Paulette Garafalo has been named chief executive officer of Bally Americas.
Garafalo, who began her career as a women’s shoe buyer and merchandiser at Bally in the Eighties, succeeds Steven LaGuardia, who resigned from the post to pursue other interests earlier this month.
Garafalo has had more than two decades of experience working in the luxury arena. In June, she left Hartmarx Corp., where she was president of the luxury group and managed the Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx businesses for 11 years. She is credited with the transformation of Hickey Freeman from a tailored clothing brand to a luxury label, opening stores for the firm and starting a diffusion line called Hickey. She also had a stint at Salvatore Ferragamo in the U.S.
At Bally, her responsibilities include bolstering performance in wholesale, retail and online. She takes her new post today and reports to Bally’s interim ceo, Peter Harf. Harf is the ceo of Joh. A. Benckiser SE as well as the chairman of Coty.
Bally, the 158-year-old Swiss firm currently has 11 stores in the U.S. and distribution in specialty stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue. In December, there are plans to open an additional boutique in the new City Center shopping complex in Las Vegas. The firm, known for its shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear under the creative direction of Brian Atwood, is owned by Labelux Group, a privately held Vienna-based luxury goods holding company controlled by Joh. A. Benckiser SE.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
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