It’s amazing what you can bring together in a matter of days. Sometime in the last week and a half (time seems to be moving both incredibly fast and slowly right now) a group of Vogue editors around the world had the idea of holding a series of conversations—via Zoom—about the future of fashion and creativity. This was for the simple reason that these conversations were already happening, constantly, by email and text and phone call. Everyone we were speaking to seemed gripped by the same set of questions. What does the future hold? How will our industry recover? And, most importantly—how can we change it for the better?
Of course, this pandemic has created profound challenges for our industry. It’s the reason we at American Vogue have created the new Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, A Common Thread—to try to provide relief to those in the U.S. in fashion who need it.
But for all the damage we’ve seen, it is also clear that there is opportunity as well. Everyone we were speaking to seemed to agree: that fashion needs to change. That when we come back from this crisis—which we will—we should come back with purpose: stronger and more thoughtful and more sustainable in what we do.
So in that spirit of (cautious) optimism I’m thrilled to announce Vogue Global Conversations, a four-day online event, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, in which we will grapple with questions about the future of creativity, of runway shows, of e-commerce, and brick-and-mortar retail. Each of the conversations, which you can register to participate in for free (registration will be capped, so hurry) will be moderated by a Vogue editor, including Edward Enninful of British Vogue, Eugenia de la Torriente of Vogue España, Angelica Cheung of Vogue China and more. Our guests are similarly far flung: an incredible roster of designers and retailers and executives like Marc Jacobs, Kenneth Ize, Stella McCartney, Virgil Abloh, Cédric Charbit of Balenciaga, and Pete Nordstrom to name a few. These are the people who are already asking questions about our industry’s future. What a pleasure to be able to watch them work out answers together.
We also want to know what you think. These conversations have been designed to be interactive—by registering for the live Zoom, participants can send their own questions to Vogue as well. Fashion is too often criticized for being elitist. We know better: that this community is about all of us, that it, and the retail industry, employ millions, up and down the economic scale.
And each one of us could all use a little hope right now. I am convinced that conversations like the ones starting tomorrow—and we are planning to hold at least three more of these events in the months to come—are the best way to generate it. We need to talk frankly and openly about what fashion is going through, but just as importantly, we need to start imagining what comes next. Please join us.
The discussion series will air on Zoom daily from April 14 to April 17 at 9 a.m. EST (New York), 2 p.m. BST (London), 3 p.m. CEST (Paris and Milan), and 9 p.m. CST (Beijing and Shanghai). We will be recapping the highlights of each discussion daily on Vogue’s global websites.
Sign up here for The Future of Creativity with British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, Marc Jacobs, and Kenneth Ize and The Future of Sustainability with Vogue España’s Eugenia de la Torriente, Stella McCartney, and Gabriela Hearst on April 14 at 9 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. GMT / 9 p.m. CST
Sign up here for The Future of Fashion Shows with Vogue Runway’s Nicole Phelps, Balenciaga’s Cédric Charbit, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, and Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi on April 15 at 9 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. GMT / 9 p.m. CST
Sign up here for The Future of E-Commerce with Vogue China’s Angelica Cheung, Off-White and Louis Vuitton Men’s Virgil Abloh, Farfetch and the British Fashion Council’s Stephanie Phair, and Moncler’s Remo Ruffini on April 16 at 9 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. GMT / 9 p.m. CST
Sign up here for The Future of Brick and Mortar with Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue’s Emanuele Farneti, La Rinascente’s Vittorio Radice, Nordstrom’s Pete Nordstrom, and Tory’s Burch Pierre-Yves Roussel on April 17 at 9 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. GMT / 9 p.m. CST
BY ANNA WINTOUR