Francesca Leoni has been named to the newly created role of senior vice president, chief brand officer of the Michael Kors brand at Michael Kors Holdings Ltd., the global fashion luxury group.She reports to John D. Idol, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Leoni will be joining Kors on Feb. 5.Since 2010, Leoni has been the worldwide communications director at Valentino in Rome. In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of all global communications initiatives and events, including public relations and marketing. From 2005 to 2010, she was the worldwide p.r. and events director for Bulgari, and from 2000 to 2005, she was senior director, public relations and cultural events for Hermès. She has also held public relations roles at Malo.“Francesca is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Michael Kors. “She has tremendous experience in the communications and marketing arena with luxury brands, and is the ideal choice to communicate the company’s vision, drive collaboration and inspire our global consumers.”Idol added that he was excited to have someone with Leoni’s global expertise and business acumen with luxury brands join Kors. “She has an outstanding track record developing strategic communications and marketing in the fashion industry which makes her an important addition to the Michael Kors management team,” said Idol.“Michael has created one of the most important luxury fashion houses in the world,” said Leoni. “I look forward to partnering with Michael and the executive team to share his creative vision and voice to the Michael Kors consumers globally.”Last January, Lisa Pomerantz, senior vice president of global communications and marketing at Kors, returned to Bottega Veneta after six years in the role.Earlier this month, Kors completed its $1.35 billion acquisition of Jimmy Choo, and Idol said recently at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference that he was eager to make another acquisition. "We want to do something that's significant, not something that's small, that's what our current thinking is," he said. Idol has previously signaled his desire to build Kors into a portfolio of brands, now that Choo has joined the fold.
Exclusive: @longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. The French leather goods firm has expanded into ready-to-wear as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand. The show, scheduled for September 8, will also cap the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook their first overseas engagement as a married couple in Dublin. The trip included multiple events and outfits changes, including this black dress by @emiliawickstead that Meghan Markle wore for a party at the British Ambassador’s home. #wwdfashion #royals
At 20 years old – and with an estimated net worth of $900 million - @kyliejenner is the youngest person to ever make @forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest #SelfMadeWomen. “It’s incredible to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to the market,” said Jenner on founding @kyliecosmetics. See who else is on the list on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @rainerhosch)
“The collection is inspired by Tulum and the Mayan Riviera – its laid-back luxury, life of cabanas, untouched coastline, natural habitats, exotic cocktails and jungle parties with renowned DJs,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of @descendantofthieves, on the brand’s inspiration for its latest collection. See more designer sketches and inspirations on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #nyfwmens #nyfw
@riccardotisci17 is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection as part of his anticipated runway debut for @burberry in September. Delivered in a series of instant drops, this is the second Burberry capsule collection announced since Friday, when Tisci broke the news on his collaboration with @viviennewestwood. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
“It’s like a Cinderella story. You get a little fake, you get a little real, you put it together and voilà,” said legendary rapper Slick Rick, who helped pioneer the merge of luxury and streetwear. WWD’s @ariahughes spoke to @therulernyc about his jewelry collection, his collaboration with @bally and how the industry has evolved – link in bio. (📷: @kristaschlueter)
@ragandbone and @eminem are teaming up on a special capsule collection of streetwear pieces. Sold at a one-day pop-up in London’s Soho on Friday, the collection features three different T-shirt designs and a hoodie. The capsule is set to kick off the rest of Eminem’s shows in his European Revival Tour, which ends on Sunday. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion