ARMANI PROMOTES BROWN: Giorgio Armani has promoted Caroline Brown to U.S. senior vice president of marketing and communications. She oversees all areas of the newly created U.S. Communications Group, which consists of public relations, advertising, retail marketing, wholesale marketing and co-op advertising. Most recently Brown was senior vice president of marketing. Brown continues to report to Robert Triefus, executive vice president of worldwide communications in Milan, and Gaetano Sallorenzo, president of sales and marketing U.S., in New York.

PRATT TO FETE DVF: Diane von Furstenberg will take home Pratt Institute's 2006 honoree award at the school's annual fashion show on May 10 at the Manhattan Center. "Diane von Furstenberg is an icon in the fashion industry and an inspiration to fashion design students around the world," said Pratt's president, Thomas F. Schutte. Von Furstenberg had sold more than five million of her signature wrap dresses, and her collection is sold in more than 50 countries. Earlier this year, she picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers. "I am honored to be part of such a special event. To be surrounded by such young talent and to support their growth has always been important to me," said von Furstenberg.

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