Fashionista’s 'How To Make It in Fashion' Conference Is Coming Back to Los Angeles!

Attention, West Coasters: Fashionista’s “How to Make It in Fashion” conference is heading back to Los Angeles on November 14, 2014! We’ll be setting up shop at the Line Hotel, where stylists, costume designers, fashion industry stalwarts and personalities will be on hand to share their stories and offer advice on making it in the industry.

Along with a full day of career-focused panels and keynote speakers, we'll also be bringing back our popular mentoring sessions, where you'll get the chance to have a one-on-one conversation with someone who has "made it" in your chosen field. As always, our goal is that you leave the conference with useful advice that'll help you land that internship, job, or promotion. And to make some good connections, too. (We guarantee you won't be disappointed with the swag bag, either.)

Watch this space for speaker updates and click here to reserve your ticket before they sell out! (Because they always do.) We can’t wait to see you there!




When What Who
8:00–9:30 AM
Panel 1
Fashion Startups on What It Takes to Make It
Whether you’re building a clothing brand or trying to solve a universal shopping problem, fashion startups face a distinct set of challenges. Our panel of founders discuss how they’re making it happen.
Panelists: Katrina Lake, CEO, Stitch Fix; Patrick Coyne, co-founder, the Black Tux; Michael Pressman, CEO, Everlane; Nancy Ramamurthi, CMO, Modcloth

Moderator: Eliza Brooke, staff writer
Lubov Azria, chief creative officer, BCBG Max Azria
Our editor in chief speaks with the woman behind the BCBG empire about how she got her start, what she’s learned over the past 20 years, and how she keeps creative while managing over 20 different labels.
Interview by: Lauren Indvik, Fashionista editor in chief
11:40–12:25 PM
Panel 2
Costume Designers Roundtable
The role of the costume designer is more crucial than ever. We talk about the business, how it’s changed, and how to work your way up the ranks.
Panelists: Mad Men’s Janie Bryant, The Mindy Project’s Salvador Perez, Revenge’s Jill Ohanneson, Pretty Little LiarsMandi Line

Moderator: Dhani Mau, senior editor
Lunch Reception  
Panel 3
Turning Your Styling Business Into a Brand Name
Top stylists who have worked with everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kristen Stewart discuss the work that happens after they get their big break.
Panelists: Sally Lyndley, Tara Swennen, Nicole Chavez, Micaela Erlanger

Moderator: Lauren Indvik, editor in chief
2:35–3:10 PM
Panel 4
Designing Denim in LA
While yoga pants might be taking over as casual wear of choice, designer denim will always have place in our wardrobe. And Los Angeles is the epicenter of denim production. We speak with designers about the state of the business.
Panelists: Ali Fatourechi, founder, Genetic Denim; Janet Sung, founder, Denim Refinery; Alexandra Michelle, founder, Objects Without Meaning; Nicole Najafi, founder, Industry Standard

Moderator: Lauren Sherman, editor at large
Scott Sternberg, Founder, Chairman and Creative Director, Band of Outsiders
We talk to the Los Angeles-based designer about how he transformed a line of men’s button downs and neckties into a global brand for men and women, with shops in Tokyo and New York.
Interview by: Lauren Sherman, Fashionista editor at large
Closing Remarks / Wrap Up Fashionista

Check back soon for bios of all our speakers and mentors.

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