NEW YORK — Gap is retooling its design team, cutting out a layer of management while taking in some top Seventh Avenue talent.
Among the changes, Jerome Jessup, executive vice president of Gap Design, is leaving the company, and design heads of Gap adult and GapKids/babyGap divisions will now report to Gary Muto, Gap president.
Pina Ferlisi, formerly with Theory and Marc Jacobs, is joining Gap brand’s New York-based design office as senior vice president of design and product development, and Louise Trotter will become vice president of women’s design. Ferlisi succeeds Amy Hennisch, who left the company, while Trotter will fill a newly created post. Jessup’s job will not be filled.
Ferlisi will report to Muto and oversee all aspects of product design and product development for the brand’s adult apparel and accessories division. She joins Gap from Theory, where she was senior vice president of design. Prior to Theory, Ferlisi was creative director for Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Trotter will report to Ferlisi. Most recently, Trotter was creative director for CK Women’s Jeans.
The changes are intended to help Gap sustain its turnaround, which began to materialize last fall. Thanks to the recent return to serve "Every Generation" with classic, casual clothing, Gap last October managed its first comp increase after a 2 1/2-year losing streak and the momentum continued into the holidays. The company even managed to increase its regular-priced selling and improve markdown margin.
“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
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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