It's no secret that we're big fans of Carine Roitfeld. Since her departure from Vogue Paris, she's left us all waiting to see what her next move will be, and this week, her first new gig was revealed. Barneys CEO Mark Lee hired Roitfeld to work with the department store on a series of initiatives for fall.
First up, Roitfeld will style their Madison Avenue windows, as well as collaborate with Mario Sorrenti on the brand's Fall 2011 catalogue. “It’s very exciting,” she told WWD. “It’s a new kind of project for me. It’s good to have a new life, because now I can do projects that I never dreamed of before. For me, Barneys has always been the biggest name in luxury department stores, so to be able to participate in this project with them, and be visible during the next fashion week in New York, is my dream come true. To a French girl, it’s a big, big dream.”
It might have seemed like the changes at W magazine might never end, but according to the magazine's new editor Stefano Tonchi, the last of the staffing upheaval took place on Thursday. Treena Lombardo, market director for W, and accessories and jewellery director Brooke Magnaghi were replaced by former T employee Karla Martinez, who will take on both roles as fashion market director.
Rumour has it that fashion director Alex White will keep her place at the magazine, as she is said to be shooting stories for the September issue, whilst Terry Richardson is back shooting for the magazine - the shoot with White will be Richardson's first since 1996, after he reportedly offended former W art director Dennis Freedman with a photograph of a model with her head in an oven. "I think we should be set" Tonchi told WWD. Look out for the September issue of W magazine, which will be the first with the complete redesign by Tonchi. In the meantime, the W staff saga might finally be able to be laid to rest.
The fashion world seems to be experiencing a new decade shift, as we've seen Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler move from Aquascutum to Bally, and W magazine moving offices and companies, whilst losingDennis Freedman and Camilla Nickerson, and gaining Stefano Tonchi. In more departures and arrivals, it was announced on Friday that executive vice president of global communications at Oscar de la Renta, Paul O'Regan has resigned to commence a new, undisclosed project after his anticipated trip to Nepal and Tibet.
Arriving at Bottega Veneta to become worldwide director of public relations will be Billy Daley, having worked at Michael Kors and previously spending six and a half years at KCD as publicity director. And finally, beginning yesterday in time for the designer's bridal presentations, Christophe Hebre has joined Reem Acra as president and chief operating officer.
After the announcement that Stefano Tonchi was to take over at W Magazine, industry sources questioned the likelihood that current creative director Dennis Freedman would stay at the publication. So unsurprising to many, Freedman - who has been at the magazine for nearly two decades - announced his departure on Wednesday, along with W's senior fashion editor Camilla Nickerson who is said to be returning to Vogue.
It is Freedman who is accredited with attracting some of the industry's best photographers to W (including Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, Craig McDean and Jeurgen Teller), which essentially thrust the magazine into the spotlight for it's award winning editorials. "I have had the most extraordinary experience working with some of the most talented and brilliant photographers, artists and editors in the world, and these collaborations have brought me unbelievable joy and satisfaction," he told WWD. "For me, this has been one of the greatest opportunities I could ever hope for."