ALBERTO OLIVEROS

Timing:d3 - 15:30 Monday, 13April 2015
Panel Discussion:How to get your brand into stores: A Retailer's Perspective

BIOGRAPHY

Alberto Oliveros is Head of Buying for Level Shoe District, the world’s iconic footwear concept store in The Dubai Mall, spanning 96,000 square feet with over 250 international designer brands of which more than 100 are exclusive to the Level. Alberto is responsible for a team of two buyers across four multibrand areas: Women’s Designer, Contemporary, Men’s Designer and Trends. Level Shoe District was recently honoured with the Footwear News Retailer of the Year award.

Born in Spain, Alberto began his career in Florence, Italy, after completing his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in The University College of Dublin, a course in Fashion Design and Marketing at Central Saint Martins, London, and a Master in Fashion Management and Merchandising in Polimoda, Florence.

In 2006, Alberto started working in the Product Development department of Escada Accessories in Florence under the creative direction of Giuseppe Zanotti. He went on to work on the buying team of Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans and Luella for UK, for Club 21, leading luxury franchisee in UK and Asia. In 2009 Alberto took on the challenge of overseeing the buying of Women’s Accessories for Ralph Lauren Europe Retail Stores.

After more than 5 years in the London market, Alberto moved to Dubai in 2012 to head the buying department of Level.

ALICE SHULMAN

Timing:d3 - 16:00 & 17:30 Monday, 13 April 2015
Panel Discussion:Methods in Fashion Design & Panel Discussion: Fashion Criticism
Talk:Work Shop: Pragmatic Creative Tools

BIOGRAPHY

Alice Shulman is head of Womenswear at MTWTFSS Weekday, a Stockholm based fashion & denim brand that was bough by the H&M group in 2010. Alice has been with the company for five years and was made Head of Womenswear in 2014. During this time the company has grown from a small independent brand to a multi-costumer concept with over 20 stores in Europe. During her time with the brand, assortment has increased from 150 to 550 garments per season & the Womenswear team has grown five times in size. Weekday offers minimalist Scandinavian design to a fashion forward & young-at-heart costumer.Shulman studied Fashionat Beckmans College of design in Stockholm from where she graduated in 2007. During her studies, Alice was awarded the Scandinavian +46 fashion prize. After graduation, she had joined Acne Studios, assisting the Head of Womenswear for over a year and half before joining MTWTFSS Weekday. Alice has also worked as a Stylist and Illustrator for various Swedish fashion-brands. Alongside her work at Weekday, Shulman collaborates with graphic designer Martin Falck on a project called Am-Mainz. Am-Mainz is a creative outlet & a platform aiming to explore out-of-the box ideas, developing intuitive & collaborative work with other designers & artists such as Robyn. One of these projects was recently featured in Robyn and Snoop Dogg video ‘U should know better’.

AMBER BUTCHART

Timing: HALL 4 - 12:00 Saturday, 12 April 2015
Talk: Ten outfits that changed the world

BIOGRAPHY

Amber Butchart is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and fashion historian. She is a lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, across a number of areas concerning fashion, the body and contemporary culture. She has contributed to productions for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from the Great British Sewing Bee to Making History and Woman’s Hour, and she presents a regular ‘In Conversation’ series at the V&A museum. Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro, and for 5 years she was a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN.

Amber is a regular speaker at conferences and lectures on various aspects of fashion history. She has spoken at a range of institutions including the Institute for Contemporary Arts, British Museum, Royal Academy, British Library, British Film Institute, and is a regular on the SHOWstudio fashion week panels. Her new book ‘Nautical Chic’ will be published this year, by Thames & Hudson. Amber’s ‘Fashion Miscellany’ book, sold out within a month of publication and was featured in The Times ‘five best style titles for spring’, and The Observer’s Top 5 picks. Amber blogs at theatreoffashion.co.uk.

BUTHEINA KAZIM

Timing:HALL 4 - 19:00 Sunday, 12 April 2015
Talk:Fashion and Film: the cross-polination between

BIOGRAPHY

Butheina Kazim is the co-founder of Cinema Akil, an upcoming Dubai-based independent cinema platform. She was a Fulbright scholar of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (NYU) in New York. Kazim has worked as a project manager in television and radio stations in the UAE at media conglomerates Arab Media Group and Dubai Media Incorporated. Kazim has contributed to publications including Al Jazeera, Gulf News, Jadaliyya and the Art Dubai blog. She has been involved in programming cinema popups including Abu Dhabi Film Festival at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Cinema Akil at The Third Line gallery and the Cinema Akil Outbox Short Film Festival in Alserkal Avenue during Art Week 2015. She is the producer of short documentary ‘Letters to Palestine’ winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2010) and has been screened internationally at festivals. Kazim was on the jury for the iEmmys Asia & Africa Competition and the International Competition at the Short Film Week (Kurzfilmwoche) in Regensburg, Germany. Kazim took part in the Goethe Institut’s Cultural Management Program for the Arab World in Berlin. Butheina Kazim started her career as a Designer in Montreal and currently shuttles between Dubai and Abu Dhabi – follow her tweets @butheina

CATERINA MINTHE

Timing:d3 - 17:30 Monday, 13 April 2015
Panel Discussion:Fashion Criticism

BIOGRAPHY

Caterina Minthe is a fashion critic and the features editor at Style.com/Arabia, the only Condé Nast fashion publication in the Middle East. She is reputed for introducing fashion critique at the international level to the region. Minthe is a former deputy editor of two luxury print titles and a former international correspondent—a role which had her, as a polyglot, report from Mexico, Spain, Canada, Uganda, Egypt, and Paris, France, where she is currently based. Minthe regularly conducts in-depth exclusive interviews with industry leaders in the region and abroad; along with offering constructive critique to emerging designers on all aspects of their presentations and shows at Fashion Forward. She reviews French and international labels at Paris haute couture fashion weeks and Paris ready-to-wear fashion weeks. Minthe became the editor of Style.com/Arabia’s perfume critic, Dr. Luca Turin, the most renowned in the industry, following her interview with him in 2013 titled, Message in a Bottle, which was first previewed on Style.com US’ homepage. Caterina Minthe has been featured in numerous international publications, including Vanity

Fair France, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Grazia Italia, Elle, The Sartorialist, and others.

DIANE PERNET

Timing:HALL 4 - 19:00 Sunday, 12 April 2015
Talk:Fashion and Film: the cross-polination between

BIOGRAPHY

Along with pioneering the advent of fashion blogging via her blog ‘A Shaded View on Fashion’ (ASVOF), celebrated fashion writer Diane Pernet is also credited with spearheading the fashion film genre, providing a new interactive medium through which artists, photographers and designers can collaborate on creative projects.

Prior to launching ASVOF in 2005, Pernet was a digital fashion reporter for Joyce,Elle France and Vogue Paris. The American, having initially designed for thirteen years under her namesake brand, had relocated to Paris in the end of 1990 landing her first role as a costume designer for the film Golem l’Esprit d’Exile in 1991.

Pernet’s first festival, entitled ‘You Wear it Well’ debuted in Los Angeles at CineSpace in 2006, laying the foundations for the ASVOFF in 2008, with the festival’s first edition launched in September and since 2009 it has screened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Pernet was recognized in 2008 for her pioneering spirit in digital media when she was chosen as one of there influential global bloggers to take part in a panel celebrating a seminal fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2012 she was the recipient of the distinguished FAD Medal from the Barcelona-based cultural institution devoted to the promotion of design and creativity, FAD (Fostering Arts and Design). Pernet is the recipient of the Felicidad Duce Fashion award and Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution to fashion journalism. In 2013 and again in 2014 she was selected as one of the BOF 500, the people shaping the global fashion industry.

The multi-talented creative holds a degree in filmmaking and communications from Temple University in America and has also attended both Parsons and FIT. In February 2015 she launched Diane Pernet Paris perfumes at Liberty London: To Be Honest, Wanted, In Pursuit of Magic and Shaded.

GIANFRANCO OLIVOTTO

Timing:HALL 4 - 15:00 Sunday, 12 April 2015
Talk:Window & In Store Display - Best Practices on Fashion Visual Communication

 

BIOGRAPHY

Gianfranco Olivotto, after having got his bachelor degree in Modern languages and literatures, moves to London where he starts working as visual merchandiser for the Benetton Group. Back to Milan he gets in touch with the Milan based Fashion designers (Dolce & Gabbana, Alessandro dell’Acqua, Neil Barrett) with Neil Barrett he develops in 2000 the launch of his first collection and then becomes head of his Communication and Press Department. In 2005 he creates with his partner a company for visual merchandising and brand consultancy for different fashion brands such as La Perla, Ralph Lauren, Borsalino, John Varvatos, Mantero seta, Juicy Couture, developing the concept and set up for window and in-store displays, the production of press material, look books, media planning and ad campaigns. Since 2012 he is course leader of the Master in Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising at Domus Academy working with brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Moncler, 10 Corso Como. His teaching activity focuses on Visual Fashion Brand Communication.

NEZ GEBREEL

Timing:d3 - 17:30 Monday, 13 April 2015
Panel Discussion:Fashion Criticism

BIOGRAPHY

Nez Gebreel is the Chief Executive Officer for the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of Dubai’s fashion industry. By harnessing collective creative knowledge, experience and resources of the industry in the Middle East, the DDFC aims to further the design industry to benefit the wider UAE economy.

Prior to the Council, Nez spent seven years in charge of managing the strategic growth of David and Victoria Beckham’s individual and joint business and creative projects. During this time, Nez was instrumental in launching David Beckham’s Football Academy in London and Los Angeles and managed all key brand collaborations including Motorola, Adidas, Pepsi, AEG and Gillette. She also helped develop Victoria Beckham’s hugely successful fashion projects, including the facilitation of multimillion dollar collaborations with Rock & Republic, Samantha Thavassa, whilst building the Victoria Beckham fashion collection.

Nez’s expertise in strategic development of global brands and commercially driven fashion, entertainment and media related business projects is central to her role at DDFC. She is highly creative with experience in Intellectual Property concept creation and business strategy development, both in-house for established companies and as well as start-up environments.

In addition, her experience in working internationally, specifically in Western and Arabic cultures, makes her ideally positioned to enable the Council to achieve its objectives of establishing Dubai as the global hub for emerging design.

Nez holds s a Bachelor’s degree in xxx from Royal Holloway, University of London

OLEG MITROFANOV

Timing: 
HALL 4 - 19:00 Saturday, 11 April 2015
HAI d3 - 17:30 Monday, 13 April 2015

Talk:Talk: Middle Eastern influences in Western Fashion: An overview. | Workshop: How the Eye Travels: Translating Arts and Crafts into Contemporary Fashion

BIOGRAPHY

Oleg Mitrofanov is London based fashion consultant and creative director of The Lujon Magazine. After completing MA in international law in Moscow State Academy of Law he moved to London to pursue his ambition in fashion. In London he completed a four year fashion course at Central St. Martins – Fashion Communication and Promotion. Whilst at college he contributed to a variety of publications including Dazed Digital, Fantastic Man and Acne Paper, where he had remained an editor for over four years.

After graduation from CSM in 2011 Oleg Mitrofanov became a consultant for Gainsbury and Whiting a production company, a company responsible for producing Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. Other clients included Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Selfridges, Calvin Klein, Show Studio and H&M.

In 2013 Oleg Mitrofanov started his own consultancy firm – Atelier Research specialising on visual research for creative industries. Since then, he worked with luxury fashion and jewellery brands, art directors, photographers and film makers.

Oleg Mitrofanov is associate lecturer at London College of Fashion, where he teaches visual communication to BA fashion students. In the past he conducted a series of Master Classes at Kingston University and Nesterova University in Moscow.

RITU UPADHYAY

Timing:d3 - 15:30 Monday, 13 April 2015
Panel Discussion:How to get your brand into stores: A Retailer's Perspective

BIOGRAPHY

Ritu Upadhyay is the Middle East correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily, a daily newspaper based in New York considered the ‘bible’ of the global fashion industry. She covers the business side of retail and fashion along with trends and runway shows, bringing together a unique understanding of both the creative and commercial sides of the fashion industry. For the last ten years, she has covered international runways shows in emerging markets, reporting on new design talent from the East. She has also profiled fashion luminaries including Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Christian Louboutin, Elie Saab and as well as some of the region’s top emerging talent. Born and raised in Chicago, USA, Ritu studied journalism and political science at Northwestern University. She began her career at the newsweekly, TIME Magazine, in New York. In addition to WWD, she has reported for Bloomberg TV and CNBC-TV 18. Ritu is married to a diplomat, Vinay Chawla, and together they have lived in New York, India, Jordan and Pakistan. Ritu is currently based between Washington DC and Dubai.

SHIREEN EL KHATIB

Timing:d3 - 15:30 Monday, 13 April 2015
Panel Discussion:How to get your brand into stores: A Retailer's Perspective

BIOGRAPHY

Widely credited with shaping and transforming the luxury retail landscape in the Middle East, Shireen El Khatib is a celebrated retail executive and consultant. As the cofounder and CEO of Marquee General Trading, she manages direct investments in emerging luxury brands, as well as retail and wholesale operations in fashion, jewelry and home. Prior to taking the helm of Marquee, Shireen spent nineteen years at Al Tayer Insignia from 1992 to 2011, starting as a store manager for Bulgari and departing as CEO. She introduced and managed high end fashion, jewelry and home brands such as Gucci, Armani, Bottega Venetta, Boucheron, Bulgari, Fendi Casa, Jimmy Choo, Loro Piana, Ralph Lauren Home, Sergio Rossi, and Saint Laurent. Well-known for her visionary work, Shireen further expanded the brand portfolio to include Pomellato, Asprey, Coach, and Emilio Pucci. She also brought Harvey Nichols to Dubai, the largest outside the UK, as well as the iconic American department store Bloomingdale’s for its first ever international expansion. Her work has served to modernize retailing across the region, garnering her many honors included Time magazine naming her one of the key women revolutionizing luxury globally.

Always a champion of both bringing international brands to audiences in the region, as well as supporting local and regional designers, Shireen has also used her expertise in retailing to mentor and consult with many up and coming brands and established retailers from the Middle East.

Shireen holds a degree in International Business Administration from the American University in Paris. She speaks English, Arabic, French and Italian. An aficionado of what she describes as ‘art in the everyday’, Shireen’s passion for all things creative extends to food, architecture, interiors, photography and fashion.

TIMA OUZDEN

Timing:d3 - 17:30 Monday, 13 April 2015
Panel Discussion:Moderator: Fashion Criticism

BIOGRAPHY

Tima Ouzden is the Editor-in-Chief of Gazette, a Dubai-based, industry-focused, fashion publication that is published in conjunction with large fashion events in Dubai, such as Fashion Forward. Prior to the launch of Gazette, Ouzden was the Creative Director of dXb store, a leading platform for UAE-based designers and artists at Art Dubai. Ouzden studied Marketing & Management at AUS, Fashion Design at CEE, Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development at Dubai University and Foundations of Curatorial Practice with Emirates Foundation and California College of the Arts. She was the winner of the S*uce Boutique ́s first Design-A-Dress competition in 2009 and shortlisted for British Council’s YCE Award in 2012. Ouzden has recently launched Gazettings, a series of curated events exploring the fashion vernacular through film screenings, panel discussions, and community dinners. She is currently in the process of building a first of its kind physical/digital archive containing material culture from the sartorial landscape of the Middle East and North Africa.

Born in the North Caucasus, Russian Federation of Karachay heritage, Ouzden has lived in Dubai for over two decades.