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.
MORNING SESSION I
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
MORNING SESSION II
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
AFTERNOON SESSION I
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
AFTERNOON SESSION II
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)