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The Fashion Forum

The Fashion Forum

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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.

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Mon 2 Sept | 10am – 2.30pm
General admission $185
ZINC, Federation Square

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Doug Stephens, Founder, Retail Prophet

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.

Adut Akech, Model

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,

Melissa Singer, Fashion Editor, The Age

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.

Robyn Lawley, Model

Robyn Lawley's modelling career took off after shooting the cover of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue. As the first curve model to be shot for Vogue Australia in 2013, she has become a fierce advocate for body positivity and diversity in the fashion industry.

Melinda Tually, Fashion Revolution

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.

Kevin Murphy, KEVIN.MURPHY

With a long career spanning fashion and film, the Australian-born founder of KEVIN.MURPHY the brand is one of the world’s most respected and sought after authorities on hair.

Marita Burke, MECCA Brands

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.

Paul Sweet, Managing Director, Levi's (ANZ)

As Managing Director of Levi Strauss & Co. (ANZ), Paul Sweet has extensive experience in consumer brand-led businesses and proven performance in delivering revenue and profit growth to all levels of retail.

Marnie Goding, Co-founder, Elk

As the founder of one of Australia’s pioneering labels, Marnie Goding is committed to ensuring transparency, sustainability and innovation throughout the design and production process.

Jess Quinn, Model

After losing her leg to cancer, model Jess Quinn has become an advocate for self-acceptance, overcoming adversity and inclusion in the fashion industry and has modelled for brands including Ralph Lauren, Stolen Girlfriends Club and Athletica.

Grace Chen, Designer

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.

Helen Sac, WGSN

Currently based in Hong Kong, Helen Sac is responsible for WGSN's Content and Consultancy in Asia Pacific. She balances creativity and commercial relevance defining how trends impact brands and contributes creative direction while adding insight to the design and research process.

Chelsea Bonner, BELLA Management

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.

Kiri Delly, Associate Dean, RMIT University

As the Assosciate Dean – Industry Engagement for the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, Kiri Delly is responsible for driving opportunities between the industry and the university.

Katie Pratt, Designer, ELLIAT

Katie Pratt and Amy Li’s womenswear label, ELLIAT has become a global success, and in just six years since its launch it is now stocked in over 1,200 stores globally and found at some of China’s most upmarket shopping destinations.


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