Head of womenswear, Zara
Autumn 10’s minimalist trend has fallen neatly into Bea Padin’s hands, with Zara serving up one of the best ranges on the high street this season. She backed the trouser trend in particular with gusto and left many rivals trailing.
Padin went all out on the newest fashion category, embracing the neutral palette of camel, taupe and beige, delivering an impressive outerwear offer and paying extra attention to the draped and pleated trends to create a soft silhouette.
Thanks to Zara’s vertically integrated model, Padin can get her designs to stores within weeks, ensuring Zara’s place at the top of the fast-fashion tree. And it’s all paid off for the Inditex-owned chain. Zara finally launched a transactional website in the UK in September, which it hopes will produce a 10% rise in revenue.
The UK arm of Zara made a pre-tax profit of £618,692 for the year to January 31 and sales grew 13% to £310.6m. This was compared with a £20m loss for the same period last year.