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OMGSUPERWOW: What Happened in Art, Fashion, Pop Culture
It was a week of hires and departures for art museums and fashion houses. Find out who left and who ...
Entertainment 10 Oct 2016

It was quite a week for art museums and fashion houses as senior-positioned employees unexpectedly decided to leave or were simply given the boot. Some have even gone to describe the split with interesting sailing or sport analogies – evidently preparing their next game plan. Meanwhile, luxury brands are tapping popular figures and experts to reinvent their imagery.
Find who left and who stepped in below…
 #1   Alexa Chung is the New Art Director at UGG
Model and British style icon, Alexa Chung is the new art director at UGG, attempting to give the sheepskin-lined boot a new face. Chung has great freedom in UGG’s first creative partnership. She has created the concept, casting four of her friends in the shoot. Under her direction, she hopes to move away from the label’s laid-back outdoorsy imagery to a more “city-dwelling Cool Girl” treatment, leading UGG to be more relevant in the current fashion landscape.
 #2  Wim Pijbes Quits as General Director of Museum Voorlinden After Three Months 
A big surprise in the museum world was Wim Pijbes’ departure from Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands after only three months since the start of his new role as General Director. Apparently, Pijbes and founder of the museum Joop van Caldenborgh had different ideas about the museum, which Pijbes justified as “two captains cannot steer the same ship.” Suzanna Swarts, curator and artistic director of the museum, will take over as Managing Director. Pijbes will return to his former role as a member of the board.
 #3  Bottega Hires New CEO
Bottega has brought in Claus-Dietrich Lahrs  to become the Italian fashion house’s new CEO. Lahrs has a solid background in the luxury fashion department having worked for the top players in the industry notably Hugo Boss, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior Couture.
#4   Justin O’Shea Leaves Brioni
Evidently Brioni, the Italian menswear brand was not performing well as it tried to reinvent itself. Justin O’Shea may have been a factor in this tumble. O’Shea was appointed creative director of the Kering-owned fashion house in March this year and recently announced his departure. According to sources, O’Shea had no formal training or expertise in design yet Brioni decided to take a gamble to change its identity with a new (and a rather drastic) concept, which consumers obviously did not accustom well to. As O’Shea was responsible for the brand’s collection and image, he seemed to not be a great match for Brioni. Mario Ortelli, senior research analyst at Sanford C Bernstein, added “when a soccer team doesn’t perform well, you can decide to change the manager of it.”
 #5  Director of MACAN in Indonesia Steps Down
Dr. Thomas Berghuis has stepped down as director of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) in Indonesia. Dr. Berghuis who was appointed the role in May last year, has decided to return to his former work as an independent curator, scholar, and consultant for art institutions. Museum MACAN is now on the hunt for a new replacement.
 #6  Jennifer Ferguson Leaves Christie’s For Getty Images
Getty Images has appointed Jennifer Ferguson to be their Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Communications in New York. Ferguson left Christie’s as former SVP and International Director of Communications and Public Relations, bringing in expertise in luxury, corporate, and consumer place.
Photos via: @alexachung Instagram; NYTimes; Mr-Mag.com; BusinessOfFashion.com; FramerFramed.nl; PrWeek.

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