The year was marked by more high-profile comings and goings and hirings and firings than in recent memory. Besides the two more dramatic industry moves — Marc Jacobs’ triumphant exit at Louis Vuitton and Myron “Mike” Ullman 3rd’s return to J.C. Penney — 2013 had its share of returns
and takeoffs. Here, some of the year’s most notable developments.
• Lost & Found: A much-panned fall 2013 show during London Fashion Week, marking Tom Ford’s return to a formal women’s runway show, had many wondering: Has he lost his mojo? Not so fast. The designer’s hit spring 2014 show dispelled any such notions.
• Coach Departure: Reed Krakoff stepped down as president and executive creative director of Coach Inc., where he spent 16 years and spearheaded the brand’s turnaround and growth. Stuart Vevers succeeded him as creative director.
• Guest Gig: Reclusive Claude Montana resurfaced during the fall couture shows with three looks he designed for Eric Tibusch’s collection, his first creations shown since 2002.
• Auf Wiedersehen: For the third time, Jil Sander resigned from her namesake label for personal reasons. The design team is working on the fall 2014 collection.
• Polo Express: Jackwyn Nemerov was named president and chief operating officer at Ralph Lauren Corp., succeeding Roger Farah, who was named executive vice chairman.
• Retail Redux: Michael Gould stepped down as chief executive officer after 22 years leading Bloomingdale’s. President and chief operating officer Tony Spring was named his successor.
• Big Hire: C. Douglas McMillon was named Wal-Mart’s ceo. He was president and ceo of the retailer’s international unit, and joined the company in 1990. At Wal-Mart International, he will be succeeded by David Cheesewright, who was president and ceo of Wal-Mart’s Europe, Middle East and Africa and Canada regions. Both jobs are effective Feb. 1.
• Coming Home: A.G. Lafley returned to Procter & Gamble Co. as chairman and ceo, ousting Bob McDonald after several lackluster years marked by market-share losses in key categories.
• Farewell, Ann: Ann Demeulemeester exited her namesake label, revealing her decision with a handwritten note.
• It Moss Be Good: After a three-year hiatus, Kate Moss resumed her design collaboration with Topshop. The new collection will launch in April.
• Couture Comeback: After a 13-year absence, Viktor & Rolf will return to haute couture in Paris next July.
• Diesel Fuel: Nicola Formichetti left his role as creative director of Thierry Mugler and joined Diesel as its first artistic director.
• Fashion Carousel: Exiting Les Copains after just three seasons, Alessandro Dell’Acqua was named creative director of Rochas, where he succeeded Marco Zanini, who moved to Schiaparelli as creative director.
• Piece of Edun: Edun named Danielle Sherman creative director. Sharon Wauchob, who had designed the line for six seasons, exited to focus on her own collection.
• Adieu and Bonjour: Lydia Maurer, Paco Rabanne’s artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear, exited the company after a year in the role. French designer Julien Dossena joined as creative director.
• Mulling Mulberry: Mulberry creative director Emma Hill resigned from her position after five years at the company.