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PARIS — Gerard Darel has appointed Brigitte Comazzi Duval as creative director.
This story first appeared in the January 13, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
A graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and French fashion school Esmod, Comazzi Duval joins the French fashion firm from Tara Jarmon, where she was head of design. Prior to that, she worked at Comptoir des Cotonniers from 2005 to 2011.
Her appointment follows the arrival of Sandrine Lilienfeld, who joined Gerard Darel from Naf Naf in August, succeeding Marianne Romestain as president of the firm.
Lilienfeld said Comazzi Duval’s vision of the Darel woman dovetailed with the spirit of the house. “She will know, I am sure, how to re-transcribe in her creations the essence of this Darel woman: Cultured, mysterious, filled with charm and natural assets, she incarnates her era,” Lilienfeld stated.
Comazzi Duval said she viewed Gerard Darel as an institution, which she hopes to refresh thanks to personal inspirations ranging from travel to vintage finds.
“While preserving its Left Bank spirit and a strong mix between modernity and tradition, I wish to renew the image of the brand by bringing more femininity, more audacity, more freshness,” she said.
“It is important for me to find in the collections a contemporary spirit directed at all the generations that is also more fun and less austere,” Comazzi Duval added.
Known for its celebrity pitchwomen over the years, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robin Wright and Mamie Gummer, Darel last year feted the 10th anniversary of its hit 24 Heures handbag.
Now owned by private equity firm Advent International, Darel has a global network of more than 300 stores in 40 countries as well as 750 multibrand partners, in addition to its wholesale business.