Forces for Change
Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference returns to New York City on October 11th. This year’s theme—Forces for Change—will deliver plenty of compelling, disruptive figures who make us think about both fashion and the times in which we live in new and exciting ways. During a moment of tumultuous change, it’s only right to celebrate those who are daring to do things differently, from the designers transforming haute couture from the inside out to the radicals reimagining street style; from the challengers upending the modeling industry to the women making their own rules about how to run their fashion businesses; from an environmentalist who brings business and activism together to the individualistic new stars of the red carpet. Forces of Fashion is your chance to hear their stories: real, honest, and utterly engaging. Better yet: Sit down with the designers, the editors, the moderators, and the speakers for a chat over lunch; network—or just grab a photo and chill—with them over a cocktail. In short, join the world’s most exclusive private fashion club for a day. There’s plenty more to come—please check back for updates as we announce more guests.
2018 Speakers & Moderators
A day of intimate dialogue, lunch with editors and designers, plus cocktails
October 11, 2018 New York City
Milk Studios 450 West 15th Street
The Runway is Reality
In a trend now playing out across the industry, these four young labels—Ambush, Gypsy Sport, Martine Rose and Y/Project—are disrupting the fashion show model by enlisting members of their own communities and reflecting today’s world right back at us.
CULTURE, CONTROVERSY, AND THE MAKING OF A MEGA HIT
Fashion has never been more more celebrated in museums around the world or on screens big and small. Two very different visionaries on what makes a great show connect with today—plus, expect an exclusive look at what’s to come from the Costume Institute in 2019.
The Influencer’s Influence
In the worlds of entertainment, fashion, and beauty, who could claim to keep up with Kris Kardashian Jenner? She sits at the helm of a multi-billion dollar business empire that rests on her intuitive and clever stewardship of the careers of her enterprising, breathtaking children. In the age of digital media she has managed to monetize the rituals and routines of daily life–this moment’s Holy Grail–more successfully than any person or corporation…but at what price? And where does she seek inspiration and dazzle, off-camera and off-line, given that her antennae are so ceaselessly tuned to what’s next? A discussion about family love, fashion savvy, financial wizardry, and future bets.
DON’T JUST SELL: DO SOMETHING
Ever since Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa launched Warby Parker in 2010, they’ve made philanthropy a keystone of their business model. In an era when activism has never been more important, they talk about giving back from the get-go, and how fashion needs to embrace its charitable side like never before. They’re joined by Iman, the iconic model, actress and entrepreneur, whose career has long been entwined with her own philanthropic commitments—the latest being working with Blumenthal and Gilboa.
450 West 15th Street
New York, New York 10011