ALEXANDER WANG

Alexander Wang was born and raised in San Francisco, California and later moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. In 2005, after two years, he pursued the launch of his own label. The collection began predominately in knitwear, represented by six unisex silhouettes. In Spring 2007, it had evolved into a full women’s ready-to-wear line and the collection was shown for the first time on the runway in Fall 2007.

In its essence, the Alexander Wang brand’s sensibility is a reflection on contrasts, blending seamlessly between the refined and the imperfect. His collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease. He is renowned for his irreverent approach and for perpetually evolving and re-contextualizing the urban uniform.

ALEXANDER WANG

FASHION DESIGNER

Alexander Wang was born and raised in San Francisco, California and later moved to New York City to attend Parsons…

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ANTOINE ARNAULT

Antoine Arnault is a French businessman. He graduated from HEC Montreal and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He's been CEO of Berluti, the Paris-based company specializing in upscale shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear for men, since 2012. Antoine Arnault is also Chairman of Loro Piana, the Italian label renowned for materials of the finest quality. Previously, he was Head of Communications at Louis Vuitton. Both Berluti and Loro Piana are part of the LVMH Group, of which Antoine has been a member of the board since 2006.

In 2011, he launched the “Journées Particulières,” which give the public free, behind-the-scenes access to parts of the LVMH Group. The fourth edition took place on October 12, 13 and 14, 2018, with LVMH inviting visitors to discover 56 maisons and 77 exceptional places on five continents.

In addition to his current roles, Antoine supervises all communication and image issues related to the LVMH Group, including all major events.

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ANTOINE ARNAULT

CEO OF BERLUTI AND CHAIRMAN OF LORO PIANA

Antoine Arnault is a French businessman. He graduated from HEC Montreal and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He's been CEO…

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CARLA BRUNI

Carla Bruni-Tedeschi was born in Turin, Italy, on 23 December 1967. She is the daughter of concert pianist Marisa Borini and of industrialist and opera composer Alberto Bruni-Tedeschi.

Carla grew up and went to school in Paris. After her high school graduation, she studied art and architecture. She left school at 19 to become a model.

As a model she worked with the most prestigious designers (Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Armani, Ferre, Valentino, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Jen-Paul Gaultier and more), both for runway shows and advertising campaigns. She graced the covers of magazines worldwide such as Vogue, Elle and Marie-Claire, worked with the most renowned photographers (Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Michel Comte etc.), and became part of the exclusive group called the ”Supermodels” in the 1990s.

She retired from modelling in 1997 to dedicate herself to her music career.

In 2008 Carla Bruni married French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

In December 2008, Carla was named global ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against AIDS by UNAIDS, UNICEF and The Global Fund against HIV tuberculosis  and malaria.

In April 2009, the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation was established under the Foundation de France’s aegis, and started operating in September that year.

CARLA BRUNI

SINGER - SONGWRITER AND SUPERMODEL

Carla Bruni-Tedeschi was born in Turin, Italy, on 23 December 1967. She is the daughter of concert pianist Marisa Borini…

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CAROLINE SCHEUFELE

Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele’s energy and passion for design are notably illustrated by the brand’s Happy Diamonds watch collection, which featured the world's first combination of steel and diamonds, as well as the dazzling Haute Joaillerie Red Carpet and Animal World collections. She has also contributed to Chopard’s international exposure by connecting its image with the world of cinema and iconic events such as the Cannes Film Festival, of which Chopard has been the official partner since 1998.

Caroline Scheufele’s dynamism and insatiable creativity are matched by a devotion to philanthropy expressed by support for charitable causes such as the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) and the José Carreras Foundation against Leukemia. She has also promoted corporate social responsibility, including Chopard’s membership of the Responsible Jewellery Council since 2010.

In September 2014, she was honoured at the Fashion 4 Development (F4D) annual First Ladies Luncheon for her role in the 2013 launch of Chopard’s Journey to Sustainable Luxury program that aims to place ethics at the heart of aesthetics by sourcing from businesses that are demonstrably committed to responsible ethical, social and environmental practices. Two months later, in November 2014, she was also named Environmentalist of the Year in the BRAVO Business Awards.

CAROLINE SCHEUFELE

CHOPARD CO-PRESIDENT AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele’s energy and passion for design are notably illustrated by the brand’s Happy Diamonds watch…

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

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.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

FASHION DESIGNER

Diane von Furstenberg is a fashion designer, philanthropist and Founder and Chairman of the global fashion company that bears her name.…

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EDGARDO OSORIO

Born in Colombia and raised between Miami and London, Edgardo Osorio, founder and creative director of Aquazzura, combines his passion for modern design with impeccable luxury craftsmanship to create timeless footwear with a twist.

After attending the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, he made his first step into the footwear world working with prestigious luxury brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, René Caovilla and Roberto Cavalli. In 2011, after 10 years in the industry and at just 25 years old, he launched his luxury footwear brand Aquazzura, whose headquarters are situated at Palazzo Corsini, in the heart of Florence, surrounded by the best shoemakers and craftsmen in the world.

EDGARDO OSORIO

FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT AQUAZZURA

Born in Colombia and raised between Miami and London, Edgardo Osorio, founder and creative director of Aquazzura, combines his passion…

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ERDEM

Established in London in 2005, Erdem has come to be synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity. Founder Erdem Moralioglu trained at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London where he remained to launch the label following his graduation.

Known for his use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints, and detailed craftsmanship, Erdem has created a beautiful world of the delicate mixed with the bold.

Erdem has received numerous accolades over the years, including the 2008 British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Award, the 2010 inaugural Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2012 British Fashion Council’s New Establishment Award, the 2013 British Fashion Council’s Red Carpet Award, the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the 2015 British Fashion Council’s Establishment Designer Award and the 2016 Fashion Group International Fashion Star Award.

Erdem is sold in over 170 of the most exclusive retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman, Dover Street Market, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marché, Tsum and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.

After launching an e-commerce store in 2014, the label opened its debut flagship store in London’s Mayfair in August 2015. The brand has designed for numerous successful collaborations: Erdem x H&M in 2017, the Strange Flowers beauty collection created in 2018 with NARS and a commission to design costumes for the Royal Ballet for Christopher Wheeldon’s production Corybantic Games.

ERDEM

FASHION DESIGNER

Established in London in 2005, Erdem has come to be synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity. Founder Erdem Moralioglu trained…

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FARIDA KHELFA

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.

FARIDA KHELFA

MODEL, ACTRESS, MUSE, AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER

Model, actress, muse and documentary filmmaker Farida Khelfa was born in France to Algerian parents. As a model, she graced the podiums…

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

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.

 

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Roman-born Giambattista Valli launched his eponymous brand in 2005, heralding his first ready-to-wear show in Paris, where he had moved from…

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HAIDER ACKERMANN

Born in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, Haider Ackermann grew up in different countries throughout Africa and Europe, including Ethiopia, Chad, Algeria, The Netherlands, Belgium and France. In March 2003, he showed his acclaimed first collection in Paris, and in 2005 he signed with the belgian Group 32. In June 2013, he showed his first men's collection for Spring-Summer 2014.

Influenced by cultural differences, Haider Ackermann is recognized to be a true colorist and to have an energetically stylized eye. His clothes, lying somewhere between dreams and reality, convey a refined contrast of strength and sensuality, with an aim is to empower women and men.

HAIDER ACKERMANN

FASHION DESIGNER

Born in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia, Haider Ackermann grew up in different countries throughout Africa and Europe, including Ethiopia,…

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IMAAN HAMMAM

Imaan Hammam’s fierce ascent into the top tier category of fashion model has without doubt projected her to become one of the industry’s most recognizable supermodels.

Of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, she made her fashion debut in 2013 when she walked for Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Hermès, Proenza Schouler, Chanel and Valentino. Since then, Imaan has become the choice subject for renowned fashion photographers Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, Annie Leibovitz, David Sims, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and Inez & Vinoodh.

Imaan held the most international Vogue covers of any model in 2017. Her ever-growing cover resume includes the Arabic, British, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch and coveted September issue of American Vogue, along with Allure, Teen Vogue and Porter Magazine.

She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by DNA Model Management.

IMAAN HAMMAM

MODEL

Imaan Hammam’s fierce ascent into the top tier category of fashion model has without doubt projected her to become one…

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MARIA MILANO

Maria Milano has been in the fashion industry for 15 years, starting her career in magazine publishing at Conde Nast and Time Inc. Maria was Editor of InStyle Online before transitioning into retail in 2013, arriving at Harrods as Head of Editorial and Content, where she oversaw all the visuals, styling, product copy and editorial on the Harrods website as well as playing a role in the marketing and social media strategies for the business. In June 2017, Maria was announced Head of Womenswear at Harrods, where she leads the buying teams for all Womenswear categories, including Fashion Lab and Shoe Heaven. Maria has a Master's in journalism from City University, London.

MARIA MILANO

HEAD OF WOMENSWEAR AT HARRODS

Maria Milano has been in the fashion industry for 15 years, starting her career in magazine publishing at Conde Nast…

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NATALIA VODIANOVA

Natalia Vodianova is one of the world’s most successful supermodels and most influential celebrities in the global fashion scene.

She's appeared in more than 400 runway shows, 71 times cover of Vogue, as well as Vanity Fair, i-D, Marie Claire, GQ, Elle, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. She has had starring roles in advertising campaigns for Guerlain, Givenchy, Prada, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Nina Ricci, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, L’Oréal, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Diane von Fürstenberg, Hugo Boss, Miss Sixty, Stuart Weitzman, Etam and H&M. She has inspired some of the greatest fashion designers of all times, and she has been the muse of the most prominent fashion photographers in the world, including Paolo Roversi, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Mert and Marcus, Steven Meisel and many more.

While her supermodel career and fame kept growing, Natalia felt the potential of using her notoriety to support urgent causes around the world. As a global undisputed fashion icon, she made giving back her mission in life and became one of the most passionate social activists.

 

NATALIA VODIANOVA

SUPERMODEL

Natalia Vodianova is one of the world’s most successful supermodels and most influential celebrities in the global fashion scene. She's…

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NATALIE MASSENET

Natalie Massenet is co-founder and co-Managing Partner of Imaginary Ventures, a venture fund investing in early-stage opportunities at the intersection of retail and technology. Natalie is co-founder alongside Nick Brown, previously of 14W, a New York-based VC firm.

Natalie is also non-executive co-Chairman of Farfetch, a global e-commerce platform for luxury fashion. She was appointed to the role in February 2017 to work alongside Farfetch’s founder, Jose Neves, to help him grow the global brand and strengthen its partnerships in the fashion industry.

Natalie is best known for founding the luxury fashion online retailer, Net-A-Porter, in 2000. The following decade saw Natalie build one of the world’s most influential fashion businesses operating across retail, media and publishing platforms, including net-a-porter.com, theoutnet.com, mrporter.com and the Net Set. With a team of over 2,500 people in London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Massenet shaped an extraordinary experience for the global luxury fashion consumer. In the year before Natalie stepped down from her role following the YOOX Net-A-Porter merger, the Net-A-Porter-Group recorded net revenues of almost $1 billion

Natalie began her career as a journalist and fashion editor, working at WWD and Tatler before setting up Net-A-Porter. In 2009, Natalie was awarded an MBE, and in 2016 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, both in recognition of her contributions to the UK fashion and retail industry. Natalie was Chairman of the British Fashion Council between 2013-2017, and was appointed a UK DTI Business Ambassador in March 2016.

NATALIE MASSENET

ENTREPRENEUR

Natalie Massenet is co-founder and co-Managing Partner of Imaginary Ventures, a venture fund investing in early-stage opportunities at the intersection…

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OLIVIER ROUSTEING

When Olivier Rousteing, then 25, was selected to head Balmain’s design team in 2011, he became one of the youngest talents ever named to lead an historic Parisian fashion house. Rousteing is very conscious of his unique background and position. “I’m not the typical Creative Director of a major house,” he explains.
Rousteing was raised in Bordeaux and studied fashion at Paris École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD). At 18, he moved to Italy, where he worked at Roberto Cavalli for five years, beginning as an intern and rising swiftly and steadily through the ranks to be named Designer for the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections. When the opportunity arose for him to return to Paris to work at Balmain, Rousteing seized it, forming a part of the house’s design team for two years before being named Head of Design in 2011.

As Creative Director, Rousteing has successfully grafted an immediately recognizable style upon the historic Parisian house. While relying on Balmain’s rich archives for inspiration and fully utilizing the atelier’s impressive mastery of intricate, traditional couture techniques, Rousteing has also managed to impose a singular silhouette and contemporary outlook that reflect the way that members of the “Balmain Army” — the young men and women of the designer’s own generation — live their lives. Season after season, runways highlight both the exciting, inclusive diversity of the modern Balmain universe and the importance of 21st-century culture — in particular, today’s music — in that universe. The brand’s transformation has excited many, including a host of retailers — from H&M to Nike — eager to bring the innovations and spirit of Rousteing’s Paris runways to main streets across the globe. In addition, Rousteing’s creative leadership has been a key reason for Balmain’s rapid growth in recent years, with the company opening a host of new boutiques in the world’s fashion capitals and launching new men’s, children’s, accessory and eyewear collections.

OLIVIER ROUSTEING

FASHION DESIGNER

When Olivier Rousteing, then 25, was selected to head Balmain’s design team in 2011, he became one of the youngest…

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PIERPAOLO PICCIOLI

"I have always loved cinema and during my adolescence I dreamed of becoming a movie director. When I discovered fashion and its narrative power, I decided to become a designer. It was for me a natural evolution of a dream."

After High school, Pierpaolo Piccioli enrolled in the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome. Commitment sets in during the first years of work in the atelier. After his initial experiences, he arrives at Fendi in 1990 to work on the brand’s accessory line. During this period, he approaches the heart of the profession: the contact with high Italian craftsmanship and the possibility of experimenting with a new approach.

After Fendi, together with Maria Grazia Chiuri, he arrives at Valentino to develop the emerging accessory line. It is the beginning of a challenge: to lead the great tradition of Valentino Couture from dresses to objects, maintaining intact the tradition and the creativity of its founder. The experiment works on all fronts. In 2008, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are named Valentino’s Creative Directors.

In just a few years, Valentino has become a brand of reference for the fashion system and an international success case. In 2016, with the exit of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Pierpaolo Piccioli is nominated sole Creative Director of the maison. It is the start of a new era, a further evolution for the Italian brand.

"I am interested in the idea of humanism that nourishes creativity. The human connection that forms this maison is for me the best team possible. Here I have discovered that no innovation can exist without a profound knowledge of tradition. At the same time, I know that the sense of limit that springs from this awareness gives you the freedom of thinking of how to trespass it. This, in synthesis, will be the new Valentino direction. A human narration, personal yet unanimous, of a story that is yet to be written."

PIERPAOLO PICCIOLI

FASHION DESIGNER

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REMO RUFFINI

Remo Ruffini is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moncler S.p.A. He lives with his family between Milan and Como, his town of origin, where he was born in 1961. He enjoys the sea and sailing in summer, and skiing and the mountains in winter. In 2003 Ruffini took over the helm of Moncler, the legendary Franco-Italian brand that specializes in producing down feather products, undertaking an international re-launch on a grand scale. It proved to be an outstanding reinvention of a brand which, thanks to the far-sighted and creative vision of Ruffini, was floated on the Milan stock exchange just one decade later, in 2013.

Remo Ruffini’s career got underway between Italy and the United States, where he joined his father’s company, Gianfranco Ruffini ltd. On returning to Italy in 1984, he founded New England at a very young age. The company specialized in men’s shirts, and soon expanded its products to include a complete range of
sportswear, followed by the women’s collection in 1993.

From 2003 onward, Remo Ruffini dedicated his energies wholly to Moncler. With his love of challenges and a talent for overall vision, Ruffini left his mark on the brand with an integrated strategy that combined entrepreneurial, market-related aspects with a multifaceted creative sensitivity. 

His insight focused on the concept of the “global puffer jacket,” which was versatile and perfect for any occasion. It was a revolutionary approach that marked the international success of Moncler. The puffer jacket went from mountain-wear to a more metropolitan approach, without neglecting the original heritage for which it was so famous. The urban attitude of living harmoniously alongside a keenly felt technical and sporting vocation was translated in 2010 into a specific collection named Moncler Grenoble. A whole range of talented designers applied their creativity to identifying new and different interpretations of the puffer theme.

With Moncler Gamme Rouge, launched in 2006 and today designed by Giambattista Valli, the Haute Couture puffer jacket took shape, while Thom Browne, who has worked with Moncler Gamme Bleu since 2009, explored the options for tackling the rules of men’s tailoring while interweaving them with the brand’s sporting roots.

From 2004, focusing on experimentalism and the languages used by the new generations, Remo Ruffini led Moncler to work alongside many international designers, from Balenciaga to Junya Watanabe, Chitose Abe for Sacai, Mary Katrantzou and Alexandre Mattiussi for Ami.

In 2017, Remo Ruffini was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for Italy at the XXI Edition of the EY award event held in Milan. The prestigious prize identifies and recognizes the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs. And in June 2018, Remo Ruffini has been named Cavaliere del Lavoro (Knight of Labour) in Italy. The Cavaliere del Lavoro title recognizes Italian entrepreneurs who have distinguished themselves in different sectors of the economy and is of the highest honors bestowed by the President of the Italian Republic.

REMO RUFFINI

CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF MONCLER S.P.A.

Remo Ruffini is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moncler S.p.A. He lives with his family between Milan and…

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SARA MAINO

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 MAINO

DEPUTY EDITOR OF VOGUE ITALIA AND HEAD OF VOGUE TALENTS

Sara Maino’s first experience in fashion began in the early 1990s while working at the newly opened Corso Como 10…

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SARAH MOWER

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 MOWER

JOURNALIST AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS

Sarah Mower MBE is a journalist and advocate for young designers whose curiosity about the meaning and direction of fashion…

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SONAM KAPOOR AHUJA

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is an Indian actress and the daughter of Bollywood star and global icon Anil Kapoor.

Sonam started her career as an assistant director to the legendary Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the award-winning film Black. During her time on set she was cast in her first film Saawariya. Her path to stardom ascended rapidly with leading roles in Raanjhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which earned her numerous best actress nominations. 

In a welcome departure from her previous roles and one that would be one of the most commercially successful films with a woman as a protagonist, Sonam went on to win a National Award for her film Neerja in 2016. 

With a versatile choice in films, Sonam emerged as the most profitable female actor, proving her to be one of the most bankable stars of the industry. In 2019, Sonam appeared in Bollywood’s first LGBT love story.

Sonam was named by the Huffington Post as one of the 100 Most Influential Women on Twitter. Her reach on social media includes over 17 million followers on Instagram.

Sonam is also a fashion icon with global influence. She regularly graces the covers of international fashion magazines. A flag bearer of Indian fashion on international Red Carpets, she shows off a bold style and experimental fashion choices that have made her a favorite among fashion designers. She is also a long-standing ambassador for cosmetics brand L’Oreal. 

In 2017, Sonam and her sister Rhea Kapoor launched high street fashion brand Rheson. The pop culture-inspired label was instantly successful and is available online and in multi-brand stores.

Sonam is a passionate supporter of numerous charitable organizations. Her philanthropy work supports Women’s rights, LGBT rights and breast cancer awareness.

SONAM KAPOOR AHUJA

ACTRESS

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is an Indian actress and the daughter of Bollywood star and global icon Anil Kapoor. Sonam started her…

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STEFANO TONCHI

Stefano Tonchi was the Editor in Chief of W from 2010 to 2019. Under his direction, W has garnered numerous awards, from being named Hottest Fashion Magazine by Adweek to receiving several Webby nods and more than 20 medals from the Society of Publication Designers, to winning the 2018 National Magazine Award for Photography.

Stefano oversaw the publication of W: Stories, a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most memorable fashion portfolios from the past decade, and W: The First 40 Years, a photographic celebration of the magazine’s 40th anniversary.

Prior to W, Mr. Tonchi was the Creator and Editor in Chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, which he introduced in 2004 after serving as Style Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine. In 2008, T was named Magazine of the Year by the Society of Publication Designers.

From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Tonchi was the Fashion Creative Director for Esquire. In 2001, Esquire earned the Magazine of the Year Award from the Society of Publication Designers, as well as National Magazine Award nominations for Photography and Design.

STEFANO TONCHI

FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF W MAGAZINE

Stefano Tonchi was the Editor in Chief of W from 2010 to 2019. Under his direction, W has garnered numerous…

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VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria Beckham started studying ballet at a young age, moving on to pursue her interest in dance at the Laine Theatre Arts college in the United Kingdom. She went on to achieve global stardom with the Spice Girls.

Victoria is now a global businesswoman and Creative Director of the Victoria Beckham brand – launched in 2008 and awarded the prestigious Designer Brand of the Year accolade at the British Fashion Awards in both 2011 and 2014. The brand showcases only the finest craftsmanship, fabrication and materials, with all four Victoria Beckham lines developed at Victoria’s studio in London. As the Victoria Beckham collections become ever more progressive, so this passion for innovation extends to the brand’s communications and creative projects.

The year 2013 saw the launch of victoriabeckham.com, a website offering both e-commerce and interactive content curated to provide a more intimate view of Victoria’s design approach and working processes. In 2014 Victoria Beckham opened its first store at 36 Dover Street in London – a collaboration with architect Farshid Moussavi to transform a neglected Mayfair townhouse into a shopping destination echoing the dynamism and modernity at the heart of the brand. In March 2016 Victoria opened her second retail site at the Landmark Hong Kong.

In 2014 Victoria was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. In this role Victoria is collaborating with UNAIDS to raise awareness around HIV. She has undertaken several global field missions - from China to Africa raising awareness on HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

In April 2017, Victoria was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry.

VICTORIA BECKHAM

FASHION DESIGNER

Victoria Beckham started studying ballet at a young age, moving on to pursue her interest in dance at the Laine…

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ZUHAIR MURAD

Zuhair Murad grew up in Baalbek, Lebanon. Since his childhood, he always dreamed of escaping to a world of fantasy. He started sketching dresses at the age of 10 and has often said he couldn't recall a day in his life without a pen in hand. In 1997, Zuhair Murad opened his first atelier in Beirut, catering to a growing private clientele, and presented his couture collection for the first time during Haute Couture Week in Paris in 2001, gaining momentum with international media. To meet growing and expanding demand, he then launched his first ready-to-wear evening collection (Rendez-Vous), a simpler yet still aesthetic, glamorous and contemporary line. In 2006, Zuhair Murad opened his first boutique in the heritage Melrose Building located in Downtown Beirut, and in 2007 he inaugurated his Parisian Maison de Couture in the heart of the Triangle d’Or at 1-1bis Francois 1er street, the design studio and workshop where he created his ready-to-wear collections, and couture and bridal dresses. His first ready-to-wear bridal collection launched in 2011, and in 2012, the supervisory board of the French Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode elected him as guest member to the Haute Couture official calendar.

In the past decade, Zuhair Murad has expanded to several notable locations, with design studios and a bridal boutique in Beirut, showrooms in Paris, a store-within-a-store in London, Kuwait and Istanbul, a company in Switzerland and at boutique in UAE. His extensive lines encompass haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories.

ZUHAIR MURAD

FASHION DESIGNER

Zuhair Murad grew up in Baalbek, Lebanon. Since his childhood, he always dreamed of escaping to a world of fantasy.…

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