LONDON — U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer disclosed a series of changes to its executive team’s responsibilities Monday, as part of the firm’s aim to “drive greater accountability and responsibility across the business,” the company said.
As part of the shifts, Laura Wade-Gery, currently executive director, multichannel at M&S, will additionally be responsible for U.K. retail. And in order to accelerate M&S’ global brand position, the company said, executives in M&S’ international business will now report to Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, executive director, marketing and business development at M&S. Costas Antimissaris, business development director, has been appointed international director and reports to Bousquet-Chavanne. Meanwhile, Jan Heere, the current international director, is leaving M&S to return to Russia. Alan Stewart, chief finance officer, will be responsible for property as part of his financial asset management role. Hugo Adams, currently executive assistant to chief executive officer Marc Bolland, has been appointed property director, reporting to Stewart. The moves are effective immediately.
Bolland said of the changes: “We now have the right infrastructure in place to take our business forward, and as we enter the next phase of our plan, we need to make sure our team structures and internal processes allow us to move with pace, simplicity and speed.” The company said it has also realigned responsibilities across the wider organization, in order to “promote swifter decision making and a speedier response to customers’ needs.”
M&S, whose general merchandise sales — which include clothing — have faltered in recent years owing to increasing competition and an unclear target market for its designs, is due to issue a first-quarter trading update July 8.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast