By  on February 21, 2008

CACHAREL CEO GONE: Philippe Cardon, who was hired in the fall as chief executive officer of Paris label Cacharel, has been let go by the contemporary sportswear firm. Cardon had been working on an expansion plan for Cacharel, including the opening of some 20 stores. It is believed he clashed over strategy with Cacharel owner Jean Bousquet. Cacharel in October hired U.K. duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto to invigorate its fashion line.

VALVO TO BE HONORED: Carmen Marc Valvo will be awarded the 2008 Pratt Institute Fashion Icon award at the school's annual runway show May 7 at the Altman Building. He follows in the footsteps of Narciso Rodriguez and Diane von Furstenberg, who received the honor in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Valvo launched his label of sportswear and eveningwear in 1989, after working for Nina Ricci and Christian Dior. His offerings now include sportswear, eveningwear, daytime dresses under the CMV by Carmen Marc Valvo label, fine furs, swimwear, lingerie and eyewear. Over the years, Valvo has dressed celebrities such as Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Katie Couric and Oprah Winfrey. A celebrity guest will present the award to Valvo after introducing a short video about his career.

POLLINI LICENSES: Italian shoe and leather accessories brand Pollini SpA is branching out into umbrellas and neckwear. Pollini, which is part of Italian fashion group Aeffe SpA, said it had signed five-year deals with Drops Srl for the manufacture of umbrellas and Larioseta SpA for the manufacture and distribution of neckwear, including women's shawls, women's and men's scarves and ties. Both licenses come into effect for fall. Aeffe SpA, which listed on the Milan Stock Exchange STAR segment for small companies in July, also operates the Alberta Ferretti and Moschino brands and produces collections for Jean Paul Gaultier. Pollini contributed 18 percent of Aeffe SpA revenues in 2007.

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