People in Briefs


PARIS — Christian Dior has named Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri its new creative director, making her the first woman to lead the illustrious French fashion house since it was founded 70 years ago.

Dior’s announcement Friday confirmed the speculation that Chiuri, 52, would leave Rome’s Valentino for Paris-based Dior.

At Valentino she had, together with couture partner Pierpaolo Piccioli, taken over from founder Valentino Garavani to continue the Italian company’s creative and economic success.

Dior has had no creative director since the sudden departure of Belgian designer Raf Simons in October.

The first collection designed by Chiuri for Christian Dior will be ready-to-wear and will be shown in September at the Paris fashion week. Chiuri also will design haute-couture collections for Dior.

NEW YORK — Jamie Foxx and Andy Cohen are joining J.K. Simmons and Pete Wentz to play in the 2016 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch, and actors Terry Crews and Morris Chestnut will also participate July 10 at San Diego’s Petco Park alongside former All-Star players Trevor Hoffman, Ozzie Smith, Rollie Fingers and Tim Raines.

The softball game will air on ESPN immediately following the Home Run Derby on July 11. Tickets are on sale now.

Other celebrity players include actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family,” former soccer player Landon Donovan, models Nina Agdal and Damaris Lewis, and Disney Channel stars Raini Rodriguez, Peyton Meyer, Karan Brar and Cameron Boyce.

Associated Press