Fashion Challenges Forum is a forum that sparks dialogue, ignites inspiration, and dives deep into the current issues facing the fashion industry.

Increasing pressure on business performance, shifting consumer behaviours, accelerating industry trends, and the drive towards digitalisation mean that the fashion business landscape is ever-changing.

Bringing together industry leaders, designers, entrepreneurs, and more, Fashion Challenges Forum is an opportunity for the global fashion community to explore observations and experiences, and to strategise actionable and innovative ideas for businesses and brands.

*Fashion Asia reserves the right to modify the programme without prior notice.

Forum Videos

Establishing a Thriving Fashion Community

Caroline Rush CBE・Chief Executive, British Fashion Council

Caroline Issa (Moderator)・CEO, Tank Group

Creating and supporting a local fashion community is key to global success. The British Fashion Council CEO shares her expertise on how to engage emerging brands, designers and established businesses.

The Creator of Chinese Couture

Guo Pei・Founder, GUO PEI and Rose Studio

Victoria Tang-Owen (Moderator)・Founder and Creative Director of Thirty30 Creative and Victoria Tang Studio; Director of Arts, Culture & Heritage for Shanghai Tang

Haute Couture has long been regarded as the pinnacle of craftsmanship in the fashion industry. An internationally renowned Chinese couturier shares her insights on building a global business around this rarefied craft.

Regional Reshift

Judy Liu・President Greater China & Asia Pacific and Executive Board Member, FARFETCH

Divia Harilela (Moderator)・Principal & Editor, The D'Vine

Shopping habits and consumer behaviours in the Asia Pacific region are continually evolving. An ecommerce expert dissects new trends and explains how brands can innovate and engage new markets as we head into an economic slowdown.

To AI or not to AI

Kerry Murphy・Founder & CEO, The Fabricant

Rose du Chatellier・Director of New Business Innovation, Condé Nast

Desiree Au (Moderator)・Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong

Everyone in the industry is keen to explore and harness the powers of Artificial Intelligence. Two digital experts discuss how this new tool is transforming the creative process to create a more personalised experience.

The Fashion Week Comeback

Phillip Lim・Co-Founder & Creative Director, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Kazufumi Otsuka・Deputy Editor, Women's Wear Daily for Japan

Kaoru Imajo (Moderator)・Fashion Week Division Director, Japan Fashion Week Organization

Every major fashion week has made a triumphant return this year but are their original objectives and goals still relevant? Fashion week veterans debate the pros and cons of this industry mainstay.

Adapting To The Asian Market

Dione Song・Chief Executive Officer, Love, Bonito

Divia Harilela (Moderator)・Principal & Editor, The D'Vine

Asia is home to a growing number of accessible ready-to-wear labels targeting a more local audience. An executive from a well-known Singaporean brand reveals how the marketplace has evolved, the growth of online and how fast fashion can still be sustainable.

Talents of Tomorrow

Alexis Bonhomme・Vice President of Global Industry Partnerships & APAC Commercial, FARFETCH

Antonella Viero・Strategic Advisor, OTB Group

Chen Peng・Founder and Fashion Designer of CHENPENG

Sophie Brocart・CEO of Patou and Mentoring Director of LVMH Prize

Caroline Issa (Moderator)・CEO, Tank Group

Talent isn’t enough when you want to become a global success story. A panel of industry experts explain the common pitfalls emerging designers face and how mentors and industry support are vital to their survival.

From Seoul to the World

Mo Kim・Chief Executive Officer, We11done

Jessica Jung・Co-founder and Creative Director, We11done

Tracey Cheng・Vice President of Merchandising – Womenswear, I.T

Divia Harilela (Moderator)・Principal & Editor, The D'Vine

Korean brands continue to draw in an international audience with their cool aesthetic and modern appeal. An industry buyer and the founders of Seoul’s hottest label discuss how the rise of Korean fashion is changing and inspiring the industry.

The New Age of Influencing

Ayla Sham・Fashion Influencer

Ashley Lin・Fashion Influencer

Desiree Au (Moderator)・Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong

Influencers are now a core part of any brand’s marketing strategy but how do they stay relevant in an increasingly crowded marketplace? Two influential media personalities divulge how to create long term strategic partnerships and keep audiences engaged.

The Future of Haute Couture

Robert Wun・Founder and Fashion Designer, ROBERT WUN

Caroline Issa (Moderator)・CEO, Tank Group

Is the Haute Couture industry still inspiring to the next generation of designers? A Hong Kong born couture designer uncovers the challenges and opportunities faced by independent creatives and the future that lies ahead.

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