LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.
Vanessa Friedman Joins The New York Times
Vanessa Friedman, the longtime fashion editor of The Financial Times, has joined The New York Times as fashion director and chief fashion critic. She will start at the newspaper next month, overseeing fashion reporting and coverage for both The New York Times and The International New York Times editions. Friedman will take on the dual roles left by Suzy Menkes, who announced last week that she is leaving The International New York Times (formerly The International Herald Tribune) for Condé Nast International, and Cathy Horyn, who left her position as fashion editor of The New York Times in January for personal reasons.
Peter Philips Appointed Creative & Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup
Peter Philips has been appointed creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup, effective immediately. Philips stepped down from his previous role as global creative director of Chanel cosmetics in 2013. Philips’ first “full-on creation” collection for Christian Dior will be released in Autumn 2015. “I am honoured by the responsibilities that are entrusted to me by Christian Dior makeup, whose values, savoir-faire and innovation I respect,” said Philips.
André Leon Talley Exits Numéro Russia
André Leon Talley has resigned from his post at Numéro Russia after one year, saying his resignation was “mutually agreed” by publisher Alexander Fedotov over the telephone on the morning of March 14. The fashion veteran added, “I am honoured to have had the exceptional opportunity to work with the publisher Alexander Fedotov and his team in the launch of this new fashion magazine in Russia. It was a very, very exciting project and I am so proud of my work with 12 issues.” Talley is also artistic director of online retailer Zappos.
Bruce Pask Named Men’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman
Bruce Pask, the menswear director of The New York Times’ T magazine since 2006, will take up a new role as men’s fashion director at famous New York department store Bergdorf Goodman in two weeks time. Pask will report directly to Linda Fargo, senior vice president of fashion office and store presentation. “I am thrilled to welcome Bruce Pask to Bergdorf Goodman as men’s fashion director. He has impeccable credentials in the men’s market. I am confident his leadership, taste level, and deep understanding and love of men’s luxury product will have a significant impact on our business,” Bergdorf Goodman’s president Joshua Schulman said in a statement.
Alessandra Carra Departs Emilio Pucci
Emilio Pucci’s chief executive will depart the LVMH brand at the end of this month. Carra told press she would not be drawn on her next appointment “out of loyalty” to Emilio Pucci, though this has not stifled speculation that the currently vacant position of chief executive at Roberto Cavalli may be a possible destination. Carra joined Emilio Pucci in 2011 and has overseen the brand’s retail expansion, which was intended “to accelerate growth that the brand would have had organically.” Laudomia Pucci, Emilio Pucci’s daughter and the brand’s image director, will act as chief executive until Carra’s successor is appointed.
Brendan Hoffman to Exit Bon-Ton
Brendan Hoffman, the chief executive and president of Milwaukee-based retailer Bon-Ton, announced that he would not renew his contract with the company in 2015, citing personal reasons. “I underestimated the toll [the role] would take on my family with the commuting, especially with my kids being the age they are. I am very focused on the business and what we need to accomplish. Because we are a public company, this needed to be disclosed when it did.” Bon-Ton’s portfolio includes 270 department stores in the United States’ Northeast, Midwest and Great Plains regions, operating under the Bon-Ton, Herberger’s, Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Carson’s, Bergner’s and Younkers brands. The retailer has faced a challenging year in 2013, with net sales dropping from $2.92 billion to $2.77 billion and comparable-store sales decreasing by 4.2 percent.