I first heard about the Forces of Fashion conference after checking my email and thinking Vogue personally sent a RSVP to me; which I’m not sure what world I was living on that day but was quickly brought down to earth when I saw the RSVP hyperlink was a link to purchase tickets. Vogue did an amazing job with the speaker lineup, very impressive, just not impressive enough to purchase a $3K ticket.
So spoiler alert, I did not attend the conference but looked up a few articles and YouYube videos that gave some detail behind the conference. I’ll tell you now, the pictures from the event look dreamy, see below. If the conference was a weekend affair I could justify the cost, difficult to justify but doable; but one day for the price of a down payment on a car – I just couldn’t.
“The format was standard conference fare, but many were riveted by the opportunity to see and meet top fashion figures in person. Cornell student Jackie DeVito gushed about having had the chance to chat with Wintour. DeVito was one of several who took advantage of a student discount (tickets at $150). So did aspiring stylist Akua Kwakwa, who was eager to see Virgil Abloh and Rihanna. “They are two people who have made strides in fields that aren’t necessarily theirs,” she said.
“From John Galliano to Michael Kors to Virgil…. everyone has the same concern right now: the street, the young people,” said Miami-based stylist Ana Alfonzo, who bought a ticket to the event because she was looking for inspiration for her clients and editorial work. “For me, this is an experience and an investment.” Special merchandise was available for sale on site — including Hood by Air’s Vogue anniversary t-shirts, which read, “NEVER TRUST A VOGUE GIRL” — guests were sent home with goodie bags full of items both Vogue and sponsor approved. – @BusinessofFashion
The timeline of the conference is written in detail here, a blog post written by a student from LIM. The conference began with a 7AM breakfast at Milk Studios and the final panel began at 5:15PM where Hamish Bowles moderated and asked Rihanna pointed questions around her Fenty x Puma collection and Fenty Beauty. Again, read more on Heron Preston and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, André Leon Talley and John Galliano, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors and more here.
Want it straight from the source, maybe a little bias read what Vogue wrote here.
But if you’re driving or in a bind and can only listen, click on the videos below: