Gap Gets a New Design Chief
Gap has named Rebekka Bay as creative director and executive vice president for global design yesterday, with responsibility for product sales online and more than 1,000 stores in 42 countries. The announcement comes within a week of the retailer naming ex-JCPenney marketing chief Michael Francis as an adviser, and is the latest in a number of changes at the top executive level, under Chief Executive Glenn Murphy.
Gap has managed a successful turnaround in its merchandise and is now seeing rising sales after years of losing customers to more trendy and affordable rivals. In May, it hired former H&M executive Stefan Larsson to lead its Old Navy brand. Bay, who takes over Oct. 1, will be in charge of Gap women’s, men’s, 1969, accessories and Body lines worldwide.
The Real Fashion Police
Cole Haan’s Fashion Week bash at Don Hill’s was shut down early Thursday when the police turned up and arrested one of the event organizers. Sources told the NY Post that Skylight Group’s event director, Eric Wines, spent 24 hours in lockup after being arrested outside the spot for “illegal running of a social club.” “State Liquor Authority requires a day-of catering permit,” says the source. “It ran out at midnight, instead of at 4 a.m. It wasn’t Eric’s responsibility, but he took the fall for it.” Cops turned up at 1:30 a.m. after Icky Blossoms performed for a chic crowd including David Schwimmer and Hilary Rhoda. Paper Magazine and Pinch Food Design also helped throw the party, but maintain they had the appropriate paperwork.
Pantene Gets Courtney Cox
Pantene and its newest spokeswoman, Courtney Cox, want consumers to remember that hair ages, too. Come November, Pantene will introduce Pantene Expert Collection, a new hair-care collection, and Cox will serve as its face. Pantene Expert is comprised of two new sublines, AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair, both of which tackle side effects from hair aging.
“I’ve always been a fan of Pantene,” said Cox, who added that she uses both new collections herself. “I was not expecting how my hair was changing as I got older. [It] was starting to get dry, brittle and thinner.” “With such an important launch for Pantene on the horizon, we needed a brand ambassador who could represent beauty at any age, and someone who could really speak to the needs of women experiencing hair aging and extreme hair damage,” said Kevin Crociata, marketing director of North American hair care at Procter & Gamble Co. Referring to Cox, Crociata said, “All women can identify with her warm and open personality and willingness to share her honest opinions on beauty and aging.”
– Taneisha Jordan
Sources: Page Six; WWD