer’s menswear for all the store’s eight locations in the UK and Ireland, including the newly revamped menswear department at its flagship Knightsbridge store.

Havaianas appoints Guillaume Prou President EMEA region

London - Alpargatas, the parent company of Brazilian footwear brand Havaianas has promoted Guillaume Prou to the role of President for the Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region.

Prou, who originally joined the team at Havaianas 5 years ago as Chief Financial Officer for EMEA, is set to continue to expand the brand’s presence in the EMEA region by growing the brand’s retail footprint and the development of its wholesale business in the region.

He has also been charged with the development of new product extensions, as Havaianas continues to transform itself into a lifestyle brand. Prior to joining Alpargatas, Prou worked for cosmetic power house L’Oral in a number of roles in Thailand, France, Brazil and Portugal.

Prou appointment comes as the brand prepares to launch its apparel collection in Europe later this year and follows on from its recent store expansion. The Brazilian brand is set to introduce its clothing collections in Portugal, Spain and Italy later this year.

Photo: Courtesy of Havaianas and Dijksman communications

Is Versace set to poach Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy?

London - Although 2016 can be seen as the year of the designer musical chair dance, it seems as if 2017 will be no different as sources claim Italian fashion house Versace is in the process of luring Riccardo Tisci away from Givenchy. In fact, Versace is said to be so serious about hiring Tisci that it has decided to postpone its impending initial public offering (IPO).

Versace said to be eyeing up Riccardo Tisci and postponing IPO as it plans for the future

Market sources claim that Versace has decided to hold off on going public, after announcing in 2014 that it aimed to go public sometime within the next three to five years, in order to focus on a new expansion plan, which includes Tisci as its new creative director, according to WWD. The two parties are said to have held a number of discussions over the last three months, but an exact out come of the talks has yet to emerge.

Is Versace set to poach Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy?

Riccardo Tisci is a long admirer of Gianni Versace’s legacy and maintains a close relationship with Donatella Versace - he even featured her in Givenchy’s fall/winter 2015 campaign. However, poaching Tisci from Givenchy will be no easy task for Versace, as he has been credited with reinventing the French’s fashion house image and breathing new life into its collection. The creative director is currently preparing for Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2017 show this Friday during Paris Men’s Fashion Week and is the middle of expanding the fashion house’s currently product offering.

A spokesperson for Versace firmly denied any rumours that the company has postponed its IPO indefinitely Wednesday evening, stating that there was never “a specific timetable for that or any other financial event.” The spokesperson added that they did not have a particular target date, “thus nothing has been postponed.” However, in 2015 and 2016 former CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris stressed the company was “seriously” preparing for its IPO, although he declined to outlined a timeline for the public listing.

Is Versace set to poach Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy?

Givenchy denied to commented on the rumours concerning Tisci talks with Versace, as the Italian company’s spokesperson stressed Donatella Versace’s role as the fashion house’s Creative Director. “At this time we do not have any plans to change that. Beyond that, of course, we do not comment on rumours.” The speculation comes as Versace’s CEO Jonathan Akeroyd calls off Atelier Versace’s upcoming couture show at Paris Couture week, citing an “excessive” number of shows, combined with increased publicity from its red carpet celebrity dressing as part of the reason.

Photo 1: By Markus Bernet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo 2: By Celebrityabc,[CC BY-SA 2.5 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5),] via Flickr

Photo 3: By Renan Katayama (11 - Ricardo Tisci e Naomi Campbell) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Temperley London names Patricia Sancho as CEO

London - British designer label Temperley London has promoted its current company president, Patricia Sancho, to Chief Executive Officer.

She has taken on her new role immediately and will be working closely with the label’s founder and creative director Alice Temperley on the brand’s strategy for the future.

Sancho promotion comes a little over a year since she was appointed president at Temperley London. Prior to joining the team at the British designer label, Sancho worked at Juicy Couture as their commercial director for Europe and the Middle East.

Founded by Alice Temperley, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2000, Temperley London has expanded it’s women’s wear ready-to-wear range to include evening wear, daywear as well as bridal wear. The brand currently operates five stand alone stores, including its flagship store on Bruton Street in London, as well as its bridal store on Colville Mews in Notting Hill.

The label also operates stores overseas in Dubai and Qatar, and counts over 150 wholesale partners more than 30 countries which offer it’s main collection.

Photo: Alice Temperley, by Temperley London (Own work royalty of Temperley London) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tiffany appoints Reed Krakow as Artistic Director

Luxury jewellery Tiffany has appointed Reed Krakow as its new Chief Artistic Officer. Reed will direct design for the company's brand jewelry, as well as luxury accessories, and lead the brand’s overarching artistic and design vision with respect to stores, e-commerce, marketing and advertising.

Reed is a three-time CFDA award winner and best-known for his own label and serving as president and executive creative director of Coach.

“Reed’s extraordinary talent and deep understanding of iconic American design, and Tiffany’s defining role in its legacy, make him poised for great success in this new position,” said Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co. “His expertise and creativity will continue to help build Tiffany as a global house of luxury.”

“I’m honored to join Tiffany as Chief Artistic Officer and fully dedicate my creative focus to this storied American luxury brand,” said Reed Krakoff. “The exceptional opportunity to further Tiffany's rich creative legacy of design and craftsmanship, and join the incredible talent within Tiffany, is truly inspiring.”

Reed succeeds Francesca Amfitheatrof, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Photo credit: Tiffany jewellery, source: Tiffany Facebook

Serge Ruffieux takes over as the new Creative Director of Carven

Serge Ruffieux is joining as the new Creative Director of Carven, reports Vogue. Starting February 1, 2017, Ruffieux will look after all women’s ready-to-wear and accessories lines. The company announced that his debut collection for Carven would be launched during the Resort 2018 season this spring.

Ruffieux along with his partner, Lucie Meier led Dior’s women’s collections design team under Raf Simons and also produced the interim fall 2016, resort 2017, and fall and spring 2016 Haute Couture collections for the coveted design house, after Simon’s departure in October 2015. Prior to Dior, the Swiss-born Ruffieux was associated with Sonia Rykiel and also served at Moschino, the report adds.

He steps into the role vacated by designers Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, who departed Carven in October 2016. Carven was bought over by Hong-Kong-based Bluebell luxury group in May 2016. The brand stopped producing its men's line later in July 2016.

Photo: Carven

London - High street fashion brand Karen Millen has named Tracey Stainer to the newly created role of creative design director.

Stainer, who currently works at L.K Bennett as their ready-to-wear product director, is set to officially join the team at Karen Millen this spring. She joined the team at the British womenswear brand in late 2012 from fellow high street label French Connection, where she served as womenswear design director for 13 years.

Her appointment at Karen Millen comes six months after Karen Millen's former Chief Creative Officer, Gemma Metheringham, left her role to take up a new role at her former employer, Next, as the Creative Director of its in-house Label division.

"We’re absolutely delighted Tracey is joining Karen Millen as Creative Design Director, bringing a proven track record of developing collections that build strong brand through real customer focus," said Beth Butterwick, CEO of Karen Millen in a statement.

However, Stainer will not act as a direct successor for Metheringham in her new role at Karen Millen, as the company has restructured its internal teams under the leadership of its new Chief Executive Officer, Beth Butterwick, who joined the team from Bonmarché last August. The newly created role of Creative Design Director will see Stainer led Karen Millen's design teams and reporting directly to Butterwick.

"Karen Millen is a Design-led business with high-quality craftsmanship behind every piece we create, so we’re thrilled someone of Tracey’s calibre will be leading our design team as we focus on growing our global business and our understanding of local market needs," added Butterwick.

Photos: Karen Millen AW16 collection, Courtesy of Karen Millen

Kevin Carrigan takes on new creative role at Ralph Lauren

London - Kevin Carrigan has taken on new creative role at Ralph Lauren as Senior Vice President and Creative Director. The former Calvin Klein creative director is set to oversee Ralph Lauren women's Lauren and Chaps collections, leading the design teams for the brand's collections as well as their licensing, reports WWD.

Carrigan new appointment comes nearly 5 months after he left his former role as global creative director of Calvin Klein Inc, following an 18 year tenure at the brand. In his former role he was in charge of CK Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein White Label, but Carrigan left two days after the company announced the appointed of former Dior creative director Raf Simons as its Chief Creative Officer. He brings with him close to 20 years of design experience.

The move is a big change for the US brand, as its founder Ralph Lauren was always the main designer at his brand. However, following a number of changes within the fashion company last year, such as job cuts, the merging of Denim & Supply in its Polo lines and a series of senior management appointments. In addition, last September Ralph Lauren expanded Valérie Hermann's role to President, Global Brands, placing her in charge of all global brand development for Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lauren, Chaps and Home. In his new role, Carrigan will be reporting to her.

"Kevin is a proven leader with significant brand experience," said Hermann on his appointment to WWD. "Consistent with the Way Forward Plan, he will be focused on evolving the Lauren brand in a way that stays true to our unique brand DNA and makes it even more desirable for today’s evolving consumer."

Photo: Kevin Carrigan, Spring 2016 Calvin Klein Press Event, courtesy of Calvin Klein Facebook

Kevin Carrigan takes on new creative role at Ralph Lauren

London - Kevin Carrigan has taken on new creative role at Ralph Lauren as Senior Vice President and Creative Director. The former Calvin Klein creative director is set to oversee Ralph Lauren women's Lauren and Chaps collections, leading the design teams for the brand's collections as well as their licensing, reports WWD.

Carrigan new appointment comes nearly 5 months after he left his former role as global creative director of Calvin Klein Inc, following an 18 year tenure at the brand. In his former role he was in charge of CK Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein White Label, but Carrigan left two days after the company announced the appointed of former Dior creative director Raf Simons as its Chief Creative Officer. He brings with him close to 20 years of design experience.

The move is a big change for the US brand, as its founder Ralph Lauren was always the main designer at his brand. However, following a number of changes within the fashion company last year, such as job cuts, the merging of Denim & Supply in its Polo lines and a series of senior management appointments. In addition, last September Ralph Lauren expanded Valérie Hermann's role to President, Global Brands, placing her in charge of all global brand development for Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lauren, Chaps and Home. In his new role, Carrigan will be reporting to her.

"Kevin is a proven leader with significant brand experience," said Hermann on his appointment to WWD. "Consistent with the Way Forward Plan, he will be focused on evolving the Lauren brand in a way that stays true to our unique brand DNA and makes it even more desirable for today’s evolving consumer."

Photo: Kevin Carrigan, Spring 2016 Calvin Klein Press Event, courtesy of Calvin Klein Facebook

Sarah Rutson has left her position as vice-president of global buying at Net-a-Porter, after two years in the role. Rutson, who was hired in 2014 by founder Natalie Massenet ahead of the site's merger with Yoox, confirmed that she was stepping down from her role on her Instagram.

On the image-sharing platform, Rutson captioned a photo with her buying team: “@netaporter thank you my amazing amazing buying team #best in the world. Too many to mention you are all stars a huge huge thank you…#bestbrandintheworld and so proud to have been part of it. Time for some #lifebalance for me now for a few months.”

She also thanked Federico Marchetti, founder of Yoox and current chief executive of Yoox Net-a-Porter, as well as Net-a-Porter president Alison Loehnis.

Rutson who has served as the unofficial face of the luxury e-commerce giant also announced on Instagram that the reason she was leaving was to focus on her family: “It’s been an amazing two years and a long week of goodbyes here. But really time for my family and daughter to be my front row for now.”

Following her departure, Net-a-Porter said: “We would like to thank Sarah for the passion and dedication she has shown to Net-a-porter. During her tenure, our product selection has remained a key differentiator, providing our global customers with the best curated edit of the season’s most covetable collections. She leaves behind a very talented buying team who will continue to deliver exciting growth for the business.”

Rutson joined Net-a-Porter from Hong Kong-based retailer Lane Crawford, where she served as its fashion director for 21 years.