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Breaking news: Amanda Brooks, author of I Love Your Style, has been appointed Barneys' VP, Women's Fashion Director. Brooks is a fashion consultant and writer. She was, most recently, the fashion director of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Her work has appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Vogue, and Men's Vogue. She was the former creative director and muse at Tuleh—which went out of business last spring—and has made television appearances on a variety of morning talk shows in the United States.
Other things we learned about Amanda Brooks from Googling her:
· She married Christopher Brooks in 2001: "Consider their backgrounds. Ms. Cutter, 26, grew up in the comfortable corridors of Palm Beach and Manhattan, graduated from Horace Mann, Deerfield Academy and Brown. A patrician blond beauty, she looks as if she's ready to pull out an ostrich-feather fan and pose for the ghost of John Singer Sargent." [NY Times]
· She was scandalized at Brown for dating Alexandre von Furstenberg: "Young Amanda was ostracized by the collegiate upper-crust after a freshman fling with fellow undergrad Alexandre von Furstenberg; he was dating future ex-wife Alexandra Miller at the time. Ms. Brooks refused to comment on l'affaire Alexandra to The Observer , but last year told W magazine (where her sister Kimberly is West Coast editor): "It's taken me 10 years to be able to stand in the same room with those girls." [NY Obeserver]
· She gets photographed a lot at parties [Style.com]
· She's got a reputation for being a "man-eater": "The former creative director of Tuleh, Brooks is a social fixture and man-eater. (Her former conquests include Alexandre von Furstenberg and Euan Rellie.)" [Cityfile]
· Her Adirondack home looks straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalog [Sara Gilban Interiors]
· She's been featured on JCrew.com [Official Site] and
· She's the go-to guide on developing personal style [Ralph Lauren]
This is the full release we received from Barneys HQ:
Amanda Brooks to join Barneys New York as Women's Fashion Director, Vice President· Barneys [Official Site]
New York, NY, January 28, 2011 - Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announced today that Amanda Brooks will join the company as Fashion Director, Vice President, effective February 7, 2011. In her new role, Ms. Brooks will be responsible for the overall identification of women’s trends each season how this is communicated to all areas of Barneys New York. She will work closely with both established and emerging designers, members of the press, visual and merchandising teams. She will report directly to Daniella Vitale, Chief Merchant and Executive Vice President. “I have long admired Amanda and her effortless blend of luxury and individual style. Her unique perspective on fashion mirrors what Barneys represents and we feel very fortunate to have her join the team,” says Daniella Vitale.
Throughout her career, Ms. Brooks has been a consistent style influencer through her unique interpretation of the fashion landscape. She has made her reputation combining her trained eye, savvy marketing instincts, and a personal style that inspires.
Most recently, Ms. Brooks served as Director of Fashion at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. There she worked with clients including Chanel, Tod’s, vitaminwater, and American Express on marketing, advertising and image building in the fashion and entertainment communities. Setting up her own consulting company, she has worked in the past on design, marketing and branding with clients including Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Roger Vivier. She was the Creative Director of the Hogan and Tuleh labels while writing about fashion for such magazines as Vogue, Men’s Vogue, and The New York Times. In 2009, Ms. Brooks published her first book, “I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Fashion Style”.
“I have been a fan of Barneys since I was 12 years old, when my mother took me to the opening of the women’s store on 17th Street in 1986,” said Ms. Brooks. “To be the Women’s Fashion Director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision is my dream job. I am thrilled to be joining the wonderfully talented team, and I look forward to being a part of Barneys’ next chapter.”
· All Barneys coverage [Racked]