We are delighted to announce the the special guest speaker at this year’s Kering Talk will be Stella McCartney, who will address the issue of deforestation and sustainable sourcing of viscose.
Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995. A signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection and after only two collections, in 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris and enjoyed great success during her tenure.
Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a partnership with Kering as a 50/50 joint venture and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids.
Stella McCartney now operates 46 freestanding stores in locations including Manhattan’s Soho, London’s Mayfair and Brompton Cross, LA’s West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Milan, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. Her collections are now distributed in over 70 countries through 600 wholesale accounts including specialty shops, and department stores, as well as shipping to 100 countries online.
Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident through-out all her collections and is part of the brand’s ethos to being a responsible, honest, and modern company.
During the talk, we will also be announcing the winners of the second edition of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion, and awarding the prizes to the students whose projects displayed innovation and rigorous research into sustainability. The Award is open to all final year BA and MA students from across the university, and saw over 100 students apply for the chance to work with luxury fashion companies Brioni and Stella McCartney. After a three month period of intense mentoring from sustainability experts from the brands, CSF and the London College of Fashion, the winners were chosen by an illustrious jury comprised of Kering board members and brand experts. Two prizes will be awarded for each brand: a monetary prize of €10,000 will be awarded to the project that displayed the most innovation, and a three month internship within one of the brands will be awarded to the student who demonstrated collaboration and rigorous research.
LCF students: for a chance to win tickets to the Kering Talk, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “LCFxKering Stella McCartney Talk” by Monday 7 November. Winning students will be notified on Tuesday 8 November.
The Kering Talk will also be live streamed on both the Stella McCartney and Kering Facebook pages, so if you don’t have a ticket, tune in at 6:30pm on 14 November for all the action!