LANGMEAD TO EXIT: Jeremy Langmead, Mr Porter’s editor in chief, will join Christie’s next year as the auction house’s chief content officer. He will be responsible for developing content strategy and delivery globally, overseeing all content-related initiatives internally and externally, across multiple platforms and formats.
Langmead will work with Christie’s marketing, communications, e-commerce and digital departments to develop content and drive sales and client engagement. Based in London and reporting to chief executive officer Steven P. Murphy, he will also be responsible for creating a “compelling” content environment for Christie’s e-commerce sales.
“It is no exaggeration to say that nearly every hour our company is creating a wealth of information and content,” said Murphy. “It is through the sharing of our research, deep knowledge and stories about the artists and collectors that we serve the art and inform and engage our clients.” He added that Langmead’s “track record over many years as an editor and journalist, and most recently at Mr Porter as an innovator in digital media, makes him perfectly qualified for this role.”
Langmead said that the art world had always been one of his passions and that he relished the opportunity to bring to life “the extraordinary art, stories and expertise that pass through [Christie’s] doors throughout the world each day.”
Mr Porter had nothing but praise for its outgoing editor: Ian Tansley, managing director of Mr Porter, said that Langmead had been “instrumental in defining the DNA of the brand” and that he had “helped redefine the way that men perceive dressing stylishly and made it easy for them to do just that.” Natalie Massenet, founder and ceo of the Net-a-porter Group, said that Langmead had been “an integral part of building the foundations of Mr Porter” and that she would be working with Tansley to take the Mr Porter content “to the next level in the exciting and rapidly evolving men’s market.”
Net-a-porter said it is seeking a successor for Langmead.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion