First it was Virginia Smith. Now, Taylor Tomasi Hill. Someone’s been very loose-lipped over at Barneys New York, at least regarding the search for a new fashion director. (Julie Gilhart resigned at the end of last month.)
Now, the luxury department store is trying to quell those rumors. “As announced by Barneys New York on November 29, the search for a new fashion director was launched by Daniella Vitale, Chief Merchant and Executive Vice-President, who joined the company on December 1,” says a Barneys New York spokesperson to Fashionista via email. “Contrary to recent speculative reports, no employment offer has been made as of this date to any person for the fashion director position.”
What exactly does that mean? These rumored candidates have probably gone in to meet with Vitale, but nothing more than that. What does seem to be certain, however, is that the person who ends up with the job will have to know a lot about accessories. Both Hill and Smith are accessories editors, which can’t be a coincidence. And accessories–shoes, handbags, jewelry, hosiery–are the biggest money makers for luxury brands and luxury department stores. Thus, they will most certainly be a major focus for the new fashion director.