Alison Tay

MODERATOR: Red Carpet Secrets: How Celebrities Influence Brands
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Friday, 1 April 2016, 19:00

BIOGRAPHY

Alison Tay has spent 15 years on fashion’s front row as a style journalist, international columnist, and TV opinionista on BBC, Sky News and CNN, and as a stylist working with celebrities in London, Paris, New York and LA.

Known for her instinctive and intellectual approach to fashion, Alison’s manifesto as Editor-in-Chief of the Grazia Group is to bring energy, exclusivity and luxury to the Middle East.

Abdo Chlala

PANEL DISCUSSION: 3D Printing to Wearable Tech: The Future of Fashion
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 16:30

BIOGRAPHY

Abdo Chlala is the Regional Head of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Headquarters.

Chlala is responsible for the mobile, tablet, and wearables portfolio; retail, channel, operator and enterprise sales; as well as marketing, content development and product launch activities across the region.

Prior to his current role, Chlala held the title of Chief Marketing Officer, where he was tasked with developing the marketing strategy for a variety of Samsung products and overseeing branding, consumer and marketing insights as well as public relations.

Before joining Samsung, Chlala was the Marketing Director at Procter & Gamble (P&G) NearEast. During his tenure, he drove the Hair Care category to be the fastest growing in the Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Chlala holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB). 

Anita Patrickson

TALK: Red Carpet Secrets: How Celebrities Influence Brands
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Friday, 1 April 2016, 19:00

 

BIOGRAPHY

Anita Patrickson is an established freelance stylist in Los Angeles. Originally raised in South Africa and educated in London, she has traveled extensively gaining experience across a multitude of cultures and lifestyles, which has aided her eclectic and individual fashion aesthetic.

Having had a natural ability for fashion and style, she planted her roots in Los Angeles. Shortly after, Conde Nast secured her as the Assistant West Coast Editor for Allure magazine. She went on to help style celebrities covers such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Katherine Heigl to name a handful.

Following Conde Nast, Anita broke away to pursue her freelance career. She dresses celebrities ranging from Emma Watson and Julianne Hough to Emmy Rossum, Rachel Bilson, Nina Dobrev, Chanel Iman, Taylor Kitsch and Chris Colfer and also regularly styles the covers and editorial pages of Elle, Instyle, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Glamour and more.
To date, Anita has branched into television, film and commercials, working with brands and on successful campaigns such as The Vampire Diaries, Target, Covergirl, Nike, Pantene, Proactiv, AG Jeans, Rolex as well as with big networks and studios like Paramount, Warner Brothers and the CW Network.

In 2014 Anita was one of the hosts for the Samsung Billboard Music Awards 2014 Red Carpet Live Show as well as appearing on E! doing the red carpet pre show for the Oscars. Anita appears regularly on America’s Next Top Model, Access Hollywood, Popsugar and E!. She has also hosted various design and style shows like ‘Designer Spotlight’ as well as representing big brands like Target in their ‘Back to School’ campaigns.

Anita is a spokesperson for Harper’s Bazaar, she is also a curator on OpenSky with over 550,000 followers

Barbara Trebitsch

WORKSHOP: The Evolving Role of Designers in Fashion
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Friday, 1 April 2016, 14:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Barbara Trebitsch is a designer and Head of the Fashion School at Domus Academy in Milan.

She has performed research and been involved in important exhibitions and publications, has been design consultant for important fashion brands and she has established her own prêt-à-porter collection integrating couture techniques.

She has juried many shows and international competitions as well as being a quest lecturer at institutions worldwide that include: Anhebi Morumbi University, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Gifu District, Japan; Borges Cultural Centre, Argentina; Sophya Anthipolis University, France; Lahti Modelinstitutte, Finland; Univesidad Equinocial Bolivariana, Ecuador; Fukui District, Japan; Lineapelle, Italy; Moda In, Italy; Keymung University, Korea; HEAA, Geneve; Dong Hua University, Shanghai; Stroganovsky University, Moscow; Be Next, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Tiblisi.

She has been part of the selection committee for Project Runway-Italy and founding member of the Fashion Colloquia an academic based network promoting discussion and conferences concerning fashion and education, partnering with series in collaboration with London College of Fashion, Parsons School of Design and IFM Paris. As Head of the Fashion School and Director of the fashion programs at Domus Academy, she has worked closely with many important fashion brands, including: Antonio Berardi, Costume National, Napapijri, Nike, 7 For All Mankind, Swarovski, Moncler, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Timberland, Tod’s Group, Swarovski.

Bryan Oknyansky

PANEL DISCUSSION MODERATOR: 3D Printing to Wearable Tech: The Future of Fashion
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 16:30

BIOGRAPHY

Bryan Oknyansky is an international award-winning product architect known for inventing pioneering products that have taken him around the world as a lecturer and speaker. With 15 years of experience in the architecture, product and footwear design industries, Bryan specializes in using the latest robotic manufacturing technologies like 3D printing to reinvent the world around us one product at a time. Bryan founded Shoes By Bryan in 2012 – a London-based fashion and technology startup pioneering mass-market 3D printed footwear unique to every single foot in the world while also looking, and feeling, great. Alongside running his growing design practice, Bryan is an innovation consultant to multiple design industries, directs an independent CAD training program and is a Visiting Lecturer at Regent’s University London School of Fashion and Design, the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion.

Butheina Kazim

BIOGRAPHY

Butheina Kazim is the co-founder of Cinema Akil, an upcoming Dubai-based independent cinema set to open at the end of 2015. She was a Fulbright scholar of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (NYU) in New York from 2011-2013. Kazim has worked as a project manager in television and radio stations in the UAE and has contributed to publications including Al Jazeera, Gulf News, Jadaliyya and the Art Dubai blog. Kazim has been involved in programming several film series including Abu Dhabi Film Festival at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Cinema Akil Pop Up at the Third Line and Cinema Akil at Market Outside the Box. She is also the producer of short documentary film ‘Letters to Palestine’ which won the Special Jury Prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2010 and has been screened in festivals in Argentina, Spain, Palestine and Canada. Kazim recently completed the Goethe Institut Cultural Management Program for the Arab World which took place in Berlin in 2014. Butheina is currently based between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and you can follow her tweets @butheina

Caterina Occhio

PANEL DISCUSSION: Why Ethical Fashion Matters
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Friday, 1 April 2016, 16:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Caterina Occhio is a former development aid manager with over 15 years experience in supporting employment and institutional reform. 

Occhio worked extensively for the European Commission, different UN agencies and from 2002, she specialized in the socio-economic integration of women. In 2007, she became the secretary-general of the SEED Foundation and led two projects for socio-economic insertion of battered women in Turkey. In 2010 she was EU Policy adviser in social protection for the new employment strategy in Tunisia.

In her quest to help and improve women’s conditions in the MENA region, in 2013 Occhio took a leap of faith and launched SeeMe, the only fair trade verified brand of the region. The heart, iconic symbol of the brand, was born while walking through the souks and back streets of the middle east. 

Selected as pioneer of ethical fashion by the Ethical Fashion Forum, Occhio has been invited in 2015 by Suzy Menkes to be speaker on fair luxury as future luxury trend, at Conde Nast International conference on Luxury. The same year, Glamour Italia selected her amongst the most glamour and committed women of the year and Lancia chose Occhio as one of the inspiring women portrayed for the lunch of the new Y10.

Deborah Nicodemus

PANEL DISCUSSION: From Runway to Retail: Moda Operandi
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 19:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Deborah Nicodemus is the CEO of Moda Operandi, where she oversees the business strategy and overall operations of the company. Deborah has extensive merchandising and brand management experience across several international luxury brands.
 
Most recently, Deborah served as Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer at leading North American fine jewelry brand Maison Birks where she was responsible for product development, brand management, marketing, merchandising, and planning for the company.
 
Prior to Birks & Mayors, Nicodemus held executive roles at BerrNico, as well as within the LVMH group at Donna Karan and DFS Group managing luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Ferragamo, Cartier, Bulgari, Tiffany, and other international luxury companies.

Francesca Gianesin

PANEL DISCUSSION: 3D Printing to Wearable Tech: The Future of Fashion
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 16:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

A Disney veteran with a very diverse background, Francesca Romana Gianesin is currently Vice President EMEA for Disney Consumer Products performing two jobs, on one side leading DCP Softlines, one of the biggest Disney Divisions made of multiple lines of business (apparel, accessories, footwear, stationery, home, infant and sportswear) and on the other side leading the Adult and Girls Consumer Segments for the whole DCP organisation. F.R. Gianesin also leads the relationship between The Walt Disney Company and one of the biggest international retailers. She is now based in London where she moved with her family. Previously she held different positions in TWDC Italy becoming VP Disney Consumer Products for the country and Vice President Integrated Retail for The Walt Disney Company; she was responsible for deep organisational changes integrating Licensing and Retail for TWDC while merging, growing and increasing penetration of Disney and Marvel's businesses across multiple categories and distribution channels. Prior to joining Disney, F.R.Gianesin held different positions in Johnson Wax in the sales oragnisation, leading international retail projects, in Unichips Group (Food segment). She has additional experience in apparel having worked for a long time in the Fashion Haute Couture world while she started her professional career in Television.

Jayshree Gupta

PANEL DISCUSSION: Building Your Fashion Brand in the UAE
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 13:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Jayshree Gupta is a partner of Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in the Firm's Dubai office. She is a dual qualified solicitor (England and India) and has been practising in the UAE since 1995.   

Ms. Gupta has extensive experience in the Gulf, advising on corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, franchising, agency and distribution, and hotel contractual work. Among her clients are multinational organizations, established Middle Eastern businesses and major Indian corporates from a wide range of sectors including retail and fashion, hospitality and leisure, media, technology, telecommunications and finance.   

Ms. Gupta regularly features in the "Top 100 Most Influential Indians in the Gulf Region" published by Arabian Business and has served on the Regulatory Appeals Committee of the Dubai Financial Services Authority since 2008.

Mary Chiam

PANEL DISCUSSION: From Runway to Retail: Moda Operandi
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 19:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Chiam is a leading luxury fashion executive within the ecommerce industry.  As Senior Vice President of Merchandising & Planning of Moda Operandi, she oversees the overall product and commercial strategy of the business.

Upon joining Moda Operandi, she continued to build the merchandising strategy upon the foundations of the business.  She oversaw the expansion of business categories such as Fine Jewelry, Bridal and Haute Couture.  She brought in new partnerships such as Dolce Gabbana, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Naeem Khan and Elie Saab, creating exclusive capsules especially for the elite Moda customers.   Each season, Mary identifies fashion trends and is an avid supporter of new designers, launching their full collections in order for customers to preorder straight off the runway, thus establishing Moda Operandi as the trusted voice of showcasing new design talent. 

Prior to Moda Operandi, Mary spent six years at Net-a-Porter.  She first joined the accessories team, planning the merchandising strategy, growing the division to over 50% of the business.   In 2009, she was appointed as Head of Merchandising for the launch of THE OUTNET.  There she built the global merchandising team spanning London, New York and Shanghai.

Linton Crockford-Moore

WORKSHOP: Making Your Product Stand Out in Stores
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Thursday, 31 March 2016, 18:30

BIOGRAPHY

Born in the United Kingdom, Linton Crockford-Moore began his career in retail in London for Gap after completing his Design studies in 1995, and it was during this time that Linton built the foundation for his deep understanding for the retail business.

In 2000 Linton moved to the Middle East and joined the Chalhoub Group where he was responsible for the regional Visual Merchandising and brand development for a portfolio of over 20 luxury brands ranging from Paul Smith, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix, Kenzo, Christofle, S.T.Dupont.

Linton then went on to become Visual Merchandising Manager in 2006 leading the transformation of this activity with his drive to set the highest standards of sensorial retail experience’s.

His foresight and unique knowledge of global luxury brands, retail trends, fashion and design prompted him in 2010 to become the Chalhoub Group’s Creative Director, where in his role he saw a need for integrated and creative brand communications and an enhanced in-store consumer experience in the fashion, beauty and gift sectors.

As an accomplished visual merchandising strategist Linton inspired and led a team of over 300 regional visual merchandisers. Under Linton’s guidance, his team of architects, store planners, forecasters and interior designers have created category developing retail concepts for a wide range of brands. Today, Linton leads the creation and guardianship of the Chalhoub Groups retail equity through the design development of its ‘own retail’ concepts, with concept stores such as Tanagra, Katakeet, Wojooh, Level Shoes, TRYANO and Level Kids.

Linton is an extensive traveler, a design strategist and is a retail authority in the fashion scene that he has devoted the past 20 years to. 

Matthew Drinkwater

PANEL DISCUSSION: 3D Printing to Wearable Tech: The Future of Fashion
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 16:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Matthew Drinkwater, Head of Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion

Matthew works at the crossroads of Fashion, Retail and Tech to head up LCF's Fashion Innovation Agency. Partnering the most exciting designer talent in London with the very latest fashion-tech to create ground-breaking brand collaborations and consultancies across the fashion, retail, lifestyle, cultural and digital industries.
 
Matthew delivered the world's first digital skirt for Nokia, wireless charging clothing for Microsoft, a 3D-printed bionic arm to help celebrate the launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and what Forbes described as 'the first example of truly beautiful wearable tech' for Disney. He was named in the 100 most influential in the world of Wearable Technology and named amongst the 'Top 15 people in UK tech' by BBC3. Matthew is currently working on global concepts in wearables, AR/VR, fashion technology and IoT.

Muriel Piaser

PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting into Department Stores: International Buyers Perspective
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Thursday, 31 March 2016, 15:00

 

BIOGRAPHY

Muriel Piaser is an International Creative Consultant specializing in fashion counseling, public relations, and global development. She is best recognized for her large scale role in the creation of The Box, an extension of Paris fashion weeks Who’s Next tradeshow, as well as her position at Prêt-à-Porter Paris trade-show as Director of Exhibitions.

For more than 15 years, Piaser has provided emerging markets, designers, and established brands with ideas that not only create new opportunities but also maximizes their potential. As a graduate of EFAP(1994), Piaser made her mark in the public relations world by working for some of fashion's biggest designers: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Atsuro Tayama, and still Torrente Haute Couture. Maintaining her craft through poise and passion, Piaser’s philosophy is curbed via matching opportunities to the untapped landscapes that wait abroad.

In 1998, she joined the trade show Who's Next as Sales Manager where she created a “fresh” universe dedicated to young designers. Shortly after, she became the Director of Exhibitions for the notable Prêt-à-Porter Paris tradeshow in Paris, Tokyo and New York until 2011. Chic and charismatic, Piaser has been featured on a band of noteworthy websites including Forbes, V-Mag Spain, Fashion-Daily News, and WWD, with each highlighting her overall skills, talents, and accomplishments.

Launched in 2012, Muriel Piaser Consulting is Piaser’s latest platform for offering her services to international fashion brands and Councils of fashion. Piaser also maintains a key position in the success of countless International and Parisian fashion fairs. Spearheaded by communication savvy and public influence, her expert eye for trends and talent is key for landing universal concepts into the minds of a thriving generation.

PASCALE CAMART

PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting into Department Stores: International Buyers Perspective
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Thursday, 31 March 2016, 15:00

 

BIOGRAPHY

With 29 years of buying experience and commitment to GALERIES LAFYETTE, Pascale now heads their womenswear and underwear buying departments. In this capacity, she is defining the policy to set up women and underwear fashion brands, predominantly in the accessible luxury apparel space for approximately 550 brands at Haussmann and 60 stores in province. As head buyer, Pascale serves as the guarantor of turnover and profit margins, while managing her team of 20 buyers.

Ritu Upadhyay

MODERATOR: International Buyers Panel
LOCATION: d3 Fashion Talks
TIME: Thursday, 31 March, 2016 - 17:30

MODERATOR: From Runway to Moda Operandi
LOCATION: d3 Fashion Talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April, 2016 - 19:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Ritu Upadhyay is the Middle East correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).
Often referred to as “the fashion bible,” WWD has been the industry voice of authority for the global fashion, retail and beauty communities for over 100 years. Covering the business side of the industry along with trends and runway shows, Ritu has a unique understanding of both the creative and commercial sides of fashion. For the last ten years, she has  reported on new design talent in emerging markets, profiled fashion luminaries like Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Christian Louboutin and Elie Saab, as well as traveled to factories across India to report on manufacturing and skilled artisans. 

In addition to WWD, she has covered the Middle East for Bloomberg TV. Born and raised in Chicago, Ritu has lived in New York, India, Jordan and Pakistan, and currently divides her time between Washington D.C. and Dubai.

SARAH BEYDOUN

PANEL DISCUSSION: Why Ethical Fashion Matters
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Friday, 1 April 2016, 16:30

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dynamic, passionate and determined, with an epicurean’s delight in beauty and art, founder and creative director Sarah Beydoun designs handbags and accessories that are known for their intricate craftsmanship, attention to detail and vibrant, high-spirited appeal. 

Born and raised in Beirut, Sarah’s unconventional journey in fashion began during her final year of a graduate degree in sociology, when she was conducting research at Dar Al Amal, an NGO that rehabilitates women at risk and female ex-prisoners. Soon after, she decided to set up a business that would train and employ the women she’d met during her fieldwork. She launched Sarah's Bag in Beirut in May of 2000, bringing together her love of fashion and design with the mission to empower underprivileged women.  Sarah’s exuberant persona shines through each of her designs and the finished results are hip, luxurious, hand crafted statement pieces that are always fun and playful. In 2014, with the push to expand the label’s international reach, Sarah’s sister Malak, an advertising and fashion publishing professional, joined the company as a partner, bringing with her valuable industry experience to the brand.  

SONG PHAM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting into Department Stores: International Buyers Perspective
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Thursday, 31 March 2016, 15:00

 

BIOGRAPHY

Song is a fashion retail and buying consultant based in Paris. She has worked for several buying offices as market representative for major International retailers before founding 10 Lines Consulting in 2013. The agency’s aim is to bring into the fashion world an innovative structure, which strongly believes in long-lasting partnerships to develop audacious concepts and support promising talents. 

Song has been the buying consultant in Paris for Harvey Nichols Hong Kong for over eight years and has worked towards building its trendsetter positioning. Today, in addition to its buying office activity, 10 Lines also partners with fashion key players such as MC2 showroom in brand scouting and consulting, and has also integrated brand strategy into its services.

Sujata Assomull

MODERATOR: Getting into Department Stores: International Buyers Perspective
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Thursday, 31 March 2016, 15:00

BIOGRAPHY

One of India’s most informed and influential commentators on Indian fashion Sujata Assomull was the launch editor of Harper’s Bazaar India. Having worked at ELLE India, Indian Express and Verve, she also has been the communications  director of Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo in India. Having worked on both sides of the fashion divide, she recently moved to Dubai and is now the consulting Fashion Editor of the region’s first English daily, Khaleej Times.
 
One of India’s most informed and influential commentators on Indian fashion Sujata Assomull was the launch editor of Harper’s Bazaar India. Having worked at ELLE India, Indian Express and Verve, she also has been the communications  director of Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo in India. Having worked on both sides of the fashion divide, she recently moved to Dubai and is now the consulting Fashion Editor of the region’s first English daily, Khaleej Times.

Yasmine Jaber

PANEL DISCUSSION: 3D Printing to Wearable Tech: The Future of Fashion
LOCATION: d3 Fashion talks
TIME: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 16:30

BIOGRAPHY

Yasmine founded Exocet in August 2014 with her partner Morning Lau.  Born in Lebanon, Yasmine graduated in 2012 with a Masters degree in Createur Couture from Esmod in Paris. She interned at Balmain, Lea Peckre, and Alexander Wang before launching Exocet in Paris with fellow Esmod alum Lau. The designers formed a union that merges their two cultures and their shared love for nature and animals, creating a line of hybrid handbags which are known for their unique 3D printed animals.