THE GFW LIVE! TALK SPACE IS SPONSORED BY GAP INC.

From workshops, demonstrations, advice and talks, the GFW Live! Talk Space is the place to be DURING GFW19.

Our GFW Live! schedule is full to the brim with expert advice and experienced opinions, all included within your exhibition ticket!  


SUNDAY 2ND JUNE

12:00 — Finding Your Career Confidence with Pepper Your Talk

Millennial career advisor, Dior Bediako, will be sharing top tips to increase your confidence in any career-related situation. This workshop will cover interviews, networking and your overall transition from student to fashion professional. 

13:00 — WGSN Trend Talk

Hannah Craggs - Senior Youth Editor at WGSN takes you through the process of how the industry spots, creates and shares trends in colour, print and apparel. Plus her career pathway from university to WGSN.

14:00 — Swarovski Conscious Design Talk

Swarovski will host a panel of industry experts to explore and discuss conscious design. The talk will discuss the importance of ethically aware and socially responsible clothing and the need for designers to explore sustainable and ethical practices to help lower environmental impact in fashion.

15:00 — Richard Quinn in Conversation with Hilary Alexander OBE

Multi award winning designer Richard Quinn talks with renowned journalist Hilary Alexander OBE about the success of his eponymous brand since graduating in 2016. Plus the process of vip dressing for the Met Ball and his recent London Fashion Week catwalk show.

16:00 — PANEL: Sustainable Fashion — Why We Can No Longer Ignore Sustainability
Sustainability Journalist Bel Jacobs hosts an industry panel discussion on the importance of change and why the fashion industry can no longer ignore sustainability. Featuring:

-Bel Jacobs: Sustainability Writer

-Leslie Holden: Head of Fashion Enterprise Creation at Amsterdam Fashion Institute

-Bronwyn Seier: Designer at Fashion Revolution

-Jemma Finch: Co-Founder at The Stories Behind Things

-Oya Barlas Bingyul: Business Development Manager UK at Lenzing

- Lauren Neilson: Head of Partnerships at Common Objective

17:00 — PANEL: How The Media Is Navigating The Digital Revolution

Hannah Almassi, Editor in Chief at Who What Wear UK will be joined by a panel of industry experts specialising in digital media to discuss the digital revolution. Featuring:

-Hannah Almassi: Editor in Chief at Who What Wear

-Sarah Karmali: Digital Editor at Harpers Bazaar

-Emma Firth: Freelance Journalist

-Scott Wimsett: Digital Film Director and Found of Bespoke Banter

-Fenn O’Meallty: Filmmaker and Creative at Highsnobiety


TUESDAY 4TH JUNE

10:15 — RALPH LAUREN PRESENTS: Top Career Tips

Iconic American fashion leader Ralph Lauren return to GFW with the top career tips from a Senior Recruiter, Menswear and Womenswear Designer.

11:00 — PANEL: YKK ACCESSORIES TALK

The attraction of accessory design: Are the possibilities for statement and creativity underrated? The panel will be hosted by GFF International Trustee Adrien Yakimov Roberts. Featuring:

-Kei Kegami: YKK Creative Director

-Jo Cope: Conceptual Fashion Designer

-Chau Har Lee: Footwear Designer

-Eeiko Moorer: Artist

12:00 — WORKSHOP: SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Experience less stress when you use emotional intelligence tools, with Caryn Franklin MBE.

13:00 — SPECSAVERS PRESENTS: Collaborations in Eyewear Design- From Kylie to the Design Collective

Featuring:

Stig Hansen, Specsavers' Head of Design & Product Development

14:00 — Careers Paths in Fashion: Innovation and Technology with Pepper Your Talk

Are you looking for an unconventional job within the fashion industry? Join Dior Bediako, founder of Pepper Your Talk, as she quizzes senior industry professionals about why tech skills are a key way how to future-proof your career. Featuring:

-Holly Tabor: Marketplace Development, Nike

-Chloé Watts: Founder, ChloéDigital

-Katy Lubin: VP Communications, Lyst

15:00 — size? PRESENTS: In Conversation With... Helen Banks, European Marketing Account Manager at Asics

Helen talks about her academic journey, what it’s like working for a global brand and how she got into her role. In addition to tips on what a brand like Asics looks for in new graduate position roles.

16:00 — Tu PRESENTS: One Year On... Molly Hopwood & Oliver Spencer

The 2018 Tu Scholarship Award winner Molly Hopwood is joined by her mentor and LFW Menswear Design Oliver Spencer to discuss her new collection launch at TU.

17:00 — PANEL: Creativity, Resilience and Success

Caryn Franklin MBE is joined by a panel of industry experts to discuss how they have overcome obstacles and challenged fixed mindsets in the fashion industry. Featuring:

-Kyle De Volle: Stylist

-Bel Jacobs: Sustainable Fashion Journalist

-Alex Box: Artist and Creative

-Rachael Sealy: Content Creator at UKafrolista 

18:00 — Expert Advice from Gap Inc. Leaders: Landing a Job in Fashion

Gets tips for building a portfolio that gets noticed, skills for navigating a new gig and how to not lose your design style and aesthetic in the process. Join a casual conversation + get the chance to ask questions to design leaders and recruiters from Gap and Banana Republic.

19:00 — Henry Holland In Conversation With Hilary Alexander OBE

Founder and Creative Director of House of Holland, Henry will discuss his career and learnings — from graduation to launching a successful international fashion house.


MONDAY 3RD JUNE

11:00 — MOTHERCARE PRESENTS: Debbie Le from @thefashionablepan and Kesia Archer (Body Proud Mums campaign) interviewed by Caroline Hesford (Mothercare)

Join Mothercare as they discuss the ways in which the brand has embraced the message of body positivity and how they work with influencers to communicate with their audience.

12:00 — size? PRESENTS: Q&A with Sam Pearce, Footwear Designer at New Balance

The talk will discuss how he got into the industry and how his degree knowledge assisted this, how he has progressed to where he is, what projects he has worked on with New Balance, his views on future trends and what his views are on sustainability and innovation within the industry and sportswear in general.

13:00 — PANEL — TESSUTI PRESENTS: Colliding Worlds:

Tessuti is set to discuss the topic ‘How Streetwear Became Mainstream’ which will be hosted by Ghulam Nabz Khadki, Menswear Buyer from Tessuti. Featuring:

-KishKash, Writer, Manager of @sneakerness UK and co-founder at Spair Max Day

-Karl Smith, Writer and former UK Editor of Hypebeast

-Ramario Chevoy, Model, Stylist & Influencer

14:00 — Gok Wan In Conversation With Hilary Alexander OBE

Style guru Gok Wan sits down with renowned fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE to discuss career goals, finding out what you want to do in life and dressing for interviews.

15:00 — GEORGE PRESENTS: Women in Fashion

Senior Buying Director at George, Mary Kate Campbell, will be interviewed by Fabulous Magazine Fashion Director Tracey Lea Sawyer on her career and discusses women in fashion.

16:00 — Tu PRESENTS: One Year On... Jennifer Healy & Teatum Jones

The 2018 Tu Scholarship Award winner Jenifer Healy is joined by her mentor and LFW design duo Teatum Jones to discuss her new collection launch at TU.

17:00 — PANEL: Fashion Law, Know Your Rights

Hear from a lawyer, a designer and fashion graduate, fashion academic and internship expert as they answer these questions at Fashion Law, Know Your Rights. Moderated by Frederica Boateng - Fashion Academic and Director of Fashion Education Group.

Featuring:

-Frederica Boateng: Host Fashion Business Education

-Patrick McDowell: Freelance Designer

-Bruno Rodriguez from Cassidy Law: Lawyer

-Shiv Sensarma: Founder of Talent Tin

18:00 — GAP Inc. PRESENTS: How Gap Inc. is Cleaning Up the Fashion Industry

As one of the world’s largest specialty retailers, see how Gap Inc. is using its size and scale to be a force for good. Hear from design leaders at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta to discover how they’re using innovation to clean up the world’s second most polluting industry by way of sustainable cottons and fibres, water-saving dyes and more.


WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE  

12:00 — GIVENCHY PRESENTS : How is design influenced by Heritage?

Meet with Sophie Colombo – Heritage Coordinator who has a design background, to discover how the famous French Couture House built a strong heritage project where the design team can get inspired to create the new collections.

13:00 — TU PRESENTS:Life in Fashion Communications

Francesca Shuck, Group Account Director and Cody Eastmond, Senior Director, Digital, at Tu’s communications partner 'The Communications Store', share advice and guidance on entering the PR and Communications Industry.