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Bernard Arnault and the men in the boardroom at LVMH can say goodbye to being members of an executive boy’s club. The company announced today that it has signed a voluntary pledge to promote more women to senior executive positions, and aims to increase the number of women on its corporate boards to 30 percent by 2015.
When The Washington Post announced to its staff late yesterday that Pulitzer prize winning style columnist Robin Givhan would be leaving the paper, it didn’t say where she was going. Perhaps that’s because Givhan left to work at Tina Brown‘s properties, The Daily Beast and Newsweek, news operations both radically different from the Post.
A group of retired teachers is planning to march in front of Hearst Tower, where Cathie Black used to work, and demand to be considered for the job she used to have as president of the company’s magazine division. It is their contention that because Black got the job of New York City Public Schools Chancellor without working in education before, their experience reading magazines in the past qualifies them to run a stable of the world’s most recognizable glossies.
It’s not like we needed any proof that Alexander Wang was going to be a fashion titan one day, but that’s exactly what we got this morning when we heard that the designer just hired a new president.
Betsey Johnson‘s new CEO Susan Falk is jumping full force into the work of bringing the label back from the brink of bankruptcy. She’s already rolled out a new website, wants e-commerce to grow four fold (from a “small” $5 million to $20 million) and wants to open over 40 Betsey Johnson stores relatively soon.She also thinks Betsey needs to make longer frocks.
Conde Nast‘s food group is experiencing a little bit of a human resources extravaganza. In a really interesting dance between the fashion and food publishing worlds, Carol Smith (who left Elle to direct the group in April), has been let go. Meanwhile GQ style editor Adam Rappaport will replace Barbara Fairchild as editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit.
Ever since Theory president Andrew Rosen hired wunderkind Olivier Theyskens as the brand’s new artistic director, the fashion world has sort of been waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it turns out that Rosen is quite comfortable with his decision, thank you very much, and defended his move and Theyskens’ commercial viability in an interview with Guy Trebay of The New York Times.
Olivier Theyskens‘ capsule collection for Theory was so good, Andrew Rosen has decided to keep him around for a bit longer. Or at least that’s what it seemed like this morning when news broke that Theyskens has been hired as the brand’s new artistic director.
After the long, drawn-out saga of American Apparel‘s financial woes this summer, we thought for sure the company would be under by the end of New York Fashion Week. But thanks to a little faith from its lender, the company can now keep the doors of it’s LA factory open a little bit longer.
After over five months of job searching, former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has been named CEO of the Johnson Publishing Company, which prints black culture and lifestyle magazines Ebony and Jet.
News has come out that Essence magazine, a Time Inc glossy aimed at black women, has hired a new fashion director after being on the hunt to fill the position for months. Problem is, the new fashion director is white.
When we first heard the news that Elle chose Robin Domeniconi as its new chief brand officer, we immediately had doubts. Domeniconi is currently Mircosoft‘s VP of U.S. advertising sales, marketing and publishing. Is it possible, we thought, that someone from a technology background could bring a storied fashion magazine back to life?