Presented by Creative Victoria
M/FW brings international retail expert Doug Stephens, founder of leading Australian brand Kevin Murphy, Australian model Robyn Lawley and more to this year’s Fashion Forum. Hosted by Melissa Singer, National Fashion Editor The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, this world-class line-up of industry experts will offer insight into key shifts and trends in these ever-changing industries. Speakers will open dialogue on everything from sustainable style and business practice to the future of retail, the rise of the Asian market and inclusion in fashion. Includes refreshments, lunch and a gift bag.
Mon 2 Sept | 10am – 2.30pm
General admission $185
ZINC, Federation Square
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Doug Stephens is one of the world’s foremost retail industry futurists. Founder of the leading industry consultancy, Retail Prophet, he is known for predicting retail trends with eerie accuracy and has worked for agencies and brands including Google, Disney, BMW and Walmart.
As the new model supernova walking in international shows and staring in campaigns for the likes of Chanel and Fendi and holding the title of the M/FW '19 Ambassador, Adut Akech has become a household name amongst the fashion elite. At 19, the South Sudanese-born, Australian-raised model is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry,
Beginning her career in magazines as a stylist and writer, Singer is now the driver of fashion and lifestyle news for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She’s at the forefront of the industry making her a go-to fashion commentator both in print and on television.
Named in the top ten of Ragtrader’s Power 30 list for 2018, Melinda Tually is a trusted specialist advising brands on ethical sourcing and sustainability. She appeared in the 2017 ABC documentary series ‘War on Waste’ and been a judge of the Good Design Awards Australia.
MECCA has become a household name in beauty with almost 100 stores across Australia and New Zealand. As the Creative Director of MECCA Brands, Marita Burke is the manager behind all creative media and marketing initiatives, store concept design, customer engagement strategies and exclusive brand acquisitions.
Regarded as one of China's most influential fashion innovators, Grace Chen's designs transcend time, place and culture. As the first mainland Chinese alumnus of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, she continued to work in the US for 15 years before launching her own label in China in 2009.
Chelsea Bonner is at the forefront of talent diversity having launched BELLA models in 2002 – an agency that champions a more holistic and healthy approach to model representation. Now an internationally respected agency, BELLA boasts ‘world first’ covers and main fashion editorials for its models in Sports Illustrated, Women’s Health, Seafolly and Vogue to name a few.