Ammanii jewelry was born from a desire to tell stories and untie women while transcending cultural barriers. A shared journey of hope and revived dreams is told through every design, with a desire to provoke courage, inspire a vision of global sisterhood and create a better tomorrow. CEO and designer Amany Shaker has had a non-traditional path, which culminated in a passion to create timeless pieces of jewelry. Inspired by her Egyptian heritage and influenced by a background in psychology and conflict resolution, and an extensive global experience as a humanitarian counselor, she has found jewelry design to be a powerful tool to empower women and to celebrate their own personal stories.
Born in London and raised in Beirut, Andrea Wazen developed a great passion for sketching and designing at a young age. To fulfill her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, she moved to Paris and attended Istituto Marangoni, where she discovered and refined her shoe-designing skills. In 2010 Andrea relocated to London, where she trained under the tutelage of Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin. She also took shoe design courses at London’s Central Saint Martins. The Andrea Wazen label is based in Beirut, the city in which the brand’s shoes are designed and created by hand.
Omer Asim is a Sudanese designer living and working in London. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture before completing a postgraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After a short stay with the United Nations Development Program, he started training as a psychoanalyst. During his psychoanalytic training he became fascinated with clothing and appearance, in relation to mind and body.
Omer learned his craft through a number of internships, starting with Maurice Sedwell of Savile Row and ending at Vivienne Westwood. Before freelancing in the industry, he attended Central Saint Martins, specializing in creative pattern cutting. He launched his label in 2011.
His design process does not rely on sketching or theme inspirations. The focus is on substance and craft to un-design a solid silent aesthetic. Modern shapes, cuts and textures mix with primitive elements to create a sense of regressive future.
Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Yousef Akbar first studied logistics in Australia. But his first love was always fashion. After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sydney, he earned a Bachelor’s in fashion in 2016. He launched his contemporary eveningwear brand one year later.
Fascinated by the interaction of the cloth and body, Yousef challenges conventions in cutting and construction of garments, while maintaining elegance and femininity. He creates a narrative with his collections to evoke emotional undercurrents of everyday life. When a woman wears one of his garments, she lives his story and experiences his personal research and quest for inspiration.
The Yousef Akbar brand is built on a spirit of collaboration, creating ethical and responsible couture and ready-to-wear garments that make the wearer look good and also feel good about wearing. The brand uses recycled and upcycled materials while supporting local artisans in small communities around the world. It’s a slower design process, where tradition influences more than trends, where there is a purpose to every piece and where it is all in the details.
“Before I begin designing, I don’t really think about designing clothes, I think about creating something beautiful. To me this is truly beyond just a profession, it is something I deeply connect with and feel it gives me a sense of purpose,” he says.
Zeid Hijazi grew up in Jordan, and he credits his art teacher in Amman with having given him the right foundation to eventually purse a degree in fashion from London’s Central Saint Martins. The years spent in London and Jordan have had a major influence on his work, which usually references his past experiences and his most personal stories, while juxtaposing them with inspiration from Lam Qua, Francis Bacon and 1950s Christian Dior. “The fact that I can change how you are represented through the medium of clothes is what makes me want to build my own world,” he says.
Ahmed Serour is a non-conforming genderless brand playing with cultural aesthetics, while trying to upcycle Egyptian heritage along with street style and pop culture visions. The clothes are infused with high-end, yet playful garments that remain true to their origins, traits, and values, while being ethically and environmentally conscious. More importantly, the Ahmed Serour label captures the MENA region’s youthful Western outlook through funky, playful, genderless attire, with clothing that respects differences and embraces bold choices. “I’ve always been trying to use my skills and practices, which I learned as a multidisciplinary artist and designer, working with both male and female bodies, to blur the line between genders,” says Ahmed. “I create my garments using different techniques, pattern cutting and design details inspired from both menswear and womenswear, in order to construct these bricolage attires.”
Alexandra Hakim is a British-Lebanese jewelry maker and designer whose innovative craftsmanship, thought-provoking designs and dedication to sustainability have gained her an international cult following. She completed an art foundation at London’s Central Saint Martins before earning her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she specialized in design innovation. She launched her eponymous brand in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2016 making waves on the jewelry scene, infiltrating and gaining the respect of the predominantly male industry of craftsmen and metalsmiths thanks to her technical prowess and unique methods. Each Alexandra Hakim collections centers on found materials and objects, which would otherwise go to waste – often straight from Beirut’s bustling markets themselves – but which in her hands are given a new lease of life and meticulously repurposed into striking, contemporary pieces of jewelry, of which no two pieces are the same.
Kuwaiti designer Bazza Alzouman was born in Charleston, South Carolina and discovered her interest in design early on, taking up sewing classes while studying for a degree in business administration at Boston University. In 2011, she moved to New York to pursue her passion at Parsons School of Design and earned an AAS Degree in fashion design while working alongside Naeem Khan to develop her skills and forge her own path in eveningwear. In 2014 she moved back to Kuwait to launch her eponymous label and establish her atelier. Bazza aspires to bridge the gap between evening ready-to-wear and couture by adopting advanced construction techniques for the creation of each piece. Season after season, her understated aesthetic foregoes overt opulence in favor of ethereal, pared-down silhouettes that exude modern elegance through texture, shape and color.
Launched in 2017 by Muna al Othaiman, contemporary womenswear brand Beige fuses clean silhouettes with impeccable tailoring, evoking timeless modernity. Sophisticated yet effortless, the brand seamlessly blends versatile shapes with minimalist details, exuding understated elegance. With a focus on luxurious fabrics and the perfect fit, Beige continually finds new ways to reinvent tailored separates.
After studying fashion design at ESMOD Dubai in 2013 and 2014, Muna channeled her vision of relaxed yet luxurious style into the creation of Beige. Inspired by her background in graphic design and art, she experiments with intricate embellishments, voluminous shapes and fresh colors. Mixing couture details with modern separates, Beige has an understated sensibility transcending seasons.
Inspired by Libya’s rich and unexplored culture and traditions Born in Exile is a luxury ready-to-wear label created in 2018. The name represents the designer and founder of the brand, Ibrahim Shebani, who as the brand name suggests was himself born in exile. The brand speaks to women with a strong sense of style and unparalleled aura. The story behind Ibrahim’s creations is to embed the complex political history of his motherland, Libya, in modern interpretations of traditional silhouettes and exceptional craftsmanship. “As a designer of the brand, I aspire to interpret the heritage of my country through strong designs and statement pieces that define the undiscovered beauty of Libya, my eternal muse,” says Ibrahim.
ÈLBÉ is a Franco-Tunisian brand that offers a wardrobe of accessories designed and handmade in Mediterranean countries, using mainly upcycled materials. The brand, which was created by Nour Ben Cheikh and Clémentine Lecointre, combines multicultural inspirations, simple forms and artisanal know-how. The two women design accessories that combine simple shapes and a graphic identity of multicultural inspiration with luxurious craftsmanship. ÈLBÉ means my heart in Arabic and stands for the two founders’ initials. The logo consists of an L and B joined together to form a heart.
Eric Mathieu Ritter launched Emergency Room in Beirut in 2018 as a clothing brand with a mind of its own. Stemming from the belief that fashion production processes urgently need to change, Emergency Room utilizes a sustainable and ethical alternative to clothing creation. The label uses unique vintage materials and dead-stock fabrics that are locally sourced to create one-of-a-kind pieces, providing an ethically conscious and authentic ready-to-wear-line. All items are produced in different workshops and cooperatives throughout Lebanon, inviting skilled artisans with varied skills to participate in the process, all the while lobbying for grassroots changes in the industry.
Algerian designer Ilyes Ouali launched his eponymous brand in 2016. The label was born out of Ilyes’ love for 1970s styles and the “it” girls of that era. The brand offers classic styles with a splash of glamour – a collection of statement pieces that are special enough to stand out, while also sporting timeless flair. The Ilyes Ouali customer is an independent, successful woman who boasts strong family values, while appreciating the designer’s focus on diversity, inclusivity and sustainability. Ilyes founded the brand with support from his family: his mom runs the embroidery studio in Algeria that makes every custom order and the embellishments of every sample, and his sister is in charge of sourcing fabrics and embellishments. She also supervises production units around the world and travels to factories to check quality and make sure that all clothes are made in an ethical manner. Initially focusing on eveningwear, the designer plans to build a lifestyle brand and to diversify into other product areas.
Moroccan fashion designer Intissar Baiz creates experimental, wildly colorful clothes that capture North Africa's dynamic fashion aesthetic. A graduate of Casablanca-based Casamoda Academy, she represented Morocco in the 11th International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) in 2018.
Libyan sisters Mariam and Dania Sawedeg are the design duo behind Kamushki jewelry. Together, they created the brand as a reflection of their multicultural upbringing and inherent love of jewels. Having grown up between Zurich, Dubai and Tripoli, the sisters possess a natural cosmopolitan flare, merging concepts from all corners of the world.
Mariam studied jewelry design at Gia in London, and she heads the design side of the brand, visualizing the playful models at the core of the Kamushki philosophy. Dania holds a degree in media and communications and has her finger firmly set on the fashion pulse. The relationship between the sisters shines through Kamushki, with their personalities infused into the distinctive designs.
A desire to tell stories is deeply embedded within the Kamushki brand. The Russian word Kamushki means “precious stones,” and the choice of a Russian name for the brand reflects the sisters’ fascination with the Romanovs and the spectacular crown jewels of the Russian royal family. Russian lore aside, Kamushki’s signature design, the fishbone, links firmly back to the designers’ Libyan roots, where the iconic motif represents goodness and is believed to protect the wearer from the evil eye. Cultural heritage may be at the heart of the Kamushki brand, but it is the modern twist on traditional symbols that gives the jewelry its edge.
Liudmila was founded in 2014 by young Kuwaiti designer Najeeba Hayat. The project began as a translation of childhood obsessions with the aesthetic of shoes in cartoons, miniature paintings and Victorian drawings into wearable objects. She saw a gap in the market for birthday shoes: shoes that surprise and delight without moving into the realm of obvious sexy or kitsch.
Liudmila brings the Italian artisanal techniques, innovative materials and attention to detail lavished on high heel evening footwear to a lower heel category. Najeeba believes that the future of footwear lies in creating desire and fantasy, while respecting a woman’s mobility.
Hailing from Syria and based in Paris, Maya Chantout is a graduate from the French capital's prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. She's had stints at Hermes, Chloe and Celine, where she worked directly with Hedi Slimane. She also won the LVMH fashion graduate prize in 2018. Under her eponymous label, Maya creates feminine, sensual clothes inspired by the femme fatales from classic Arab films.
Nafsika Skourti is a directional upper contemporary womenswear brand that embraces both glamour and anti-glamour. Collections are built around an eclectic mix of references, research and textile development. Nafsika and Stephanie Skourti, two Greek-Jordanian sisters with a balance of fashion and business savvy, are the duo behind the label.
Nafsika Skourti has presented eight collections at Paris Fashion Week in international showrooms. Since its inception in 2014, the label has received much recognition from press and celebrities alike and has gone on to be featured in i-D, W Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, Dazed and Vogue. Nafsika Skourti was also a finalist in the 2015 Dubai Design Fashion Council’s Style Arabia Prize. The label is stocked at department stores and boutiques across the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and has secured seed-round investment.
Nafsika, the designer and creative director, 31, has a BA in fashion design from London’s Central Saint Martins, and trained in couture embroidery techniques at the prestigious École Lesage in Paris. Before launching her own label, she also spent time working at Marchesa, Jasmine Di Milo and Kumbaz (the renowned Jordanian couture house).
If Nafsika is the creative, right-brained sister, Stephanie is the vital left brain of the operation. Stephanie, the commercial director, 29, has a degree in law and five years’ experience at Goldman Sachs in London and Dubai. She manages the business side of the brand: overseeing production, handling clients, keeping an eye on finances and more. Despite the lack of an established fashion landscape in Jordan, Nafsika Skourti has helped create a community of like-minded artists through their passion for design and has had the honor of dressing one of the most stylish women in the Middle East: Queen Rania of Jordan.
Anas Alomaim, the talent behind the OÅªMÄEM brand, is an architect, artist, jewelry designer and professor of architecture. He developed a passion for jewelry design during a critical moment in his career. After the death of his father, Anas stepped into a new phase of his life: he awakened anew to the relationships that connect him to the women in his family. He designed rings for his mother and sisters as a gesture of gratitude for their support during those difficult times. It was then that he realized his passion for jewelry design and its multifaceted beauty.
After finishing his Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University, Anas moved to California to pursue his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He worked on analyzing the geometries of structures that respect the larger laws of nature, constellations and planets. He participated in and co-curated several exhibitions in Dubai, New York, Los Angeles and his native Kuwait. He also worked for academic institutions, corporate design firms, independent architectural offices, and he interned with fashion designers, including Diane von Furstenberg.
Reem Hamed is an Egyptian designer who was born and raised in Cairo. She’s the founder and creative director of Ramla, a local footwear brand founded in 2017 that aims to revive a lost culture and empower women artisans. While studying for her Bachelor’s in interior and architecture design and Master’s in luxury business in Florence, Italy, she was inspired to start her own line, which she would eventually produce exclusively in Egypt. She delved into her passion for architecture and modern design to create a sustainable, timeless, clean and minimalistic footwear brand named Ramla, meaning sand in Arabic.
Born and raised in Beirut, Sara Mrad discovered her love of fashion at age nine. When her parents became aware of her bent for fashion, they worked on nurturing her talent by involving her in various artistic activities, including photography and painting.
In 2009, after graduating from ESMOD in Beirut, she worked as an intern for Lebanese fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz. In April 2011, Sara was invited to present her first collection at Dubai Fashion Week in the emerging talent category, and she then joined the team of Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad as a designer. She credits her time at Zuhair Murad, where she got involved in the international couture world, with having helped her created her own Beirut-based brand in 2013.
The Sara Mrad label celebrates elegance and femininity through a modern, romantic silhouette distinguished by sumptuous materials with soft draping and lush embroideries. The Sara Mrad mission is to brighten the feminine aspect of every woman with a dreamy modern twist.
Sara Mrad was an FTA Prize finalist in the Eveningwear category in 2020.
Shahira Lasheen is a luxury fashion house founded in 2015 in Egypt. The designer label specializes in hand-embellished couture, as well as majestic bridal designs, with a dreamy color palette and sumptuous fabrics. Shahira Lasheen herself has had an undeniable love of fashion since her early childhood. She was trained by Lebanese fashion designer Tony Ward and recognized by Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad as one of the 10 best upcoming Arab designers of her generation. Shahira Lasheen has dressed a number of influential women around the globe, including Mona Zaki, Dorra Zarrouk, Arwa Gouda, Samira Saeed, Saba Mubarak, Tara Emad, Mahira Khan and Guawhar Khan. She also dressed the first lady of Egypt Entissar El-Sisi during the second presidential ceremony, as well as Queen Rania of Jordan. Aside from her strong base of clients in Egypt, Lasheen's designs are widely loved among the regional royal families of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.
Oumaima Tamarzizt was born and raised in Tunis. Driven by a passion for creation and beauty, she first studied design before specializing in jewelry. She worked in Paris as a freelance designer for prestigious brands and then launched her own brand, Tamarzizt, in 2014. Her fine and original creations are inspired, among other things, by a rich heritage and a thirst for travel and freedom that nurture a very fertile imagination. The roots of the designer and her influences collide in a mix of colors and shapes: her collections sometimes evoke the traditions of the East, sometimes the modernity of the West, like colored latticework alongside sleek skyscrapers. Oumaima lives and works between Paris and Tunisia. Her creations are manufactured in small ateliers in both cities.
Moroccan bag designer and artisan Zakaria Bendriouich was born and raised in Marrakesh. A former student at Casablanca’s Collège LaSalle, he spent most of his teenage years with the craftsmen of Marrakesh’s Medina, where he acquired his skills and inspiration. In 2012, Zakaria had a major accident that resulted in him losing a kidney. This was a major turning point in his life. The loss of his kidney required him to drink three liters of water per day, so he had to carry water bottles at all times, and his friends joked about him needing to carry a jerrycan. This led him to create the Bidou Bags, which were conceived in order for Zakaria to hold his water bottles in a stylish manner. The designer produced his handmade leather bag using recycled plastic jerrycans (in a satiric take on his health condition). Fans of the Bidou Bags include supermodel Naomi Campbell.
A visionary cultural entrepreneur behind a large-scale family business, Dr. Adrian Cheng is dedicated to constructing an ecosystem integrating business, art and culture.
Adrian is the executive vice-chairman and general manager of New World Development, an executive director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, New World Department Store China Limited and NWS Holding Limited; a non-executive director of Giordano International Limited and New Century Healthcare Holding Company Limited; and an honorary vice chairman and chief strategic advisor of Modern Media Holdings Limited, all being listed public companies in Hong Kong.
Adrian created the K11 brand in 2008, a business concept intertwining art, culture and commerce and presenting it to global millennials through a collection of shopping malls, residences and workspaces. The brand has expanded to include K11 Musea, the sublime culture-retail global flagship of K11 in Hong Kong; K11 Art Malls, the culture-retail destinations across Greater China; K11 ATELIER, office buildings designed for the new culture of work-life integration; and K11 Artus, a luxury serviced residence.
Alongside his business interests, Adrian has been active in promoting art and cultural exchange and development. He founded the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) in 2010, the first non-profit and non-state-owned art foundation in Greater China that fosters cross-cultural art education and incubates up-and-coming Chinese artists and curators. KAF provides emerging artists with channels to gain greater public awareness, both in China and on the international stage. Adrian also created K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, a non-profit foundation with the aim to conserve and preserve Chinese traditional craftsmanship.
Adrian has also been serving in a number of prominent arts and cultural organizations. He is a board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCa), Los Angeles, and M+ Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong. He is also a board director of the National Museum of China Foundation; a director of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) in Beijing; a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts in the UK; a member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou in France and the Tate International Council in the UK, etc. He was named the first global ambassador of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2019.
Adrian has been acknowledged by Fortune as one of 40 Under 40 global business stars, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 and was awarded Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters (Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Government in 2017, the youngest person in Hong Kong to receive such prestigious recognition of his role in the advancement of cultural exchange between France and China.
Aimee Song is an LA-based interior architect by trade and also runs one of the largest fashion and lifestyle sites in the world, Song of Style. Her content ranges from what she wears and where she travels, to design inspiration and personal topics. She has worked with countless companies, including Dior, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., SKII, Giorgio Armani and Volvo, and she was the first digital ambassador for global beauty brand Laura Mercier. Aimee has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 and has been included in the Business of FashionÊ¼s prestigious BoF 500, a professional index of influencers who shape the global fashion industry, for two years straight.
In 2016, she released her first book Capture Your Style, now a New York Times bestseller, and followed that success with World of Style in October 2018. She added toy designer to her resume when she collaborated with Mattel on her very own, one-of-a-kind Barbie doll and has focused increasingly on sharing her philanthropic work, including mental health awareness, with her audience. Most recently, she launched the long awaited apparel brand, Song of Style Collection, to immense success.
In October 2019, Alber Elbaz and Richemont signed a joint venture agreement, AZfashion. AZfashion will be an innovative and dynamic startup to turn dreams into reality, focusing on developing solutions for women of our times.
From October 2001 to October 2015, Alber Elbaz was the artistic director of Lanvin, with a mission to "wake up the sleeping beauty." During his 14-year tenure, he transformed Lanvin, the oldest French couture house still operating today, into one of the most sought-after luxury labels in the world.
Alber Elbaz was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in Israel, where he graduated from Shenkar College, the Tel Aviv School of Fashion and Textiles. He then trained in New York, where for seven years (from 1989 to 1996) he was the right hand of legendary American couturier Geoffrey Beene. In September 1996, he moved to Paris to take over as the head designer for prêt-à-porter for Guy Laroche and stayed until 1998. He successfully produced collections there from fall-winter 1997 to spring-summer 1999.
In November 1998, he took over as artistic director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, until 2000. His fall-winter 1999, spring-summer 2000 and fall-winter 2000 collections perpetuated a style and successfully married the past and the future.
Open, sincere, intuitive and sparkling, he has a taste for the unforeseen and rises to challenges. At Lanvin, he brought to life an urban elegance where emotion and optimism kindle desire. He reconciled modernity and femininity, technique and originality, sensuality and creativity.
As a 12-year-old child, Christian Louboutin loved to sketch women’s shoes. “I drew stilettos, but I never thought designing them could be a career. I just loved drawing shoes, fascinated by their power of seduction and their ability to shape a silhouette.”
Christian creates shoes, bags and accessories for all genders, as well as a beauty range that includes makeup and fragrances. Worn by musicians and movie stars, royalty and athletes, the designs share a luxurious aesthetic of exoticism, Parisian chic and unique craftsmanship.
Parisian by birth, Christian grew up surrounded by three sisters and has an innate understanding of the female world. In his early teens, he was out clubbing at the iconic Le Palace and watching shows at the Folies Bergères and Moulin Rouge. Fascinated by showgirls, he started his working life as an intern at the Folies Bergères and quickly became obsessed with the role of the shoe in defining a silhouette. “The shoe can change the way a woman walks, the way she moves, it can elongate the leg. The shoe can create magic, illusion, desire, and these are all things that I love.”
Christian approached Hélène de Mortemart, Christian Dior’s fashion director, to present his drawings to her. They met, and she suggested an internship at Charles Jourdan, Dior’s shoe manufacturer, where he spent a very instructive time learning his trade. Then he became a personal assistant to the illustrious shoe designer Roger Vivier, who was a sculptor by training, and showed him the magical symbiosis of exceptional design and craftsmanship.
His collaboration with Roger Vivier done, Christian decided he could no longer sketch shoes for anyone else. He had a brief stint as a landscape designer when a lucky encounter led him to rent a boutique at the corner of Galerie Vérot Dodat, a beautiful neoclassical arcade in the first arrondissement of Paris.
He took a chance on destiny, and opened his first boutique and the House of Christian Louboutin simultaneously at the end of 1991. His first design was a pair of black loafers bearing the word LOVE, inspired by the image of Princess Diana alone at the Taj Mahal and intended for its wearer to look down and be uplifted by a message of love. Within two months, another princess, Caroline de Monaco, became his client and one of his loyal supporters.
In 1992, Christian was working at his desk, contemplating an unsatisfactory prototype of a shoe while his assistant polished her nails. He grabbed her bottle of nail colour and painted the whole sole a vivid and lacquered red. The Christian Louboutin signature red sole was born.
Christian Louboutin is now an independent luxury house, allowing the designer to remain spontaneous, instinctive and free to create. Everything evolves through chance encounters, “le bon feeling” and his travels, all of which have given rise to exciting collaborations. Christian has worked with craftspeople in Bhutan, Senegal and Mexico, with artists such as Dita von Teese, photographer David Lynch and singer Mika, which led to his very first men’s collection in 2009. He loves to collaborate with fashion designers, creating custom shoes for their shows, most memorably for Jean Paul Gautier, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent’s final couture show in 2002. More recently Christian has worked with Halpern and created sustainable designs for Germanier.
An insatiable traveller, Christian frequents his houses in Paris, La Vendée, Portugal, Brazil and Egypt, where he also keeps a dahabiya, a traditional sailing boat. All his travels feed his imagination and inspire his creativity. “Wherever I go there’s always a garden to see, a museum, a church, a market, a concert, a piece of architecture – even in places that seem devoid of interest. I try to look where others don’t. Joy, awareness and surprise – to me that’s the perfect combination for creating.”
New York-based artist Daniel Arsham's work explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film. Raised in Miami, Daniel attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.
Soon after, he toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the company’s stage designer. The experience led to an ongoing collaborative practice, seeing Arsham work with world-renowned artists, musicians, designers and brands.
Daniel’s aesthetics revolve around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.
In 2008, he co-founded Snarkitecture with architect Alex Mustonen. Snarkitecture is a collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between the disciplines of art and architecture. Snarkitecture focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. The studio's work includes installations, architectural environments and objects for a diverse range of clients such as Beats by Dre, Calvin Klein, COS, Design Miami, Gufram, Kith, New Museum and Valextra.
Daniel’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece, the New Museum In New York, the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He is represented by Galerie Perrotin in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. He also shows with Baro Galeria in Sao Paulo, Ron Mandos in Amsterdam and Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo.
Diane von Furstenberg is a fashion designer, philanthropist and Founder and Chairman of the global fashion company that bears her name. In 1974, she created the iconic wrap dress, which became a symbol of power and independence for women all over the world.
Von Furstenberg’s commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion, but also philanthropy and mentorship. In 2005, von Furstenberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA. One year later, she became CFDA’s President and, in 2015, was named Chairwoman.
For the past decade, she has served on the board of Vital Voices, an organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world.
In 2010, with the Diller von-Furstenberg Family Foundation, she created the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to extraordinary women who have displayed courage, strength and leadership in their commitment to their causes. In 2015, she was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People. In 2018, she received the CFDA Swarovski Award for Positive Change
With her corporate headquarters in New York’s Meatpacking District, von Furstenberg was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway and to develop The High Line into what it is today. She also serves on the board of the Shed and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
Von Furstenberg is married to Barry Diller. She has two children, Alexander and Tatiana, and four grandchildren.
Elizabeth Saltzman’s work has been described as "classic with an unexpected twist," most often brought to life in her clients’ extraordinary Red Carpet moments. Elizabeth’s career began at Giorgio Armani in 1984, a position that propelled her to an incredible eight-year run as a senior fashion editor for US Vogue. She went on to join the team at Vanity Fair as fashion editor, and was soon promoted to fashion director for 20 years. Today, she is based in London. Elizabeth’s years spent behind the scenes of the fashion industry introduced her to a new creative outlet. Today she styles countless Red Carpet looks for Gwyneth Paltrow, Saoirse Ronan, Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Gemma Arterton, Julia Garner and Poppy Delevingne to name a few. Elizabeth has worked on many major beauty, lifestyle and travel campaigns. She works closely with many brands styling their ready-to-wear collections and couture shows. Elizabeth loves to introduce brands to Los Angeles and London by hosting private events and dinners.
Elizabeth has a passion for helping her clients tell their story in a strategic, unique and meaningful way. Her presence traverses a diverse spectrum of popular culture, from design to art.
Model, actress, muse and documentary filmmaker Farida Khelfa was born in France to Algerian parents. As a model, she graced the podiums of the most talented designers of the 1980s – Jean-Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Thierry Mugler — incarnating a spirit and a look that hinted at rebelliousness while representing the diversity that was highly sought after during that era.
Inspired by her experiences in fashion, Farida started acting in films in the mid-1980s. In 1995, she joined Azzedine Alaïa’s design studio, and in 2002, she became the head of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Haute Couture salons. Two years later, she returned to the world of cinema, where she switched from actress to film direction in 2010. Her first documentary showcased the success story of Jean Paul Gaultier. Others followed, featuring subjects as divergent as the artistic youth of Tunisia after the revolution, the French presidential campaign of 2012 and the passion of shoe designer Christian Louboutin in 2014.
Fashion remains one of the main pillars in Farida’s life. She spent five years as the House of Schiaparelli’s ambassador, evoking the spirit of a multifaceted woman as embodied by the founder of this storied haute couture label.
Gaia Repossi was born in 1986 in Turin, Italy. Surrounded by her father's experience and passion for creating artistic jewelry pieces, she developed an unconditional love for drawing and painting. She studied painting at the Beaux Arts of Paris, and obtained a MasterÊ¼s degree in archeology. During her studies, Gaia gradually entered the world of Repossi. In 2007, at the age of 21, Gaia was appointed creative and artistic director of the house.
Her references come from her passion for contemporary art and the effects of metal within modern sculpture and architecture. She takes inspiration from the works of Alexander Calder, Cy Twombly, Franz West and Le Corbusier, and from the Brutalist, Minimalist and Bauhaus movements. Blending and pushing the boundaries between architecture and traditional high jewelry techniques, GaiaÊ¼s designs are characterized by modern, minimalist motifs and the innovative use of complex patterns.
In 2010, she launched the BerbeÌre Collection, which would become a groundbreaking hit for the house of Repossi, establishing it as an influential presence within the fashion industry and the high jewelry world. She launched her successful Antifer line in 2014.
Gaia also collaborated with well-known photographers such as David Sims, Juergen Teller and the artist Vivian Sassen to develop the image of her collections.
Roman-born Giambattista Valli launched his eponymous brand in 2005, heralding his first ready-to-wear show in Paris, where he had moved from Italy to realize his everlasting dream of creating a true “maison,” after experiences at Roberto Capucci, Fendi and as Creative Director of Emanuel Ungaro.
The maison’s headquarters were established in a historic building located on Rue Boissy d'Anglas. The building also houses the label's main store, entirely dedicated to ready-to-wear collections, leather goods and accessories including shoes, bags and jewelry.
In July 2011 Giambattista Valli showed his first couture collection and was accepted as an Official Member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
The launch of Giamba – a new, younger sister ready-to-wear line – followed in 2014. From 2008 to 2017 Giambattista Valli was Creative Director of Moncler Gamme Rouge, building a new language of refined activewear for the brand and expanding the horizons for the use of women’s puffer jackets.
Giambattista Valli, a leading and established name in the worldwide fashion scene, brought a new approach and meaning to luxury and beauty, attracting a universe of young, modern and highly glamorous and sophisticated women from around the globe. He has been praised by celebrities and fashion lovers, earning a Star Honoree Award from Fashion Group International in 2011 in New York and Best Designer of the Year Award from Elle China in 2013 and from Marie Claire Spain in 2015.
Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Queen Rania of Jordan, Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner and Gwyneth Paltrow are among those who are wearing his creations.
Giambattista Valli's narrative is a love story, shared with dreamers and lovers with a common philosophy: ageless, timeless, effortless.
Marc Jacobs was born in New York City. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 he entered ParsonÊ¼s School of Design. As a design student at ParsonÊ¼s, Marc was the recipient of some of the schoolÊ¼s highest honors including Design Student of the Year.
In 1984 he designed his first collection with the Marc Jacobs label. The following year, he received the distinct honor of being the youngest designer ever to be awarded the fashion industryÊ¼s highest tribute: the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.
With stores across the globe, Marc Jacobs International now includes ready-to-wear and accessories, a childrenÊ¼s line called Little Marc Jacobs, multiple award-winning fragrances, the bookstore Bookmarc and Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Mario Sorrenti has been an important part of contemporary fashion photography since he came onto the scene in the early 1990s. Born in Naples, Italy, Sorrenti grew up in New York and as a young adult quickly developed a love for experimenting with image making, predominantly through photography, but also painting. In 1993 Mario created a series of intimate images of his then girlfriend Kate Moss, in the Virgin Islands.
The images were seen by Calvin Klein at the time, and went on to become the famous Obsession campaign, launching his international career. Mario’s photographs are characterized by confident, experimental compositions and a sophisticated use of color and light. He has shot for Vogue Hommes, French Vogue, Italian Vogue, W, the New York Times, Self Service, iD, Document, Another and many other publications. His commercial clients include Calvin Klein, Ferragamo, Chanel, Bulgari, Hugo Boss, Jil Sander, Tom Ford, Dior Beauty, Estée Lauder, Shiseido, Revlon and Yves Saint Laurent.
Mario has published several books, including his Kate book by Phaidon. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, both in London.
Michele Lamy eludes simple categorization. She is an entrepreneur and producer, collaborator and performer, wife and business partner to Rick Owens, with whom she has built an empire, Owenscorp. She occupies a unique place within culture, enjoying iconic status in both the fashion and art worlds.
She's the producer of the RO furniture collection, working closely with the artisans in the construction process as well as directing the positioning and presentation of the works, including shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and MOCA in LA.
In 2014 Lamy created Lamyland, an umbrella term for her independent creative endeavors, bringing together all the key elements integral to her practice – experimentation, collaboration, storytelling and creation. In a sense it is a natural progression to her infamous Les Deux Cafe, the LA cabaret spot she founded, curated and ran in the 1990s. Lamyland is a cultural movement and an architectural instillation that functions as a communal gathering space for performances, social engagement and contemplation.
In 2017, Lamy formed the conceptual band Lavascar with the artist Nico Vascellari and her daughter Scarlett Rouge. They have released two albums with lyrics derived from the poetry of Langston Hughes and Etal Adnan respectively, and have been invited to perform at both the Pompidou in Paris and the Triennale in Milan.
One of the five original supermodels, Naomi Campbell is without doubt one of the most prolific and influential profiles of contemporary culture today. She was born in London and caught her break as a fashion model when she was just 15. Throughout her illustrious career, she has fronted the covers of more than 1000 magazines and has been featured in advertising campaigns for celebrated luxury houses including Burberry, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. Her instantly iconic runway walk showcasing the collections of Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace has made her a global sensation.
As a barrier-breaking leader, Naomi has championed the industry, receiving numerous accolades. She was the first black model to appear on the cover of Time magazine, French and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. In 2017, Campbell was named contributing editor of British Vogue by editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful. In 2018, Naomi received the honor of two Fashion Icon Awards – one presented by GQ and the other by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Beyond her work in the fashion industry, Naomi has appeared in cameos in countless TV shows, music videos and films, including The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Madonna’s Erotica, Bob Marley's Is This Love, George Michael's Freedom. She has also been seen as a recurring guest star on both Fox’s breakout hit drama Empire and FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel.
In April 2016, Campbell released a limited, two-volume Collector’s Edition book The Art of Beauty designed by British pop art luminary Allen Jones, celebrating her remarkable career amidst the greatest legends of fashion and photography with jaw-dropping images and exclusive autobiographical text.
Human Rights and Global Health, as they specifically pertain to women and children, have been critical sectors of Naomi’s work. In partnership with the United Nations, she has supported the International Women’s Day’s Peace March, which aims to end violence against women. As an advocate for HIV/AIDS research, Naomi has worked with UNAIDS where she conceptualized a collaboration with designer Marc Jacobs to design a limited-edition T-shirt to raise funds for the charity’s activities in support of people around the world affected by HIV.
Environmentalism is also close to Naomi’s heart, and she has been a founding supporter of KnotOnMyPlanet, a campaign raising funds for the conservation and rehabilitation of African Elephants. In just three years, the organization has raised over $7 million. In order to spread her philanthropic efforts, Naomi founded her own non-profit Fashion For Relief. Since its inception in 2005, the organization has presented charity fashion shows in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam, raising millions of dollars for various global causes.
Thom Browne is widely recognized for challenging and modernizing today’s uniform: the suit. By questioning traditional proportions, Browne’s designs consistently convey a true American sensibility rooted in quality craftsmanship and precise tailoring.
In 2001, Thom began his business with five suits in a small “by appointment” shop in New York City’s West Village and, in the years following, expanded his business to include complete ready-to-wear and accessories collections for both men (2003) and women (2011). Thom has also become known for his highly conceptual runway presentations, which have gained global attention for their thought-provoking and dramatic themes and settings.
Thom has been honored with the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award (2006, 2013, 2016), the GQ Designer of the Year Award (2008), the FIT Couture Council Award (2017) as well as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award (2012). His designs are recognized by museums around the world, including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Costume Museum at Bath and the ModeMuseum Antwerpen.
The brand is currently offered in over 300 leading department store and specialty boutique doors across 40 countries and through 31 directly operated flagship stores in New York, London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and South Korea.
Wendi Deng Murdoch is a Chinese-born entrepreneur, investor, movie producer, media mogul and collector of Chinese contemporary art. She was the third wife of News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupoert Murdoch.
Yoon Ahn and her husband Verbal founded Ambush in 2008 as an experimental line of jewelry – innovative pop art-inspired designs capturing a distinct Tokyo aesthetic. The iconic trademarked Pow! motif received wide media coverage around the world. With apparel created as a canvas to complete the aesthetic Yoon envisioned, Ambush evolved into designing unisex ready-to-wear collections. The brand made its Paris debut in 2015 with Yoon and Verbal being listed as two of Business of Fashion’s Top 500 people influencing the global fashion industry for four consecutive years since 2015. In 2017 Ambush was selected as one of the top eight finalists for the LVMH PRIZE.
Ambush’s uniquely crafted parts form an idiosyncratic style that led to commissions and collaborations with an illustrious list that includes Louis Vuitton (Kim Jones), sacai, Undercover, Shu Uemura, Nike, Converse, Rimowa and Gentle Monster. In 2018 Ambush presented the brand's first runway show as part of Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo. The same year, Kim Jones named Yoon director of jewelry for Dior Homme, with the first creations for the house debuting with the spring-summer 2019 collection in Paris.
Ambush opened its first flagship store in 2016 in Tokyo, a space that encapsulates the brand’s ethos in a creative environment under one roof with the design studio.
Alexia Niedzielski is an entrepreneur operating in the fashion industry. She co-founded Tartan, which publishes fashion magazine System. System explores the people and dialogues at the heart of the global fashion industry. 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.
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.
Fabio Piras helmed his eponymous label from 1994 to 2000. In 1998, he collaborated on creative supervision at Tod’s, Hogan and Fay, and in 2000 he became creative director of Brioni. In 2005, he joined Malo as creative director, and in 2007 he took over the creative direction of Giada. He was appointed course director of Central Saint Martins’ MA fashion course in 2014.
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.
Jefferson Hack is the founder and editorial director of Dazed Media, the independent publishing company responsible for Dazed & Confused, Dazed Digital, AnOther Magazine and Another Man. He teamed up with Rankin Waddell in 1992 to launch Dazed & Confused, then a black and white, self-distributed fanzine, positioned as a “cultural alternative” to both mainstream publications and cult style magazines of the moment, i-D and The Face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Roger Moukarzel’s production house, Minime, has become one of the most trusted and respected in the Middle East.
French Tunisian talent agent, Saif Mahdhi has been working in the fashion industry for the last 27 years. Developing careers of models, actresses, singers and other visible figures such as Anja Rubik, Caroline de Maigret , Lana Del Rey, Rita Ora, Jane Birkin, ASAP Rocky or Travis Scott to name a few.
He worked his way up through various agencies such as Marilyn Agency, Viva Model Management and Next Model Management as the President of their European operations. This completely self-taught workaholic has established his own company SAFE MGMT for the last 4 years representing various talents across a wide spectrum of expertise.
Sara Sozzani Maino's fashion history began in 1991 at the newly opened 10 Corso Como in Milan. In 1994, she became an intern at “Vogue Italia.
Today, as deputy director of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents, Sara continues to oversee this important international project created with Franca Sozzani in 2009. Vogue Talents is both an editorial and online project; a worldwide network that scouts and supports the best emerging creative talents.
A platform that creates connections between designers and the fashion industry, for more than a decade Vogue Talents has supported the growth of opportunities and new collaborations between the industry and the new generation of young designers around the globe. In collaboration with Altaroma, she has overseen the contest Who is on Next? This contest aims to support Made in Italy. It has helped to promote designers such as Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Andrew (now creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo) and many more.
A regular attendee as a judge and advisor in several fashion competitions including LVMH’s prize, the International Talent Support (ITS), Woolmark Prize, Fashion Trust Arabia and many more. As the global fashion market expands, travels throughout Asia and America, with visits to Africa and Australia meeting with upcoming designers is a big part of her work. Her time and attention over the past decade has brought forward relationships of great depth as young careers have grown.
Since September 2018 she has been the International Brand Ambassador for Camera Nazionale della moda Italiana while continuing her duties supporting a variety of initiatives dedicated to talents under the Vogue Italia umbrella. In 2019 launched A New Awareness a project that wants to create more awareness and consciousness to the new generation.Since 2019 the Vogue Talents February issue is dedicated to sustainability. Titled, The New Frontiers of Awareness, this issue is a tool for the new generation and consumers to become more conscious and aware.
In February 2020 launched in collaboration with Yoox the VogueYooxChallenge – The future of responsible fashion. In April 2020 launched with Camera Moda Fashion Trust and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana a fund to support the new generation of designers made in italy due to the emergency covid19. The fund raising is called Together For Tomorrow. In May 2021 she was awarded The Postive Change Award from Montecarlo Fashion Week.
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.
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 more than 15 years: she began freelancing for major publications such as Vanity Fair and ELLE and consulting for prestigious brands. In early 2008, she founded one of the first publications geared toward the fashion savvy Arab woman. She then spent four years at the helm of Condé Nast’s first launch in the Middle East: Style.com/Arabia. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of MILLE World, a digital platform and creative agency focused on local and international fashion campaigns.
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.
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.