Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.
The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.
CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are also participating.
The theme of this year’s summit, which will include Q&As, experiential sessions and group discussions, focuses on the future of fashion. According to Vogue, designers, entrepreneurs, and cultural influencers will address topics from sustainability to inclusivity in “no-holds-barred, everything’s-on-the-table” conversations.
In a chat with the fashion glossy, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Abloh explained his approach to fashion.
“From the beginning, I approached the idea of design from a grassroots level,” he mused. “I removed this idea that it’s somehow detached from the consumer.
“You don’t have to sit in your studio and throw a dart and hope that it lands on the bull’s-eye. If you actually walk up to the dartboard, you can just place it in the bull’s-eye. I think that’s the success of Off-White. I haven’t made a distinction between the design world and the real world – I’ve just immersed myself in both. And because I came from outside the fashion industry, I don’t have the luxury of creating collections in a traditional way.”
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