Free The Fashion
Fashion has not been a political issue for a long time. Whenever topics such as freedom and emancipation are discussed, clothing and aesthetics are important factors. Pink hats became the trademark of the Women’s March against Donald Trump, luxury brands added Feminist T-Shirts to their collections and there is a debate going on whether fashion models should be allowed to wear headscarves on the runway. Did fashion become an instrument for more freedom and equity? Is politics, on the contrary, an accessory? For the sixth time, ZEITmagazin and VOGUE Germany have teamed up to invite attendees to the ZEITmagazin’s conference Fashion & Style. International guests will discuss and define how fashion can change society.
The conference will be held at the Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince’s Palace), the late Neoclassical-style landmark in Berlin and one of the centers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Attendance is by personal invitation. The event is geared exclusively toward decision makers from businesses and institutions in the following sectors: fashion, the arts, culture, politics, research and academia, and associations with a thematic relationship to the conference. A limited number of tickets are available for consultants, agency representatives, blog operators and private individuals.
The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will end approximately at 6:30 p.m. The final conference program is expected to be available to download as a PDF file at the beginning of June.
The hashtag for the event is #zeitmode.
Christoph Amend, born in 1974, is the editor-in-chief of ZEITmagazin and publisher of ZEIT’s art magazine “Weltkunst”. ZEITmagazin’s international issue, a bi-annual in English, was launched in 2013. In 2016 he launched ZEITmagazin MANN, a stand-alone men’s magazine for the German market.
Before joining DIE ZEIT Amend was the editor of the sunday supplement of Berlin’s daily “Der Tagesspiegel” and deputy editor of “Süddeutsche Zeitung jetzt-Magazin”. For his book “Morgen tanzt die ganze Welt“ (“Tomorrow the whole world will dance”) he won the Hermann Hesse Junior book award in 2004. He’s the co-publisher of the book “Die Grünen – Das Buch” (“The Green Party – The Book”) which was published in 2011. In 2012 he wrote a memoir with German actress Iris Berben (“Ein Jahr – ein Leben”).
Christiane Arp has been at the helm of VOGUE Germany as editor-in-chief since March 2003 and has rejuvenated the brand’s relevance to international fashion. Alongside her role as editor-in-chief, she has a personal hand as a stylist in many international fashion shoots. While raising the global profile of German VOGUE, Arp has pursued a range of initiatives to promote Germany as a center of fashion. For example, in 2011 she established the VOGUE Salon, a platform to showcase up-and-coming German designers that is held twice a year during Berlin Fashion Week. Christiane Arp studied fashion design at the Hamburg University of Design before launching her magazine career at the likes of Brigitte and Viva. She went on to oversee the fashion and lifestyle sections at Stern and played a leading role as fashion director in developing Amica magazine.
Claire Beermann, Jahrgang 1994, schreibt seit Anfang 2015 für das ZEITmagazin über Mode, Stil und Reise. Davor war sie als freie Journalistin unter anderem für die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung und Vogue.de tätig. Beermann hat Deutsche Literatur und Kunstgeschichte in Berlin studiert und betreibt seit 2012 das Mode- und Kulturblog „C’est Clairette“.
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Owner and Creative Director, Alex Eagle Studio
Alex Eagle began her career at Tank and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and as Global PR for British fashion label and retailer Joseph. She made her name in retail as creative director of her eponymous luxury concept store, Alex Eagle Studio, which opened in 2014 blending fashion, lifestyle, elements of a gallery and the warmth of a private home.
In 2015, Eagle launched her eponymous collection of luxurious modern essentials. Inspired by the simplicity of classic menswear, she designs a line of timeless garments with a focus on fabric, fit, wearability and ease, that work as their own uniform or in harmony with an existing wardrobe.
Alongside this, Eagle oversees The Store, which opened its flagship space inside Soho House in Berlin in 2014, and its second outpost in Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire the following year.
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Prof. Dr. Christiane Funken
Department of Sociology, TU BERLIN
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After graduating from a cabinetmaking apprenticeship, Gamperl went on to complete a master in woodturning and has establish studios in both Germany and Italy. Carving a distinct niche with his unique appreciation for wood has proliferated his work across Europe, Asia and America.
Editor, VOGUE Digital
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Fashion Designer, Maison Rabih Kayrouz
Rabih Kayrouz was born in 1973, in Lebanon. From 1991 to 1994, he studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la couture Parisienne. Attracted by the booming energy of his country, he returns to Beirut.
In 1998, he establishes Maison Rabih Kayrouz, where for ten years, he creates exceptional gowns for discerning women. In 2009, Rabih Kayrouz returns to Paris where he sets up his studio at 38, boulevard Raspail, which was the Petit Théâtre de Babylone, fifty years earlier. He surrounds himself with the best french artisans in order to create his luxury ready-to-wear.
In 2013, Rabih Kayrouz was nominated as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the french government.
Jeanne De Kroon
Fashion Designer, Zazi Vintage (Berlin)
Aufgewachsen ist die 23jährige Jeanne de Kroon in einem kreativen Umfeld. Ihre Mutter ist Mode Journalistin, ihr Vater Filmemacher. Im Niederländischen Küstenort Den Haag lebt sie metaphorisch inmitten von Diana Vreeland und Caravaggio in einer Welt, die einem Jan Schoonhoven Kunstwerk zu ähneln vermag. So markieren die schönen Künste von Anbeginn an wichtige Punkte ihres Lebens, die sie so gekonnt miteinander
verbindet, dass das Fashion Label Zazi Vintage entsteht. Zazi Vintage vollzieht sich in enger Zusammenarbeit mit ausgewählten NGO’s, die benachteiligten Frauen entwicklungsarmer Länder wie Indien oder Uzbekistan eine Stimme geben möchten. Jede einzelne Kollektion wird in hochwertiger Handarbeit von den Mitgliederinnen der NGO gefertigt um sie im Gegenzug nicht nur persönlich profitieren lassen zu können, sondern ihnen auch ein bisher unbekanntes Maß an Unabhängigkeit zu gewährleisten.
Sheila Loewe Boente
President, LOEWE Foundation
Sheila Loewe joined Loewe, the Spanish luxury brand specialising in leather goods founded in 1846, as Director of the LOEWE FOUNDATION in November 2012. She represents the fifth generation of the Loewe family to become a part of the company.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe Lynch. Today, under the direction of his daughter Sheila Loewe, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programs and to protect cultural heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, art and craft. In 2002, the Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, the highest honour granted in the field by the Spanish Government.
Sheila started her career in 1999 with the Swiss multinational furniture designer Vitra. She graduated in Law from the University of San Pablo CEU in Madrid, and has a master in German Law (LLM) from the University of Heidelberg in Germany and a master in Marketing Management from the IE Business School in Madrid.
Stella McCartney graduated from the renowned Central Saint Martis in London, where she was born, in 1995. She then gathered experience as Head of Design at Chloé in Paris and, since 2001, has been presenting her own collections in the French capital. She pursues fair production conditions and consistently forgoes the use of leather and fur not only for her own brand, but also for all of the collaboration projects such as her collection with adidas.
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Fashion Designer und Co-Founder, MISSONI S.p.A.
Angela began assisting her mother Rosita in the creation of the women’s collections at age eighteen. This gave her the chance to express her innate and personal feel for fashion as well as to learn the whole process, from initial sketch to actual sale of the clothes.
Getting married and becoming the mother of three, Angela took an extended break from the business. When she returned to the company, she designed her own collection and restyled the main line in tandem with Rosita.
Today, Angela shares Missoni’s business management with her brother Luca and is creative director of the women’s collection. Infusing the brand with new energy, she renewed the store concepts and ad campaigns. Missoni’s fashion shows make an authoritative, international statement in the setting of trends and ideas.
Editor, ZEIT CAMPUS
Nina Piatscheck, Jahrgang 1982, ist Redakteurin bei ZEIT CAMPUS und Autorin bei DIE ZEIT. Sie hat Modedesign studiert und schreibt seit mehr als zehn Jahren über Stil, Trends und Konsum.
Style Director and Member of the Editorial Board, ZEITmagazin
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Artistic Director, BOSS Womenswear
Jason Wu was born in 1982 in Taiwan. From 2002 to 2005, he studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Only two years after his graduation he launched his own ready-to-wear line JASON WU, showcasing his first JASON WU fashion show at New York Fashion Week in 2009. In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of BOSS Womenswear at HUGO BOSS. Since then he has been responsible for the creative direction for all product and image related aspects of the principal womenswear ready-to-wear and accessory line. Drawing on the tailoring expertise of the house and further developing the architectural ideas so central to BOSS, his designs convey and effortless ease that have become his signature style for the brand.
Speakers from last years (extract)
Founder & CEO, The Business of Fashion
Bringing a unique understanding of the creative and commercial sides of fashion, Imran Amed has emerged as one of the global fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and commentators, and is founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Business of Fashion (BoF).
BoF, which began from Imran’s sofa in 2007 as a passion project, sparked a new kind of fashion dialogue, exploring the key drivers of an industry undergoing unprecedented change. Social media and new technology were about to explode onto the fashion landscape, new markets in China, India and Brazil were rapidly rising in importance, and the financial crisis of 2008 created a step-change in consumer values and expectations. The fashion industry was emerging as a force in popular culture and there was much to analyse, dissect and explore.
In just five years Imran had grown The Business of Fashion into a credible industry authority. Each morning, tens of thousands of readers woke up to BoF’s addictive Daily Digest email newsletter, sparking conversations and discussion in conference rooms, studios and classrooms around the world.
Today, BoF has grown into the pre-eminent global industry resource for the fashion industry, with 1 million unique visitors per month, and more than 3 million followers on social media from over 200 countries around the world. The BoF team numbers more than 30 people overseeing multiple verticals including the BoF 500 (an annual list of the people shaping the global fashion industry), BoF Careers (the global marketplace for fashion talent), BoF China (a Chinese language edition) and BoF Education (fashion’s platform for online learning).
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Editor at Large, Style.com
Tim Blanks is editor-at-large for Style.com. He films and reviews fashion – womenswear, menswear, haute couture – all over the world, as well as writing regularly for a number of international newspapers and magazines. He has also contributed to monographs on, among others, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Michael Roberts, Walter Van Bierendonck and Dolce & Gabbana. In May 2013, Tim was honoured by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with its Media Award.
Jazz-Trompeter und Fotograf
Till Brönner ist Deutschlands Topstar des Jazz und Markenbotschafter für die Herrenmodemarke EDUARD DRESSLER. Till Brönner machte die Trompete sexy und den Jazz wieder populär. Mit seinen Alben schaffte er es mehrfach in die Top 10 der deutschen Verkaufscharts, er erhielt fünf „Echos“ und wurde für den „Grammy“ nominiert. Der erfolgreiche Jazzmusiker beschäftigt sich schon seit einigen Jahren mit der Fotografie und zeigt mit seinen Fotoarbeiten eine weitere Facette seines künstlerischen Talents. In den letzten fünf Jahren entstanden in fast ausschließlich spontanen Momenten sehr persönliche Schwarz-Weiß-Porträts von Künstlern, Sportlern und anderen interessanten Persönlichkeiten. Im Bildband “Faces of Talent” und in gleichnamigen Ausstellungen haben die Werke eine erste umfassende Veröffentlichung erfahren. Till Brönner lebt und arbeitet in Berlin und Los Angeles.
Ehem. Direktor, Tate Gallery of Modern Art (London); designierter Indendant, Berliner Volksbühne
Chris Dercon curates and publishes about fashion. Under his directorship the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam showed works by Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada and Walter van Beirendonck. In Munich at the Haus der Kunst, Dercon curated exhibitions of Ann Demeulemeester, Japanese fashion designers, Carlo Mollino and again Martin Margiela. He wrote about fashion for publications in Rotterdam, Antwerp and Munich. He was Director at Tate Modern, London and is now designated Director of the Berliner Volksbühne.
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Founder and Creative Director, Eco Age Ltd.
Livia Firth is the Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age – an ideas consultancy company, which powerfully aggregates global thought leaders and influencers to address the compelling issues and opportunities of our day by delivering solutions, through ethical and sustainable values.
Eco-Age has market leading track record as a brand sustainability consultancy, addressing sustainability issues across complex supply chains, in broad industry sectors, for the mutual benefit of people and planet.
Founded in 2009, Eco-Age clients include leading fashion and jewellery brands including Chopard, M&S, ERDEM, Stella McCartney, Gucci and the Kering Group as well as non-fashion companies such as Welltower, the FA and Wembley stadium.
Livia is also the driving force behind the launch of the Green Carpet Challenge ® (GCC).
The world-renowned GCC is a dynamic project, pairing glamour and ethics to raise the profile of sustainability, ethics and social welfare. The GCC has catapulted sustainable style into the spotlight at the world’s most high profile events. From the Golden Globes to the Cannes Film Festival, the GCC has collaborated with all of the iconic design houses in the world, winning widespread critical acclaim and international media attention.
Industrial Designer, Lovegrove Studio, London
Ross Lovegrove is a designer and visionary who’s work is considered to be at the very apex of stimulating a profound change in the physicality of our three dimensional world. Inspired by the logic and beauty of nature his designs possess a trinity between technology, materials science and intelligent organic form, creating what many industrial leaders see as the new aesthetic expression for the 21st Century. There is always embedded a deeply human and resourceful approach in his designs, which project an optimism, and innovative vitality in everything he touches from cameras to cars to trains, aviation and architecture.
Established in London in 2005 byErdem Moralioğlu, the eponymous ready-to-wear brand, Erdem, has come to be synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity. Erdem trained at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London where he remained to launch the brand 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 and the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. Erdem is sold in over 170 of the most exclusive retailers, including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Colette, Dover Street Market and Harvey Nichols.
Buying Director, mytheresa.com
Australian native, Justin O’Shea joined Munich based mytheresa.com in 2009. He began his career in Amsterdam working in sportswear and then moved to London to head up the sales of April77. In January 2008 Justin O’Shea became the first international buyer at Al Ostoura, a powerful luxury retailer in Kuwait with 40 stores. He joined mytheresa.com in September 2009 where he currently holds the position of Buying Director. In 2014 mytheresa.com was acquired by The Neiman Marcus Group International.
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Chefdesigner, Ermenegildo Zegna
Stefano Pilati ist einer der einflussreichsten Modedesigner der heutigen Zeit. In seiner Heimatstadt Mailand absolvierte er im Alter von 18 Jahren ein Praktikum bei dem Modehaus Cerruti und wusste bereits damals, dass seine Zukunft in dieser florierenden Branche liegen wird. Danach arbeitete Pilati bei renommierten Modemarken wie Giorgio Armani, Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford und wurde 2004 zum Creative Director von Yves Saint Laurent ernannt. Seit September 2012 ist er für die Ermenegildo Zegna Group tätig und ist heute Head of Design der Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Linie. Das von Stefano Pilati eingeführte Konzept des »Broken Suit« revolutionierte die Männermode. Seinem Stilstatement zufolge ist es der Inbegriff von Eleganz, ein Jackett eines Anzugs mit der Hose eines anderen Anzugs in perfekt abgestimmten Farbtönen zu kombinieren.
Vice-Chairman, La Rinascente Group
Vittorio Radice is one of the most successful european department store manager and an international highly recognised expert in the premium section. He is the Vice Chairman of La Rinascente Group in Italy which owns Rinascente in Italy, Illum in Denmark and 50,1% of The KaDeWe Group in Germany. The Rinascente Group is part of Central Group of Thailand, one of the largest Retail Conglomerate in Asia. Prior to Rinascente, Vittorio was CEO of Selfridges, one of the most influential department stores worldwide.
Porträt- und Modefotograf
Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential photographers. Born in Lima, Peru he moved to London in 1976 to pursue a career in photography. His vision has made him a much sought-after creative partner in the fashion and beauty industries today. His work has been featured across the globe in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair and he has contributed to the success of many leading fashion and beauty houses through advertising campaigns, from Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Michael Kors to Chanel and Lancôme
Chief Brand Officer, Hugo Boss AG
Ingo Wilts wurde 1965 in Leer, Ostfriesland, geboren. Nach seiner Ausbildung im visuellen Marketing und im Modedesign begann er 1991 seine berufliche Laufbahn als Assistent Sportswear bei Henri Vetter in Amsterdam. Ein Jahr später wechselte er zur Firma Miltenberger und betreute dort den Lizenzbereich für Daniel Hechter. Im Jahre 1997 trat er als Produktmanager für die Marke BOSS Black in die HUGO BOSS AG ein. Zwei Jahre später wechselte er als Produktmanager Sportswear zur Joop GmbH in Hamburg. Im Jahr 2000 kehrte er zu HUGO BOSS zurück und übernahm in den nächsten Jahren unterschiedliche Tätigkeiten im Kreativmanagement, bevor er 2009 Senior Vice President BOSS Black, BOSS Selection & BOSS Green wurde. Im selben Jahr wechselte er als Creative Director zu Kenneth Cole, New York; in 2012 stieß er dann als Creative Director Women’s und Men’s Design zu Elie Taharie, ebenfalls mit Sitz in New York. Im Anschluss verantwortete Ingo Wilts bei Tommy Hilfiger in Amsterdam die Menswear, bevor er im Juli 2014 als Senior Vice President die Menswear bei HUGO BOSS übernahm. Im selben Jahr kehrte er als Global Creative Director Menswear erneut zu Tommy Hilfiger zurück.
Zum 15. August 2016 wurde Ingo Wilts zum Vorstandsmitglied der HUGO BOSS AG für den Bereich Marken- und Kreativmanagement bestellt.