Belgian designer Dries Van Noten joined BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks on the #BoFVOICES stage to discuss the challenges of being a ‘citizen of the world’ amid rising critique of cultural appropriation.
The destructive monopolisation of the internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon is undermining cultural production, argued Jonathan Taplin on the #BoFVOICES stage in a debate with Rohan Silva, co-founder of Second Home.
What is gender identity? What is gender expression? Dr Shazhan Amed, model Hanne Gaby Odelie, Teen Vogue’s Phillip Picardi and activist Laith Ashley shared their personal and professional experiences with gender on the VOICES stage.
One year after James Scully issued a plea to end the ‘cruel and sadistic’ abuse of fashion models, LVMH’s Antoine Arnault joined the casting director to discuss the enforcement of a landmark charter to protect models.
DeRay Mckesson, an American civil rights activist and a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, and British television personality June Sarpong took to the VOICES 2016 stage to discuss the matter of racial injustice in the wider world. “It’s not enough to just put more black models on magazine covers”, says McKesson. “Diversity is also good for fashion firms’ bottom lines”, adds Sarpong.
Will.i.am and LVMH chief digital officer Ian Rogers took the stage at VOICES 2016 to discuss how technology is transforming fashion and what the luxury business can learn from music’s digital disruption.
Consider the mobile opportunity, but don’t employ technology for technology’s sake… A panel of retail space experts gathered on stage at VOICES in December 2016 to share their predictions on what stores of the future might look like.
The New Role Model: Feeling Good is the New Looking Good - “My drug and alcohol use and abuse was not because of the fashion industry,” said Amber Valletta, in a candid conversation last December with BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks.
“Feeling good is the new looking good.” That was the mantra in the air at VOICES 206, as entrepreneurs from the fields of health and wellness — including Jason Wachob, Amanda Chantal Bacon, Dr. Nigma Talib and Neil Grimmer.