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Maria Cornejo named brand ambassador for Première Vision and CFDA show in New York

Première Vision and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) just named their new brand ambassador for their upcoming show. For the New York Première Vision show taking place January 16-17, Maria Cornejo will represent as the new face of the event.

Cornejo joins the role of brand ambassador with a background as a CFDA Member presently. She will present several designs that were created exclusively for the Première Vision New York. Her designs will highlight using textiles she selected from Swiss company Schoeller Textil from her visit to Première Vision Paris this last season, according to a press release from the company.

“I’m honored to be the PV Ambassador and, alongside the CFDA and Premiere Vision, push the future of responsible fashion forward. As part of our collective mission to draw attention to the areas of sustainability, innovation and local manufacturing in the industry, I look forward to showcasing our special capsule collection to demonstrate that sustainability doesn’t have to be boring, that it can be forward thinking and exciting for the consumer. And, as a designer that starts the process with textiles, PV is an incredible resource and inspiration for myself and my design team," Cornejo said in a statement.

Maria Cornejo named brand ambassador for Première Vision and CFDA show in New York

CFDA New York show announces new brand ambassador and capsule collection

The designs will be produced in New York City by David Wolfson and Associates. David Wolfson and Associates was a grant recipient of the CFDA's Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) Grant Fund in 2015-2016. Alongside Cornejo and other manufacturers, David Wolfson and Associates will be present at the show in the FMI space. The space is held as an area meant to support local manufacturering.

The collaboration with Cornejo is also part of the company's newest topic developed entitled "Smart Creation." Launched in September 2015, the platform is meant to promote creative, innovate, and sustainable approaches through its exhibitors. The study and communications platform helps to work new angles that are competitive and efficient for the fashion industry.

Cornejo opened her retail concept Zero + Maria Cornejo in 1998 as a method to combine design and garment construction. The designer, born in Chile, created a new space in New York into an atelier named Zero which kickstarted off her fashion career. The company became known for producing 70 percent of its apparel in the heart of New York City's Garment District with a few exceptions.

Maria Cornejo named brand ambassador for Première Vision and CFDA show in New York

In the past, her brand Zero + Maria Cornejo won award CFDA + Lexus Fashion in 2015-2017, according to a statement released by Première Vision. She was alongside two other winners during those years. Cornejo herself also was honored as the winner of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards in 2006. As part of the CFDA since 2003, she helped to join and found the Sustainability Committee in 2013. The collection created by Cornejo is available currently at over 80 stores internationally including Barneys New York, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and more.

The next edition of the New York Show will include approximately 277 exhibitors including trim producers, mills, design studios, and fashion manufactures. Taking place this upcoming January, Cornejo will showcase her capsule collection on top of the rest of the show's highlights.

Source: Première Vision / CFDA

Laurence Nicolas appointed head of Sotheby's global jewelry and watches

Sotheby's has announced that Laurence Nicolas has been named executive vice president, global managing director, jewelry and watches. This puts her at the forefront of Sotheby's two fastest growing categories. She will report to the company's CEO, Tad Smith. Nicolas will oversee Sotheby's jewelry and watch business including auction, private, e-commerce and retail sales, as well as the company's diamond venture, Sotheby's Diamonds.

Nicolas has over 25 years of experience in the luxury sector managing leading international brands. She joins the company from Christian Dior Couture where she was named CEO of Dior Timepieces & Fine Jewelry in 2001. There, she created the "Fine Jewelry" division in 2001, followed by the "Timepieces" Division in 2008. She's also occupied key positions at Cartier between 1990 and 2001, where she helped drive international retail and marketing operations.

“Our jewelry and watch businesses operate in markets much larger than the art market and this newly-created role has been designed to strengthen our cross-platform strategy and take advantage of the significant opportunity,” said Smith. “Laurence’s creativity, energy and experience will no doubt be inspirational for the talented teams she will lead, while also further enhancing our clients’ experience and fostering Sotheby’s growth in these two key areas.”

Laurence will join the company on February 1 and be based in New York.

“I am thrilled to start a new challenge within such a leading and venerable Company and look forward to working with Tad and the Sotheby’s team to further develop the jewelry and watch businesses,” said Nicolas. “Given the smart and passionate people that I have already met in the company, and the amazing history and expertise Sotheby’s has built since 1744, I believe the potential for growth is tremendous. I am confident that together, we can conceive and execute plans to drive consistent sales and growth.”

photo: courtesy of Sotheby's
Mugler names Casey Cadwallader as artistic director

David Koma's replacement at Mugler has been named, and he's none other than Casey Cadwallader. The young man might not be a household name yet, but he has quite the impressive résumé. Cadwallader graduated from Cornell with a degree in architecture, and although he didn't go to a top fashion design school, like Parsons or Central Saint Martins, he's worked for reputable fashion houses including TSE, Narciso Rodriguez, Loewe and J. Mendel. He previously served as the design director for Acne Studio's pre-collections up until his new appointment at Mugler.

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“The Clarins Group are very happy to welcome Casey Cadwallader to Mugler,” said Sandrine Groslier, president of the Clarins Fragrance Group, Mugler Fashion and Fragrance, in a statement. “His determination and unique sensitivity to Mugler's artistic and experimental heritage will enable us to pursue the renewal of the house in the long term. We are confident that his personal vision and talent will position Mugler amongst the most sought after avant-garde fashion brands of today.”

Mugler names former Acne Studio pre-collection designer as artistic director

Cadwallader is expected to usher Mugler into a whole new era. The brand's founder Thierry Mugler made the label famous for haute couture style designs and cinched waists. Cadwallader's predecessors, including both Koma and current Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti scaled back on the couture style approach to the brand and made it more evening wear style and approachable. Cadwallader, on the other hand, if his pre-collections for Acne Studio are any indication, could bring in a lot more color, relaxed silhouettes, and street style trends.

While Mugler, formerly Thierry Mugler named after the founder, was once one of the most revered fashion houses of the eighties and nineties, they haven't quite seen that level of acclaim since then. Cadwallader could be the designer to help the brand increase its demand, and even bring in more millennial consumers. He has quite the task ahead of him, but given his experience and style, there's plenty of hope for Mugler's future.

Photo: via Mugler Facebook page

Under Armour announced a couple key changes to its staff recently. The sportswear brand has appointed a new senior vice president of digital product as well as chief financial officer.

Michael La Guardia wil be taking over as senior Vice President of digital product. He will report to Paul Fipps, chief technology officer. As of the new year, the company's restructuring plan will implement that all digital product, digital engineering and digital media will report directly to Fipps. With his new role, La Guardia will be responsible for implementing and executing a strategy to create successful products for Under Armour.

David Bergman was also named chief financial officer for the company. He had been acting as CFO since February of this year, but took over the role official on December 4. He will report to Kevin Plank and will be responsible for all accounting and financing within the company.

Under Armour to start January 2018 with key executive changes

Under Armour has seemed to maintain a strong brand presence through its sports apparel in an age of digital influence and retail decline. The company, faced with the same pressures as various big retailers, continues to move forward by creating and implemented long term growth objectives along with management and reporting changes.

The company just announced various strategic changes in its main team for an overall more efficient strategy. "As part of the restructuring we initiated this summer that integrates technology across our core business—connected fitness digital product, digital engineering and digital media— will now all report directly to me. This integration significantly enhances our ability to engage consumers with elevated experiences, premium products and personalized services," said Paul Fipps, chief technology officer in a statement.

Under Armour to start January 2018 with key executive changes

Under Armour also recently appointed a new senior vice president for digital product Michael La Guardia. He will join the team reporting to Fipps in his everyday role. Prior to his new position, La Guardia worked with AOL/Netscape and was also head of product for Yahoo! Finance and Sports. His responsibilities include leading the strategy for digital product development as well as working with marketing, design, and executive management partners to create successful digital products. He will be based in the company's San Francisco office and will officially join the team on January 8.

Under Armour appoints new senior vice president for digital and CFO

The two-cofounders of MyFitnessPal, Mike Lee and Albert Lee, have alternatively decided to leave the company in January as well. The two, after having worked with the company post-acquisition, will be moving towards their next venture. "We're appreciative of the nearly three years that Mike and Al have fully and generously served at Under Armour following the acquisition in early 2015," Fipps said in a statement. "During this time, their leadership, partnership and vision have made a significant contribution to ensuring that Under Armour's digital business is in the best position for success."

Under Armour to start January 2018 with key executive changes

The sportswear and performance label also named a new chief financial officer. David Bergman will take over the position. He served as acting CFO since February of this year. He will report to Kevin Plank and his responsibilities include accounting, finance, insurance, investor relations, and more. Within his time at the company, Berman helming various senior management roles in finance and accounting departments. In moving into an official position as CFO, he will continue to handle all financial duties.

With these changes, it seems that Under Armour is undergoing some key executive changes. While the MyFitnessPal co-founders may be leaving in the next month, two more additions are helping to step up and make moves within the company. With executive and head changes, sometimes companies can fall short or build towards an even stronger business. It'll be interesting to see how 2018 fares for the iconic sports brand.

Photos: Under Armour

Kering appoints chief client and digital officer

Luxury French conglomerate Kering has named Grégory Boutté as chief client and digital officer, effective immediately.

Boutté, who most recently worked for start-up Udemy, which provides 15 million students the opportunity to take online courses, will report directly to Jean-François Palus, managing director of Kering, and will be a member of the Group’s executive committee.

His responsibilities as Kering’s chief client and Digital officer will be to lead the Group’s digital transformation and to drive the development of e-commerce, CRM and data management.

Prior to working at Udemy, Boutté served as general manager of eBay France, before managing eBay Europe, and he also worked at Sidecar, the first short-distance, peer-to-peer ride-sharing platform which was bought by General Motors in 2016.

Image: courtesy of Kering by Jean-Luc Perreard

​Donatella Versace & Maria Grazia Chiuri to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2017

London - Donatella Versace, Artistic Director at Versace, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director at Dior, are set to be honored at The Fashion Awards 2017. Versace will receive the Fashion Icon Award and Chirui will be awarded the Swarovski Award for Positive Change during the ceremony, which is set to take place December 4 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The Fashion Icon Award celebrates creativity and innovation within the fashion industry and the legacy designers leave behind. The role Donatella Versace has played in maintaining the fashion house established by her late brother, as well as her own fashion legacy and ongoing support of young designers, made her the perfect candidate for the publicly voted award. Chirui, who is the first female creative director at Dior, will be honored for her contribution to women's empowerment in the fashion industry, as the award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on society, environment or both.

​Donatella Versace & Maria Grazia Chiuri to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2017

Donatella Versace & Maria Grazia Chiuri to receive awards at The Fashion Award 2017

"I am truly honored to be collecting the Fashion Icon Award at The Fashion Awards 2017," said Donatella Versace, Artistic Director Versace. "For 40 years my brother and I have done what we love and that is a legacy I am honored to continue and uphold. We have celebrated empowerment, joy and of course glamour. We have championed a community of people who share our values and together with them have created truly iconic images in the world of fashion. I am truly humbled by how Versace has been embraced across the decades, across the world and across the generations...Thank you to the genius that was my brother Gianni. His incredible spirit is in everything we do and everything we stand for."

December 2017 is also a significant moment for Versace, as it has been two decades since her brother was murdered and twenty years since she took over creative direction at the fashion house. Her career in the fashion industry began with her working by her brother's side as his right hand and inspiration. Versace has been credited with bringing celebrity influence into the fashion house as well as the 'magic' to its designs. Since she took up the role of Artistic Director in 1997, she has been credited for numerous designs and cultural movements which have helped shape the fashion industry. Over the years she has transformed the brand into one of best-known luxury fashion brands in the world, paying tribute to her late brother and his vision as the recent S/S '18 show by presenting Gianni's iconic prints and metal mesh gowns worn by the original supermodels which made the fashion house famous.

​Donatella Versace & Maria Grazia Chiuri to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2017

In addition to her successful career in fashion, Versace has also offered support to emerging designers when possible. She launched the Central Saint Martins 20:20 Fashion Fund and more recently the Gianni Versace Scholarship, as she continues to provide support for young designers."Donatella Versace is an exemplary woman and designer who has shaped the global fashion industry with her vision for Versace," added Dame Natalie Massenet, Chairman British Fashion Council. "She has shown incredible strength and dedication to the industry and has continued her brother’s legacy through her remarkable work. What I admire the most about her is her ability to make women look and feel powerful. I could not imagine a better recipient of this award, especially as this year marks such an important date for Versace."

As the first female Creative Director in Dior’s history, Chiuri has been working on establishing a new chapter for the French luxury fashion house. She brought the debate concerning female empowerment to the runway, connecting fashion to feminism through her designs. Her choice to incorporate Linda Nochlin’s battle-cry essay 'Why have there been no great women artists?' and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 'We Should All Be Feminists' essay and TEDx talk at the Dior shows has been felt around the globe, placing fashion within wider discussions concerning women's equality while inspiring others to follow in suit.

​Donatella Versace & Maria Grazia Chiuri to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2017

"I am delighted and very honored to receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change," said Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior. "The feminist movement that has been mine for the longest time has finally struck a resonant chord in society, and this recognition sends a powerful message to all women battling on a daily basis. It also offers a timely opportunity to pay tribute to Franca Sozzani who, last year, was the recipient of the very first award."

Photos: Courtesy of the BFC

VF announces leadership changes within EMEA region

VF International has announced a number of senior leadership changes within its Europe, Middle East and Africa jeanswear organisation.

Johan De Niel has been promoted to vice president of Wrangler EMEA, and Peter Kats has been promoted to vice president of Lee EMEA, with both leading the design, product, merchandising and marketing teams within their respective brands.

De Niel has been with VF since 1981 and has held several leadership positions within the Lee brand, most recently vice president, product and marketing. While Kats joined VF in 2013 as vice president of sales for Vans. Last year, he joined the Lee brand team as vice president of sales.

In addition, two new leadership positions have been created within the VF Jeanswear EMEA leadership team. Daniel Larsson has been named senior sales director, VF Jeanswear, EMEA, a role aimed at unifying teams for both the Lee and Wrangler brands in the region.

VF International promotes Johan De Niel and Peter Kats

While Johan Vercammen has been appointed as senior direct-to-consumer director, VF Jeanswear, EMEA responsible for driving strategic direct-to-consumer development by creating the best possible consumer experience, online and in store. Vercammen joined VF in December 2010, and was previously direct-to-consumer director, at VF’s Kipling brand.

All positions will report to Massimo Ferrucci, president, VF Jeanswear EMEA, who continues to be the overall lead for VF’s Jeanswear brands in Europe.

Commenting on the appointments, Ferrucci said: “We are continuously working within the VF global organisation to draw on synergies across our brand portfolio. From sustainable supply chain operations to product innovation that excites and inspires our consumers, our One VF approach to business enables us to leverage the best programs, plans and people across our business to fuel success.

“The newly announced management structure will position us to realise this strategic imperative across our jeanswear brands, bringing us closer to the consumer and establishing an even stronger foundation for the future of both brands in EMEA.”

Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies, its portfolio of brands includes Wrangler, Lee, Vans, The North Face and Timberland.

Image: Lee Facebook

Arcadia’s flagship brands Topshop and Topman has named Anthony Cuthbertson as global design director.

Cuthbertson, who was most recently design director of Just Cavalli and previously served as the creative director of Australian denim and contemporary label Sass and Bide, will join the fashion retail group on January 2.

His focus will be on product, as well as overseeing a design department comprising of more than 70 employees. He will report to Paul Price, the new chief executive officer of Topshop and Topman, who joined from Burberry in September.

Cuthbertson appointment follows a raft of changes at the top of the retail group including the resignation of Topshop’s long-standing managing director Mary Homer, who left to join The White Company as chief executive officer in March of this year, and the departure of Topshop creative director Kate Phelan and Topman creative director Gordon Richardson. He joins David Hagglund who was named creative director for Topshop and Topman in September.

Former chief executive officer of American Apparel Paula Schneider is moving out of fashion and into a new career. After working at various retail companies, she was recently confirmed as the new president and chief executive officer of Susan G. Komen.

The breast cancer organization's headquarters are currently located in Dallas. As head of the company, Schneider will take over daily operations as well as new strategic business moves for Susan G. Komen. She will also be in charge of over 80 Women affiliates which are all part of the company's worldwide network. The new role is a drastic change for Schneider as she previously held roles at Warnaco Swim Group, Laundy by Shelli Segal, and American Apparel. However, her past experience as a breast cancer survivor may serve as part of the reason she chose to move into this organization. She was diagnosed in 2007 and lost her mother to metastatic breast cancer in 2017.

“I know from personal experience the devastation of breast cancer and the power and impact of the Komen mission to end it,” Schneider said in a statement. “I am determined to do all that I can to build on this iconic organization’s mission to end breast cancer, for everyone and forever.”

She served as CEO in the past at Delta Galil Premium Brands as well as held president and strategic advisory roles in the past. With a well-established background in fashion, her move into a new industry will be interesting. “Paula is respected as a leader who motivates teams to achieve and exceed goals, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Susan G. Komen team, as we move forward to achieve our Bold Goal to reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by half by 2026,” said Komen Board Chair Connie O’Neill in a statement.