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Vortex: Paradox, Promise, Possibility

20th Annual Fashion, Jewelry + Design Conference 

November 8-9, 2018   Museum of the City of NY 

For information: Call:  +1 646-485-1952

Email: aW5mbyB8IGFydGluaXRpYXRpdmVzICEgY29t


Ladies and Gentlemen: please hold on to your hats and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times.  

In this, the 20th New York Fashion, Jewelry + Design Conference, we consider the times in which we are living, a swirling vortex suggesting constant change and possibility, characterized by uncertainty. The vortex of contemporary fashion, a product and a mirror of this broader context, is the specific whirlpool into which we jump head-first: dizzying and disorienting, yes, but also dazzling and transporting. Whether by disruptive experimentation, the radical use of cutting-edge technologies, or astonishing cross-functional collaborations, we are swept off our feet. 

But we are not simply caught in a maelstrom of novel design, novel techniques, novel materials, and novel garments. We are caught as well in a revolution in how contemporary fashion is sold. We are caught in a communications revolution, as sellers seek new ways to capture the consumer’s attention. Social media might reign but other approaches, such as narrative film and photography that tell a story, putting objects in compelling contexts, overtly seek to leave behind the distractions of social media, as well as the limitations of conventional print and television advertising. 

So why the revolution, the upheaval? Because we want it. And we’ll have our revolution customized, thank you very much. And we want it fast, delivered—or so it would seem—even before we complete our on-line order. 

The shifting of the ground beneath our feet is not to be feared. Not least when it entails a growing recognition of the environmental impact of human activity across the fashion industry and the importance of chain of custody. Not least when it entails an increased understanding of the value and contribution of diversity in everything we do. Disruption, after all, gave us Dior. 

But despite the sturm, despite the drang, some things don’t change. Authenticity will remain prized: thus a return to natural dyes and fibers, to hand production, and the recognition, that when it comes to diamonds and much else, that “real is rare.”  

Welcome to the Vortex.

A reception and book-signings complement lectures, panels, and conversations. 

Among the presenters (as of October 3, 2018):


Ivan Bart, President, IMG Models and Fashion Properties;

Wendy Brandes, jewelry designer;

Joan Juliet Buck, American novelist, critic, essayist, actress, and editor;

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, designer and gemologist;

Patricia Ermecheo, founder, Osom Socks and Osomtex;

Nina Farran, founder and CEO, Fashionkind;

Deirdre Featherstone, private jeweler based in NYC;

Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council;

Melissa Gonzalez, founder, The Lionesque Group (TLG);

Kelly Gray, Creative Director, Grayse, and model; 

Mellissa Huber, assistant curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art;

Mickey Alam Khan, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Luxury Daily;

Deepa Lakhani, co-founder, Deepa Gurnani;

Jenny Luker, President, Platinum Guild International USA;

Meredith Melling, Valerie Macaulay, and Molly Howard, founders, La Ligne;

Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer;

Alexandra Mor, haute joaillerie designer;

Carrie Ellen Phillips and Vanessa von Bismarck, founding partners of BPCM;

Jyothi Rao, President, INTERMIX;

Freida Rothman, Brooklyn-based designer specializing in luxury jewelry and accessories;

Cullen Schwarz, cofounder, DoneGood;

Elizabeth Suda, founder, ARTICLE22;

Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief, W Magazine;

Robert Verdi, entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, and television personality;

Gary A. Wassner, CEO, Hilldun Corporation;

Caroline Weber, professor of French & Comparative Literature, Barnard College, Columbia University and author, Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris (Knopf, 2018);

Constance C.R. White, award-winning journalist and author, HOW TO SLAY: Inspiration from Black Kings and Queens of Style (Rizzoli, 2018);

Jason Wu, fashion designer;

Jennifer Zeuner, jewelry designer. 



For more information follow our Facebook page or join our Fashion + Design 2018 Facebook Group to connect with other attendees.We hope you can join us for another GREAT conference with insightful information and great people. 


Comfirmation of purchase will be sent through Eventbrite. Please check your junk/spam folders if you do not receive your confirmation email.


Start and end times are subject to change. Please see Dear Attendee letter that will be sent via Eventbrite prior to the start of the conference for finalized start and end times.


Withdrawl and refunds: Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to Initiatives in Art and Culture, 333 East 57th Street, Suite 13B, New York, New York 10022 or via email to aW5mbyB8IGFydGluaWF0aXZlcyAhIGNvbQ==. No refunds will be made after October 26, 2018.





Captions: Installation view of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Medieval Sculpture Hall. Image: ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Constance C. R. White, HOW TO SLAY: Inspiration From the Queens & Kings of Black Style. Rizzoli New York, 2018. Front jacket: model, Gaye McDonald; photo, Itaysha Jordan; Alex Prager, Cate Blanchett in Uncanny Valley. Cover, The Female Gaze, W Magazine. Vol. 5 (2018), a special issue photographed, styled, written, and directed by women, about women, starring guest editor Cate Blanchett; Photo: courtesy, Fashionkind; Rebecca Minkoff, I Am Many campaign, 2018, featuring Nadine Sierra, Clementine Desseau, Deja Foxx, Roxiny Rivas, Rebecca Minkoff, Nadya Okamoto, Alessandra Brown-Cepeda, and Autumn Greco.



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