JUNE 9TH 2016

 

The first definitive conversation about how Fashion, Culture & Design affect each other and everything else.

Global leaders in creative business together for one day in New York City at the renowned New School University, home of Parsons School of Design.

 

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The Unconference’s ten essential questions cover a range of themes—from the state of wearable technology and the fashion system, to how brands should navigate the current divisive political landscape— the substance of the discussions will provide ideas and direction for anyone at work and play.


WHAT DOES BEAUTY LOOK
LIKE NOW?

The fashion industry has begun to expand its definition of beauty beyond 32 skinny white girls on a runway—in terms of age, size, race and gender. Is the greater acceptance merely a fleeting trend? 

Mickey Boardman, Paper Magazine
Ivan Bart, IMG Models
James Scully, Casting Director
Ashley Graham, Model
Gilleon Smith, Casting Director
Alek Wek, Model

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE FASHION WEEK?

Should the spectacle of fashion shows be aimed directly at the consumer with buy-now merchandise? New York and London say maybe, Paris and Milan say non….

Katherine Zarrella, Fashion Unfiltered
Gary Wassner, Hilldun Corporation
Rachna Shah, KCD Worldwide
Andrew Rosen, Theory
Sarah Rutson, Net-a-Porter

SENSORY DEPRIVATION—CAN WE HAVE SOME PLEASE?

Technology has enabled us to be constantly entertained and occupied but have we forgotten the value of stimulating the senses? A discussion with some of the people who create our environments—from stores to restaurants to cars.

James Truman, Nix
Henri Scars Struck, Music Producer
Echo Kao, BMW
Dawn Goldworm, 12.29

Is there a responsible way to produce and consume fast fashion?

If inexpensive product is produced by workers whose rights are protected and the low-income consumer is able to afford a stylish and durable garment which is recycled at the end of its life by the brand that sold it--can low cost fashion be a positive proposition?

Dominic Rushe, The Guardian
Julie Gilhart, Fashion Consultant
Catarina Midby, H&M
Julie Zerbo, The Fashion Law

the new renaissance

In a popular it's no longer enough to exist on one platform, whether you're a magazine editor, a designer, a stylist, a retailer or creative director. To restrict yourself equals stagnation and ultimately extinction. To succeed, you need to be everywhere and do everything. 

Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan
Simon Collins, Founder

Who owns the future of retail?

What form of store will be able to fully capture the consumer of the future?

Carla Buzasi, WGSN
Tony King, King & Partners
Andrea Ciccoli, The Level Group
Claire Distenfeld, Fivestory
Marigay McKee, MM Luxe

IS A GOOD INSTAGRAM POST WORTH MORE THAN A DOUBLE-PAGE SPREAD IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE?

How to effectively advertise and get your message out is one of today’s biggest challenges for all brands. What’s the smartest way to reach the consumer? 

Dirk Standen, 23 Stories/Condé Nast
Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three
Kevin Kollenda, Two Hustlers
Ian Schatzberg, Wednesday Agency

WHEN WILL SOMEONE INVENT WEARABLE TECH THAT WE ACTUALLY NEED? 

We didn’t know we needed the smartphone till we got it. Do we really want more gadgets? 

Vanessa Friedman, New York Times
Amanda Parkes, Manufacture NY
Maddy Maxey, The Crated
Tatiana Ferreira, LaunchMetrics

Can sustainability be sexy?

Is it possible for businesses to get to a point where sustainability is the standard and not the exception? 

Matt Scanlan, Naadam
Laurent Claquin, Kering
John Moore, Outerknown

What are millennial social sensations actually talking about? 

politics vs. profit

Deciphering exactly how savvy, young talents are dominating the digital world.

 

 

Should companies take a stand for beliefs and ideals beyond their bottom line?

Garrett Fuselier, Phhhoto
Dom Pettman, The New School
Amy Sall, Sunu Journal
Marcy St. Germain,
Sarah Owen, WGSN

Simon Frantz,BBC
Morty Singer, Marvin Traub Associates
Hitha Herzog, H Squared Research
Natacha Minniti, JP Morgan

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The
UNCONFERENCE

INTENSE DEBATES • WILD IDEAS • IMPASSIONED PLEAS

NYC - june 2017

 

Fashion Culture Design is an Unconference, a gathering of smart people unlike any other.
Brilliant minds addressing difficult problems without corporate agendas or products to sell.
Actual conversations moderated by smart individuals who know how to get people talking. Fashion Culture and Design affect each other and everything we make, see, and feel.
FCD is created to address the questions that we’re struggling with but aren’t in the public debate, questions like what does beauty look like now? Or when will someone invent wearable tech that we actually need? Multiple panels of experts challenge conventional thinking and inspire the audience and each other with ideas they can do something with. There are no simple answers and FCD is the start of the conversation about how to do better.

Join the movement.

 
 
 

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Our speakers are drawn from a spectrum of creative business fields including tech, architecture, fashion, finance, communication, media, retail, entertainment, product and music.

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AGENDA

The Unconference’s ten essential questions cover a range of themes—from the state of wearable technology and the fashion system, to how brands should navigate the current divisive political landscape— the substance of the discussions will provide ideas and direction for anyone at work and play.


MORNING SESSION I

8:45

INTRODUCTION

Simon Collins, Host

9:00

WHAT DOES BEAUTY LOOK LIKE NOW?

The fashion industry has begun to expand its definition of beauty beyond 32 skinny white girls on a runway—in terms of age, size, race and gender. Is the greater acceptance merely a fleeting trend? 

Mickey Boardman, Paper Magazine
Ivan Bart, IMG Models
James Scully, Casting Director
Ashley Graham, Model
Gilleon Smith, Casting Director

9:30

WHAT ARE MILLENNIAL SOCIAL SENSATIONS ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT?

Deciphering exactly how savvy, young talents are dominating the digital world.

 

Garrett Fuselier, Phhhoto
Marcy St. Germain
Dom Pettman, The New School
Amy Sall, Sunu Journal
Sarah Owen, WGSN

10:00

CAN SUSTAINABILITY BE SEXY?

Is it possible for businesses to get to a point where sustainability is the standard and not the exception? 

Matt Scanlan, Naadam
Laurent Claquin, Kering
John Moore, Outerknown

 10:30 - 11:00   BREAK


MORNING SESSION II

11:00

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE FASHION WEEK?

Should the spectacle of fashion shows be aimed directly at the consumer with buy-now merchandise? New York and London say maybe, Paris and Milan say non….

Katherine Zarrella, Fashion Unfiltered
Gary Wassner, Hilldun Corporation
Rachna Shah, KCD Worldwide
Andrew Rosen, Theory
Sarah Rutson, Net-a-Porter

11:30

SENSORY DEPRIVATION—CAN WE HAVE SOME PLEASE?

Technology has enabled us to be constantly entertained and occupied but have we forgotten the value of stimulating the senses? A discussion with some of the people who create our environments—from stores to restaurants to cars.

James Truman, Nix
Henri Scars Struck, The Other Side of The Brain
Echo Kao, BMW Designworks
Dawn Goldworm, 12.29

12:00

DO COMPANIES HAVE TO STAND FOR SOMETHING BEYOND PROFITS?

How can companies navigate a marketplace with a clientele that has wildly differing viewpoints—particularly in this highly polarized time?

Simon Frantz, BBC
Hitha Herzog, FOX
Natacha Minitti, JP Morgan
Mortimer Singer, Marvin Traub
 

 12:30 - 13:30   LUNCH


AFTERNOON SESSION I

13:30

THE NEW RENAISSANCE
CREATIVE

It's no longer enough to exist on one platform, whether you're a magazine editor, a designer, a stylist, a retailer or creative director. To restrict yourself equals stagnation and ultimately extinction. To succeed, you need to be everywhere and do everything. 

Simon Collins
Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan

14:00

IS A GOOD INSTAGRAM POST WORTH MORE THAN A DOUBLE-PAGE SPREAD IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE?

How to effectively advertise and get your message out is one of today’s biggest challenges for all brands. What’s the smartest way to reach the consumer? 

Dirk Standen, 23 Stories/Condé Nast
Ian Schatzberg, Wednesday
Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three
Kevin Kollenda, Two Hustlers

14:30

IS THERE A RESPONSIBLE WAY TO PRODUCE AND CONSUME FAST FASHION?

If inexpensive product is produced by workers whose rights are protected and the low-income consumer is able to afford a stylish and durable garment which is recycled at the end of its life by the brand that sold it--can low cost fashion be a positive proposition?

Dominic Rushe, The Guardian
Julie Gilhart, Fashion Consultant
Catarina Midby, H&M
Julie Zerbo, The Fashion Law blog

 15:00 - 15:30   BREAK


AFTERNOON SESSION II

15:30

WHO OWNS THE FUTURE OF RETAIL?

What form of store will be able to fully capture the consumer of the future?

Carla Buzasi, WGSN
Claire Distenfeld, Fivestory
Marigay McKee, MM Luxe
Andrea Ciccoli, The Level Group
Tony King, King & Partners

16:00

WHEN WILL SOMEONE INVENT WEARABLE TECH THAT WE ACTUALLY NEED? 

We didn’t know we needed the smartphone till we got it. Do we really want more gadgets? 

Vanessa Friedman, New York Times
Amanda Parkes, Manufacture NY
Maddy Maxey, The Crated
Tatiana Ferreira, Launchmetrics

16:30

LOOK BACK IN ANGER

Simon Collins


founder

Simon Collins is a creative seditionary, design thinker, speaker, writer, designer and advisor. Following a career as fashion designer then creative director for some of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Polo and Zegna he recently served 7 years as Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design where he successfully brought together creativity, communication, business and innovation. 

He now spends his time advising brands, companies, fashion weeks and governments. He hosts the Fashion Garage advice salon series with Julie Gilhart and he travels the world speaking about his adventures. 

Identified as one of the essential voices of global fashion by The Business of Fashion 500 and listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He is a staple in the New York Times, Vogue, WWD, Style.com, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and of course Page Six. His 5 season show on Chinese TV had 5m weekly viewers and in 2014 he published his first book; ‘The School Of Fashion’. 

His live conversation interview series includes guests; Victoria Beckham, Francois-Henri Pinault and Proenza Schouler. He has spoken at many notable fashion, tech and design conferences including Cannes Lions and the YPO conference. 

He knows how to give the crowd what they want.

 
 

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