Lots of new faces landed in corner offices.

• In early October, Jane Shepherdson, the brand director of Topshop who helped transform the brand into a fashion and retail icon, resigned. Succeeding her was Kayrn Fenn, the store's buying director, and Mary Homer, commercial and merchandising director.

• In October, Maureen Chiquet was named global ceo of Chanel, (effective Jan. 1, 2007) a new post in which she oversees and coordinates all the company's activities internationally. She had been president and chief operating officer of Chanel Inc. USA for the past three years, after holding several executive positions at Gap Inc.

• Among key design moves, in January, Frida Giannini was appointed Gucci's sole creative director after John Ray quit as men's wear creative director. Giannini's appointment brought to an end the design trio named to the brand in March 2004 after Gucci's previous creative director, Tom Ford, left.

Though Raf Simons was named Jil Sander's creative director in May 2005, it wasn't until last January with his first men's wear show that he unveiled his design vision to the world. Simon's first effort for women's was the current fall collection.

Paulo Melim Andersson was appointed chief designer at Chloé in October. A former design director at Marni, he replaced Phoebe Philo, who left the Richemont-owned label to spend more time with her family.

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