November 28, 2022 (Mon)

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.

*Some of the speakers/moderators will participate via virtual/pre-recorded format. Fashion Asia reserves the right to modify the programme without prior notice.

Forum Videos

Home Connection

Jihong Mao *・Founder and Chairman, EXCEPTION de MIXMIND & Fangsuo Commune

The newly developed Greater Bay Area will unlock plenty of new opportunities for Hong Kong talents. A fashion expert and entrepreneur discusses how the city’s designers can foster closer ties with the mainland while offering advice on building a successful brand.

Insurgent Thinking

Stefano Martinetto *・Chief Executive & Co-founder, Tomorrow London Ltd

Caroline Issa (Moderator) *・CEO, Tank Group

Tomorrow’s Stefano Martinetto in conversation with Caroline Issa about his maverick approach to building a business that supports creative entrepreneurship, how to supercharge young brands and a love of product.

Bringing It Back Home

Alice Temperley MBE *・Fashion Designer, Temperley London

Caroline Issa (Moderator) *・CEO, Tank Group

Alice Temperley, MBE in conversation with Caroline Issa about what it took to build Temperley London into a British Luxury brand, rethinking the fashion cycle and discovering local production partners at the footsteps of her new Somerset headquarters.

Supporting New Talents

Ashlynn Park *・Founder & Fashion Designer, ASHLYN

Megan Reynolds *・Brand Director, MATCHESFASHION

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

Providing support to up-and-coming designers is now more crucial than ever. A luxury retailer and fashion designer offer their insight on how designers and retailers can cultivate their relationship while carving their own niche.

“Outsiders” In

Giuliano Calza *・Co-founder and Creative Director, GCDS

Caroline Issa (Moderator) *・CEO, Tank Group

Giluliano Calza of GCDS in conversation with Caroline Issa about creating fashion for a like-minded community, why feeling like an outsider can be a superpower, and what it takes to build a global brand for a new generation of consumers.

Shanghai Style

Susan Fang *・Founder & Fashion Designer, SUSAN FANG

Shanghai has become a hot spot for the mainland’s most promising designers. One of the city’s rising talents discusses how the city has helped shape her success and the importance of promoting craftsmanship and sustainable fashion.

China’s New Guard

Yueqi Qi *・Founder & Fashion Designer, YUEQI QI

China’s new generation of designers have now earned their place in the global spotlight. An up-and-coming talent charts her path to success while revealing the importance of balancing one’s own heritage with global trends and demands.

Asia Power

Thibault Villet・President, APAC, Tory Burch

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

Luxury brands based in the region have had to grapple with harsh new realities including budgets and traffic. A luxury brand head talks about the opportunities that lie ahead and how the region can maintain its unique competitive edge.

Reclaiming Your Heritage

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

Tiffany Godoy *・Head of Editorial Content, Vogue Japan, Condé Nast Japan

Desiree Au (Moderator)・Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong

Phillip Lim – Co-Founder & Creative Director, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Tiffany Godoy – Head of Editorial Content, Vogue Japan, Condé Nast Japan
Moderated by Desiree Au – Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong

How can Asian designers create brands with a global vision while respecting their unique cultural voice? An internationally acclaimed designer talks to media experts about how he reclaimed his Asian heritage to become an advocate for minorities and his community.

Navigating the Digital Realm

Leslie Holden・Co-founder, The Digital Fashion Group

In just a few short years the digital world has changed drastically, offering designers a whole new world of opportunity and challenges. A digital expert explains how young designers can utilise Web 3.0, the metaverse and more.

Imagining a Phygital Future

Daria Shapovalova *・Founder and CEO, DRESSX

Natalia Modenova *・Founder and COO, DRESSX

Olga Chernysheva・Chief Sustainability Officer, DRESSX

Leslie Holden・Co-founder, The Digital Fashion Group

Phygital fashion offers customers a unique experience that utilises both the physical and virtual worlds. A digital fashion pioneer discusses how this movement can empower brands and designers to create, produce and sell fashion in more efficient and sustainable ways.

The Next Chapter

Blondie Tsang・President, Lane Crawford & Joyce

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

Over its 172 year history in Greater China, Lane Crawford, Asia’s pre-eminent luxury retailer has thrived through market expansion and the boomtimes of luxury growth, and navigated the challenges of wartime takeover, social flashpoints and pandemics. Its new leader talks about what’s important to the business now and what’s next for retail.

Defining the Future of Crypto, Luxury, and Storytelling

Shashi Menon・CEO, Vogue Arabia & UNXD

Ahy Choi (Moderator)・Editorial Director, Vogue Hong Kong

Recent years have seen an explosive growth of NFTs in the global luxury market, but how long will the momentum last? The founder of a pioneering NFT marketplace sheds new light on the future of the NFT in the fashion industry.

Media Shifts

Ciara Byrne *・Vice President of New Business Innovation, Condé Nast

Desiree Au (Moderator)・Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong

A new media order has emerged since the pandemic where only the strongest have survived. A representative from one of the industry’s most respected media groups discusses how the landscape has changed and the role innovation and technology will play in the future.

Modernising Couture

Andrea Brocca *・Fashion Designer, ANDREA BROCCA

Bea Valdes (Moderator)・Editor-in-chief, Vogue Philippines

Is there a place for couture in a post-pandemic world? A Gen-Z couturier explains how couture can still survive in an increasingly digital world and how its future lies with the next generation.

Creating Tomorrow’s Brands

Simone Rocha・​​Founder & Fashion Designer, Simone Rocha

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

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

Transitioning from an emerging designer to an established global brand has become extremely challenging. A veteran buyer and renowned designer discuss how the industry can help designers build and grow their own successful brand.

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