Alexia Niedzielski is an entrepreneur operating in the fashion industry. In 2013, she co-founded Tartan, which publishes fashion magazine System. System explores the people and dialogues at the heart of the global fashion industry. The biannual title offers exclusive long-format conversations with fashion’s most relevant, most powerful and most opinionated individuals – including Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons and Virgil Abloh – accompanied by portfolios created by the industry’s most in-demand image-makers.
Alexia is also the co-founder – with Elizabeth von Guttman and Charlotte Casiraghi – of the consultancy agency Ever Consulting, which advises brands on sustainable communication and produces Ever Manifesto, a print publication that has collaborated on bespoke editions with brands such as Gucci, Loro Piana and H&M.
In 2017, Alexia co-founded women’s footwear brand Fabrizio Viti, which has quickly established itself as the fashion insider’s go-to shoe label of choice. The following year, Alexia co-founded Fashion in Tech, a company that brings the world of fashion into the virtual and gaming industry. In 2019, Alexia joined the panel of industry experts for the LVMH Prize.
Alexia has a degree in photography and communication studies from The American University in Paris and Parsons School of Design.
ALEXIA NIEDZIELSKICO-FOUNDER OF SYSTEM MAGAZINE
Alexia Niedzielski is an entrepreneur operating in the fashion industry. In 2013, she co-founded Tartan, which publishes fashion magazine System. System explores…Read More
Pioneering luxury fashion entrepreneur, investor and humanitarian Carmen Busquets is an ardent supporter of artisan craftsmanship, cultural heritage and innovative technology that benefits both people and planet. Always thriving on disruptive ideas and driving progress, Carmen opened luxury boutique Cabus in her home country of Venezuela in 1990 and was an early champion of the fashion-tech space, becoming co-founder and founding investor of Net-a-Porter in 2000. Expanding on Cabus’ core values of helping to promote emerging designers and those outside the fashion industry, in 2006 she launched CoutureLab to reach a global network of entrepreneurs, artists and artisans working across fashion, lifestyle and different cultures, educating consumers about the stories behind products and those who make them.
Carmen’s current portfolio of investments spans venture capital funds, e-commerce platforms and start-ups from the fashion, lifestyle and technology sectors, all of which uphold her vision and principles for a world where sustainability is of utmost importance, quality prevails over quantity and where craftsmanship and individuality are celebrated. Highlights include: Imaginary Ventures, Felix Capital, Kindred, Farfetch, The Business of Fashion, Byronesque, Flowerbx, SonicCloud and Cult Beauty. While no longer investing in new start-ups, she continues to mentor others and hopes to inspire many more progressive founders, entrepreneurs and investors.
Carmen advises and donates to a host of global non-profit organizations and educational initiatives that share her progressive values. This work includes nurturing young designers by being on the LVMH Prize panel of experts and supporting the CFDA and the BFC Fashion Trust, as well as promoting conservation and humanitarian causes through being a member of the WWF-US National Council, International Brand & Fashion Deputy for Nest and sitting on the Board of Directors of the Latin American-focused NGOs PACUNAM, Looking for the Masters and Glasswing International.
CARMEN BUSQUETSPIONEER LUXURY FASHION ENTREPRENEUR
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Italian-born Fabio Piras has a BA in fashion design and an MA in womenswear, both from Central Saint Martins. From 1994 to 2000, he helmed his eponymous label, which showed at London Fashion Week. He has also had a successful career in creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and Asia.
In 1998, Diego Della Valle offered him to collaborate on creative supervision at Tod's, Hogan and Fay. In 2000, Brioni appointed him creative director of the tailoring house and gave him the mission to initiate Brioni donna. In 2005, he joined knitwear brand Malo as creative director. And in 2007, Fabio took over the creative direction of womenswear brand Giada, which is owned by Chinese group Redstone. Giada established its first flagship store outside China in Milan’s Via Montenapoleone in 2013.
He was appointed course director of Central Saint Martins' MA fashion course in 2014. His vision during his time as course leader was to shape a new era for MA Fashion education. “In the end, fashion education is about developing students’ formative processes in thinking and learning their craft in practice," he says. "As educators, we must encourage students to subvert the status quo and trust their intuitions, experiences and skills."
FABIO PIRASCOURSE DIRECTOR AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS
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Italian born, London-based Gianluca Longo is the Style Editor of British Vogue. He edits the interiors pages of the magazine and he styles portraits for some of the main fashion portfolios. He writes about lifestyle, design, art and travel on vogue.co.uk and contributes to Cabana Magazine and Architectural Digest. He is a keen globetrotter, searching for the next big thing: the most beautiful couture gown, a fine piece of furniture, a new hotel. When he's not at a fashion show in New York or Paris, he can be spotted at the opening of an art show in Brazil or searching for antiques in a vintage market in Rome.
GIANLUCA LONGOSTYLE EDITOR OF BRITISH VOGUE
Italian born, London-based Gianluca Longo is the Style Editor of British Vogue. He edits the interiors pages of the magazine and…Read More
Jefferson Hack is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dazed Media, an independent media company renowned for producing award-winning stories across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands. The company’s portfolio includes some of the world’s most influential media brands including AnOther, Another Man, Dazed, Dazed Beauty and NOWNESS. The company’s newest division, Dazed Studio, produces innovative brand campaigns and events across the luxury and lifestyle sectors.
In 1991 at the age of 19 Hack founded Dazed with photographer Rankin while a student at the London College of Printing. Early cover stars profiled by Hack included Björk, Thom Yorke and David Bowie. In 2001 Hack launched luxury fashion and lifestyle bi-annual AnOther Magazine which has featured cover stars including Solange, Natalie Portman, Naomi Campbell, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Jodie Foster, Ruth Negga, Marion Cotillard and Scarlett Johannson; In 2005 Hack launched men’s style bible Another Man. Cover stars have included Ben Whishaw, Joaquin Phoenix, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Keith Richards, Ezra Miller, Skepta, Tom Ford, David Beckham and Willem Dafoe.
Hack co-founded NOWNESS in 2010, an independent luxury lifestyle video channel in partnership with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. In 2017 he formed Modern Dazed, a partnership with Modern Media to buy a majority share in NOWNESS. Hack launched Dazed Beauty in 2018, a next generation online platform dedicated to redefining the language and communication of beauty. In February 2019, Dazed Beauty launched in print with Issue Zero. Cover stars included Travis Scott, Kate Moss and Kylie Jenner.
Jefferson is a member of the British Fashion Council’s Press Committee supporting the Fashion Awards, London Fashion Week Men's and London SHOW Rooms in Paris. He is also a judge for the Woolmark Prize.
JEFFERSON HACKCEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF DAZED MEDIA
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Fashion industry veteran Julie Gilhart is founder of Julie Gilhart Consulting. The business is dedicated to creating, connecting and growing fashion brands, which aim to have a positive impact on the planet. Prior to establishing her own firm, Gilhart was Senior Vice President Fashion Director at Barneys New York for 18 years. Gilhart was instrumental in establishing the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and the LVMH Prize for Emerging Talent, and she continues to advise on many initiatives, as well as working with a wide variety of brands. Gilhart sits on the boards of Parsons The New School for Design, Mulberry and Tomorrow.
JULIE GILHARTFOUNDER OF JULIE GILHART CONSULTING
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Karla Welch is a Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist and creative director and has been named one of the most powerful stylists by both the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Times. Welch's list of celebrity clients is extensive, including Ruth Negga, Lorde, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elisabeth Moss and Justin Bieber. Karla is also the founder and creator of the brand, Xkarla, which has collaborated with Hanes and Levi’s and co-owner and creator of the production company meritocracy. Most recently she launched Wishi, a community-powered fashion website and mobile application.
KARLA WELCHCELEBRITY STYLIST AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
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Natalie Kingham has had an incredibly diverse career in fashion. Starting out as a buyer at a well-known London store, she then moved into styling before launching her own label in 2000, which received international press acclaim.
Throughout her career, Natalie has built and developed strong relations with several key London brands, utilizing these contacts when she joined MatchesFashion as international womenswear buyer in 2010. Since then she has been central to growing the business both online and in-store and has been the driving force behind the covetable list of collaborations and exclusive launches, including collections by Altuzarra, Emilia Wickstead, Ganni, Simone Rocha, Erdem and Gabriela Hearst. In 2013 Natalie became fashion and buying director, overseeing all aspects of the womenswear buy for MatchesFashion.
NATALIE KINGHAMFASHION AND BUYING DIRECTOR AT MATCHESFASHION.COM
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Nez Gebreel has had a deep and celebrated career in global brand development and management. She is the former Chief Executive Officer for the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC), an organization that aims to further the interests of Dubai’s fashion industry. As the founding CEO, Nez set the foundation for success through the establishment of Dubai Design Week, the launch of ground-breaking MENA Design Outlook and MENA Design Education Outlook reports. She was involved in local incubators, the DDFC/Vogue Arabia Fashion Prize and DDFC Talks, created to give designers the opportunity to share skills and provide or benefit from mentorships.
Prior to the Council, Nez spent seven years in charge of managing the strategic growth of David and Victoria Beckham’s individual and joint business and creative projects. During this time, Nez was instrumental in launching David Beckham’s Football Academy in London and Los Angeles, and managed all key brand collaborations including Motorola, Adidas, Pepsi, AEG and Gillette. She also helped develop Victoria Beckham’s wildly successful fashion projects, including the facilitation of multimillion dollar collaborations with Rock & Republic and Samantha Thavassa, as well as the building of the Victoria Beckham fashion brand.
Nez’s expertise is in the strategic development of global brands and commercially driven fashion, entertainment and media related business projects. She is highly creative, with experience in Intellectual Property concept creation and business strategy development, both in-house for established companies and start-up environments. She is based in London and Dubai.
NEZ GEBREELFORMER CEO OF DUBAI DESIGN & FASHION COUNCIL
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Globally recognized photographer Roger Moukarzel has been working in the world of image since age 15. In the early 1980s, he started as a war photographer for Sygma and Reuters, and had his work published in a variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide, namely the Washington Post and Newsweek. He also held the cover of Paris Match for its 40th anniversary issue. Initially, it was his homeland, a war-torn Beirut and the surrounding Middle East region, that provided his subjects, capturing the impact of conflict and its harsh reality, which he did with integrity and emotional poignancy.
A man of many visions, experiences and lives, he moved to Paris in the early 1990s, and his career expanded and progressed into the worlds of fashion and advertising, documentary-making and artistic photography. The prevailing messages of acceptance, tolerance, preservation, respect, freedom and diversity have been the common thread found throughout Roger’s work.
His passion for heritage and roots led him to travel across the world exploring, celebrating and embracing a diversity of cultures through the power of the picture. What started out as personal journeys and studies became international exhibitions, books and creations in Europe, Asia and throughout the Arab world. Roger Moukarzel’s production house, Minime, has become one of the most trusted and respected in the Middle East.
Be it through film, photography or art direction, Roger Mourkarzel could be best described as a veteran in storytelling through pictures and multimedia.
ROGER MOUKARZELRENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER
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Saif Mahdhi was born in Paris and is of Tunisian descent. He is a renowned model and talent agent who’s served as the president for Next Model Management Europe. He’s worked with a long list of celebrities that include models as well as musicians, actors and other visible figures. He worked his way up through various agencies such as the Marilyn Agency and Viva Model Management before finally settling at Next. When it comes to fashion, he is completely self-taught, having educated himself through books, magazines and experience during the early days of his career.
SAIF MAHDHITALENT AGENT AND FOUNDER OF SAFE MANAGEMENT
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Sara Maino’s first experience in fashion began in the early 1990s while working at the newly opened Corso Como 10 boutique in Milan before joining Vogue Italia as an intern in 1994.
She is now Deputy Editor of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents, a project born in 2009 in support of emerging designers. Vogue Talents is a network that scouts and supports the best creative talents in womenswear, menswear, accessories and fashion photography. It is a platform that creates connections between designers and the fashion industry, supporting the growth of opportunities and new collaborations.
A regular attendee at global talent spotting shows, Sara has served as a judge in several fashion competitions, including the LVMH prize, ITS (International Talent Support), the Designer’s Nest Award, the H&M Award and the Berlin Fashion Film Award, among others.
The number of new initiatives dedicated to talents and signed by her is increasing: The Next Talents, in collaboration with yoox.com, Who is on Next? and Vogue Talents are scouting events in Milan that are organized by Vogue Italia.
SARA MAINODEPUTY EDITOR OF VOGUE ITALIA AND HEAD OF VOGUE TALENTS
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As the creative director and curator for Colette in Paris from 1997 to 2017, Sarah Andelman always had a great interest in different fields, including fashion, beauty, design, food and culture, all of which was evident through her unique selection for the multi-brand shop. She curated more than 200 exhibits for the gallery space, planned thousands of window displays that changed weekly and initiated countless exclusive collaborations with major brands. In 2017, the iconic concept store closed its doors and Sarah started a new journey through her consulting and curating agency Just An Idea, developing special projects, collaborations and pop-ups.
SARAH ANDELMANFOUNDER AND FORMER CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF COLETTE
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Sarah Mower MBE is a journalist and advocate for young designers whose curiosity about the meaning and direction of fashion has always motivated her to seek out new talent. As chief critic for Style.com, and then American Vogue’s Voguerunway.com she has charted the rise of the designers in London Uprising, often finding and making relationships with them as students. Her interest in scouting talent and representing their problems to the British Fashion Council led to an active roaming role as the BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent in 2009. She took the chair of the New Gen selection committee in the same year, bringing in London’s top expert buyers and fashion editors to collectively help navigate young designers through their first years in business.
Sarah’s career started as fashion editor at The Guardian in 1986, but she attributes her first interests to growing up in Bath, visiting the Museum of Costume, and to the encouragement of her art teacher mother Celia Mower, the inspiration of her stylish grandmother Maisie Defriez and to her aunt Dodo Palengat, who changed her life by giving her a subscription to Vogue as a 13th birthday present. Sarah studied English and History of Art at Leeds University. She was appointed MBE for Services to the Fashion Industry by her Majesty the Queen in 2011.
SARAH MOWERCHIEF CRITIC OF VOGUE RUNWAY AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS
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Born and raised in Tunisia, Sofia Guellaty brings her fashion knowledge and passion for Arab culture together on a daily basis. Her career in fashion spans over 15 years: she began freelancing for major publications at 19 and consulting for prestigious brands. In early 2008, she founded one of the first publications geared toward the educated and fashion savvy Arab woman, Unfair. She then spent four years at the helm of Condé Nast’s first launch in the Middle East: Style.com/Arabia. She also contributed to Vanity Fair and Magazine Antidote, and she published a novel. She is now the founder and editor-in-chief of MILLE World, a digital platform and creative agency focused on tailor-made content for Arab youth.
SOFIA GUELLATYFOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF MILLE WORLD
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British journalist and fashion blogger Susie Lau got her start in 2006, when she launched her own blog, Style Bubble. Fans and followers of her blog included fashion designers Christopher Kane and Nanette Lepore, and she collaborated with the likes of Gap, Armani and Selfridges. Currently, Lau is a freelance journalist with a vibrant Instagram channel followed by hundreds of thousands of fans. She covers fashion weeks across the globe, including Paris, New York, London and Shanghai.
SUSIE LAUJOURNALIST AND FASHION BLOGGER
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In September 2015, Tim Blanks was named editor-at-large for the website Business of Fashion, after 10 years at Style.com, Conde Nast’s digital entity. Before Style.com, Tim hosted Fashion File for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 16 years. This weekly magazine show was eventually seen in more than 120 countries.
He has also written for Vogue, GQ, Interview Magazine, Fantastic Man and System Magazine, and has contributed to books on Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Bottega Veneta, among many others. In 2017, Abrams published his book The World of Anna Sui.
In May 2013, Tim was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award, the industry’s top award for fashion journalism. In May 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
TIM BLANKSEDITOR AT LARGE AT BUSINESS OF FASHION
In September 2015, Tim Blanks was named editor-at-large for the website Business of Fashion, after 10 years at Style.com, Conde…Read More