PARIS — Gearing up for an expansion phase, Nina Ricci is staffing up its fashion and accessories departments.
Sophie Templier, product and merchandising director at Sonia Rykiel, is to join Ricci in May as accessories director, a new post in charge of product development, WWD has learned.
And Iliana Giannakoura is to arrive later this month as chief ready-to-wear designer under creative director Peter Copping. She joins the Paris-based house from Céline, where she was a senior rtw designer. Her résumé also includes stints at Givenchy and Balenciaga.
Ralph Toledano, president of Puig’s fashion division, confirmed the appointments, and noted: “It signals that we are strengthening the whole company, starting with the design team.” RELATED STORY: Nina Ricci RTW Fall 2014 >>
Ricci has a nascent handbag business, but has lately found traction with its Marché, a streamlined tote style introduced with the spring 2014 season.
Templier and Toledano previously worked together at Chloé, when Toledano was chairman and chief executive officer. At the time, Templier was Chloé’s deputy managing director.
Asked for an update on the fashion division he oversees, Toledano said Carolina Herrera is gaining market share in the U.S. and continuing to expand internationally.
Paco Rabanne received an “excellent reception” to the sophomore collection of its buzzy artistic director, Julien Dossena, yielding orders “from the best retailers.”
And Jean Paul Gaultier’s global notoriety continues to grow thanks to his traveling exhibition, “which is a fantastic success wherever it goes,” Toledano said.
“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” which wrapped up in February at the Brooklyn Museum, is scheduled to open April 9 at the Barbican in London.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)