Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) 19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference examines white as the repository of hope and change through contemporary clothing and accessories. Symbolizing beginnings, white is a powerful symbol for social and environmental responsibility and ethical clarity, both for today’s and future world. This two-day event will explore materials, designs and retailing as it all pertains to this concept.
Friday, November 10
Reception at Shinola Flagship
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
177 Franklin Street (Remarks by Jacques Panis, President, Shinola)
November 10 & 11, 2017
Harry Benson, Photographer; Wendy Brandes, Jewelry Designer; Paula Crevoshay, Jewelry Designer; Ebonee Davis, Model and Activist; Mercedes R. Gonzalez, Founder & Director, Global Purchasing Companies; Rick Guidotti, Founder and Director, Positive Exposure; Bethann Hardison, Founder, Bethann Management Co.; John Hatleberg, Counterfeiter of Famous Diamonds for Their Owners; Keith Hoover, Apparel and Retail Executive; Donald Kaufman, Founder, Donald Kaufman Color; Mickey Alam Khan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Luxury Daily; John King, Chief Quality Officer, GIA Laboratory; Shaun Leane, Jeweler; Rachel Leonard, Editorial Director, The Bridal Council; Darcy Miller, Founder, Darcy Miller Designs, and Editor at Large, Martha Stewart Weddings; Jack Ogden, Jewelry Historian; Mary Orton, Co-Founder and President, Trove; Jacques Panis, President, Shinola; Jean Z. Poh, Founder and CEO, Swoonery; Zac Posen, Designer; Ralph Rucci, Designer; Hebe Schecter, President, Kaltex North America; Charlie Scheips, Curator, Art Advisor, and Cultural Historian; Hedda Schupak, Editor, The Centurion Newsletter; Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, Phoenix Art Museum; Hisano Shepherd, Designer, little h; Mara Urschel, Owner, Kleinfeld Bridal; Ronnie Vanderlinden, President, Diamex, Inc., Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA) and United States Jewelry Council; Robert Verdi, Celebrity Stylist; Gary A. Wassner, CEO, Hilldun Corp.; Wendy Waugh, Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Development, Fast Retailing; Walter T. Wilhelm, Chairman, WWA Advisors;. Barbara Zeins, President/COO, Gerson & Gerson, New York; Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law; Benjamin Zucker, Precious Stones Authority.
Where: The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street).