Don Charney is out at American Apparel
Former American Apparel CEO Don Charney was terminated (again) by the company he founded. The board named Paula Schneider as the next chief executive officer. Schneider, a retail industry veteran, will assume her new role in January. This past June, the board decided to suspend Charney on the grounds of violating sexual harassment policies, misuse of company funds, amongst a list of other offenses. Read more: The Business of Fashion

Ports 1961 Chooses Natasa Cagalj
Natasa Cagalj was named Ports 1961’s new creative director, replacing Fiona Cibani. Cagalj, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, has plenty of experience and worked for the likes of Cerruti, Lanvin, and Stella McCartney. Read more: Vogue UK

Rihanna is Creative Director of Puma
Rihanna has been named the creative director of sports brand, Puma, and its womenswear line. In addition to her role as creative director, she will also be a brand ambassador alongside Usain Bolt and Mario Balotelli. According to the company, Rihanna will design and customise classic Puma styles, as well as contribute her own designs. Read more: Vogue UK

Memorial Service for Central Saint Martins’ Louise Wilson
A memorial service for Professor Louise Wilson will be held on Friday, February 20 at St Paul’s Cathedral, the first day of London Fashion Week. The highly-lauded Central Saint Martins professor died of natural causes earlier this year. Known for her dedication to her students, Wilson taught and nurtured some of London’s biggest fashion designers, such as Christopher Kane and Alexander McQueen. Read more: WWD

Chambre Syndicale Names Alexandre Vauthier as Newest Member
The Chambre Syndicale has anointed designer Alexandre Vauthier as its newest member. Vauthier will be awarded the right to use the haute couture appellation, a title administered by France’s ministry of industry. Read more: WWD

Brick & Mortar Stores Matter
Despite the rise of online shopping, brick-and-mortar stores are still needed to balance out revenue. Retailers are now trying to create innovative in-store experiences to keep customers coming to their physical stores. Read more: CNBC