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!
Agenda: At a glance
The Editor’s Eyes
Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, and Margaret Zhang in conversation with Luke Leitch
How should Vogue go forward in our new multi-platformed, fashion-is-everywhere era—and what does it need to stand for in our changing world? Three editors in chief reveal all.
Taking the Lead
Gabriela Hearst with Nicole Phelps
Gabriela Hearst put sustainable design at the heart of her own brand in New York—hear how she’s planning to do the same at the iconic Paris house of Chloé.
Thebe Magugu, Abrima Erwiah, Rosario Dawson, Priya Ahluwalia and Yuequ Qi with Chioma Nnadi
Today great fashion isn’t just creative, it says and means something. Designers from across the globe weigh in on how they’re building their brands with impeccable authenticity.
Zerina Akers and Ruth Carter with Dani Kwateng
The trailblazing Hollywood costume designer and the groundbreaking creative director discuss their artistic visions—and how their work expresses their values.
Past to Future
John Galliano and Tomo Koizumi with Hamish Bowles
Two sui generis talents swap, then transform, major looks from each other’s archives. The results are fascinating—and so too is their discussion about how they did it.
Marc Jacobs with Hamish Bowles
Vintage has had a long-standing allure for Marc Jacobs, American fashion’s greatest showman. So what happens when he gets to roam freely through Hamish Bowles’s lovingly curated couture archive?
Edward Enninful with Pat McGrath
Pat McGrath is legendary for having defined the face(s) of modern beauty. The megastar makeup artist and ingenious entrepreneur talks about her incredible career with lifelong friend Edward Enninful.
VIP | Fashioning America*
Andrew Bolton, Vera Wang, and Prabal Gurung with Chloe Malle
Join the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton, for a special conversation about his upcoming show, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” with designers Vera Wang and Prabal Gurung. On their agenda: fashion through the lenses of identity, culture, and politics.
More session topics to come.
*Exclusive panel for VIP ticket holders only
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.
In 2013, Wang was honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and in 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Legion of Honor by the Republic of France.
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.
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.
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.
Poppy Kain's work as a stylist is defined by her character-driven editorials, as well as the collaborative creative relationships she has forged both with established photographers - Juergen Teller, Paolo Roversi and Alasdair McLellan and a new generation of talent including (Nadine Ijewere, Eddie Wrey).
Throughout his career, Nazario has worked with legendary photographers including Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Collier Schorr, Mario Sorrenti and Glen Luchford. As well as new-wave creatives such as Tyler Mitchell, Ethan James Green, and Oliver Hadlee Pearch. His roster of clients includes Adidas, Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Hugo Boss, HBA, Kenzo, Lanvin, Nike and Proenza Schouler. Editorial relationships include American Vogue, Fantastic Man, LOVE, M Le Monde, Self Service, The Gentlewoman, Vogue Italia and W Magazine.
After her brief time as a designer, it was in the French capital that Volkova’s focus fully shifted to styling. Volkova has played an integral part in developing the creative vision behind Vetements and Gvasalia's newly reborn Balenciaga, where she has been involved in the casting, styling, and consulting on the collection.
Now taking time to focus on more personal projects, including a capsule collection with Adidas “Adidas by Lotta Volkova“, Lotta is the Senior Fashion Editor at Large of i-D and is working on editorial projects for industry-leading fashion publications such as Vogue Italia, Re-edition, System, Another Magazine and many others. Volkova works with photographers such as Juergen Teller, Harley Weir, Collier Schorr, Johnny Dufort, and Steven Meisel. She has collaborated with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, and currently collaborates with Miu Miu, Blumarine, and 1017 ALYX 9SM to quote just a few.
names like Chanel and Hermès.