Stephanie Wilson, a fashion industry veteran and a former director of sales at Dolce & Gabbana, has joined luxury label Bill Blass New York as senior vice president of new business development and training.

Ms Wilson brings over a decade of international and domestic fashion experience to this newly created role where she will focus on new business opportunities for the brand including a corporate sales strategy, Internet presence, international expansion and new product categories.

She will also lead the sales training efforts for Bill Blass New York's sales consultants overseeing training initiatives for both new sellers and the over 200 consultants who currently sell Bill Blass New York across the country.

"Stephanie's significant experience developing and implementing business strategy for some of the most high profile and iconic fashion brands will be essential as we look to expand our operations through the addition of new sales consultants and explore additional avenues through which to foster the brand," said Ann Acierno, CEO of Bill Blass New York.

Prior to Dolce & Gabbana, Ms Wilson served as vice president of global sales at Karl Lagerfeld as well as senior positions managing ready-to-wear businesses at both Alberta Ferretti and Vera Wang.