Just yesterday we attended an event at Barneys in which Brooks hosted a talk with the creative directors of Maiyet, introducing Barneys’ newest label to a group of online editors. She looked immaculate as always, and asked thoughtful, well-researched, questions. She also just wrapped a busy fashion month–a fixture in the front row and a favorite of street style photographers.
Brooks is leaving for England to pursue other opportunities. “To be the fashion director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision has always been a dream job,” Brooks told WWD. “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.”
Brooks joined the Barneys team after months of speculation over who would get the job. She was one of CEO Mark Lee’s key marquis hires. Over the past year Brooks proved to be a refreshingly accessible face to the Barneys brand–she happily indulged a silly question from us about how she gets her hair so perfect, confessing that she has really hair legs, and another time spilled her most embarrassing fashion week story with us.
Brooks came to Barneys from William Morris, where she served as fashion director. Before that she was the creative director of Tuleh and Hogan. She also penned the style guide I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style in 2009.
No word yet on who will replace Brooks. WWD is reporting that “Barneys is not planning to immediately replace Brooks.” Hmm… We’ve reached out to Barneys for comment and will update when we hear back.
But we’ll let you speculate anyway. Who do you think should get the job?