Vogue Forces of Fashion 2021: Fashion Goes Forward
As the world starts to reemerge, Vogue’s Forces of Fashion returns as a fully virtual event for its fifth year on July 7 and 8—again with scores of entertaining and thought-provoking conversations and experiences with designers, industry insiders, and cultural figures, and more opportunities than ever before to connect with your fellow attendees. And there’s a new aspect to this year’s installment: For the first time, you’ll hear from Vogue editors from around the world, who will bring a distinctly global outlook to Forces of Fashion. As we slowly reemerge from the last year or so, it will be the place to celebrate fashion’s welcome return—and to understand more clearly how fashion is transforming to reflect our new and very different world.
More names will be announced in the weeks to come!
Join fellow attendees in two immersive days!
Sessions start at 9 a.m EST
- Engaging conversations and panels led by fashion’s change makers, designers, and thought leaders
- Opportunity to participate in intimate networking sessions with Vogue’s global editors, stylists, and creatives, tailored to your specific interests in fashion. Whether you’re into editing, styling, beauty, entertainment, or e-commerce, meet your community.
- Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Vogue’s global titles.
- Access to all Summit content on-demand, including workshops, live sessions, and videos, until July 29.
Her eponymous collection of high-performance cosmetics, Pat McGrath Labs, debuted in 2015, and since then she has continued to launch innovative, inspirational cosmetics that have pushed the boundaries of beauty.
Born in Ghana 48 years ago, one of six children, Enninful was brought to London as a child and grew up in the city’s Ladbroke Grove area. He became interested in fashion as a teenager when he was scouted as a model, and displayed a talent for fashion styling. He attended Goldsmith’s, University of London, but left before graduation to plunge full-time into a fashion editing career.
In 2014 he was named fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council; he was honored with an OBE in 2016 for his services toward greater diversity in the fashion industry, and in 2018 he was awarded the Media Award by the Council of Fashion Designers America. Last year, Enninful was promoted to European Editorial Director of Vogue.
Akers loves experimenting, drawing inspiration from nature and history, and mixing well-known designers with emerging brands. She continues to champion Black creatives and support new talent in various ways, from her careful selection of looks created by Black designers for Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” film to her launching Black Owned Everything, a comprehensive directory of Black-owned businesses spanning fashion, beauty, art, and homeware.
Studio One Eighty Nine currently operates a store and manufacturing facility in Accra, Ghana, as well as an ecommerce site, and supports various community-led projects in both Africa and the US with a focus on empowerment, job creation, and education and skills training in partnership with organizations including the United Nations ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and the NYU Stern School of Business.