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Suzy Menkes is fashion’s leading authority. As International Vogue Editor, her articles and reports appear on 23 international Vogue websites in 16 languages, reaching an audience of over 67 million. An enthusiast for social media, she has over 370,000 followers on Instagram.
Frank, fearless and free from editorial constraints, she has built a reputation for having a strong and independent point of view. She brings to her worldwide audience a deep knowledge, experience and love of fashion.
With an unswerving enthusiasm for her subject, she covers the universe of style, from haute couture to talent spotting and store openings, including both womenswear and menswear. She regularly interviews leading designers and fashion executives in the luxury market.
Unique among fashion editors, Suzy – trained as a historian at Cambridge University in her native England – looks beyond the immediate trends to analyse changing style in a social context.
Her incisive reporting includes financial news and reviews of museum exhibitions and the arts.
The luxury conference concept which Suzy invented almost two decades ago, while Fashion Editor of the International Herald Tribune, shows a breadth of vision and geographical reach which can only be deepened as she now hosts conferences for Condé Nast International.
Suzy is a member of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour, where she holds the rank of Chevalier, and of the Order of the British Empire for “services to fashion journalism.”
In 2013, she was awarded the Fiorino d’Oro – the highest honour of the city of Florence – in recognition of her contribution to culture and arts in that city. Later that year, she received a Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards.
In 2014, she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by CEW – Cosmetic Executive Women.
In 2015 Suzy received the keys to the city of Florence from Mayor Dario Nardella, while hosting the first Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in the Palazzo Vecchio.
In 2016, Suzy was awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Seoul from Mayor Park Won-Soon, while hosting the second edition of the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference.
Entrepreneur and business innovator Adrian Cheng is the founder of K11, a pioneering multi-faceted brand rooted in culture and interconnected by three core values: art, nature and people.
K11’s ecosystem of business, cultural, technological and charitable enterprises is a manifestation of Mr. Cheng’s constant search for ways to disrupt stagnant industries, and foster cross-cultural dialogues. It spans a wide array of touchpoints: the world’s first museum-retail concept K11 Art Malls; its state-of-the-art office spaces, K11 Ateliers; its open education platform, K11 Kulture Academy; the curated K11 Design Stores; and K11 Art Foundation, China’s first private not-for-profit to incubate Chinese artists and curators.
So successful is the K11 museum-retail concept that by 2023, it will have expanded to 24 projects in 9 cities across China bringing education, imagination and inspiration, within a retail environment, to a new generation of consumers.
In October 2017, Mr. Cheng also co-founded the investment fund C Ventures to build a global ecosystem of millennial and generation Z-focused brands and platforms, decoding the myth of next-generation consumers. C Ventures not only connects global coteries, but also accelerate the growth of emerging fashion, creative media and entertainment businesses, counting Moda Operandi, Dazed Media, Not Just A Label and Beautycon in its expanding portfolio.
Mr. Cheng’s family credentials in luxury retailing go back over 80 years. A Harvard graduate, he serves as Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager of New World Development and Executive Director of luxury jeweller Chow Tai Fook, the world’s largest jewellery chain established in 1929, with over 2,300 stores
Alexandre Arnault is the co-CEO of RIMOWA, the leading German high-end luggage manufacturer.
The brand was founded in 1898 and is, since January 2017, part of the LVMH Group. Alexandre sourced the acquisition and worked on its completion. Prior to that, he was involved with the Group through investment activities at Groupe Arnault, mostly in technology companies.
Outside the Group, he has worked at McKinsey & Co. and KKR in New York. Alexandre studied computer science at Telecom ParisTech and École Polytechnique.
Alexandre Birman was destined to create beautiful, handcrafted shoes. A native of Brazil, Birman was born into a family that has dominated the South American footwear market since the 1970s.
He designed his first shoe at the age of 12, which was the very beginning of an illustrious career in the family business for Alexandre. “I was raised in a shoe factory, and that is not marketing, that is the true story of my life,” says Alexandre.
Ever since Alexandre Birman’s father, at 18, borrowed money from his grandfather to set up a shoe factory in his garage, business has been on the rise. After the switch from men’s shoes to women’s espadrilles in the 1970s, the family business transformed into a hybrid of manufacturer and retailer. With over 40 years of history, Arezzo&Co, holds a solid portfolio of renowned brands – Arezzo, Schutz, Anacapri, Fiever and Alexandre Birman – all of which together now boast over 240 stores and six million pairs of shoes sold per year, throughout the world.
In the spring of 2008, the then-32 year old Alexandre launched his namesake Alexandre Birman brand, which focused on luxury, femininity, and sophistication. His collections are entirely created by hand from luxurious, imported raw materials and exotic reptile skins reminiscent of his Brazilian roots.
The beautiful handcrafted designs quickly landed him a designer profile in Vogue and after a successful season of design recognition and sales expansion in the major department stores in America, Footwear News honoured Alexandre with the prestigious Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent Award of 2009. He was also named a “Top ten designer to watch in 2012” by Footwear News and his designs were recently featured in the “Shoe Obsession” exhibition at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology’s museum. In June 2013, Alexandre Birman was named a member of the Council Of Fashion Designers Of America.
Alfredo Orobio is one of the leading names in co-creation. He has studied and tested the benefits of co-creation in the creative industries with his own brand AWAYTOMARS, a collaborative network for design talent with the objectives of promoting co-creation, advancing creativity and striving for a more inclusive fashion industry.
Since its launch in 2015, AWAYTOMARS has been highlighted within the industry for its innovative uses of technology. It now comprises more than 10,000 registered designers from 90 countries, making it the biggest fashion collective in the world.
Alfredo holds an International Relations degree and also studied luxury and fashion brand management. During the last 12 years he has worked in management, marketing, communications, innovation and digital intelligence, working as a consultant for major companies and brands including Bentley, Burberry, Coach, Tory Burch, LATAM Airlines, Accor, Estée Lauder, GM, Lexus, Honda, Volkswagen, Whirlpool, Swarovski, Pandora, Embraer, Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson and Coca Cola.
Upon joining Condé Nast China as the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China in 2005, Angelica Cheung spearheaded the launch of the publication, and for the past eleven years has led its growth to international acclaim. From its inception, Vogue China’s combination of original creative content and global vision set a new benchmark for Chinese fashion publications.
Whilst working closely with the world’s leading photographers, stylists, models and designers, Vogue China has also dedicated itself to supporting local Chinese talent and sustained efforts to bring the Chinese fashion industry to international prominence. Over the past eleven years, featured models like Du Juan and Liu Wen have become top international supermodels, whilst many young, talented Chinese designers, through Vogue China’s promotion, have received recognition from international media. Led by Angelica, Vogue China has risen with unprecedented speed to become one of the biggest and most influential Vogue editions.
Aside from bringing out twelve monthly issues, Angelica also oversees all digital platforms including the website, iPad edition, social media channels and the trendsetting mobile app Vogue Mini which launched in 2015. In 2016, Vogue Me, a new bimonthly publication was added to the Vogue China family in a breakthrough move, targeted at the young, digitally active generation. Furthermore, this year also saw an increased focus on creating exceptional video content with exciting projects to come for Vogue Film.
Before becoming Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China, Angelica was previously the Editorial Director of Elle China, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire Hong Kong, Associate Publisher of Hong Kong English-language fashion magazine B International, and the launch Executive Editor of English-language daily newspaper Hong Kong iMail.
Angelica Cheung graduated from Beijing (Peking) University with degrees in Law and English Language and Literature, and has an MBA degree from the University of South Australia. She is married with a daughter.
António Costa was born in Lisbon on 17th July 1961. He is married and has two children.
He holds a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, and a post-graduate degree in European Studies from Lisbon Catholic University.
António Costa was first elected Member of Parliament in 1991 and made his debut in Government as Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs in 1995. He was appointed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in 1997, holding direct responsibility for the organisation of the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition (Expo ’98).
From 1999 to 2002 he served as Minister of Justice. From 2002 to 2004 he chaired the Socialist Party’s Parliamentary Group. He became a Member of the European Parliament in June 2004 and was subsequently elected Vice-President of the European Parliament.
Mr. Costa became Minister for Home Affairs in March 2005, a position he held until May 2007, when he left government to run for Mayor of Lisbon. He was elected Mayor in the mid-term election of 2007, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013.
Ahead of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2007, he proposed to introduce the system that became known as “SISone4ALL”, which brought freedom of movement to all Member States from the 2005 enlargement before the SIS II system became operational.
During his time in political and public service, António Costa has modernised policies and simplified administrative procedures, in particular, immigration policy, justice and internal security systems. His multiple terms as Mayor of Lisbon confirmed him as a reformist leader, turning the country’s capital city into a top tourism destination worldwide.
António Costa became Secretary-General of the Socialist Party in November 2014 and was appointed Prime Minister in November 2015.
Born into a family of jewellers in São Paulo, Brazil, Ara Vartanian grew up surrounded by precious stones, learning techniques and gaining experience that would later inspire his own collections. Ara graduated from Boston University with a degree in Economics and previously worked as a trader on the NASDAQ, in New York. In 2000, he left the financial market to dedicate himself to his vocation: designing jewellery.
Ara Vartanian imprints his unmistakable style into bold and challenging designs, creating jewellery collections that are highly committed to symmetry and comfort.
He is responsible for many innovative jewellery techniques, including the use of inverted diamonds and the creation of two and three-finger rings, and his pieces are all one-of-a-kind and handmade. Ara takes in the singularities of a gem, using the stone as his main inspiration, and designs unpredictable structures surrounding it. In his workshop that is integrated into his atelier, Ara supervises the assembly of each of his creations, leading a team of skilled artisans.
As well as the main showroom in São Paulo, Ara Vartanian opened a London flagship store on Mayfair’s Bruton Place and a concession in Harvey Nichols in 2016. His designs are also stocked globally at highly sought-after stockists including Broken English and MatchesFashion.com. His collections are now known worldwide and have been worn by celebrities including Penelope Cruz, Madonna, Anne Hathaway, Kate Bosworth, Kate Moss, Blake Lively and Ronnie Wood.
Carlos Jereissati is Chief Executive Officer of Iguatemi, one of the main full-service shopping mall operators in Brazil.
Christian Louboutin was created in 1992 when the designer opened his first boutique at 19 Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Paris. An artist and craftsman with a true passion for shoes, his designs are unique and instantly recognisable, thanks in part to their signature, trademarked red-lacquered soles. Christian Louboutin’s collections for both women and men combine wit, glamour, elegance and technical proficiency like none other.
Since the brand’s launch, the designer’s creations have been immortalised in museums, on fashion week runways, red carpets, and in pop culture around the world. A woman’s natural beauty has always been at the centre of the designer’s inspiration, and 2014 welcomed the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté with its first nail colour, Rouge Louboutin, accompanied by a full range of Noirs, Nudes and Pop colours. The brand’s highly anticipated ‘second chapter’ of beauty, lip colour, launched in September 2015, followed by three signature Christian Louboutin fragrances in September 2016 and a striking collection of eye amplifiers, Les Yeux Noirs, in March 2017.
With a prolific collection of women’s and men’s shoes, day and evening handbags and small leather goods, Christian Louboutin now counts more than one hundred boutiques around the world, including several locations dedicated to men’s and a one-of-a-kind beauty boutique located in the heart of Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, just two doors away from 19 Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Claus-Dietrich Lahrs was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bottega Veneta in October 2016. He joined the house after spending eight years as Chairman and CEO of Hugo Boss. In that role, Mr. Lahrs raised sales and profitability significantly by implementing retail and wholesale development strategies, with a specific focus on the Americas and Asia.
Mr. Lahrs, born in 1963, commenced his career in 1990, within Delton, after earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne in Germany. His interest in the luxury sector paved his way to hold senior positions at Cartier, Louis Vuitton in North America, and Christian Dior, where he was instrumental in expanding the business and notably increasing sales following his appointment as Managing Director in 2004.
In his role as Chief Executive Officer of Bottega Veneta, Mr. Lahrs is in charge of further steering the house’s global growth, thanks to his experience in the industry and extensive knowledge of the luxury lifestyle market. Bottega Veneta will continue to build on its strong heritage and unique positioning, reinforcing the execution of retail excellence while progressively optimising its store network in every region. Embracing the current changes in consumer behaviour, the house will further develop its digital presence and activities, aiming to provide clients with an even deeper experience and knowledge of the Bottega Veneta universe.
Eugenia de la Torriente (born in Barcelona in 1980) is Vogue España’s Editor in Chief.
During her 18 years career as a journalist, she has been Fashion Editor at El País, Editor at Large of El País Semanal and worked in many fashion titles.
She has published several books, among them, Puig, 100 años de una empresa familiar (Assouline, 2014) and La elegancia masculina (Debate, 2015).
Federico Marchetti holds a degree in economics from Bocconi University in Milan and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. In 1999, he invented YOOX – the perfect venture to unite his business vision with his eye for fashion and design. Federico has a knack for anticipating the market and trends, making him an innovator. He believed in the power of the web for the luxury industry in 1999, even though fashion insiders and consumers alike were still quite sceptical.
Federico spotted the enormous potential of mobile commerce back in 2006 and created a task force internally to harness this new sector. Today, mobile sales account for almost half of the Group’s 2016 revenue of $2 billion.
In October 2015, Federico drove the game-changing merger between YOOX Group and The NET-A-PORTER Group giving birth to YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP (YNAP) – the world leading online luxury fashion retailer, with Federico at the helm. The merger brought together two highly complementary businesses covering all key geographical luxury markets and customer segments, with huge expertise and an expanded platform for building stronger partnerships with brands.
Uniquely positioned in the high growth online luxury sector, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP has an unrivalled client base of more than three million high-spending customers from 180 countries around the world and more than four thousand employees.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista was born in Portugal in 1975.
After graduating from Kingston University in Fashion Design in 1997, he worked as a designer at houses including Max Mara, Christophe Lemair and Cerruti.
In 2002, Felipe won the Grand Prix at the Festival d’Hyères. This success was followed in 2003 and 2005 when he won the ANDAM/LVMH Fashion Award.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista launched his eponymous brand in 2003, collaborating with Uniqlo on a capsule collection in 2006, and exhibiting at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM Luxembourg) in 2007. A retrospective of ten years of creative work was displayed at the Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon (MUDE) in 2013.
In 2010, Felipe was appointed Creative Director of Lacoste.
2017 saw the publication of his book Lisboa, part of the collection “Portrait de Villes” by publisher be-pôles.
Born in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst grew up on her family’s ranch surrounded by horses, cattle, and sheep. Gabriela attended the British School in Montevideo and studied Communications at the O.R.T. University of Uruguay.
After more than a decade spent in design in New York, Gabriela honoured her family’s heritage through the launch of her eponymous label in Fall 2015, as well as taking over the operations of her father’s ranch in Uruguay.
Gabriela wanted to create a brand that reflects a slower pace and process: where things are made with care and detail, where tradition is more important than trend, and where there is a purpose to every piece.
Gabriela’s commitment is to make a strong and modern collection without compromising her ethics and key values, taking into consideration where materials come from and who is making them: luxury with a conscience or in other words, “honest luxury.”
Each garment is an item into which Gabriela can pour her desire — made with impeccable construction and uncompromising, noble materials. Together, they tell a story of the places she loves that made her who she is: Uruguay and New York.
Combining the utilitarian and the beautiful, she wanted to design long-lasting garments that hold memories for the woman who wears them. She is a real woman, alluring and powerful, but there is much action in her life and these clothes are her uniform, her armour.
She launched in 2016 her Nina Bag which started as a limited edition series bag and now has an extensive waiting list.
Gabriela is the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for womenswear.
In March 2017, Gabriela was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent.
Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli holds a BA from Liceo as well a degree in Art.
Influenced by his city, his Roman roots, the movies of Antonioni and inspired by the discovery of French fashion through the watercolours of Yves Saint Laurent and the drawings of Gruau, Giambattista decided to pursue his dream by enrolling in fashion school, the Istituto Europeo di Design of Rome, in 1986.
In 1987, he began a foundation course in illustration at Central Saint Martins School of Arts in London. Returning to Italy, he worked in the studio of Roberto Capucci. In his role as Capucci’s assistant, he was introduced to the dramatic haute couture clothes and the bursting colours of the Roman master.
In 1990, after a two year stint with Capucci, the Fendi family called him to oversee, as Senior Designer, the newly born Fendissime line. There he experimented with prêt-à-porter in the world of the young hip Roman clientele.
Travelling restlessly between collections, he filled his imagination and mind continuously with many influences: India with Mina’s songs, the New York of Halston, Antonio Lopez and Bianca Jagger, Paris with Jeanne Moreau, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Jane Birkin, Fellini’s costumes, Gena Rowlands, Louise Bourgeois… He also spent time with the women of the café society who would become an important source of inspiration for the times to come.
In 1995, Giambattista moved to Milan, where he had been appointed Senior Designer for Krizia womenswear by Mariuccia Mandelli. Two years later, in 1997, his two great dreams became a reality – moving to Paris, the city he adored since his teenage years, and the opportunity to combine his prêt- à-porter and couture sensibilities –when he met Emanuel Ungaro.
He headed the design studio alongside the master until 2001, when the management appointed him Creative Director for the prêt-à-porter, the Ungaro Fever line, the accessories and licenses.
A few years later, Giambattista launched his own collection and in March 2005 held his first solo show in Paris. Giambattista Valli was thus born.
After the opening of its headquarters in the historic building where Jean-Baptiste Lully once lived in Paris, Giambattista Valli opened its first store rue Boissy d’Anglas in the same building in December 2010. The 150 square meter space, is the first ever boutique dedicated entirely to Giambattista Valli ready-to-wear collections, furs and accessories including shoes, bags and jewellery. The Paris boutique was followed, in November 2013, by a namesake store in Milan, in the courtyard of an historic building in the city’s Via Sant’Andrea.
Nearly six years after the founding of his signature ready-to-wear house, Giambattista Valli showed its first Haute Couture collection in July 2011. The natural extension of Giambattista Valli’s culture, vision, and universe, the collection presents a modern concept of luxury and femininity which speaks to the wishes and lifestyle of his vibrant international clientèle.
Almost ten years since the launch of the signature brand, in September 2014, Giamba – a new ready-to-wear line – was launched with a runway show during Milan fashion week.
The collection responds to the designer’s desire of expressing different sides of his personality and runs in parallel with the Giambattista Valli, one completing the other.
Giambattista Valli is the sole owner of Giambattista Valli Paris. He designs an eponymous line of accessories, has a deal with Italian top fur-maker Ciwifurs for his own fur coats and jackets and is creative director of GAMME ROUGE, a line for the oldest sporting jackets manufacturer, Moncler.
The brand has more than 245 selling points in 41 countries worldwide. A very international, glamourous, sophisticated crowd of young, beautiful women have endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes, among them the likes of Penelope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Diane Kruger, Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields, royals like Her Majesty Rania of Jordan and young swans like Tatiana Santo Domingo, Chiara and Nina Clemente, Eugenie Niarchos, and Coco and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda.
Hervé Pierre, born 1965, is a French-American fashion and costume designer.
Before graduating from the Écoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, he studied Art History at La Sorbonne University.
In 1987, he received the Christian Dior award from the Comité Colbert. The next year he became assistant to Erik Mortensen at Pierre Balmain Haute Couture. After the departure of Mortensen, Mr. Pierre became the Creative Director of the house.
In addition to fashion, Mr. Pierre has also designed costumes for several opera houses. In 1992, he designed the costumes for Angelin Preljocaj’s version of the ballet Parade (Hommage Aux Ballets Russes) for the Paris Opera and the Sydney Opera House, followed by costumes for Preljocaj’s ballet Le Parc for Paris Opera in 1994. He has also designed costumes for the New York City Ballet (1998) and Berlin Staatsoper (1999).
In 1995, he moved to the United States, where he worked for Oscar de la Renta. He served as Design Director for Vera Wang from 1998 to 2000, and then moved to Bill Blass to work under then Creative Director Lars Nilsson.
In 2003, he became the Creative Director for Carolina Herrera New York, a position he held for 15 years, before leaving in February 2016.
His clients have included US first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, as well as actors and singers like Renee Zellweger, Lady Gaga…
In early January 2017, Hervé Pierre designed Melania Trump’s gown for the inaugural ball. The dress was vanilla-coloured and off-the-shoulder, and is now part of the Smithsonian Museum collection in Washington, DC.
In December 2017, Mr. Pierre showed his first capsule collection “Atelier Caito for Hervé Pierre”, in collaboration with Nicolas Caito.
Hilary Swank is a two-time Oscar-winning actress, known for her many starring roles in films such as Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. In 2016, she founded and launched Mission Statement, a “Lux Leisure” collection that strikes the perfect balance of high fashion clothing with comfort and performance, taking women through their day from the office to working out, to resting or playing.
Jonathan Newhouse has been Chairman of Condé Nast International since 1991 and serves on the management board of Condé Nast US.
He began his career in newspapers, including several years in the newsroom of the Staten Island Advance, before moving into the Condé Nast magazine organisation in America. He served as Executive Vice President of The New Yorker in the mid 1980s and then publisher of Details.
In 1990 Jonathan Newhouse moved to Paris as President of Condé Nast International. Under his direction the organisation expanded from fewer than 30 titles in seven countries to more than 124 in 28 markets. Having established editions of Vogue in China, Russia, Japan, India, Turkey and the Middle East he has also expanded the company’s activities into digital, video, education, restaurants and events.
He is married to Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, a leading advertising creative director in the fashion industry. He was honoured as Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters of France in 2008, and in 2017 was granted an honorary fellowship from Shenkar College in Tel Aviv, widely recognised as one of the leading fashion colleges in the world. Shenkar honoured him for his achievements and contribution to the fashion and publishing industries.
Johnny Coca joined in 2015 as Mulberry’s Creative Director to oversee the ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories collections as well as the image and the evolution of Mulberry’s legacy.
Born in Seville and educated in Paris, Johnny has an international perspective on Britishness and British culture. Working with the design teams based in London, his collections reference the diversity, history, drama and creativity of the city and its people while also embracing Mulberry’s iconic and much-loved heritage spirit and Somerset roots.
A student of both Architecture and Design, Johnny’s fascination with mathematics and engineering is as much a part of his design ethos as his passion for colour and drawing. His philosophy, shaped by over a decade of experience at Louis Vuitton and Celine, is to create beautiful objects for the everyday lives of men and women – bags, garments, shoes and accessories that are made to be worn and made to last. For Johnny, the validity and the true beauty of a product comes from its functionality.
Johnny’s Spanish upbringing and close-knit family have made him a strong believer in community. The Mulberry family is unique: the employees at our two Somerset factories come almost entirely from the surrounding local area, and the company has nurtured a successful apprenticeship programme to train the next generation of craftsmen and craftswomen. Johnny is a champion of British talent and is dedicated to strengthening Mulberry’s position as the largest luxury leather goods manufacturer in the UK.
After majoring in Marketing and Business Administration at the University of Arizona, Karla Martínez de Salas started her career as an assistant at Vogue in the United States, to later become an Associate Fashion Editor in 2002. There, she collaborated with recognised editors such as Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Camilla Nickerson and Phyllis Posnick.
From 2005 to 2010, she was Fashion Director for T magazine of The New York Times, where she was immersed in not only the fashion industry, but also the world of interior design, art and travel. Following this, she worked at Interview magazine, and then later joined W magazine in 2011 as Fashion and Accessories Director.
In 2015, Karla moved to Mexico City with her family, where she started working freelance in Cooperativa Shop, an online store based in the United States that specialises in pieces made by Latin designers. She also collaborated with Armarium, a luxury fashion rental website.
She became the Editor-in-Chief for Vogue México y Latinoamérica in June 2016, and since then, has continued with the exclusive editorial style of the title, where her projects have established new alliances in the market.
Since taking the helm of Vogue México y Latinoamérica, Karla has been interviewed many times, sharing her expertise on the direction of the fashion and luxury industry.
Karla is also part of Project Paz, a non-profit organisation established seven years ago and headquartered in New York. The project aims to help promote peace by creating extracurricular activities for children from low-income families in Ciudad Juarez.
Karla Martinez de Salas will continue to showcase her extensive knowledge in each issue of Vogue México y Latinoamérica, and will continue consolidating and enriching the presence of the title in this important geographical region.
Manuel Arnaut is a Portuguese journalist and editor. He graduated from Lisbon’s Higher School of Media and Studies and the Complutense University of Madrid, with a specialisation in the Social History of Fashion.
Mr. Arnaut began his professional career at Vogue Portugal, where over a period of seven years he interviewed fashion’s leading figures such as Tom Ford, Peter Dundas, Marc Jacobs, Emanuele Ungaro, and Diane von Furstenberg, among others. After a three-year stint at GQ Portugal, where he held the position of Editor, Mr. Arnaut moved to Dubai to successfully launch Architectural Digest Middle East. Within a short period of time, Mr. Arnaut secured covers with international icons such as Zaha Hadid, Donatella Versace, and Elie Saab, and was granted exclusive access to royal palaces from across the Gulf, in an unprecedented regional coup. Mr. Arnaut is active in philanthropic work in the region: while at Architectural Digest Middle East, he organised charity events to benefit Dubai Cares and UNICEF MENA.
Mr. Arnaut has also contributed to some of the world’s top publications including the Brazilian editions of Vogue and GQ, Architectural Digest Mexico, Madame Figaro (Maxima), and Wallpaper. Aside from fashion and writing, music is one of his passions, and he is an accomplished cellist.
The daughter of a dressmaker, Maria Grazia Chiuri was born in Rome in 1964 and always had her sights set on a career in fashion. From adolescence, she regularly frequented local vintage markets, and in 1987 graduated from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, a school whose educational ethos benefits from the cultural and artistic heritage of the Italian capital.
In addition to the creation of clothes and accessories, she was interested in the history of art and cinema, which led to her joining Fendi in 1989 as a handbag designer. In 1999 she was appointed head of accessories at Valentino before becoming, in 2008, joint creative director of the Italian house, alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli.
In 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri decided to end this fruitful collaboration. In July of the same year she was appointed Artistic Director of the Haute Couture, Ready-To-Wear and accessories collections for the house of Dior, the first woman to hold this position. “I was looking for somebody with a deep understanding of the needs of a woman of today and tomorrow,” says Sidney Toledano, the then-President of Christian Dior Couture. “Because she is a woman, Maria Grazia has a different perspective, and it plays an important part.” Believing that “couture is not only a ballgown”, Maria Grazia Chiuri addresses all aspects of a woman’s wardrobe, head to toe, and everything in between.
Nourished by her own love of dance and contemporary art, she regards her own daughter, Rachele, as one of her many muses. Her creations cut across all ages and orientations and are united by elegance, refinement and verve. Though she is well known for her delicate and intricate eveningwear, Maria Grazia Chiuri thinks that women need fashion to accompany them throughout every aspect of their lives. Part of the continuum of a woman’s lived experience, for Maria Grazia Chiuri, fashion must live and breathe with her. The woman herself is the true authority; her wardrobe cannot be an imposition, but an opportunity for her own self-expression and fulfillment.
Portrait of Maria Grazia Chiuri © Maripol.
Marisa Berenson is the President and Founder of Marisa Berenson Cosmetics.
Dubbed the “It Girl” by Yves Saint Lauren in the early 1970s, Marisa Berenson is the original modern muse – inspiring fashion designers, photographers, stylists, and fashion editors for four decades. The granddaughter of the legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Ms. Berenson’s meteoric rise in fashion began at age 16, leading to numerous cover appearances on (and editorials in) VOGUE and other titles – her first was in 1970.
Ms. Berenson’s deeply intelligent beauty and feline grace naturally led to a film career. She has delivered dazzling performances in iconic films including Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, Cabaret directed by Bob Fosse, S.O.B. with Blake Edwards, White Hunter, Black Heart with Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick’s lavish production of Barry Lyndon, and more recently, in the critically acclaimed 2010 film, I Am Love, and the 2013 romantic comedy, Love Punch, with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan. For her performance in Cabaret, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a National Board of Review Award.
Marisa Berenson has acted on Broadway, in Design for Living by Noel Coward, Holiday with Kevin Kline at the Ahmanson Theatre, and The Time of Your Life by William Sorayan. In 2016, she was also on-stage in London, playing in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford at the Garrick Theatre.
Ms. Berenson is involved in humanitarian causes. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and an Artist for Peace. She is also the Godmother of the Robert Debre Children’s Hospital in Paris. Since 2017, she is a member of the honorary committee of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
She has written several books, including Moment Intimes, A Life in Pictures, and Elsa Schiaparelli’s Private Album.
Biography of Marisa Berenson by Hamish Bowles.
Mark Shapiro is Co-President of WME and IMG. In this role, Mr. Shapiro oversees the companies’ businesses in fashion, content (including ELEAGUE and the Miss Universe Organization), licensing, IMG Academy, IMG College, and over 300 global events (including Frieze, Professional Bull Riders, and Taste Festivals); as well as Endeavor Global Marketing, which works with global luxury and consumer brands.
As Co-President, Mark Shapiro plays an integral role in developing IMG’s fashion portfolio, which includes Art + Commerce, global fashion events (NYFW, MBFWA, MADE, IMG Fashion Camp and more), LENS, Made to Measure and The Wall Group. During his tenure, IMG has acquired and grown two successful businesses: The Wall Group, a premier global artist management agency, and MADE, a global fashion platform that connects talent in fashion, music, art and culture with visionary brand partners. Mr. Shapiro has also introduced three new properties: LENS, an agency representing a new era of multi-faceted image-makers, IMG Fashion Camp, a week-long programme that educates teenagers about the fashion industry, and New York Fashion Week: First Stage, an international designer showcase that features a unique collection of established and emerging artists. Mr. Shapiro has also led the formation of a strategic partnership with leading arts, media and events company Frieze.
Prior to joining the company in 2014, Mark Shapiro was CEO of dick clark productions (dcp) and previously served as Director, President and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Mr. Shapiro began his career at ESPN, where he oversaw both production and programming, and led the creation of sports and entertainment properties that helped build ESPN into one of the world’s strongest multimedia brands.
Mark Shapiro serves on the board of directors of four public companies: Live Nation Entertainment, Frontier Communications, Papa John’s International and Equity Residential.
Having both trained in womenswear, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida subscribe to the Helmut Lang school of thought, where “fashion is about attitude, not hemlines.”
While their aesthetic evokes raw effortlessness, the pair’s technical sensibilities are revealed in the construction of each piece.
Cutting their teeth at Vivienne Westwood and Preen respectively, Marques and Almeida took the natural course of combining talents while on the MA course at London’s Central Saint Martins – hitting the mark between impulse and consideration.
They launched MARQUES’ALMEIDA in April 2011 and showed their first two seasons under Lulu Kennedy’s platform, Fashion East. In 2014 they were awarded NEWGEN sponsorship from the British Fashion Council / Topshop, showing for five seasons as a part of NEWGEN.
In 2014, MARQUES’ALMEIDA won the Emerging Womenswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards.
In May 2015 MARQUES’ALMEIDA were awarded the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. The design duo launched their debut Resort collection in 2015 and later in the year staged their first independent on schedule show for Spring Summer 2016.
In 2015 MARQUES’ALMEIDA were asked to design costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Fourth Annual Fall Fashion Gala, conceived by Sarah Jessica Parker, debuting in September 2015.
In February 2016 MARQUES’ALMEIDA launched their ecommerce business, selling RTW, accessories and special archive pieces on their online shop.
MARQUES’ALMEIDA is currently stocked globally in top department stores, with their stockist list growing each season. For pre-fall 2017 the brand launched a capsule collection for Saks Fifth Avenue, and has created bespoke pieces for NET-A-PORTER.COM, Nordstrom and the Fashion East X Selfridges collaboration.
Graduating with a first-class Honours degree in Business Administration from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan in 1971, Michele Norsa is on the Board of Directors of Ermenegildo Zegna, the Oettinger Davidoff Group, and Rocco Forte Hotels. He also serves as Vice-President of the Biagiotti Group.
He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Strategic Advisor to Ferragamo Finanziaria and Industrial Partner of the Fondo Strategico Italiano.
Mr. Norsa brings a wealth of experience to the luxury sector: he served as CEO and Group Managing Director of Salvatore Ferragamo from 2006 to 2016, successfully listing the company in Italy in June 2011. Prior to this assignment, he was at the helm of major fashion and luxury companies such as Valentino Fashion Group, Marzotto and Benetton Sportsystem Active. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Hugo Boss.
He has also held various positions in the publishing sector: he was President of the Rizzoli Book Division, Chairman of Sansoni and CEO of Editorial Abril in Buenos Aires, and previously held different posts at Rizzoli in Geneva and New York.
Provocative, influential, passionate and a surprising business visionary, Paula Amorim is the voice of irreverent entrepreneurship leading the Amorim Luxury Group.
Representing the fourth generation of the biggest and most successful family-owned business group in Portugal, with almost 150 years history, Paula Amorim is the Chairman of Amorim Investimentos e Participações, S.G.P.S., S.A., which includes Corticeira Amorim, in its portfolio, the largest world cork producer.
Born in Oporto, Portugal, Paula has been a member of Galp’s Board of Directors since April 2012 and Chairman since October 2016. Galp is one of the largest European integrated energy players, with activities that span from exploration and production of oil and natural gas to refining and marketing.
As a natural successor, at the Américo Amorim Group she also serves as Chairman of the family business holding, Amorim Holding II, S.G.P.S., S.A. She joined the Américo Amorim Group in 1992, when only 19 years old, and since then she held several senior management positions.
In 2005, Paula created her own company, named Amorim Fashion, focused on the luxury multibrand concept store, Fashion Clinic. Five years later, to expand and diversify her business interests, and to help become the representative of the Gucci brand in Portugal, she created Amorim Luxury, S.G.P.S., S.A.
Her personal interest and expertise in the fashion industry were the keys drivers that led to her family group becoming an important investor in Tom Ford International (TFI) in 2007. Paula is a board member at TFI and actively follows the development of this important brand.
Last year, Paula’s family group invested in a disruptive and innovative digital project: Platforme. It aims to be the “luxury customisation platform” for all major brands. Paula is one of board members together with José Neves (Farfetch CEO and Platforme Founder), Natalie Massenet and The Luxury Fund.
In April 2017, together with Miguel Guedes de Sousa, Paula launched JNCQUOI, a transversal lifestyle project that unites fashion, leisure, gastronomy and hospitality, providing a unique experience for a new era of social hedonism.
A dedication to the extraordinary, a devotion to beauty and a passion for rock and roll are the strong character traits that have compelled Philipp Plein to give rise to a brand notorious for both unbridled luxury and edgy style. Philipp Plein was born in Munich in 1978 and educated in Switzerland and Germany.
His strong interest in art, architecture and foreign cultures was shaped early in life through the extensive travels with his family, providing exposure as a child to the world’s most important museums and cultural exhibits.
His involvement in leather craftsmanship led him to experiment with leather garments and accessories, and finally to launch his own fashion brand in 2004. The company continued to grow and two major milestones were reached in 2008 with the opening of the first flagship store in Monte Carlo and the first commercial showroom in Milan.
In 2016 the Philipp Plein group was formed, comprising the original Philipp Plein brand, Billionaire Couture of which a majority stake was acquired in May, and the new Plein Sport athletic wear line which debuted in September, and established 500 points of sale during the initial 4-week sales campaign.
When he is not circling the globe managing his empire, the designer divides his time between the corporate headquarters in Switzerland, his estate in Cannes and his homes in New York City and Bel Air.
Sabine Getty is, above all else, a character, a girl inspired by women seen throughout cinema and theatre. Her aim; to bring the magic of the arts, cinema and characters from fiction to reality and to create the world around it through the language of jewellery.
Sabine’s history lies within the creative performance industry. Like most business-savvy women, Sabine is also a well seasoned traveller having spent four years in New York, three years in Paris, one year in Los Angeles and 12 years in Switzerland, home to Baselworld.
Sabine attended the Gemological Institute of America, giving her the know-how to create intricate pieces. A dream soon became reality when Céline Dion wore a piece from her very first range, followed by Rihanna, Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Kidman to name a few, all choosing pieces from her four collections.
Sabine has chosen to build a fun, creative atmosphere with a slight sense of ironic humour that can be noticed in her Mayfair showroom. Each coloured room is decorated with items that Sabine came across throughout her childhood including the Tahiti Memphis lamp and the Brazil table ensuring her showroom keeps consistent with her most recent collection, Memphis.
Her creations incite cinema’s sense of fun and romanticism with a hint of the 80s: primary colours like a box of assorted crayons that evoke zigzags or waves.
Sabine Getty’s creations question the idea of jewellery as a fantasy that dictates an appropriable story, for which the voice of a strong woman would be the ideal soundtrack.
Simona Cattaneo was appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Coty Luxury in July 2016, a few months prior the deal closing with P&G Specialty Beauty brands, which turned Coty Luxury into global fragrance leader.
Along with Coty Luxury President Edgar Huber and teams, she completed the division transformation and launched new successful icons such as Gucci Bloom and the Tiffany & Co. fragrance.
Prior to this role, Simona held the position of Senior Vice-President for Burberry Beauty, a company she joined in 2012. She led the launch of fragrances such as My Burberry and Mr. Burberry, as well as in the development of the Burberry Beauty Box store concept.
Simona Cattaneo has a significant track record in beauty and cosmetics, and has held several positions at Christian Dior Parfums and L’Oréal. Simona Cattaneo is a graduate of Bocconi University in Italy.
She is married, has two children, and lives in Paris.
Simone Rocha was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1986.
In 2008 she graduated with a BA in Fashion from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, continuing in 2010 to graduate from the acclaimed Fashion MA course at Central Saint Martins, London.
Simone debuted at London Fashion Week in September 2010. Her collections have gained her some of the most prestigious stockists in the world, including Dover Street Market, Browns, Colette in Paris, Ikram in Chicago, Bergdorf Goodman and 10 Corso Como in Milan, Seoul and Shanghai.
In November 2014 Simone launched her collaboration with U.S.-based denim label J Brand.
In August 2015 Simone opened her first store in London on Mount Street. The store interiors feature Simone’s signature furniture and hand-made sculptures and change seasonally with new displays and installations.
Simone Rocha has evolved into an internationally renowned and award-winning brand. Accolades have included British Fashion Awards “Emerging Talent, Ready-to-Wear” (2013) and “The New Establishment Award” (2014). Most recently, at the 2016 Fashion Awards, Simone received the “British Womenswear Designer Award”.
In February 2017 Simone opened her first USA store in SoHo, New York. The store features Simone’s signature furnishings as well as art pieces by Ren Ri, Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Bourgeois. The interiors reflect the continued inspirations of art, nature, family, Ireland, Asia as well as working with U.S.-based artists. Simone works on seasonal imagery and produces limited edition printed books featuring this and the works of collaborators and inspirations. Simone has worked with Jacob Lillis, Eoin McLoughlin, Colin Dodgson, Louise Bourgeois, Perry Ogden, Niall O’Brien, Roni Horn and Jackie Nickerson for these books.
For Simone’s fourth self-published book, she worked with Colin Dodgson to showcase the AW17 collection within the show venue of Lancaster House. The shoot featured models that walked in the AW17 show, highlighting women of different generations and their interpretations of femininity. The timeless beauty contrasted with youthful newer faces all representing personal presence and style.
In September 2017 the SS18 collection was shown at Middle Temple in London.
Sofia Lucas was born in Lisbon and is Vogue Portugal’s Editor-in-Chief.
Throughout her career of almost 30 years, Sofia has also played the role of Art Director for many fashion and lifestyle magazines, including Vogue Portugal and GQ Portugal. In 2013, she became Editor-in-Chief of the Portuguese Madame Figaro.
Sofia has worked on many special projects, most notably 100 Homens Sem Preconceitos / A Step for Equality, a photography exhibition of men wearing high heels (with shoes by Portuguese designer Luis Onofre) that focused on gender equality.
In 2015 she co-founded Lighthouse Publishing, relaunching GQ Portugal and relaunching Vogue Portugal in October 2017.
Sofia has also published several books as an illustrator, designed jewellery collections for a Portuguese brand and taught design and marketing in a fashion school.
Sophie is a futurist whose research entails meeting weirdos and troublemakers in off-the-beaten-track labs, makerspaces, and garages around the globe – from Shenzhen to Seoul, Detroit to Mumbai.
As part of her research, she consults for executive teams and boards of large companies on understanding the explosive new technologies defining the new economy.
Sophie is also Chief Executive Officer of a data and artificial intelligence company that she is currently spinning out of the Astrophysics Department at Oxford University with her academic co-founder.
This follows a career building businesses for WIRED magazine, for Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and prior to this, the interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, where Sophie raised more than $120m of research investment.
Stefan Siegel, a native South Tyrolean – the German-speaking part of the Triveneto region in Northern Italy – grew up in in an area responsible for over 40% of all high-end and luxury manufacturing, a surrounding where the ‘Made In Italy’ label is really being defined.
Following his high school career at Venice’s prestigious military college, the Francesco Morosini Naval School, he kick-started his colourful career studying Economics in Vienna when he gained experience in the fashion and media industry working for prestigious design houses and advertising agencies. Following a successful modelling career that took him to five continents, he achieved his MA in International Business Administration in 2004 at the Vienna University of Economics.
After graduation, Stefan joined the world of finance, working for renowned companies such as Ernst & Young and Sal. Oppenheim in Switzerland, and finally the Merrill Lynch M&A Investment Banking group in New York and London, specialising in the Consumer & Retail sector and advising publicly listed fashion powerhouses. Stefan used his gained experience to launch NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL).
Although he launching the company with his brother Daniel on a shoestring in 2008, NJAL today is the leading global platform for emerging fashion designers and ranks among the most respected websites in the fashion industry. As the world’s leading designer platform for showcasing and nurturing today’s pioneers in contemporary fashion, it represents over 30,000 designers from 150 countries. It is an infinitely expanding destination devoted to facilitating growth in the fashion industry and has established itself as a distinctive creative hub fostering innovation.
Uche Pezard is a luxury business strategist, consultant, author and entrepreneur, with an impress 15 year track record in the international luxury industry. She is recognised worldwide as a pioneer luxury business strategist and opinion leader, and one of a handful of industry experts to have successfully overseen business projects and operations in over 40 countries on five continents.
Following a remarkable career in the international luxury industry, Uche became the first female of African origin to head up a French luxury company in 2015, when she was appointed the CEO of Luxe Corp. Group. With insightful vision into the luxury business, a strong creative talent and a rare capacity to pull luxury brands together, Uche has collaborated closely with the world most renowned luxury companies and brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Cartier, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Piaget, Chopard, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, and several others. Her expertise in taking luxury brands to elevated growth through strategic business and creative solutions has led to the successful expansion of several brands, as well as new launches.
Uche is the author of the bestselling book, Luxury Fashion Branding (2007), the first book to address the business of luxury from a strategic viewpoint. Her second bestselling book, Luxury Online (2010), is the first and only industry reference text analysing digital media, innovation and technology in luxury.
A true entrepreneur, Uche’s passion for linking the worlds of business, culture, innovation and creativity led her to create Luxury Connect Africa, the pioneer business platform dedicated to reviving luxury in Africa, and accelerating its growth and emergence as an economy.
Uche is passionate about the arts, design, culture and innovation. She is also an aviation enthusiast, an art collector and an amateur chef.
Vania Leles is a gemologist and world citizen who exudes a rare mix of African heritage, European sensibility, American dynamism and a global flair for design and creativity.
Born in Guinea Bissau and raised and educated in Lisbon and London, Vania’s multi-faceted career in the world of international luxury took her to Paris and New York, where she lived for several years, and finally back to London, where she established her brand and settled her family.
Today, her brand VANLELES is the only fine jewellery brand in the world to source its gemstones and precious metals from all over Africa and to produce its collections with the best craftsmen in Italy, while catering to a worldwide clientele.
Vania Leles not only personifies the meaning of a global citizen behind a global brand, but also embodies her world view through every fibre of her brand VANLELES. After graduating from the Gemological Institute of America, and spending over a decade working for renowned fine jewellery brands such as GRAFF, De Beers and Sotheby’s, Vania Leles decided to launch her brand in 2011 with an atelier and showroom on London’s New Bond Street, the very heart of the international fine jewellery world.
VANLELES’ designs are infused with rich colour and a natural sophistication. They attract a refined clientele from all corners of the globe who are fascinated by Vania’s breath-taking designs, unparalleled personal attention and outstanding service. They admire her not only for the exquisite jewellery she creates for them; but also her unrelenting desire to do so in the most ethical way possible. Today, many of the relationships with her clients have transformed into lasting friendships.