>> Earlier today, it was announced that Amanda Brooks has resigned from her position as vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York. Brooks — who is married to British artist Christopher Brooks — will be relocating with her family to the UK.
"To be the fashion director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision has always been a dream job," Brooks said. "I have had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented team but have resigned to temporarily relocate to England with my husband and children in the interest of further pursuing other opportunities. It is a personal decision and I will miss working with the Barneys team."
The news comes as a surprise for a couple of reasons — and not just because Brooks is one of the most stylish fixtures on the New York scene. It has been just slightly over a year since Brooks started at Barneys, and before that, discussing who would land the position was one of the industry's favorite pastimes. With WWD reporting that "Barneys is not planning to immediately replace Brooks," it's safe to assume that the subject will once again lead to some tongue-wagging. In fact, speculation regarding where Brooks might go has already begun: As John Januzzi points out, the Brooks announcement comes on the same day that Harper's Bazaar UK Editor-in-Chief Lucy Yeomans announces she will be leaving the magazine to join Net-a-Porter.
Regardless of where she goes, there's no denying that Brooks will do it in style. Here, a look back at some of her most inspiring looks.