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

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

 

ENTRY TO THE TALKS IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS, SO ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.  


SUNDAY 3RD JUNE

13:00 - A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOOHOOMAN, BOOHOO

Menswear blogger Sam Marvin sits down with boohooMAN's Design Manger to talk trends, inspiration and office banter. 

14:00- INSIDE GAP, BANANA REPUBLIC, AND OLD NAVY: A GUIDE TO DESIGNING FOR AMERICAN HERITAGE BRANDS, GAP INC.

How to land a job in the United States, design for a global brand and infuse creativity into your role everyday. 

LAURA JENKINS, DESIGN DIRECTOR AT OLD NAVY
SATYA KULKOWITZ, DESIGN DIRECTOR AT GAP
JANE IBARRA HEAD OF FABRIC R&D AT BANANA REPUBLIC
KEISHA GOLDING, HEAD OF GLOBAL TALENT ACQUISITION FOR GAP

15:00- HEAD OF WOMENSWEAR DESIGN SIRI MACDONALD IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE, SUPERDRY

GFW Alumni and Had of Superdry Womenswear Design Siri MacDonald, joins Hilary Alexander OBE to discuss the brand and career pathways.

16:00- INSPIRING DESIGN IN THE AGE OF FAST FASHION: HOW TO HAVE A CLEAR DESIGN IDEA AND STICK TO IT, JOHN LEWIS

Iain Ewing, Head of Design, Womenswear and Accessories at John Lewis discusses fast fashion. 

17:00- TWIGGY, THE ICONIC MODEL IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE, M&S

In the mid 60's at 16 years of age, Twiggy became internationally known as the world's first supermodel, her photographic modelling success epitomising the age. Here she discusses her life in fashion with Fashion Journalist Hilary Alexander OBE.  

18:00- POWER OF THE INFLUENCER, SANDRA HAGLESTAM (5 INCHES AND UP) VICTORIA MAGRATH (IN THE FROW) AND EMMA BRESCHI, MODEL AND INFLUENCER, HOSTED BY EMMA FIRTH OF HUNGER. 

Hear from three Fashion and Lifestyle influencers in what it takes to become internationally successful, chaired by the Online Fashion Editor at Hunger Magazine, Emma Firth. 

19:00: ONE YEAR ON, GFW ALUMNI IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE

Hilary Alexander OBE meets with four GFW Alumni, to discuss their journey and learnings since 2017 graduation. 

KATE CLARK, CHANEL
DANIEL RYNNE, DEBENHAMS
RUTH WILLIAMS, FRENCH CONNECTION
CLAIRE TAGG, M&S

 

MONDAY 4TH JUNE

 

12:00- LONDON BEAUTY ARTISTS CELEBRITY MAKE UP MASTERCLASS WITH MAX FACTOR. GLAMOUR LOOK WITH A RETRO TWIST - PERFECT FOR THIS SUMMER, RECREATE IN MINUTES!

Industry experts and educators London Beauty Artists live masterclass on creating catwalk beauty.

13:00- FASHION ROUNDTABLE "ARE YOU REPRESENTED?" PANEL TALK

CEO and Founder of Fashion Roundtable, Tamara Cincik, chairs panel talk on ethnic representation in the fashion industry. 

ZAF SHABIR, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE CACTUS AGENCY
KAREN BINNS, FASHION ROUND TABLE EXPERT & EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF WHAT MAGAZINE
BEV MALIK, FASHION ROUND TABLE & RETAIL EXPERT, BRAND, BUYING, CONCEPT CONSULTANT
FREDERICA BOATENG, LECTURER AT LCF, CONDE NAST COLLEGE AND REGENTS COLLEGE

14:00- 15:00 -  FRANCISO COSTA IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE. 
Two time winner of the CFDA's WW Designer of the Year Award and former Creative Director at Calvin Klein talkiing about what it takes to work for the world's leading luxury brands.

 

15:00- LAURA GILLINGS ON HER YEAR AT TU WITH GFW MANAGING DIRECTOR, MARTYN ROBERTS

 

16:00- MEGAN DAVIES, GFW ALUMNI AND CLARKS FOOTWEAR AWARD WINNER 2017 IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE

 

17:00- FROM INFLUENCER TO M&S DESIGNER, DANIELLE VANIER IN CONVERSATION WITH JO HALES, M&S

Influencer Danielle discusses her journey from influencer to how she got involved with helping design items for the M&S 2018 Curve collection. 

18:00- DESIGNER RICHARD QUINN IN CONVERSATION WITH SAM CONTI (WWD), DEBENHAMS

Award winning designer Richard Quinn joins Hilary Alexander  OBE to discuss his design studio, career path, and the Queen attending his LFW catwalk show. 

19:00- ORLA KIELY OBE IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE - A LIFE IN PATTERN

 


TUESDAY 5TH JUNE

11:00- FROM GFW TO FIRST COLLECTION - A YEAR AT TU, AMY VANDERWAL WITH MENTOR & DESIGNER OLIVER SPENCER, TU

12:00- WORKSHOP: SURVIVE AND THRIVE PART 1, EXPERIENCE LESS STRESS WHEN YOU USE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS, WITH CARYN FRANKLIN MBE

13:00- HOW TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB, BOOHOO

HR Advisor, Demi Halliday takes to the stage, offering tips and advice on landing your dream job in the fashion industry. 

14:00- HOW TO BE A HIGHLY CREATIVE ACCESSORIES DESIGNER PANEL TALK, YKK

Caryn Franklin MBE chairs a panel talk, with YKK Creative Director Kei Kagami, Designer Jas MB and Design Tomasz Donocik offering advice on designing accessories. 

KEI KAGAMI, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
JAS MB, DESIGNER
TOMASZ DONOCIK, DESIGNER

15:00- HOW INSIGHT INFLUENCES SEASONAL DIRECTION, CLARKS

Clarks Insight Manager, Sarah Hall discusses trends and insight. 

16:00- ERIC UNDERWOOD IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE. DIVERSITY IN LUXURY FASHION

17:00- CLAIRE TAGG, FROM GRADUATION TO CAPSULE COLLECTION AT M&S IN 6 MONTHS, M&S

Runner up in the 2017M&S Womenswear Award, Claire Tagg discusses her successes one year on, her LFW presentation and her placement with M&S. 

18:00- SURVIVE AND THRIVE PART 2: PROFESSOR CARYN FRANKLIN MBE CHAIRS A PANEL ON CREATIVITY, RESILIENCE AND SUCCESS

Caryn Franklin MBE hosts an honest panel talk, discussing how they have overcome obstacles, challenged fixed mindsets, activated change and remain resilient. 

CARYN FRANKLIN MBE
CHARLOTTE GUSH, FASHION EDITOR AT REFINERY 29
JERMAIN FRANCIS, PHOTOGRAPHER
OMI, ECO-FASHION DESIGN, VIN & OMI
NATALIA HASSECK, ART DIRECTOR AND BRAND CONSULTANT

19:00- MARK HEYES IN CONVERSATION WITH HILARY ALEXANDER OBE, BONMARCHÉ

 

 

WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE

 

11:00 - OLIVER CHESHIRE WITH ALEX FULLERTON

12:00- STEVEN COOK, MD FASHION, FORGE A CAREER IN RETAIL, PREDICTING PRODUCT FOR MASS RETAIL, DEBENHAMS

How to arm yourself for the changes in retail. Debenhams Managing Director of Fashion discusses best practices for forging a career in retail. 

13:00- SIZE?: IN CONVERSATION WITH GARY ASPDEN, ADIDAS ORIGINALS

14:00- RALPH LAUREN PANEL TALK

KEVIN CARRIGAN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SASHA KELLY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF DESIGN
KIM GIANGUILI, SENIOR DIRECTOR, TALENT ACQUISTION, CREATIVE TALENT
 

16:00- MARY PORTAS, A LIFE IN FASHION, TU

Portas' career in retail started on the shop floor, rising through the ranks of John Lewis, Harrods and the Burton Group before being appointed Creative Director at Harvey Nichols. Now Executive Creative Director, Retail and Brand Advisor, Journalist, TV Presenter, Author, Ambassador for Save the Children and Government Advisor, Mary discusses her life in the fashion industry and what makes her a leading global authority on retail. 

 

17:30- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MASTERCLASS

Private Masterclass for International university guests.