7 Talks To Catch at London Fashion Week Festival

We’ve begun 2017 by laying the foundations for ambitious plans and attending a host of uplifting creative events. This month, we’re attending London Fashion Weekend Festival 2017 at its brand new venue The Store, not for the purposes of staring starry-eyed at a runway of very lithe-looking ankles in very pointy-looking shoes, but to speak with and draw inspiration from like-minded and inspirational women.

This year’s industry talks programme features a stellar line-up of entrepreneurs and creatives representing the likes of the world’s largest forces in fashion, art and lifestyle. With tickets still available and the Fashion Weekend talks programme kicking off on 23rd February, we’ve picked out a selection of conversations, Q&A’s and panel sessions that are not to be missed.

Cassie Davies-Strodder

Curator of the UK’s first Balenciaga exhibition taking place at the V&A this spring, Cassie Davies-Strodder, will discuss one of the great names in sartorial history. In this talk, she’ll examine the painstaking craftsmanship behind Cristóbal Balenciaga’s designs and assess his extraordinary influence on the fashion industry today.

Thursday 23rd February at 3pm

Anya Hindmarch

British designer Anya Hindmarch, best known for her playful accessories and acid house influences, sits down with Martha Ward to talk about an eponymous luxury accessories brand and its journey. Learn about how Anya successfully reconnected the craftsman with the customer and discover a label that prides itself on its sense of humour.

Thursday 23rd February at 4.30pm

Amy Powney

Amy Powney is at the head of a gorgeous brand named Mother of Pearl. An ultra-modern womenswear label with a comfortable, sporty edge and a big hit with the well-dressed and creatively inclined, Mother of Pearl mixes jazzy textures with smart tailoring and vintage vibes. Catch Amy on the brand’s story and how to stay modern in an ever-changing digital world.

Friday 24th February at 3pm

Tilly Macalister-Smith

Join Tilly Macalister-Smith, current editorial director at Diane von Furstenberg in New York, and kind of a big deal, in conversation with a panel of fashion editors, such as Jenny Kennedy of ES Magazine and Maya Zepinic of the Telegraph Magazine. Head to this one for valuable insider tips and advice on how to give your career in fashion a boost.

Friday 24th February at 4.45pm

Pandora Sykes

Formerly Fashion Features Editor and Wardrobe Mistress columnist at The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Pandora Sykes is now a freelance journalist, brand consultant and somewhat of a social media star. Hear her speak frankly with Martha Ward about writing, fashion and her personal brand in this exclusive London Fashion Weekend Festival talk.

Friday 24th February at 6.45pm

Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Arts and all-round inspiration Paola Antonelli asks, does what we wear today make sense for our current moment? Join Paola as she explores fashion through the lens of design, ahead of the ground-breaking exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern.

Saturday 25th February at 4.45pm



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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth