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Power Moves | Galliano Joins Margiela, Guillaume Henry to Nina Ricci, Gap's CEO

  • Kati Chitrakorn

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

John Galliano Joins Maison Martin Margiela
Controversial fashion designer John Galliano returned to the fashion world on Monday, joining Maison Martin Margiela as creative director, three years after he was ousted from Christian Dior. Earlier this year, the British designer was named artistic director of Russian cosmetics chain L'Etoile, and also participated in a collection for Oscar de la Renta. "Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul," Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, said in a statement. "John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time." Galliano's first collection for Margiela will be the artisanal line, shown during Paris Couture Week in January 2015.

Guillaume Henry to Nina Ricci
Guilluame Henry, who left his position as creative director of Carven last week, has been confirmed as the new creative director of Nina Ricci. He fills the shoes of Peter Copping, who announced his departure from the French label after five years in the role. Copping, 47, is expected to take on a similar position at American fashion house Oscar de la Renta, though nothing has been confirmed thus far. Henry, 35, was the helm of Carven for five years, and was responsible for transforming the 69 year old label into a sought-after ready to wear brand. Henry will start his new job in January 2015 and his first collection will be shown during the Autumn/Winter 2015 season in February. A successor for Henry at Carven has not yet been announced.

Gap Names New CEO
American multinational retailer Gap Inc. has named Art Peck as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Glenn Murphy who will retire in February 2015. Peck, 59, currently leads the company's digital division, and will begin his new role on February 1. He will also join the company's board, which owns fashion brands such as Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy. Murphy said he had no immediate employment plans. Gap also announced that Bob Fisher, an independent director with a 35-year history with the company, which was founded by his parents, would become non-executive chairman of its board.

Philosophy Taps Lorenzo Serafini
Italian fashion designer Alberta Ferretti has named Lorenzo Serafini, lead womenswear designer at Dolce and Gabbana, as the new creative director for its younger line, Philosophy. Serafini will present his first Philosophy collection for pre-fall 2015-16 and his runway debut will be during Milano Moda Donna in February 2015.  The hire is part of an ongoing revamp at Aeffe Group, the parent company of Alberta Ferretti, which saw it hire eccentric designer Jeremy Scott as creative director of its Moschino brand last October. Massimo Ferretti, president of Aeffe, said: "One of the group's objectives is to explore the creativity of new talents and it is with this sentiment that we warmly welcome the arrival of Lorenzo Serafini, a designer who will give Philosophy new life."

Fast Retailing Hires Creative Director John C Jay
Formerly the global creative director of Portland-based agency Wieden+Kennedy, John C Jay has been appointed as the new global creative president of Fast Retailing, the parent company of brands such as Uniqlo, G.U., Theory and J Brand. "We have had a long-standing relationship with Mr. Jay, ever since the first work we did together on a campaign for Uniqlo Fleece products, back in 1999," Tadashi Yanai, the founder and president of Fast Retailing, said in a statement. "This was the beginning of a totally new direction and way of thinking, especially in terms of innovative and creative communication." Fast Retailing is in the midst of rolling out its 2020 plan, which includes a massive expansion of brands such as Uniqlo on a global scale.

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