Nice move, Mark. Today, Barneys New York announced the appointment of Dennis Freedman as the retailer’s new creative director. He succeeds Simon Doonan, who is moving into the new role of “creative ambassador at large.” It’s OK to get excited. As the founding creative director of W, Freedman developed a trendsetter’s bible that transcended mere fashion book status by including inspirational coverage of art, beauty, design, travel, and lifestyle. His twenty-year relationships with photographers such as Mert & Marcus, Bruce Weber, and Michael Thompson resulted in an era of award-winning excellence that would make any masthead-topper just a bit jaloux. Along with his inner circle at W, consisting of fashion director Alex White and design director Edward Leida, Freedman turned the magazine into a creative laboratory. Memorable projects include Bruce Weber’s photographs of elephants in couture by the likes of Balenciaga and Karl Lagerfeld, which hit the January 2005 issue, the then-shocking Steven Klein spread of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie en famille in July 2005, and of course, W’s Art Issue, which debuted to great fanfare in November 2006.