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Power Moves | Isabelle Guichot Joins Maje, Guy Laroche’s New Artistic Director

Former Balenciaga veteran Isabelle Guichot joins Maje as chief executive, while Guy Laroche names Richard René as artistic director.
Isabelle Guichot | Source: Courtesy
  • Tamison O'Connor

LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.

SMCP's Maje appoints Isabelle Guichot as CEO
Isabelle Guichot is joining the SMCP group as chief executive of Maje, effective September 18. Guichot served as president and chief executive of Balenciaga from 2007 until her departure from the house last year; prior to that she held chief executive positions at Van Cleef & Arpels, Lancel and Sergio Rossi. She succeeds Sylvie Colin, who is leaving the brand for LVMH-owned Kenzo.

Guy Laroche's new artistic director
Parisian house Guy Laroche has appointed Richard René its artistic director, with his first collection for the brand debuting at Paris Fashion Week this month. René — who has worked for the likes of Hermès and Jean Paul Gaultier — succeeds Adam Andrascik, who is leaving after just five seasons with the luxury label.

Graydon Carter step down as Vanity Fair editor
Condé Nast announced long-time Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter would step down from the helm after 25 years. He will stay on long enough to oversee the planning of the 2018 edition of Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue, the magazine's annual triple-gatefold-cover extravaganza that he established in 1995. Carter, 68, said that he was eager for a "third act", but has not yet confirmed his next move.

J.Crew chief design officer exits
Jenna Lyons' replacement at J.Crew is departing from the company. Somsack Sikhounmuong, who most recently oversaw all product design for the J.Crew, has been a designer at brand since 2001, with a brief stint at sister label Madewell from 2012 to 2015. The company said, "His current responsibilities … will be transitioned to other members of our very seasoned and talented design team currently in place."

Alexander Fury named editor at AnOther
Alexander Fury has has been appointed editor of AnOther magazine, working across the bi-annual print issue and digital platforms. The fashion journalist and author is currently chief fashion correspondent at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and will continue to contribute to the publication alongside his AnOther responsibilities.

BCBG Group names SVP
Marquee Brands has hired Diane Bekhor to oversee the group's newest acquisition, BCBG Group, as senior vice president. She joins the company from Jimmy Choo, where she served as vice president of general merchandise manager. Prior to that, she was head couture buyer at Bergdorf Goodman Evening and Bridal.

Lyst appoints chief partnerships officer
Lyst has named Jenny Cossons its chief partnerships officer, a newly created role that will see Cossons define the search platform's offering. She joined the company in 2014 as head of partnerships after 20 years in the industry, where she worked at Net-a-Porter and

Associated Media Publishing hires group brand director
South African company Associated Media Publishing has named Emilie Gambade as their new group brand director. In her new role, Gambade will oversee the Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and House & Leisure brands. Formerly editor-in-chief of the Elle and Elle Decoration South African editions, Gambade has also worked at Marie Claire, South African digital newspaper the Daily Maverick.

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