Simon Doonan Out as Creative Director of Barneys New York

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Simon Doonan’s new title at Barneys: creative ambassador-at-large

After weeks of speculation as to whether he’d stay or go, WWD confirms that Barneys New York creative director Simon Doonan is being replaced by Dennis Freedman. Doonan will now be the retailer’s creative ambassador-at-large.

In December, longtime women’s fashion director Julie Gilhart and executive vice president Judy Collinson were both let go. Former Gucci executive Daniella Vitale replaced Collinson, and the search for Gilhart’s replacement is still ongoing.

Freedman, the former creative director of W, left the magazine early last year once it was announced that Stefano Tonchi would be taking over the helm.