Fashion Week Chief Fern Mallis Leaves IMG

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IMG senior VP Fern Mallis, who helms Fashion Week, is stepping down to start her own consulting company! She's calling it Fern Mallis LLC, and today is her last day at IMG. Mallis has been Fashion Week's planner since the event began eighteen years ago, when she was executive director of the CFDA. She said the move had been a long time coming. “When we were planning the move to Lincoln Center, it felt like closure, like the end of the cycle," she told WWD.

With IMG Fashion as her first client, Mallis won't abandon Fashion Week entirely. But with her stepping down from IMG as the veritable face of the event, Fashion Week moving to Lincoln Center, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff signing on as Fashion Week director (a brand-new position), it sounds like we're in for a hugely different Fashion Week come September.

Fern Mallis Steps Down [WWD]