NEW YORK — It looks like Dolce & Gabbana will have to start searching for a U.S. president again.
Christophe Albarran, president of the company’s U.S. subsidiary, has handed in his notice after just seven months in the job, according to sources, but will remain at Dolce & Gabbana until the end of October.
Albarran was the third executive in seven years to hold the post of U.S. president at Dolce & Gabbana. He succeeded Glenn McMahon, who left last year to become chief executive officer of St. John.
Albarran joined the company in January from Victorinox Swiss Army Inc., where he was vice president of global sales. Prior to that, he was worldwide director of customer service at Prada SpA.
At Dolce & Gabbana, Albarran’s mandate was to drive growth in the U.S., including the expansion of the Italian fashion group’s retail network in North America. In December, the company unveiled its refurbished and expanded New York flagship on Madison Avenue, which cost $15 million and marked an important step in the duo’s drive to boost business in the U.S., including more store openings. At the time of the store’s opening, the U.S. accounted for 13 percent of the company’s wholesale revenues.
Managing director Cristiana Ruella told WWD’s sister publication DNR last fall that the role of U.S. president has evolved, following the decision to bring the younger D&G line in-house as of the spring 2007 season. The position requires “operational, financial and logistical” clout, rather than “simply commercial expertise,” Ruella said at the time. Albarran could not be reached for comment on Thursday, and Dolce & Gabbana officials could not be reached for comment on Albarran’s successor.
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