Creating conversations • Building communities • Sharing ideas
The Fashion Culture Design Unconference is a cliche-free zone with no boring pitches or PR blurbs, only brilliant panels engaging on challenging topics.
Unique conversations with results you can take away and do something with. An intense day of debate and innovation. You want to be in the room with these people.
FCD exists to create and spread good ideas. To reach as many people as possible, we host smaller salon gatherings around the world. A hundred friends, a witty and intense panel, some wine, and we all walk away inspired. Or a cocktail party, breakfast, lunch or all-night dance party, focused on bringing together people who can share ideas and inspiration.
The Unconference’s ten essential conversations cover a range of themes — from what Gen Z will want next, the fashion system and how it uses data — the substance of the discussions will provide ideas and direction for anyone at work and play.
Co-Hosts: Simon Collins and Hitha Herzog
FASHION VS. BIG DATA: SURVIVE OR THRIVE?
Big Data technology has the power to snap a broad and detailed picture of the marketplace—and the niches of taste and habit within it. So why have large parts of the fashion industry been so slow to harness this power?Big Data technology has the power to snap a broad and detailed picture of the marketplace—and the niches of taste and habit within it. So why have large parts of the fashion industry been so slow to harness this power?
Nicole Phelps (Vogue.com), Jennie Baik (Orchard Mile), Katrina Lake (Stitch Fix), Jessica Graves (Sefleuria)
CREATIVITY IN THE TIME OF TRUMP?
One thing we learned in Nov 2016 is that whining on Facebook and #thoughtsandprayers don’t win. In 2017 social networking is happening offline in the streets. Is this like the radicalism of the 1960s or the anti-Reagan/Thatcher era of the 70s and 80s that gave the world punk? Are we on the cusp of a similar paradigm shift? And what does it mean for all creative industries?
Vanessa Friedman (New York Times), Zac Posen (Fashion designer), Jeremy Varon (The New School)
WHAT WILL GEN Z WANT NEXT?
One generation's hip is another's ho-hum. Why do some brands—and some products—catch fire with Gen Z? And crucially what makes those fires go out? What do Millennials and Generation Z want today? And will they be faithful to it tomorrow?
Jeff Staple (Staple Design), Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), Leslie Ghize (TOBE), Maria Al-Sadek (BPCM), Kate Lewis (Hearst)
11:00am - 11:20am COFFEE & SOCIAL
ADVERTISING IN THE U.S. IS DEAD.
Some commercials are brilliant films-in-miniature. They go viral, clocking millions of fans worldwide. They make people laugh. They make people cry. They can also make people buy. With the exception of the Superbowl, why is it that so few of these commercials are created for and shown in the US?
Andrew Essex (Tribeca Enterprises), Ana Andjelic (Havas LuxHub), McKenzie Wark (The New School)
Seven brilliant retail and consumer goods start-ups from this New York City innovation accelerator. Kurt Salmon and Parsons School of Design brought together all of their resources to catapult these young companies forward. See what you need to catch up with.
Pano Anthos and 7 x XRC Entrepreneurs
12:30pm - 1:40pm LUNCH & SOCIAL
FASHION WEEK IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FASHION WEEK!
Fashion Week used to mean private previews for media and buyers. Now in New York everyone’s making it work in their own way--from see-now buy-now extravaganzas to embargoed exclusive presentations. What’s right for you? And what’s next?
Steven Kolb (CFDA), Laura Brown (InStyle), Roopal Patel (Saks Fifth Avenue), Brandon Maxwell (Fashion designer)
WECHAT VS THE WORLD - IS CHINA DESIGNING THE FUTURE?
China is rapidly adding a design studio to its role as the world's workshop. WeChat did more business in one day than all of Hollywood does in a whole year. How long will it be before a Chinese brand is as recognizable and globally ubiquitous as Nike or McDonald's and what are we missing?
Julie Larson-Green (Microsoft), Tony King (King & Partners), Liyia Wu (Shopshops), Abigail Posner (Google ZOO)
3:00pm - 3:20pm COFFEE & SOCIAL
IS PUBLIC THE NEW PRIVATE?
Ian Schrager’s new Lower East Side hotel is called "Public" because he wants it open to everyone. It’s a bold statement from the man who invented the velvet rope at Studio 54. With mega celebs and even the US President communicating directly with their communities via social media, what’s exclusive anymore?
Ian Schrager (Ian Schrager Company), Richard Found (Found Associates), Billy Farrell (BFA NYC), Oli Coleman (New York Post)
WOMEN ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS
When women succeed in society, everyone succeeds. How do we remove barriers to let that happen, whether in Asia, Africa, or here in the US? Can gender equality--and respect--be good for us all?
LIya Kebede (Lemlem), Mary Alice Stephenson (Glam4Good), Marlo Tablante (H&M)
LOOK BACK IN ANGER
Simon Collins and Hitha Herzog reflect on the power and the glory of ideas, what we learned and what you can take away with you.
Simon Collins (Fashion Culture Design), Hitha Herzog (MSNBC, FOX NEWS, H Squared Research)
AR New York
Black Dog 8
Business of Fashion
Daily Front Row
Gilleon Smith Casting
Jason Wu Studio
King & Partners
New York Times
The Doneger Group
The RAI Group
The Bromley Group
The New School
Simon Collins is a design thinker, speaker, writer, designer, advisor and creative seditionary. Following a career as creative director for brands like Nike, Polo and Zegna in Europe, the US and Asia he served 7 years as Dean of the School of Fashion at New York’s Parsons School of Design. There he successfully brought together creativity, communication, business and innovation. In 2015 he joined the Board of Parsons and founded The House of Collins advisory group to advise brands, companies, young designers, fashion weeks and governments. Along the way he was in the first Business of Fashion 500 and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in Fast Company. His 5 season show on Chinese CCTV6 had 5M weekly viewers and in 2014 he published his first book; ‘The School of Fashion’. In 2016 Collins brought all this experience together with some of the world’s smartest people to launch the Fashion Culture Design ecosystem of salons, summits, special events and podcasts. He is constantly curious and passionate about great ideas that you can do something with.
Hitha Herzog (formerly Prabhakar) lives in a world where fashion, retail, finance, investigative journalism and data research all co-exist in perfect harmony—a.k.a., New York City. She is the Chief Research Officer of H Squared Research LLC a data driven, research firm for registered investment advisors. She is also consumer spending columnist at US News and World Report and author of the book "Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Terrorists" published by FT Press. Hitha also uses her expertise in the retail space to advise start-ups in Silicon Valley and with Parsons The New School of Fashion incubator XRC Labs while teaching a class on social commerce. When she is not expanding her business and advising early stage companies, she is raising awareness about the criminal activity linked to the black market and counterfeit products. She created a companion app to the book available in iTunes to help people identify and spot counterfeit merchandise sold on the black market. Forbes magazine recently named her as “one of the most influential South Asian women in the United States.”
- Fashion Times
- The Observer
- Fashion Unfiltered