>> Pollini is looking to go from little buzz to lots of buzz just like that: They've tapped two very closely watched up-and-comers, Jonathan Saunders and Nicholas Kirkwood, to take over the reins starting with the brand's Spring 2009 collection in September.
Jonathan Saunders will act as the chief designer and creative director for ready-to-wear and licensed products, taking over from Rifat Ozbek, who has been at Pollini for four years. Nicholas Kirkwood has been named accessories director, serving as design director of Pollini shoes and fashion coordinator for Pollini handbags. These changes come with efforts to reposition the brand — so keep your eyes peeled.
Also in the works is an entirely new advertising campaign beginning this Fall — Pollini has tapped photographer Craig McDean and cult favorite graphic design studio M/M (Paris), which has worked with Stella McCartney and Balenciaga on their ad campaigns. Iris Strubuegger, who appears in the new issue of V Magazine, is rumored to be the lucky model.