Expert Panel

ALEX BROWNLESS

ALEX BROWNLESS

Co-Founder, Arts Thread

Alex is the co-founder of Arts Thread, the world's only new creative network. Over the last 4 years Arts Thread has helped hundreds of creative graduates gain employment worldwide. There are well over 100 institutions promoting 20,000 creative graduates from over 20 countries on the Arts Thread digital platform.

Alex graduated with a BA in Textile Design in the early 90's and has a rather diverse career, designing for such companies as M&S, Banana Republic, and Gap etc. Manufacturing in the UK, China, India & Turkey, he headed up the casualwear brand NASA, was the E- Business Manager of WGSN and headed up fashion/textiles at the world¹s largest creative recruitment consultancy Aquent. Alex is also a Director of the Society of British Interior Design, Disorder & Verge Magazines, and HM Craft Ltd.

AVSH ALOM GUR

AVSH ALOM GUR

Designer

Avsh Alom Gur is an international cutting edge fashion Creative Director based in London. He graduated with a distinction from the MA fashion course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Since 2002 Gur has created concepts for product lines for luxury fashion houses including Chloe, Roberto Cavalli, Donna Karen, Nicole Farhi, Calvin Klein, and in 2007 led the revival of one of the most British Iconic labels, Ossie Clark.

In 2005, he launched the Avsh Alom Gur label featuring his own design philosophy, and was awarded the New Generation Award by the British Fashion Council for three seasons running. Also awarded the Nina de Yorke prize for Fashion Illustration, L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award, Shanghai International Young Fashion Designer Award and UK Fashion Export finalists Passport for export Award.

Gur designs beautifully crafted collections that challenge ideals of glamour and beauty. His designs combine Eastern and Western elements with urban street graffiti and underground grunge. Gur is also regularly involved in fashion education and mentoring in various international organizations and charities.

BARBARA ATKIN

BARBARA ATKIN

VP, Fashion Direction Holt Renfrew & Co. Limited (Canada)

Barbara Atkin is known in international fashion circles as a dynamo and is respected by some of the industry’s best minds for her talent, passion and an exceptional flare for the industry. Atkin’s capacity to forecast emerging trends makes her Holt Renfrew’s “fashion radar” and an indispensable resource for elite fashion media worldwide. She has a reputation for taking a bold approach to the business, exemplified through the creation of the Vintage Couture concept and the award winning Holt Renfrew World Design Lab, an incubator for emerging designers and a laboratory for experimental ideas and new merchandising techniques.

Scouring the globe for fresh ideas, Atkin often brings home “hero” items. Her sharp eye for selecting the winning gems and her fashion forecast for Holt Renfrew ultimately sets the stage for the buyers as they head to market, advancing Holt Renfrew’s reputation as a fashion leader by bringing them “firsts,” “bests” and exclusive products and designers to the Canadian luxury specialty retailer. She consistently demonstrates her intuitive ability to identify winning colours, fabrics, themes, trends and must-have items for each season. It is her incredible track record of “getting it right” that has helped establish Holt Renfrew as one of the world’ s leading fashion and lifestyle destinations benchmarked amongst the best. Atkin was named by Elle Canada as one of Canada’s Top 30 Power Women. According to the article, “If she says it’s in, it’s in”.

Although Atkin calls Toronto home, her role takes her to the fashion capitals of the world, namely Milan, Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles.

 

BEN BANKS

BEN BANKS

Founder, Fourmarketing & CEO, Oki-Ni

Ben started his career at Harrods as a menswear executive trainee, learning the fundamental skills of premium retailing at the worlds most famous store.  After progressing to divisional sales manager (accessories and knitwear) he left to move into wholesale and distribution with Gorland Corporation.  Ben sold and positioned high end and famous brands including Hilton by Vestimenta , Versus , Versace jeans Couture and D&G . A move to GFT followed and for three years he worked with his future business partners at one of Italy’s biggest ready to wear designer clothing producers, managing sales for brands including Claude Montana, Taverniti, CP Company and Stone Island.

In January 1997 a bold move was taken to start the business Fourmarketing with his 3 partners Gino Da’Prato, Charles Perez and Dominique Signoret, all of whom had worked together at GFT.  In 2001 Ben and his partners founded oki-ni.com a men’s on-line speciality e-tailer, to offer innovative products to knowledgeable fashion consumers.

In the last 16 years the Fourmarketing business has grown to over 100 employees based at the 20,000 sq ft headquarters in London.  The company’s distribution division represents labels such as Stone Island, Woolrich, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, and M Missoni.  Fourmarketing incorporates a Press and marketing facility - Fourpublicity, and a retail division.

Ben is a director and 33% shareholder of the Fourmarketing group business and acts as the CEO of the Oki-ni business.

Initially both a gallery space/store and a global online destination, oki-ni was created to work with established brands and progressive designers.

Exclusively limited-edition, oki-ni also collaborated with brands to produce unique pieces. Early collaborators included AdidasLevi's, Paul Smith and Porter.

 

 

BIP LING

BIP LING

DJ, Artist & Blogger

Bip Ling is a major influence in the new world of social media, DJ, artist and one of the fashion industry’s foremost bloggers. Her successful blog reports on style, music and art and is a reflection of her personal interests and lifestyle.

She has shot features for American, British, Brazilian and Russian Vogue, Nylon, British Elle, Love magazine and ST Style, and has fronted campaigns for Forever 21, Loewe.

Bip is currently the 'Fashion Insider' for CK ONE cosmetics, as well as the face of MADE BY NIKE. She is passionate about art and fashion, having studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design. Bip is also a talented TV presenter and has worked for vogue.com.

BORA AKSU

BORA AKSU

Designer

London based Turkish designer Bora Aksu received his first acclaim when he graduated from Central St Martin’s MA in 2002. Hailed as ‘the star of the show’ by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent, Bora’s collection also attracted the eye of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna who purchased pieces to use as inspiration.

With confidence in Bora assured the ARG group awarded him sponsorship enabling him to make his debut off-schedule show at London Fashion Week in February 2003. A resounding success his debut was named ‘one of the top five shows’ by The Guardian and subsequently led Aksu to receive the New Generation Award placing him on the official London Fashion Week schedule the very next season. In total four consecutive New Generation Awards were given to Bora who remains on the official London Fashion Week schedule.

During his career Aksu has collaborated with other international brands like Topshop, Nike, Converse, Anthropologie, Absolute, Koton, Armaggan, Bracher Endem, People Tree and had seven windows at Selfridges. He has also created costumes for signers Clare Maguire, Tori Amos, Little Boots and dance company The Cathy Marston Project while dressing Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller for film junkets. 

BROOKE JAFFE

BROOKE JAFFE

Director Fashion Accessories, Bloomingdale's

Brooke Jaffe is Director of Fashion Accessories, responsible for setting the trends and selecting stylish merchandise for Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide.  Overseeing handbags, shoes, jewelry, watches, intimate apparel and hosiery, Jaffe brings the markets of New York, Milan and Paris to life for our shoppers.  She has been with Bloomingdale’s since 2007. Previously she was the accessories editor of InStyle Magazine and got her start in the accessories department of Vogue.

CAMERON SILVER

CAMERON SILVER

Founder, Decades

Cameron Silver is the founder of the celebrated vintage boutique Decades. He styles celebrities for red-carpet appearances and has acted both as public emissary and consultant for various fashion houses. He was named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion” and was the subject of a profile in the New Yorker. He is currently starring in the Bravo reality show “The Dukes of Melrose.”

CAROLINE ISSA

CAROLINE ISSA

CEO, Tank Form

Caroline Issa is the Fashion Director and Publisher of Tank Magazine and www.becauselondon.com. She also acts as CEO of Tank Form, a creative agency working across fashion, retail and consumer brand clients on marketing, digital and branding projects. She studied strategic management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and upon graduation moved to San Francisco to begin her career as a management consultant. After 2.5 years travelling the globe and working on consumer, retail and finance clients, she settled in London and joined Tank as its business manager and publisher. 10 years later, Caroline now works across all aspects of the publishing (offline and online) and agency business and is a co-owner.  Between attending the collections in New York, London, Milan and Paris for the magazine, and working as a fashion consultant for several luxury and retail fashion brands, she has also been found on the juries of the Hyères and Les Rencontres d'Arles photography festivals, as well as the Swiss Textile and CSM Cartier Awards.

COURTNEY BLACKMAN

COURTNEY BLACKMAN

Fashion Entrepreneur, Forward PR

Courtney Blackman is a London-based entrepreneur working across various roles in fashion. She has been featured in publications including the Business of Fashion, Drapers, and VOGUE.CO.UK and frequently speaks at industry events, guest lectures at universities and is a fashion commentator for televised broadcasts.

Courtney is the managing director of premiere fashion members’ organization, The Industry. The Industry, which meets at SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ is evolving the global fashion community and connecting those shaping the future of fashion. Courtney also founded London’s Forward PR in 2004 and serves as managing director. A boutique press relations agency, Forward PR works with emerging to established fashion, beauty, publishing and music businesses from around the globe.

DAVID WATTS

DAVID WATTS

British Fashion Council

David Watts currently runs Designer Business Support and Business Mentoring for The British Fashion Council in London.

A distinguished career, spanning twenty-five years in the fashion and creative sectors has focused on building sales, marketing and creative brand strategies in the UK, USA and Japan. He is known for being very passionate about the fashion industry and is considered by many to be a dedicated supporter of emerging fashion designers and brands. 


He has been responsible for mentoring and advancing the career direction of some of Britain's hottest young designers today. 


DIANA VERDE NIETO

DIANA VERDE NIETO

Founder & CEO PositiveLuxury.com

Diana Verde Nieto studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Global Leadership and Public Policy. An entrepreneur, change-maker and author, she founded Clownfish in 2002 – a pioneering global sustainability consultancy which was sold to Aegis Media in 2008.

In 2011 Diana founded Positive Luxury, the UK’s first online consumer guide to living positively. Positive Luxury bridges the gap between CSR and marketing by giving consumers access to brands' social and environmental actions in a simple, jargon-free language at the point of sale.

Diana helped Unilever, Coca-Cola and Nike, amongst other clients, with their sustainability programs and was trained by Al Gore at the Alliance of Climate Protection.

Picked for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader program in 2011, Diana sits on the advisory board for the YGL/World Economic Forum community and is a member of the Global Agenda Council - Sustainable Consumption.

ERIC JENNINGS

ERIC JENNINGS

Vice President & Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue

Eric Jennings is responsible for forecasting men’s and home seasonal trends for Saks Fifth Avenue.  He works closely with the merchant and marketing teams in analyzing and supporting the fashion selection for all Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide.. He is also responsible for developing the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection and other private brands.

Mr. Jennings has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry, having held positions at Hugo Boss Fashion Inc., Giorgio Armani Fashion Corp. and Nordstrom Inc. Prior to joining Saks Fifth Avenue in September 2008,

Mr. Jennings’ extensive background in retail has made him a well-respected fashion authority in the world of menswear. His fresh take on fashion and perspective on seasonal trends has also been employed for The Today Show, CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg segments.

Mr. Jennings currently resides in New York City, where he is an active member of Fashion Group International and the CFDA.

FLORIANE DE SAINT PIERRE

FLORIANE DE SAINT PIERRE

Founder, Floriane De Saint Pierre & Associes

Floriane de Saint Pierre is the Founder and the President of FLORIANE DE SAINT PIERRE & Associés, the premier global consulting firm for organizational design and executive search for creatively-led and luxury global brands with offices in Paris, Milan and Shangaï.

Floriane is also the founder of EyesonTalents, the first digital platform to help global brands connect with the best creative talents.

Floriane de Saint Pierre has been lecturing at l'Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) since 1990, at ESSEC in the MBA Luxury Brand Management Program since 1995 and at Sciences-Po Paris.

She was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2007 and is a Board Member of the French American Foundation France since 2008.

GEMMA METHERINGHAM

GEMMA METHERINGHAM

Chief Creative Officer, Karen Millen

Taking on a widely-known, eponymous British brand and evolving it into a highly desirable, international fashion house with continued appeal for its loyal customer base isn’t a job to be taken lightly. But having joined Karen Millen as Design Director in 1999, Gemma Metheringham knew where to start – with a move.

“Moving to our atelier in Shoreditch was a big step towards putting craftsmanship and quality right at the heart the Karen Millen Brand”, says Gemma. “And our new location was the perfect place to access and nurture the best new and emerging design talent in the UK. Plus, fashion’s all about inspiration, so it doesn’t hurt to be based in London’s hottest postcode, surrounded by the most creative people and places in the capital.”

But that was just a beginning. Gemma and her team have always been firmly committed to international expansion and, building boldly on early success, Gemma has overseen unprecedented growth with the Karen Millen brand now one of UK fashion’s most successful exports.

Today, Karen Millen trades in over 50 markets across six continents, with stores in cultural and fashion capitals around the world, and over 60% of the brand’s sales now coming from outside the UK. It’s success that has won Gemma plaudits from her peers – she has been commended in Draper’s Top 100 People in Fashion, while the University of Hertfordshire recently awarded her an Honorary Award and Fellowship.

You don’t get growth like that without the right product, so Gemma has always been totally hands-on. “I’m absolutely involved in every step of the design process”, she says, “from the stories that shape each collection to the prints, fabrics, cuts, buttons and trims that finish it. Without our product we don’t have a brand, so I’m never far from the atelier.”

Like most fashion creatives, Gemma doesn’t really do down time – she always finds inspiration in the cultural highlights around her - whether its street markets, exhibitions, up and coming talent, vertical gardens, pop-up restaurants, the theatre or, simply, a good read.

GILES DEACON

GILES DEACON

Designer

In February 2004 Giles presented his first collection at the Chelsea Pensioner's Club at the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The collection was featured in American, British, Japanese, Italian and French Vogue, as well as W, Harper's Bazaar, POP and i-D and was bought by Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Selfridges.

Since its launch in 2003, the GILES collection continues to be bought by some of the most prestigious stores in the world, Matches, Dover Street Market, Joseph, Avenue 32, Harvey Nichols, Emporium Kalu, George Boutique, Hudson Bay, L’Eclaireur, The Corner.com, Eclectic, Splash, Jofre, 10 Corso Como, Amaranto, Casa Tacchini Piacenza, The Queen, Pupi Solari, J.S Kristensen, Vinatge Fashion Aktobe, Je Ne sais Quoi, Club Designer, Careyan Taichung, Dear, Colber, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, Shenzen Copais,Al Ostoura,Harvey Nichols Riyadh, Aishti, Mahat, Al Rubayat, Casual Smart Alkhobar, Piaf, Pointure Antelias, 51 East, AVN Group, Fashion World, Inochi, Le Grand Bazar, Le Premier Voronej, Natalie Boutique, The Icon, Blake, Linda Dresner, Susan of Burlingame, Moda Operandi, Savannah.


Giles continues to have a strong following amongst celebrities and regularly dresses Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Kristen Scott Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, Daphne Guinness, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrowand Carey Mulligan.
 

GINO DA PRATO

GINO DA PRATO

Co-Founder, Fourmarketing

Scottish born Da Prato moved to London in the early 80’s to work on the shop floor at Harrods.  By working at Harrods Da Prato was introduced to a company called GFT; the biggest fashion distributor in the 90’s for the Italian brands Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Stone Island and C.P. Company.  After working there for six years he left to establish Fourmarketing. 

In January 1997, a bold move was taken to start the business Fourmarketing with Dominique Signoret, Charles Perez, and Ben Banks, all of whom had worked together at GFT.

In the last 16 years the business has grown to over 100 employees based at the 20,000 sq ft headquarters in London.  The company’s distribution division represents labels such as Stone Island, Woolrich, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, and M Missoni.  Fourmarketing incorporates a Press and marketing facility - Fourpublicity, a retail division, and the on-line specialty store oki-ni.com.

2012 saw the expansion of the women’s wear division with many new clients including; Halston Heritage, High, Amen, and Milly. In addition Seven for All Mankind and Blauer have also joined the agency across men’s and ladies sales and communications.   The menswear division has also expanded with Duchamp and Napaapijri joining the fold. 

Gino is a director and 33% shareholder of the Fourmarketing group business and acts as the director of sales and marketing.

 

 

GUO PEI

GUO PEI

Designer

As one of the first generation of designers in China, Guo Pei, promoted the birth of Chinese fashion and has become the most recognised Chinese fashion designer in the world. 

With the deep love for Chinese traditional culture, Guo Pei gives new life to Chinese-style dressing; at the same time, she is devoted to protecting Chinese traditional craft and embroidery.

In 2007, Guo Pei received the “Award of famous Chinese female who leads to new lifestyle” awarded by China Women Organization. In 2008, Guo Pei designed the well-known costumes for the medal ceremony for the China Olympic Games, which helped her acquire worldwide fame.

 In 2011, Guo Pei was chosen as one of “THE 100 MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE IN BUSINESS”. National politicians, film stars, celebrities and business elites are her most loyal customers. Her work helps Chinese people to understand fashion and helps the world to understand modern China.

HAMIT YENICI

HAMIT YENICI

Product Development Director, ISKO

Hamit is the Fabric Development Director of Isko Denin. He leads an International Team  of Denim Creatives and Textile engineers to produce the most innovative Denim collections in the international market. After graduating as a textile engineer Hamit joined Isko in 1990 and had 7 years exprience of fabric production in his career. When Isko realised he had the potential to take his ideas to a global audience Hamit was instrumental in forming the fabric development department to try to achieve this.

Today he leads the team in predicting and identifying trends , designing the collection and presenting the new collections to all the major denim brands in the world. He passionately loves DENIM and  lives with it. He  believes that rather than just making individual denim fabric developments , creates concepts which showcase denim fabrics  as part of a family of ideas with their own lifestyle. 
 
This approach has lead to the development of  many new  and  innovative fabric concepts   and which in turn have created new markets for this continuously evolving products.
 
HANNAH WHITE

HANNAH WHITE

Publisher, Fashion Monitor

Hannah White is the Publisher of Fashion Monitor, the leading digital provider of contacts, news and events for the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries.

Fashion and the arts have always played a large role in her life and in 2008 she started working at Fashion Monitor. Originally on the commercial and advertising team Hannah brought a new set of skills to the table focussing on the brand’s presence within the industry.

Since the re-launch of Fashion Monitor in 2010, she has partnered the brand with some of the industry’s key players including The British Fashion Council, Fashion Scout, THE INDUSTRY, Fashion Fringe, CEW(UK) Beauty Awards, Scottish Fashion Awards, London Jewellery Week and The Global Fashion Awards.

In 2012 Hannah was named Publisher, signifying the expansion plans for the business both in the UK and Internationally. Now in her fifth year with the company Fashion Monitor is moving from strength to strength building on the success of 2012, which saw the launch of the Style Lounge and the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards for 2013. Hannah’s sights are now set on the impending launch of Fashion Monitor into North America in 2014.

HOLLI ROGERS

HOLLI ROGERS

Fashion Director, NET-A-PORTER.COM

Holli Rogers was born and raised in Texas and began her career in fashion in the Neiman Marcus buying offices before moving to Chanel USA in New York where she was responsible for developing their ready-to-wear and sales areas. 

Following a year out in which she travelled globally, Holli relocated to London and joined NET-A-PORTER.COM as Assistant Retail Director in 2003.  

Since then, Holli has successfully cultivated the company's retail and buying direction and today NET-A-PORTER stocks over 350 top international designers including Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chloé, Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and many more.  Holli was promoted to Buying Director in 2008 and Fashion Director in 2012.  She lives in West London.

ISABEL CAVILL

ISABEL CAVILL

Senior Retail Analyst, Planet Retail

Isabel Cavill is a Senior Retail Analyst in non-food, based in London, specialising in clothing & footwear, luxury trends and the department store sector. She has worked as an analyst in the retailing and manufacturing sectors for a number of research companies for nearly a decade. Isabel has spoken at retail conferences in London, Paris, Athens and at the University of Creative Arts. She is also a regular commentator on fashion retail issues in UK and US media. Isabel has a Master's Degree in International Trade and Transport from London Guildhall University as well as a specialisation in South-East Asian languages.

IVAN SHAW

IVAN SHAW

Photography Director, Vogue

Ivan Shaw began his career at Vanity Fair in 1992. He joined the Vogue Art Department in 1994, became Photo Editor in 1996, and has been Photography Director since 1999.

(Image credit: Mariano Vivanco)

JAMES JOSEPH

JAMES JOSEPH

Editor-in-Chief, Stylenoir Magazine

James Joseph founded Stylenoir in 2008 after a career in the music industry and it has grown to become the world’s largest dark style portal, with nearly one million global readers. James has covered London Fashion Week for ten seasons, in addition to covering NYFW since 2010. He has written for Notion Magazine, Vice Magazine, my-wardrobe.comGlam.com, and Bloginity.

Aside from his work within fashion, James has reported from the front-line of the August 2011 London Riots for CNN, which led to work with other national newspapers.

James has also appeared on the BBC and in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, and other international newspapers, alongside numerous websites and online magazines for his expertise in journalism and digital media.

JANA RIRINUI

JANA RIRINUI

Founder and Creative Director, AOFM

Jana Ririnui is the founder and creative director of the Academy of Freelance Makeup, or as it is commonly referred to in the industry, AOFM Pro. AOFM Pro is headquartered in London and is the leading freelance makeup academy, charged with training the makeup artists of the future. Under the direction of Jana and in partnership with foremost makeup artists and cosmetic brands from around the globe, AOFM Pro offer unparalleled industry insight and top fashion experience to both budding and seasoned makeup artists.
Since AOFM Pro’s inception in 2006, Jana has co-written and published two internationally sold books, including the 2010 tome, MAKEUP IS ART; and Jana has designed, along with his AOFM Pro Backstage Team, a 24-piece professional makeup brush kit. AOFM Pro has quickly grown to become the leading makeup and hair academy in the UK, Paris and New York.
 

JASON BRODERICK

JASON BRODERICK

Head of Menswear, Harrods

Jason Broderick has enjoyed a successful 15 years at Harrods  joining the London department store in 1998 as a Sales Associate in the Beauty Department and was quickly promoted to Head Office to work as a Buyers Clerk in Beauty a year later. In 2000 he joined the Womenswear team and was made Assistant Buyer of Eveningwear/Millinery before being promoted to Buyer of this department four years later. By 2009, Broderick’s reputation surpassed him and he was appointed General Merchandise Manager of Menswear, before having Fine Watches added to his remit in 2011.

JEREMY LANGMEAD

JEREMY LANGMEAD

Editor-in-Chief, MRPORTER.COM

Jeremy Langmead joined MRPORTER.COM as Editor-in-Chief in October 2010.  

From launch he established a unique mix of commerce and content, balancing weekly product updates with the MR PORTER.COM online magazine The Journal, which features a broad spectrum of features, shoots and advice. As spokesperson for the site Jeremy has been profiled in The Times, Wall Street Journal and GQ and he has been guest speaker at the WWD Menswear CEO Summit in New York.  

Previously, Langmead was the Editor of UK Esquire magazine for three and half years, re-establishing Esquire as Britain’s most upmarket men’s magazine, growing its number of subscribers and creating a stylish environment for readers and advertisers alike.
 
Prior to Esquire, Langmead was Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* magazine for four and a half years, Life & Style editor of the London Evening Standard, and for six years editor of The Sunday Times Style magazine, which he launched as a glossy supplement in 1996.

Langmead lives in London and has two sons with the Sunday Times columnist and author India Knight.

JOEL DASH

JOEL DASH

Image Consultant & Celebrity Stylist

Joel Dash Image consultant/Celebrity stylist has collaborated with a range of artists within the fashion, music and film industry.

His client roster has included artists such as Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland to Lance Gross and Amber Riley to name but a few. Joel’s attention to detail and creative ability has easily made him one of the UK’s leading stylists. He has helped cultivate artists to bring their vision to life in a manner that resonates with their audience.

Having overseen collaborations between artists and brands, Joel’s career is reaching new heights.

Joel is committed to helping the young generation achieve their full potential within their desired industries. He has been a keynote speaker in youth engagement events throughout his career and a fashion mentor to aspiring stylists.

JOHN SCHOFIELD

JOHN SCHOFIELD

Group Head of Merchandising, Harvey Nichols

John has a long and varied career in fashion retail. Starting his career in Harrods holding numerous sales and buying positions  within the store.
Then after spending a number of years consulting on retail projects John joined Harvey Nichols 10 years ago. Johns current remit is across Womenswear , Menswear Accessories and Shoes. His principle accountability is to drive the strategic development of the fashion business whilst maintaining Harvey Nichols as a innovative and directional fashion store.
 

KATE NASH

KATE NASH

Musician

A thought-leader and global influencer, British style icon Kate Nash is renowned across both the music and fashion industries.

The platinum selling, multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter is a regular attendee at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, speaks on panels for both fashion and music, and works with an array of emerging to established designers for her global tours.

A recurring face in glossy magazines and a model for clothing companies on both sides of the Atlantic, Kate relates fashion to music and enjoys the symbiotic relationship the two industries have saying, “Fashion is a key element to my onstage performances. Everything I wear on stage has to communicate to the audience and function as performance-wear when I’m playing the bass, the guitar, the drums or singing. Fashion is art just as much as a piece of music is art. Seeing the two come together and work as a harmonised vision is thrilling.”

Kate was celebrated in 2008 with the highest accolade in British music, taking home a BRIT Award for her famed pop song, Foundations. Kate has just released her third album, Girl Talk and is currently on a global tour.

KATIE EARY

KATIE EARY

Designer

Katie Eary is the London-based designer who will soon need no introduction – her aggressive but noble menswear is an unstoppable, inevitable hurricane ripping its own path through fashion.

If difficult social and economic times such as this bring watershed moments, rare changes of perspective that grab fashion by the lapel and drag it into the future, then Katie is the young talent that really is the burgeoning voice, and attitude, of our generation.

Eary studied her MA at the royal college of art and graduated in 2008. Heat started generating almost immediately: the first call she received was from British Vogue.

No matter what the starting point, fashion is a system that relies on a beautiful product at the end. It’s here that Eary excels – everything is bespoke and handmade by the designer herself in the finest wools, leather, brass and Swarovski crystals.

Then there are here full-on saga furs in the street wear shapes. If Saville row is struggling to modernise itself and become welcoming to younger clientele, British tailoring could take a few tips from Katie’s couture-led approach.

KRISTINA SZASZ

KRISTINA SZASZ

Creative Director, Hilfiger Women's Denim

Kristina Szasz is a visionary and passionate leader and has a proven track record for over 20 years in the fashion industry on a global platform. She has held many leading creative roles at Ralph Lauren, Iceberg, Levis, Lee, Dockers, Nike and Carhartt and has been personal assistant of Marchese Emilio Pucci in the past. Kristina is currently Design Director for Karl Lagerfeld/Karl Denim and Creative Director for Tommy Hilfiger Women`s Sportswear. She has been several times judge at "Who is next" Paris and Jeansation Monte Carlo.

Kristina holds the Bachelor of Science degree with Magna Com Laude in Production Management of Apparel (F.I.T/NYC), the Associate Degree in Marketing and Merchandising of Fashion and the Associate Degree in Fashion (Polimoda Firenze/Italy) as well as a Degree in Traditional Dress Making and Tailoring for both Men`s and Women`s (Germany). She speaks German, Italian, English, Dutch, French and Spanish and currently lives in Antwerpen.

LAURA BAILEY

LAURA BAILEY

Model and Writer

Laura Bailey is a model and writer. She is Contributing Editor to British Vogue and Cultural Ambassador for the British Fashion Council.

Laura is a brand ambassador for Chanel and the current face of British accessories label Radley with whom she has also designed her own line. Laura has previously modelled for Guess Jeans, L'Oreal, Jaguar, Jaeger, M&S, Bella Freud and Temperley London. 

She has been photographed by Alasdair McLellan, Angelo Pennetta, David Bailey, Marc Hom, Mario Testino, Guy Aroch, Stephane Sednaoui, Glen Luchford and Manuela Pavese amongst others.

Alongside Vogue, Laura has writtenfor Harper’s Bazaar, L’officiel, Vanity Fair, Glamour, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

Laura also has a blog on Vogue.co.uk and works with Oxfam, Comic Relief and Hoping Foundation charities.

Early 2013 saw the launch of 'je t'ecoute' a short film produced by Laura and directed by Bafta-winning Martina Amati with cinematography by Oscar-nominated Seamus McCarvey. Starring Lara Stone, 'jet'ecoute' is a four-minute film inspired by a 70's Bardot clip; a French ballad and troubled past reimagined with new music under the creative direction of Bella Freud, and dedicated to the work of Kids Company.

LESLIE WANG CHENG-CHIUN

LESLIE WANG CHENG-CHIUN

International Business Development Manager & Market Analysis, Material & Methods

Leslie is currently the international business development manager and market analyst at Materials & Methods, a multidisciplinary design and digital creative production studio based in the US. In charge of driving awareness, understanding key industry issues and trends, identifying the cultural differences relevant to the user/client experience in the luxury segment; providing insight on Luxury retail branding and marketing strategies, trends and fashions, including PR, sponsorship and events strategies.

An award winning fashion designer, Leslie graduated from ESMOD Paris in 2000, where he was trained in art of fashion design. After ESMOD, Leslie worked briefly at Nina Ricci and later on as freelance designer. His work had been showcased in particular in the 2009 TAIPEI IN STYLE Fashion Show.

Leslie’s global vision and experiences caught ESMOD Group’s Principle’s eye in 2006 when he was tapped as fashion design professor. Since then, Leslie has been providing input in branding and marketing for luxury brands such as GIANMARCO LORENZI (Italy) and FARRUTX (Spain).

LILY KAMPER

LILY KAMPER

Designer, 2012 WGSN Global Fashion Award Designer

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2012, Lily Kamper founded her London based jewellery label, creating hand-made pieces that reflect her love of unusual material combinations and designs that embody modern luxury.

She was commissioned by WGSN to design and make the awards for their 2012 Global Fashion Awards Ceremony. Lily Kamper launched her AW13/14 collection at Paris Fashion Week 2013 after exhibiting her work at the Palace of Westminster, Tex Print London and Paris, Scoop International at the Saatchi Gallery while examples of her work are also on display at the Aston Martin Showroom, Park Lane.

LIVIA FIRTH

LIVIA FIRTH

Creative Director, Eco Age Ltd

Livia Firth is Creative Director of sustainability consultancy, Eco Age Ltd. In 2009 she co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) to raise the profile of sustainability in the fashion industry. Firth works extensively with both A-list talent and designers. She has also become known for working deep in the supply chain to effect change as evidenced by the creation of the GCC Brand Mark launched on a series of iconic Gucci handbag designs made from the world’s first zero deforestation certified Amazon. She is a UN Leader of Change Award, an Oxfam Global Ambassador and launched The Circle initiative in Italy with Annie Lennox.

LIZ MATTHEWS

LIZ MATTHEWS

Founder, Liz Matthews PR

Liz Matthews is an entertainment publicist with over a decade of experience. A former journalist, Liz knows the media inside out and has an impressive list of contacts.

Over the years Liz has extended her reach to photographers, make-up artists, stylists, music moguls, casting directors, agents and TV execs ensuring her clients really do enjoy a full service. She prides herself on being a proactive publicist working alongside journalists to create the best end result and has a reputation for constantly providing press with credible and talented people.

She also consults for brands including Creme de la Mer, Jaeger, Princess Productions and The British Heart Foundation and provides a VIP alignment service to many more.

Liz co-founded Laundry Communications in 2002 where she concentrated on personal profiling and brand building for celebrities.

Liz Matthews PR was set up in early 2006, before that Liz worked on big consumer brands at International PR firm Hill & Knowlton.  

Liz has been featured in Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, Stylist, Sunday Times Style, Coutts Woman, Gorkana and InStyle.

LUCY CHOI

LUCY CHOI

Founder, Lucy Choi London

Lucy grew up in Hong Kong and the IsIe of Wight.  The niece of the legendary Jimmy Choo, Lucy has always been inspired by her uncle and sister Sandra Choi (Creative Director of Jimmy Choo).  Growing up Lucy was in the enviable and fortunate position of seeing how hand-made shoes are made by a top designer and truly understands that both quality and style are paramount in a shoe.

Lucy has worked in the shoe industry for over 10 years, having being the Managing Director of French Sole where she was instrumental in their expansion in the UK and worldwide including Asia, Middle East and into the American market. She also played a major part in both the design and product development. 

Working with her hands on design team and her own factories to develop Lucy Choi London, the brand launched in the UK in April 2012 and internationally in the latter half of 2012. 

LUKE DAY

LUKE DAY

Fashion Director, GQ Style

By the age of 19, Luke already had a full time position at Attitude magazine and had styled his first cover, whilst studying the Fashion Promotion & Illustration degree course at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design.

Graduating in 1998, Luke was appointed Fashion Editor of Attitude in 2001 before becoming their Fashion Director in 2004.

In 2008 Luke went on to become the Fashion Editor of Arena Homme+, working on five issues, including the 30th issue and the renowned 'Popaganda' issue commemorating the 25th anniversary of Ray Petri's death with the legendary Art Director, Neville Brody.

Since September 2010, Luke was appointed Fashion Director of GQ Style, UK. Luke has also contributed to the following magazines; Dazed & Confused, British GQ, Pop, V Man, i-D, Vanity Fair, Candy, Men's vogue China, VS magazine and Commons & Sense Man.

In April 2008, Luke Day was named in The Times UK Music's top 20 star-makers, citing the industry's most powerful and in-demand players today. Luke was the only stylist included in this list, which was topped by Lucien Grainge the Universal Music Group International Chairman/CEO and Simon Cowell who ranked in at number 2.

MALAN BRETON

MALAN BRETON

Designer & Creative Director of Malan Breton Collection

Malan Breton is the designer and creative director of Malan Breton Collection. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Breton, currently resides in New York City and Paris. He has been designing since the age of 11 and is known for his signature detailing, and fabrics.

Malan has dressed stars like Scarlett Johansson, Michael Buble, Martha Plimpton, Minnie Driver, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Nikki Blonsky, Katrina Bowden, Kathy Lee Gifford, Desmond Child, and Nolan Gerard - Funk, to name only a few. Breton's fashions have noted mentions on the Oscar, Grammy, Cannes, Golden Horse, and numerous other A-list red carpets around the world.

Known for designing the look of NBC's number one rated game show "Minute to Win It", Breton has also lent his expertise in the industry to Project Runway, Australia's Next Top Model, The Today Show, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, Princeton University, Dallas Morning News, Bravo TV, MTV, CBS News and countless other press, media, and educational outlets. 

In 2011 Malan Breton's designs were part of a packaging deal with Nintendo Wii systems and ZOO for the video game Minute to Win It. Breton also has a syndicated, weekly, celebrity fashion column in OK! Magazine titled "Malan's Musings" and his fashion coverage of the British royal wedding received 10.8 million unique views and coverage in over 100 publications. Breton was the subject of a six part series on Bravo TV titled "The Malan Show"  "A six part series following the process of making it in America as an independent designer!" -Page Six 

Malan Breton Collection is featured globally with its signature silks and men's blazers as one of the hottest items amongst the male and female stars of Hollywood and the great white way.

MICHELLE FEENEY

MICHELLE FEENEY

CEO, PZ Cussons Beauty

During a 30-year career Michelle has established a beauty division for PR guru Lynne Franks, founded her own PR & Marketing agency in New York for clients including Malcolm McLaren and expanded MAC Cosmetics into 40 countries.

Michelle is regarded within the beauty industry as a ‘cult brand builder’. As CEO of PZ Cussons Beauty, she is currently building a British headquarters beauty company taking the successful brands St Tropez, The Sanctuary, Fudge and Charles Worthington to the World.

Michelle has strong links with various charities including The Princes Trust and more recently Wellbeing of Women.

NICKI BIDDER

NICKI BIDDER

Managing Director, Starworks

Named by the London Evening Standard in 2012 as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners, specifically one of it’s field of 30 strong fashion figures, Nicki Bidder has had a career spanning publishing, marketing and communications.­­­

Having worked first in PR then style journalism, Nicki joined independent London magazine Dazed & Confused in 1999 becoming Editor in Chief in 2002 where she remained at the helm of the publication for the next 6 years working closely with founders Rankin and Jefferson Hack.  As well as maintaining the creative vision for the title and the editorial content of the magazine, she was also responsible for the brand extension and creative solutions arm of the publishing group, producing bespoke content ranging from events to supplements and exhibitions to films for a variety of international clients and global brands.

During 2001 - 2008, Nicki was also retained as exclusive creative consultant to Topshop under the direction of Jane Shepherdson. She was part of a small team that helped to re-brand and re-direct the then pedestrian high street brand into a cult brand and business story. During her time with Topshop she helped create the “Unique” label and oversaw the seasonal catwalk shows in LFW, which were a first of their kind for a high street retailer.

In 2008, Nicki joined Starworks Group to head up their new UK office and a year later became a partner in the group globally. Fashion brand clients include: Tod’s group, Lacoste, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Topshop, Mulberry, Loewe, Peter Pilotto and many more.

 

 

 

NIK THAKKAR

NIK THAKKAR

Fashion Creative Consultant & Writer

Listed as one of 25 on The New Fashion Power List 2012 and on Time Out London’s Culture 100, described by VICE magazine as “one of the premier creative minds in London” and spotted by Dolce & Gabbana as a pop culture tastemaker only begins to describe Nik Thakkar’s accolades.

Nik is a London and New York-based fashion creative, writer and television personality who has co-pioneered a broad range of award-winning global entertainment and fashion campaigns including Wonderbra by Dita Von Teese, the Diet Coke creative partnerships with Karl Lagerfeld (2011), Jean Paul Gaultier (2012) and Marc Jacobs (2013), creative design projects with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, fashion films endorsed by Rankin and much more.

He holds close relationships with top tier influencers (fashion, music, art, design) from London to New York and Milan to Paris, and is also a columnist for The Huffington Post. Nik is the voice behind globally recognised pop couture site KARLISMYUNKLE.COM – featured and recommended by Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, VICE magazine, NOWNESS and GQ amongst others.

ORSOLA DE CASTRO

ORSOLA DE CASTRO

Founder, From Somewhere

Orsola de Castro is a pioneer and an internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion. 

In 1997 she started From Somewhere, a revolutionary label that was the first to address the issue of pre-consumer waste and reproducibility in recycling for the fashion industry.  From Somewhere collaborations include up-cycled collections for Jigsaw, Robe Di Kappa, Tesco and Speedo.

In September 2006 Orsola, together with her partner Filippo Ricci, started Estethica, the sustainable fashion area at London Fashion Week, which she still curates and organises for the British Fashion Council.  

In March 2010 Orsola designed the Oscar Dress for Livia Firth, wife of best actor nominee Colin.

From Somewhere collaborates with Speedo since 2010, reusing and upcycling obsolete swimwear and fabrics for the From Somewhere with Speedo collection, including the 2012 Unity dress designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympic spirit.

In 2011, Orsola together with partner Filippo Ricci founds Reclaim To Wear, an organization that brings designers, producers and distributors to create upcycled capsule collections. Reclaim To Wear collaborations include Livia Firth and Central Saint Martins, as well as Reclaim To Wear by Topshop. 

PAUL O'CONNOR

PAUL O'CONNOR

Buying Director, Brown Thomas

Paul O'Connor is Buying Director for Brown Thomas, the premiere department store group in Ireland. He is responsible for Menswear, Womenswear, Accessories and Children's wear across seven stores.

Paul first joined the company in 1982 working as a Buyer for A Wear, a multiple that was once owned by Brown Thomas. He subsequently was appointed to the position of Buying Director for the interiors division of the company before assuming his current role. 



Brown Thomas is part of Selfridges Group Ltd.

RANKIN

RANKIN

Photographer

Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin's lens captures, creates and unveils icons.

Rankin made his name in publishing, founding the seminal monthly magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992. By providing a platform for innovation for emerging stylists, designers, photographers and writers, the magazine went on to forge a distinctive mark in the arts and publishing spheres, and developed a cult status forming and moulding trends, and bringing some of the brightest lights in fashion to the foreground.

Riding on the success of the Dazed wave, Rankin took his photography to the wider market, creating landmark editorial and advertising campaigns. His body of work features some of the most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities, including Nike, Swatch, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women's Aid, and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire and GQ, and worked with Rolling Stone and Wonderland. His work has always endeavoured to question social norms and ideas of beauty.

In 2001, Jefferson and Rankin launched AnOther Magazine. With a focus on fashion, originality, and distinction, the magazine has become one of the most recognised and highly esteemed fashion magazines in the world. In response to the expanding menswear market, in 2005 AnOther Man was introduced, combining intelligent editorial with groundbreaking design and style. More recently, the Dazed Group has established itself as an online authority, via AnOthermag.com, Dazeddigital.com and Dazedtv.com.

In 2011, Rankin launched The Hunger - a biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine. The Hunger is all about a creative passion and a raw talent that drives individuals forward in a quest for pushing the limits of creativity.

In the past year, Rankin has released the book 'Myths, Monsters and

Legends', working together with artist Damien Hirst, designed a range of watches for Swatch, shot an epic 100 images for Rolls Royce - heralding the brand's associations of elegance, supremacy, femininity, grace and power – and collaborated with his wife, Tuuli Shipster, on their book 'Tuuli Forever'.

REBECCA MINKOFF

REBECCA MINKOFF

Designer, Rebecca Minkoff

An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young women and celebrities alike.

After developing an affinity for design while in the costume department in high school, Rebecca Minkoff moved to New York City at only 18 years old to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

In 2001, Rebecca designed a version of the “I Love New York” t-shirt as part of a five-piece capsule collection, which appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation.

In 2005, Rebecca designed her first handbag, which she soon dubbed the “Morning After Bag,” a.k.a. the “M.A.B.” This iconic bag ignited Rebecca’s career as a handbag designer and inspired her “downtown romantic”-themed designs in the years to come. Rebecca’s success was further enhanced by the support of her brother and the company’s CEO and co-founder, Uri Minkoff, who helped usher in and pioneer the company’s industry-leading social media efforts.

After four years of designing statement-making handbags and accessories with her trademark leathers, studs and edgy hardware, Rebecca returned to her roots of apparel design and introduced her first ready-to-wear collection in 2009.

Today, Rebecca Minkoff has developed into a global lifestyle brand with a wide range of accessories, footwear, apparel, handbags and jewelry as well as men’s leather goods under the label Ben Minkoff. The brand is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide, and on March 1, 2012, Rebecca opened her first free-standing boutique in Tokyo. In 2011, she won industry recognition when she was awarded the Breakthrough Designer Award from the Accessories Council. Rebecca is an active member of the CFDA and supports multiple philanthropies including Jessica Seinfeld’s non-profit, Baby Buggy.

Rebecca is married to actor and director Gavin Bellour and they reside in New York City with their son, Luca.

REBEKAH ROY

REBEKAH ROY

Fashion Stylist & Creative Consultant

Rebekah Roy is one of London's top fashion stylists and creative consultants. She styles for a wide variety of clients from Visa, Nintendo, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Virgin to celebrity clients including Kate Nash, Madness, Enya, Sarah Brightman and Billy Idol.

Rebekah works extensively with cutting edge fashion designers such as William Tempest and Alice Palmer and styles several catwalk shows during each London Fashion Week season as well as commercial catwalk shows for Harrods, Royal Ascot, Bath in Fashion and The Ford Supermodel of the World competition. She also consulted for brands such as Lucza and Azza Fahmy and larger brands including Wella. 

She also sits on the Advisory Committee for The Industry London, the Selection Committee for the Ones to Watch and Merit Award at Fashion Scout and has been a panellist at the Drapers Fashion Summit. She's given talks at prestigious venues such as the Fashion and Textile Museum, Kensington Palace, the Drapers Fashion Conference and The Barbican, and she's appeared on popular television programmes including Mary Queen of Shops and Britain's Next Top Model. She is also the Fashion Director at Phoenix and Disorder magazine.

RICCARDO BELLINI

RICCARDO BELLINI

General Manager & Chief Marketing Officer, Diesel Apparel & Denim

After graduating with a degree in Economics from the "Luigi Bocconi" University, Riccardo joined Diesel in 2007 as Managing Director of the UK and Ireland.

In 2008 he took over the role of Global Vice President Marketing & Brand Diesel - to oversee and guide the global activities of marketing and of the 'brand and portfolio strategies'.

Currently General Manager of the global Diesel Apparel & Denim business and Chief Marketing Officer, he oversees all the activities of the division, from product design, sales and marketing, plus the global management of the Brand.

He comes from an experience of fourteen years at Procter & Gamble where he held various management roles in the Prestige & Luxury division.

SEBASTIAN MANES

SEBASTIAN MANES

Buying & Merchandising Director, Selfridges

Sebastian Manes is Buying and Merchandising Director of Selfridges, previously having successfully carried out the role of Buying Director of Womenswear, Accessories and Childrenswear since February 2011. Sebastian is now also responsibile for Menswear, Home and Leisure. Sebastian started his outstanding career at Selfridges in 2003 as a Senior Accessories Buyer and during his time, he has led the transformation of many categories into world-class destinations.

STEPHANIE PHAIR

STEPHANIE PHAIR

Managing Director, The Outnet.com

Stephanie Phair was appointed Managing Director of THE OUTNET.COM, a division of NET-A-PORTER Limited, in February 2009. Stephanie is responsible for cultivating brand relationships, leading strategic direction and managing the website.

Prior to joining THE OUTNET, Stephanie’s career in the luxury goods industry spanned brand management, marketing and merchandising. As VP, Merchandising at Portero, she spent three years building the auction-based website’s product acquisition and merchandising team, having previously worked at US Vogue’s editorial Public Relations and Marketing group and at Issey Miyake USA.

Stephanie has travelled extensively throughout the world and speaks four languages fluently. She served on the Parsons School of Design selection committee for Designer of the Year and has lectured to students on the connection between Architecture and Fashion Design. Stephanie holds a Philosophy, Politics and Economics B.A. from Oxford University.

STEPHEN JONES

STEPHEN JONES

Milliner, Stephen Jones

Born in Cheshire, and schooled in Liverpool, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a student at St Martins; after dark he was one of that era's uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub - always exquisitely dressed, and always crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design.

Contemporaries hungered for a little of his individuality. And, by 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London's Covent Garden. Those premises soon became a place of pilgrimage and patronage, as everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Lady Diana, identified Jones as the milliner who would help them make arresting headlines.

Jones made millinery seem modern and compelling. In materials that were often radical, and in designs that ranged from refined to whimsical, his exquisitely crafted, quixotic hats encapsulated the fashion mood of the moment.

Twenty-five years later, Jones's era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele, which currently includes Marilyn Manson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce Knowles, Kylie Minogue and Alison Goldfrapp.

From Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler and Jean-Paul Gaultier throughout the eighties to his current work with John Galliano for Dior, Jones's hats have been an integral component in some of the most memorable runway spectacles of the past quarter century.

Jones's work is represented in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert museum (London), the Louvre (Paris), The Fashion Institute of Technology and the Brooklyn Museum (both, New York), the Kyoto Costume Institute, and the Australian National Gallery (Canberra). Now, as ever, at the forefront of fashion, his beguiling hats routinely grace the most celebrated magazine covers and enliven window displays of the world's most stylish stores. From runways to racecourses, from pop-promos to royal garden parties, millinery by Stephen Jones adds the exclamation mark to every fashion statement.

SÜLEYMAN ORAKÇIOĞLU

SÜLEYMAN ORAKÇIOĞLU

Founder & CEO, Orka Group

Founder and CEO of Orka Group  and the creator of the Damat – Tween brands, Orakçıoğlu established his company in Turkey in 1986 and has over  30 years of retail experience. Leading the pioneer brand for menswear in Turkey, Orakçıoğlu has successfully tapped into the markets of over 40 countries.

His particular expertise lies in fashion concept retailing  and defining global consumption habits. He has taken a seat on numerous global panels  and attended as guest speaker at many events. He has also had significant influence on many Turkish designer and brands global expansion operations.

He is the founding President of the United Brands Association (BMD) and has had a vast history as valuable board member on sector-related organisational boards.

He has been awarded ‘World Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young  and ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ by the Economist and numerous other local brand awards in the past and is still continuing to mark his presence and success globally.

SUSIE FORBES

SUSIE FORBES

Principal, Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design

Susie Forbes, the Principal of the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design has spent over 25 years working in the fashion and media industries.

Having started her career in the fashion department at ELLE, Susie joined British Vogue in 1995 as Editor-at -Large, and became Fashion Features Editor in 1998, Senior Editor the following year, and in 2001 was promoted to Deputy Editor, working alongside Alexandra Shulman.

She was appointed as the founding Editor of Easy Living in 2004, a position she held until taking up the post of Principal of the Condé Nast College in September 2011.

TESSA HARTMANN

TESSA HARTMANN

Founder, Hartmann Media

Hartmann Media is an award winning fashion and lifestyle communications agency based just outside Glasgow. Founded over 16 years ago by Tessa Hartmann, the company has grown in stature and reputation and boasts a small but dynamic team with an abundance of public relations, brand marketing and event management experience. In 2010 the company launched a specialist broadcast production unit for lifestyle & fashion corporate clients. 

TIM VOEGELE-DOWNING

TIM VOEGELE-DOWNING

Global Creative Director, Avery Dennison

Prior to joining Avery Dennison Tim held leading creative roles at Burberry Japan, Gucci, Christian Dior, Sonia Rykiel and Onward Kashiyama.
At Avery Dennison, he brings more than twenty years of experience in telling compelling stories and creating powerful brand realities for some of the worlds best known fashion houses to bear on branding.
His polymathic hands-on experience in designing and directing collections, footwear, accessories and jewellery lines, store concepts, corporate and brand identities across a large range of markets and audiences combined with his deep understanding of branding and creative strategy, enables him to distil and focus brand essence at a foundational level, transforming retail branding and articulating entirely compulsive narratives to build emotional connections.
Tim’s obsessive passion for brands is evident in his work as a creative director, designer and consultant for companies like Burberry, Gucci, Christian Dior, Hermes, Mulberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Daks, Onward, Rapha, Brooks, Sunspel, Mulberry and Cheaney. Tim holds a Master of Arts, Royal College of Art, and lives in England with his wife and three daughters.

TIZIANA CARDINI

TIZIANA CARDINI

Fashion Director, La Rinascente

Tiziana Cardini is Fashion Director at La Rinascente, where she landed after a lifetime spent as editor and stylist in fashion magazines.
She has worked as Fashion Director at CondeNast Italian Glamour for many years; she is Contributing Editor at Italian Vogue writing on New Designers and she also contributes to their website,Vogue.it, writing Fashion Shows reviews during the International Collections. In 2007 she was hired by Vittorio Radice, Rinascente CEO, joining the company as Fashion Director.
She is responsible for scouting trends and new talents in Fashion and Design and for keeping the brand-mix vibrant and updated. She also works with artists and creative talents in designing visual events able to strengthen the company identity. She has a degree in Architecture and has a deep knowledge of art and photography.

TOM STUBBS

TOM STUBBS

Fashion Editor & Stylist

Stubbs trained in womenswear design at Middlesex University, graduating in 1992 with a first class B.A. Hons in Fashion Design. His final runway show won many accolades, including significant coverage in The Face magazine.

Moving immediately into men’s styling, he worked on pivotal Nineties magazine brand Loaded during its fledgling years as stylist and fashion editor, developing a directly masculine and straight-up attitude towards gutsily embracing menswear/style.

While honing his styling skills during this period, he began writing for The Sunday Times Style in 2000. In 2005 He became Style’s first menswear columnist with ‘Taking Trousers’.

Stubbs has written for The FT/How To Spend It, The Daily Telegraph, GQ, Man About Town and has a men’s luxury and style column in HTSI called The Sharpener. He styles for The Rake, GQ, ST Telegraph and Glamour magazine.

V V BROWN

V V BROWN

Singer, Songwriter and Founder vvvintage.com

Singer, songwriter, producer, record label owner, ethical fashion brand CEO and entrepreneur: Vanessa “V V” Brown, has many strings to her bow. V V’s critically acclaimed album ‘Travelling Light the Light’, went Gold achieving over a million sales worldwide and V V has proved herself to be a luminous presence, vocally, visually, and creatively.

Aside from her musical rise to fame, V V became the first black British woman to front an ad campaign for renowned U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer.

This multi-talented songstress is quickly becoming a respected fashion entrepreneur with her own online ethical fashion business: VVVINTAGE.com. The new, online sustainable fashion house is dedicated to the art of recycling fabrics, reinvention and the ethos of up-cycled sustainability. VVVintage is not only stocked online and through ASOS, but has also teamed with Oxfam to create the 'Design With Oxfam' scheme (DWO).

VVVintage also works collaboratively with many different platforms for the showcasing of emerging talent amongst fashion and art.

At London Fashion Week AW13, V V was announced as the new presenter for Style Britain for SBTV, with a demographic of over 70 million viewers.

V V is currently in the studio putting the finished touches to her second album, to be released later this year.

WENDY MALEM

WENDY MALEM

Director, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Wendy Malem has directed the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) since 2007 as the strategic developer of emerging London fashion designer businesses, and established it firmly within the London Fashion Designer Economy. CFE has worked with many talented designers in establishing and growing their businesses including Mary Katrantzou, Louise Grey, Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Holly Fulton and James Long.

Wendy currently sits on the CFE/BFC/Skillset/UKFT Alliance, which advocates a coordinated approach to UK Manufacturing and the UK Designer sector, and is also Dean of the Graduate School at London College of Fashion. A fashion design and MBA graduate, she was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers in 1996 and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2012, following 17 years in a strategic fashion industry role as a designer and brand developer.

Wendy is also UK fashion advisor to the European commission DG Enterprise & Industry and has led the business evaluation for the Designer Fashion Economy report the UK High End Fashion Manufacturing Study for DCMS and the publication on Intellectual Property in the Fashion Designer Industry.

YAMING FENG

YAMING FENG

CEO, Msayaming

One of the most important fashion leaders in Taiwan, since 1997 when Yaming Feng established the fashion company- Msayaming luxury fashion group, which represents many leading brands from LVMH, PPR group. Msyaming luxury` fashion group is currently the official representative of Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela, JIL SANDER, Spanish shoe brand Camper as well as iconic Japanese brand Comme des Garcons.

In 2008 Yaming introduced the idea of luxury multi-label shop and opens the first TUANTUAN boutique featuring over 70 high-end brands.       

Yaming is not only a fashion industry leader; she is also a lifestyle creative, commentator and fashion psychologist. She was Power 10 People by VOGUE Taiwan in consecutive 2 year, 2010 and 2011. 

YASMIN SEWELL

YASMIN SEWELL

FOUNDER, YASMIN SEWELL LTD

Yasmin Sewell, world-famous retail consultant, creative advisor and trend forecaster, has influenced the purchases of consumers around the globe. A rarity in the fashion world, Sewell expertly unites creativity and commerce and is reputed for championing new design talent.

Having started her career at Harper’s BAZAAR in New York, by 22 Sewell had moved to London and into retail, opening her renowned store, Yasmin Cho, a revolutionary retail concept ranked as one of the world’s five most influential boutiques after just 12 months of trading. Sewell, with Yasmin Cho, was at the forefront of 90’s fashion, launching the careers of this generation’s most avant-garde design talent including Rick Owens and Pierre Hardy.

In 2005, Yasmin was approached to take the helm of the world-famous London department store, Browns. During her time as Buying Director, she headed up Browns, Browns Focus and Browns online, discovering brands such as Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Illincic, Marios Schwab and Acne.

In 2008, Sewell founded Yasmin Sewell Ltd., her retail, lifestyle and fashion consultancy. Starting with the reinvention of the iconic Liberty department store. Yasmin Sewell Ltd continues to work with a diverse and prestigious client base including Mulberry, Peter Pilotto, J.W. Anderson, ASOS & Westfield.

Sewell’s front-row status at global fashion weeks has led to ambassador roles for many luxury brands including Acne, Mulberry and Chloe and she regularly blogs for Vogue UK.

Yasmin Sewell continues to redefine global brand management, cutting-edge retail concepts and the perennial search for the next big thing.

ZARA MARTIN

ZARA MARTIN

Presenter, DJ & Designer

Zara Martin, presenter, DJ has grabbed the attention of many industry insiders with her unique rock ‘n’ roll image and is generating an incredible buzz.

Zara has had a successful start to her career as a presenter; ‘Show Me Your Wardrobe’, her fashion based TV show is now airing on Sky Living and she was the official host of London Fashion Weekend for two seasons and The Clothes Show Live for 2012.

She’s a talented DJ, and her club night with Jade Williams ‘Ooh La La’ is in high demand worldwide.

Alongside her flourishing presenting and DJing career Zara has had success in designing with fashion house BodyAmr. She has also just released her first jewelry line in collaboration with ethical brand MADE.

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