Around the Design World in 180 Words: Designers Make Good Edition

  • Longtime Barneys New York creative director Simon Doonan, he of the rapier wit, Liberty-print shirts, and Slate column, has a new title at the department store: creative ambassador-at-large, which sounds a smidge redundant, as ambassadors tend to be defined by their at-largeness. Doonan’s (metaphorically) massive shoes will be filled by another dapper visionary: Dennis Freedman, former creative director of W. Word on the street—or at least in WWD—is that Barneys CEO Mark Lee “wants to completely overhaul the store’s image, from the merchandise and visual displays to the windows.”
  • Speaking of window designers made good, on Thursday evening, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents “The Theatre of Window Display,” an illustrated panel discussion on New York’s department store windows featuring designers including Paul Olszewski (Macy’s) and Julio Gomez (Saks). Former Lord & Taylor exec Lavalle Olexa moderates.
  • From making good to making GOOD: Allison Arieff has been named editor at large of GOOD, “the integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good.” Among other editorial additions are Cord Jefferson (culture editor) and Ben Jervey (environment editor).