The 1930’s was the golden age of female-led fashion houses; it was the era of Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Nina Ricci and Jeanne Lanvin. But over the years female designers have been side-lined by megastar male counterparts who are today celebrated for their showmanship and artistic prowess. The work of female designers, comparatively, is often centered on practicality and function. Other than designers, women have not held high positions on the board of brands. But the industry now realizes the absence of women who are equally at power with men. Let’s look at some recent GIRL BOSSES in the industry today:
- Debra Perelman, CEO Revlon, the first female CEO of Revlon in its 86 year history was appointed just last week. Perelman started working at Revlon in 1998 and became a member of the Revlon board in 2015. She has also worked for Revlon as executive vice president and head of new business development for its holding company, MacAndrews & Forbes.
- Isabelle Guichot, CEO Maje joined the SMCP group as CEO of Maje, in September 2017. She is also a member of the SMCP Group’s executive committee. Previously, she was the president and CEO of Balenciaga, which, under her leadership, experienced strong international development. Guichot has also been CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, Lancel, and Sergio Rossi.
- Eva Chen, Head of Fashion Partnerships – Instagram was appointed in 2015. A former editor in chief for Lucky magazine and Teen Vogue, today Chen works closely with representatives from across the fashion industry to strategize storytelling methods on the visual platform that is becoming a key advertising pillar for fashion labels and retailers alike.
- Alison Loehnis, President IN-SEASON, NET-A-PORTER & MR PORTER YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP. After the announcement of the deal to merge Yoox and Net-a-Porter in late 2015, chief executive of the new Group Federico Marchetti promoted Loehnis to the role of president in-season of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group in February 2016. Today she is responsible for Net-a-Porter, and Mr. Porter, as well as the media and publishing division, which includes the publications Porter, The Edit, The Journal, and others.
- Kate Lanphear, Creative Director, Marie Claire is a former style director of Elle and T: The New York Times Style Magazine and maxim. Today she is responsible for bringing a new style, sophistication and modern relevance to Marie Claire; she has replaced bikini shots with close up, candid portraits.
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