Special Feature: The 2016 Kering Talk – Hosted at London College of Fashion
In attendance were about 400 guests including researchers, journalists, fashion industry professionals and students, all were keen to hear from British fashion designer Stella McCartney, guest of honour during the first part of the evening.
As part of their 5 year partnership Kering and London College of Fashion host the Annual Kering Talk which took place on Monday. Each year a main guest of honour is invited to attend where they address issues in sustainable fashion. This year the main guest of honour was British fashion designer Stella McCartney who’s brand is globally recognised as being at the forefront of sustainable luxury. Also, awards are presented in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion to outstanding students across selected award categories, with winners going on to intern for two brands from the Kering group.
Kering is a global luxury group developing a range of brands in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. In addition Kering is developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra.
Brands are encouraged by Kering to reach their full potential in the most sustainable way.
Beatrice Lazat, Kering Senior vice-president Human Resources, commented: “Our partnership with the Centre of Sustainable Fashion at LCF is unique in the way it engages all of us, at Kering our Maisons, to connect with younger generations, their talent and perspective on a topic that will shape the future of our industry. I am extremely proud that this new edition of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion received such an enthusiastic welcome from LCF students. Projects that were submitted not only showed great creative and business potential; they were designed by passionate professionals convinced that sustainable fashion can change luxury, and committed to sharing their convictions on a larger scale.”
To learn more please visit – www.kering.com
About London College of Fashion – Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) is a Research Centre at the University of the Arts based at London College of Fashion. It is focused on improving the way we live by using fashion to drive change and build a sustainable future. CSF was established in 2008 by Dilys Williams, and actively supported and enabled by Head of College Professor Frances Corner OBE. Initially developed to question and challenge reactionary fashion cultures, today CSF has grown to be a diverse community of world leading researchers, designers, educators and communicators with an extensive network that crosses disciplines, generations, cultures and locations.
Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability and, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, commented: “Fashion has a purpose – it is about saying something. This involves incredible ways to create identity and it is about what we practice in our lives. The collaboration between London College of Fashion and Kering is unprecedented in its ambition and its realisation. It is about changing practice, culture and perspectives in and beyond those taking part.”