Amanda Brooks, Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director, has resigned and will be relocating to England. Brooks joined the retailer early last year, and was one of chief executive officer Mark Lee’s instrumental hires to overhaul the retailer’s creative leadership and position it for growth.
“To be the fashion director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision has always been a dream job,” Brooks said. “I have had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented team but have resigned to temporarily relocate to England with my husband and children in the interest of further pursuing other opportunities. It is a personal decision and I will miss working with the Barneys team.”
At Barneys, Brooks was in charge of the retailer’s overall direction of trends and how they were interpreted, working with designers, the store’s visual and merchandising teams, as well as key Barneys executives, including creative director Dennis Freedman and chief merchant and executive vice president Daniella Vitale, to whom she reported. Barneys is not planning to immediately replace Brooks.
Net-a-Porter Gets Yeoman
Lucy Yeomans is leaving her long-held post as editor of Harper’s Bazaar U.K. for the newly created role of editor in chief of Net-a-Porter.com. An announcement is expected today. Yeomans, who spent the past 12 years at Harper’s, will report to Alison Loehnis, managing director of Net-a-Porter.
The company said that under Yeomans’ tenure, Net-a-Porter aims to become the “ultimate fashion magazine, merging content and commerce on a global scale.” The site has a worldwide readership of 3.5 million, the company said. Net-a-Porter has been regularly mining talent from Hearst Magazines U.K.
Time Brings Back Style & Design
After a long hibernation, Time Style & Design has returned. The fashion spin-off of Time magazine stopped publishing in September 2009, when advertising was hard to come by, but publisher Kim Kelleher said the title is ready for a comeback. “I wasn’t here when they published the first time but I know we’ve had such a positive reception in the short amount of time we had to sell this,” Kelleher claimed. She’s signed on new advertisers to the Time brand franchise, such as Harry Winston, Zappos, Maybelline and Bulgari. The issue closed with 25 ad pages.
There will be a page devoted to the issue on Time.com. Time Style & Design is planned to come out twice a year, with the next issue due in September. When Time Style & Design was edited by Kate Betts, the magazine focused on the business of fashion. Now, under Time managing editor Rick Stengel, it features a wider variety of stories, including a piece about artist Nick Cave, a profile of Christian Louboutin, a look at the contemporary arts scene in Turkey and a story about identical-twin opera directors Christopher and David Alden. “These are topics we would write about in the regular Time,” said Stengel. “This is not purely about fashion. It’s not a magazine that exists in order to mark trends and be trendy. It has to have a lasting value.”
– Taneisha Jordan
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