Conception, Creation, And Innovation

IAC’s 18th Annual New York Fashion Conference
November 4 – 5, 2016

The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

First. At the leading (or bleeding) edge. Pioneering. Surely an enviable, or at least admirable, position. But we knew it didn’t come easy, and even when it came, it didn’t guarantee success. But without pioneers, without those who risked being first (whatever the endeavor), we were stuck, frozen in place, our feet nailed to the floor. In the 18th annual New York Fashion conference, IAC celebrated pioneers from all corners of the industry. From those who created new materials and those who used traditional materials in innovative ways. To designers who embraced revolutionary techniques to accomplish the previously unrealizable—or even unimaginable. From those who, unfettered by tradition, derived novel approaches to incorporating precious metals and gemstones into jewelry and rare textiles and dyes into garments. To those who fundamentally reenvisioned the commercial enterprises they led, aligning their business goals not simply with the implacable demands of the bottom line but with the larger needs of the societies and environments in which they operated. From those who created the ground-breaking technologies that made so many of these innovations possible. To those who incorporated, captured and documented it all, whether in social media, photography, film or publications, and in the doing, defined an era’s look and sensibility. Of these pioneers, we sang, those with the courage and vision to engage in entirely new ways, to effect change and in the doing, transform society in ways that benefited us all. We celebrated the life of Annie. For Ann Seay Brumbaugh. The Lena and Louis Minkoff Foundation were gratefully acknowledged for their generosity. We also expressed our sincere thanks to ALTR Created Diamonds, Cone Denim, DELGATTO, Diamond Services, Ltd., Hilldun Corporation, Hoover & Strong, Invista, Johnson Matthey, Kaltex, Kimberly McDonald, Lenzing, New Diamond Technology, Platinum Guild International, and TechForm; and to Freeman’s for their generous media sponsorship (as of 10/02/2016).

Program agenda

Friday, November 4, 2016

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Introduction. Lisa Koenigsberg (conference director and President and Founder, Initiatives in Art and Culture) 
9:10 – 9:50 a.m. Fashion Designers A − Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT. Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology)
9:55 – 10:35 a.m Magnifeco. Kate Black (consultant and Founder, and EcoSessions®)
10:35 – 10:55 a.m. Break and book signings
10:55 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. Pioneers in Fashion. Gary A. Wassner (CEO, Hilldun Corporation) in conversation with designers, Carly Cushnie, and Michelle Ochs
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Your Choice Has Power”. Eileen Fisher (Founder and Chairwoman, EILEEN FISHER, INC.)in conversation with Jo Confino (Executive Editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director, What’s Working, The Huffington Post)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (on your own) and book signings
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Fashioning Platinum: Pioneering from Alloy to Retail. Simon Bath (Technical Sales Manager, Johnson Matthey Noble Metals); Larry Bock (Sales Director, Hoover & Strong); Teresa Frye (President and CEO, TechForm Advanced Casting Technology); Paul W. Nordt, III (Executive Vice President, John C. Nordt Co); Jim Tuttle (Founder and President, Green Lake Jewelry Works); moderator, Kevin C. Reilly (Vice President, Platinum Guild International)
2:50 – 4:15 p.m. Modern Alchemy: Diamonds and Disruptive Technology. Nikolay Tamazovich Khikhinashvili (General Director, New Diamond Technology); Joseph Kuzi (Founder, Diamond Services Ltd); Jack Ogden (an internationally-known jewelry historian and jewelry industry veteran); Lloyd Pasach (Designer and Chief Operating Officer, ALTR Created Diamonds
and R. A Riam Group); Jason Payne (Co-Founder & CEO, Ada Diamonds); Amish Shah (CEO and President, ALTR Created Diamonds and R. A. Riam Group Inc.); moderator, Evert deGraeve (fine jeweler, independent consultant, and authority on social media)
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Pioneers in Denim. Tricia Carey (Director of Global Business Development Apparel – Denim, Lenzing Fibers) Adriano Goldschmied (otherwise known as the “Godfather of Denim”); Jean Hegedus (Global Director, INVISTA’s Denim and Wovens business); Alvyda Kupinas (Design Director, Kaltex America, the US sales and marketing arm of Grupo Kaltex); Kara Nicholas (Vice President Product Development & Marketing, Cone Denim, a global leader in denim authenticity and innovation since 1891); moderator, Jeffrey P. Silberman (Professor and Chairperson, Textile Development and
Marketing Department, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Continental breakfast, networking, and book signings
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Luxury On-line. Kristy Caylor (entrepreneur, fashion visionary, and humanitarian) Chris Del Gatto (CEO & Chairman, The Del Gatto Luxury Group and DELGATTO); Rie Yano (Co-Founder, MATERIAL WRLD); moderator, Mickey Alam Khan (Editor-in-Chief, Luxury Daily, Mobile Marketer, and Mobile Commerce Daily)
10:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Retail Now. Teri Agins (author); Robert Burke (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Robert Burke Associates); Nili Lotan (designer); Susan Scafidi (professor and Academic Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School); moderator, Gary A. Wassner
12:05 – 1:00 p.m. Blueprints for Innovation. Kristy Caylor; Lauren Croke (strategy consultant to established luxury companies across brand, digital and business innovation and transformation); Margo Isadora (designer, Urban Zen); Erin Isakov (Co-Founder and Designer, Erin Snow); Lucy Jones (solution-based designer, Lucy Jones Design); Joshua Katcher (Founder/ Creative Director, Brave GentleMan); moderator, Sara Kozlowski (Director, Education + Professional Development, CFDA)
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own) and book signings
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Pioneers in Transformation: AJDC and the Platinum Challenge. Whitney Boin (jewelry designer); Susan Helmich (goldsmith, artist, jewelry designer, and owner, Susan Helmich Design, Inc. and her retail atelier in Colorado Springs); Jose Hess (jewelry designer, artist and craftsman); Mark Schneider (jewelry designer); moderator, Andrea Hill (Founder and CEO, Hill Management Group, LLC)
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break and book signings
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Walking With the Muses. Pat Cleveland (legendary model and author, Walking with the Muses: A
Memoir [2016]) and Stephen Burrows (fashion designer) in conversation with André Leon Talley (fashion taste-maker, author, and Contributing Editor, Vogue magazine)
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. If any… Ralph Rucci (designer)