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FASHION CULTURE DESIGN

THE UNCONFERENCE

NEW YORK SUMMIT | JUNE 16, 2017

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Join the world's most creative leaders for A FULL DAY OF intense debate, innovation and inspiration

Creating conversations • Building communities • Sharing ideas

The Fashion Culture Design Unconference is a cliche-free zone with no boring pitches or PR blurbs. On June 16th come and hear brilliant panels engage 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.

     
    • As he opens his new hotel Public, hotelier and Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager discusses whether exclusivity is dead. He invented the velvet rope and boutique hotels so he knows what he’s talking about.
    • The most influential designer you’ve never heard of and for the past 20 years a living god to anyone under 25, Jeff Staple questions “What will Gen Z want next?”
    • Erstwhile CEO of the world’s best Ad Agency Droga5, now CEO of Tribeca Films, Andrew Essex suggests: “Advertising is Dead. Discuss.”
    • The one person who is invited to more global fashion shows than anyone else in fashion, Nicole Phelps, executive editor of Vogue Runway asks “Is the fashion industry relying too little (or too much) on data.”

     

    2017 SPEAKERS

    ZAC POSEN ZAC POSEN | Designer

    ZAC POSEN
    ZAC POSEN | Designer

    IAN SCHRAGER IAN SCHRAGER CO | Founder

    IAN SCHRAGER
    IAN SCHRAGER CO | Founder

    LEANDRA MEDINE MAN REPELLER | Founder

    LEANDRA MEDINE
    MAN REPELLER | Founder

    VANESSA FRIEDMAN NEW YORK TIMES | Fashion Director

    VANESSA FRIEDMAN
    NEW YORK TIMES | Fashion Director

    STEVEN KOLB CFDA | President + CEO

    STEVEN KOLB
    CFDA | President + CEO

    JEFF NG (AKA JEFF STAPLE) STAPLE DESIGN | Founder + Creative Director

    JEFF NG (AKA JEFF STAPLE)
    STAPLE DESIGN | Founder + Creative Director

    MARY ALICE STEPHENSON GLAM4GOOD | Founder + President

    MARY ALICE STEPHENSON
    GLAM4GOOD | Founder + President

    LAURA BROWN INSTYLE MAGAZINE | Editor-in-Chief

    LAURA BROWN
    INSTYLE MAGAZINE | Editor-in-Chief

    LIYA KEBEDE LEMLEM | Model + Activist + Founder

    LIYA KEBEDE
    LEMLEM | Model + Activist + Founder

    ANA ANDJELICA HAVAS LUXHUB | SVP, Global Strategy Director

    ANA ANDJELICA
    HAVAS LUXHUB | SVP, Global Strategy Director

    JOEL TOWERS THE NEW SCHOOL | Executive Dean

    JOEL TOWERS
    THE NEW SCHOOL | Executive Dean

    ANDREW ESSEX TRIBECA FILMS | CEO

    ANDREW ESSEX
    TRIBECA FILMS | CEO

    RICHARD FOUND FOUND ASSOCIATES | Architect + Designer

    RICHARD FOUND
    FOUND ASSOCIATES | Architect + Designer

    SU MANG TRENDS GROUP CHINA | CEO

    SU MANG
    TRENDS GROUP CHINA | CEO

    NICOLE PHELPS VOGUE | Director Vogue Runway

    NICOLE PHELPS
    VOGUE | Director Vogue Runway

    LESLIE GHIZE TOBE | Executive Vice President

    LESLIE GHIZE
    TOBE | Executive Vice President

    MACKENZIE WARK THE NEW SCHOOL | Professor of Culture & Media

    MACKENZIE WARK
    THE NEW SCHOOL | Professor of Culture & Media

    JENNIE BAIK ORCHARD MILE | Co-Founder + CEO

    JENNIE BAIK
    ORCHARD MILE | Co-Founder + CEO

    TONY KING KING & PARTNERS | CEO + CCO

    TONY KING
    KING & PARTNERS | CEO + CCO

    JULIE LARSON-GREEN MICROSOFT | Chief Experience Officer

    JULIE LARSON-GREEN
    MICROSOFT | Chief Experience Officer

    More to be announced soon!

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    AGENDA

    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

    9:00

    INTRODUCTION

    Hosts: Simon Collins and Hitha Herzog

    9:15

    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?

    Nicole Phelps (Vogue.com), Jenie Beik (Orchard Mile) plus guests

    9:45

    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?

    Su Mang (Trends China), Julie Larson Green (Microsoft), Tony King (King and Partners), Liyia Wu (Shopshop)

     

    10:15

    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. Also: They make people buy. Apart from the annual Half Time Show why is it that so few of these commercials are shown in the States?

    Andrew Essex (Tribeca Films), Ana Andjelic (Havas LuxHub), McKenzie Wark (The New School) plus guest

     10:45 - 11:15 COFFEE & SOCIAL


    MORNING SESSION II

    11:15

    WHAT WILL GEN Z WANT NEXT?
    One generation's hip is another's ho-hum. And nowhere is that dynamic more apparent than in streetwear. Young people fight for exclusive product so why do some brands—and some products—catch fire? And crucially what makes those fires go out? What do Millennials and Generation Z want today, and what are they going to want tomorrow?

    Jeff Staple (Staple Design), Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), Leslie Ghize (Tobe Report) plus guest

    11:45

    XRC LABS
    Ten 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 10 x XRC Entrepreneurs

    12:15 - 13:15  LUNCH & SOCIAL

    AFTERNOON SESSION I

    13:15

    IS ACTIVE THE NEW HIP? CREATIVITY IN THE TIME OF TRUMP?
    One thing we learned in Nov 2016 is that Facebook whining and #thoughtsandprayers don’t win. In 2017 social networking is happening offline in the streets. Is this like the American 60’s radicalism or anti-Reagan/Thatcher era of the 70’s and 80’s that gave us punk? Are we on the cusp of a similar paradigm shift? And if so, are there clues that can tell us what to expect?

    Vanessa Friedman (New York Times), Zac Posen (Fashion designer), Jeremy Varon (The New School) plus guest

    13:45

    FASHION WEEK IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FASHION WEEK!
    Fashion Week used to be 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 exclusives and stripped-down ultra simple - so what’s right for you, and what’s next?

    Steven Kolb (CFDA), Laura Brown (InStyle) plus guests

     14:15 - 14:45 COFFEE & SOCIAL


    AFTERNOON SESSION II

    14:45

    IS PUBLIC THE NEW PRIVATE?
    Ian Schrager’s new Lower East Side hotel is called "Public" because he wants it open to everyone, this 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), Joel Towers (Parsons School of Design), Richard Found (Found Associates)

    15:15

    WOMEN ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS
    How do we remove barriers so that women can thrive, whether in Asia, Africa, or here in the US. Why have we waited so long for gender equality, how do we achieve it, and why do some people still fight against it? Where is it working and what can we learn from that?

    LIya Kebede (Supermodel Activist), Mary Alice Stephenson (Glam4good Activist) plus guests

    15:45

    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)


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    S  O
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    HIGHLIGHTS

    2016 NEW YORK SUMMIT

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    Joanna Coles, Simon Collins, Margaret Zhang

    Joanna Coles, Simon Collins, Margaret Zhang

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    "FCD initiated thought-provoking conversations about the current state of these interconnected industries."

    - Fashion Times

    Vanessa Friedman

    Vanessa Friedman

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    "It wasn't just about the star-studded lineup, FCD was a raw, honest, upfront conversation."

    - The Observer

    Morty Singer, Hitha Herzog

    Morty Singer, Hitha Herzog

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    Joanna Coles

    Joanna Coles

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    Ashley Graham

    Ashley Graham

    "A diverse and quite frankly impressive group of panelists was assembled …ranging from models to lawyers, bankers and CEOs."

    - Fashion Unfiltered

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    24 Seven
    3G Capital 

     
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    PAST speakers

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    FOUNDER & HOST

    Simon Collins has a passion for getting smart people together to discuss important questions and create ideas you can actually do something with. He is a design thinker, speaker, writer, designer, advisor and creative seditionary. Following a career as fashion designer then creative director for some of the world’s leading brands in Europe, the US and Asia including Nike, Polo and Zegna. He then 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. The school went from being quietly respected to becoming a global power brand with huge success.

    After stepping down from Dean and joining the Board of Parsons he formed The House of Collins advisory group to advise brands, companies, young designers, fashion weeks and governments. His advisory services are in high demand and he travels the world speaking about his adventures.

    Identified as one of the first 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 has been a regular in The New York Times, Vogue, WWD, CNN, NPR, WSJ and of course Page Six (not always in trouble). His 5 season show on Chinese CCTV6 had 5M weekly viewers and in 2014 he published his first book; ‘The School of Fashion’.

    His live on stage Conversation interview series includes guests; Victoria Beckham, Francois-Henri Pinault, Ermenegildo Zegna and Proenza Schouler. He has spoken to many significant audiences including Cannes Lions and the United Nations in NYC.

    Collins has brought all this experience together with some of the world’s smartest people to create Fashion Culture Design. 

    He knows how to give the crowd what they want.

     

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