Fact: Reed Krakoff, the President and Executive Creative Director of Coach, is also a photographer. Fact: Reed and Simon Doonan, the God of Barneys, are friends. But did you know Reed just finished a book of portraits on professional fighters, Ultimate Fighting Championship? Yes, fact. We assume some fighters will be showing up to the launch party in at least Trovata, since it's being thrown by Simon and Radar at Barneys in a couple weeks. And yes, this is probably the last time we'll mention wrestling, ever again.
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Simon Doonan and Reed Krakoff on Inspiration, Celebrity and Working Your Ass Off
It was a meeting of two fabulous and very creative minds at Parsons The New School for Design last night. Alumn and "new" designer Reed Krakoff, who is also the Executive Creative Director at Coach, teamed up with the very funny Simon Doonan to discuss...fashion, of course. Moderated by Simon Collins, dean of the School of Fashion, this series of discussions is aimed at giving students a glimpse at the reality of working in the fashion industry and the chance to meet some pretty darn successful industry leaders. Last night's chat coincides with the upcoming Parsons Fashion Benefit on May 9, where Krakoff will be recognized as an honoree for significant contributions to the field of design. The evening's discussion centered around several major industry ideas and issues, including what sparks inspiration, sustainability in design and the role of fashion in modern culture.
Dennis Freedman Replaces Simon Doonan At Barneys, Doonan Promoted to "Ambassador-at-Large"--But Who Will Do the Windows?
Barneys CEO Mark Lee' continues to shake things up. Last month Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart and Judy Collinson, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of womenswear, were ousted. Today, Barneys sent out a press release announcing that Dennis Freedman, formerly the creative director at W, would succeed Simon Doonan as creative director. But lest you were worried that meant Doonan, the face of Barneys, was out, fret not: he's been "promoted" as the specialty retailer's new "Creative Ambassador-at-Large." It's a pretty funny title and sounds kind of made up, but then again fashion houses love to have brand "ambassadors" so it follows that a retailer could have one too. So what does it mean? And more importantly, will Doonan still do the windows?