Brown Fashion Week has put together an impressive line-up for its first virtual event, taking place from March 4th to 22nd.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden and Olivier Rousteing are among the prominent speakers. Events will include a fiery conversation between Patrice Louvet, CEO of Ralph Lauren and P’22, and Isabelle Guichot, CEO of Maje.
Francesca Bellettini, CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Emma Chamberlain and Olivia Palermo will be present at other sessions. Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, the first black costume designer to win an Oscar, will share her experiences in the fashion and film industries. There’s also a conversation between designer Stella Jean of Rome, Fe Noel of Brooklyn and Tracy Reese of Detroit.
Cole will be interviewed by his daughter, Amanda Cole, from the 2012 brown class, about shedding light on social issues. The next panel will be a discussion with editors such as Vanessa Friedman, chief fashion critic of The New York Times; Samantha Barry, editor-in-chief of Glamor and Chioma Nnadi, editor of Vogue.com.
The finale of the event will be the 11th annual runway exhibition on March 26 at 7pm, released live as a YouTube film showing the creations of various student designers. Fashion @ Brown was unable to hold a personal event due to restrictions on club activities this spring.
According to Sasha Pinto, president of Fashion @ Brown, gathering guest speakers was not an easy task.
“We were stunned and humiliated by the positive response we received to our invitations to speak at Brown Fashion Week this year,” Pinto said. “We wanted Brown Fashion Week to be bigger than ever to give students much-needed inspiration given the ultimate isolation everyone has experienced – and the fashion industry has responded in huge numbers. It is a recognition not only of the kindness and generosity of individual speakers, but also of the industry in general. “
She told the Brown Daily Herald, “Despite our incredible success in posting the 25 best people in the fashion industry, we probably had 25 people turn us down for everyone who said yes.” It was a process of cold calling, writing letters, sending email, DMing … in short, we tried to do anything and everything to reach the people on our wish list. “
The event, which is the first to be used practically since its inception, is free and open to students and others around the world. It is not limited to the Brown University community.