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Valérie Hermann Heads to Ralph Lauren

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The Metropolitan Opera Opens With Donizetti's "La Fille Du Regiment"Word came this morning that Ralph Lauren, in a move to capitalize on their burgeoning luxury goods business, has appointed Valérie Hermann president of Ralph Lauren Luxury Collections. Hermann previously headed up operations at Yves Saint Laurent and, most recently, Reed Krakoff (she announced her plans to leave yesterday). According to WWD, the exec will report to Mr. Lauren himself.

Valérie Hermann Departs Reed Krakoff

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Valerie Hermann and Reed KrakoffValérie Hermann, the president and CEO of Reed Krakoff Co. since 2011, has resigned from her post, reports WWD. The executive, who previously served as the CEO of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, will officially step down on March 15. “Valérie is a founding partner of the Reed Krakoff company and has been a trusted friend and adviser over the last three years,” offered Krakoff, who presented his first show since acquiring his brand from Coach during New York fashion week. “I am extremely grateful to Reed Krakoff for giving me the opportunity to come to the U.S. and develop, together with him and a wonderful team, what is certainly going to be one of the most exciting American luxury brands,” added Hermann. Krakoff will assume the role of CEO. No announcement has yet been made regarding Hermann’s future plans.

Photo: John Aquino, via WWD

Reed Krakoff Visits Paris, Hopes To Stay

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Reed Krakoff and his French wife Delphine love Paris. “I visit as often as I can,” he says. “I travel for inspiration because it’s my job, but even if I wasn’t working, I’d still be traveling.” He mentioned wanting to open a permanent Paris store one day. In the meantime, the designer (left, with Virginie Mouzat) and his brand’s new president, Valérie Hermann, created a showroom on three levels of the Galerie Karsten Greve in the Marais to introduce Parisians to his new collection. “I’ve kind of done everything in reverse,” Krakoff muses. “After 25 years designing for others, I really wanted to do my own thing and use all my experience to do it well.” Among those there to take it in: Sarah Lerfel, who buys Krakoff for Colette; Olympia Le-Tan and her illustrator papa Pierre Le-Tan, who has done projects for Krakoff at Coach; jewelry designer Harumi Klossowski, Balthus’ daughter; Comme des Garçons’ Adrian Joffe; fashion publishers Olivier Zahm of Purple and Ezra Petronio from Self Service; and Alexis Mabille, who didn’t let the fact of his impending haute couture show keep him away.

Photo: Courtesy of Reed Krakoff