Get Tips for Scoring Your Dream Job at Fashionista's New York Conference!


Whether you're an aspiring editor, a stylist, a PR exec or a designer, "making it" in the fashion industry doesn't come easy. Every day at Fashionista, we bring you the inspiring stories of those who have made it. And with our third "How to Make It in Fashion" conference on June 27 at Chelsea's High Line Hotel, we want to offer you the chance to hear firsthand from the industry's biggest stars.

Confirmed speakers include Robbie Myers, editor in chief of Elle; Ariel Foxman, editor in chief of InStyle; Amy Astley, editor in chief of Teen Vogue; designer Misha Nonoo; Aliza Licht, senior vice president of communications at Donna Karan; and Jessie Randall, creative director Loeffler Randall.

They'll be giving keynote speeches and taking part in panels, all to share all their tips and tricks for 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 schedule updates, and click here to reserve your ticket. We sold out in, like, a week last time. So get on it!

See you in June!
xo, Fashionista

Click here for highlights from last year's How to Make It In Fashion NYC event.


Tickets

Schedule


When What Who
8:00 AM
Check-in / Registration  
8:45
Welcome Remarks Fashionista
9:00–9:45
Interview
Meet the Editors-in-Chief
Fashionista's own editor in chief will sit down with three of the most powerful editors in fashion and media to discuss how they landed those coveted spots on the masthead, and what they're doing to keep their publications relevant in the digital age.
Robbie Myers, Elle
Ariel Foxman, InStyle
Amy Astley, Teen Vogue

Interviewed by: Lauren Indvik, Fashionista editor in chief
9:45–10:15
Break + Networking  
10:15–11:00
Panel 1
So You Want to Work in Tech?
For those who love fashion and beauty but are also obsessed with changing technology, there have never been more career opportunities.
Panelists: Alisa Gould-Simon, co-ceo, Pose; Heather Park, digital media director, NARS; Ashley Bryan, CMO, Ippolita; Elizabeth Francis, CMO, Gilt

Moderator: Lauren Indvik, Fashionista editor in chief
11:00–11:30
Break + Networking  
11:30–12:15 PM
Interview
The One-and-Only DKNY PR Girl
The beloved publicist, set to release her first book in 2015, offers frank advice on crawling your way up the fashion food chain, and explains how she became a social media star.
Aliza Licht, senior vice president of communications at Donna Karan International

Interviewed by: Lauren Sherman, Fashionista editor at large
12:15–1:15
Lunch Break  
1:30–2:15
Panel 2
Why It’s a Great Time to Be a Young Designer
Launching your own fashion label is still a major, difficult, nearly impossible challenge, but designers have more support than ever.
Panelists: JoBeth Tananbaum, director, NYC Fashion Production Fund; Johanna Stout, professional development manager, CFDA; Jarrad Clark, global creative director, IMG; Shira Sue Carmi, founder, Launch Collective; Misha Nonoo, designer, Nonoo

Moderator: Alyssa Vingan, Fashionista senior editor
2:15–2:45
Break + Networking  
2:45–3:30 PM
Panel 3
The Business of Beauty
The beauty industry is changing a a fast-clip, and our panelists are at the forefront of that change.
Panelists: Britt Aboutaleb, managing editor, Yahoo Beauty; Gregg Renfrew, ceo and founder, Beautycounter; Patti Pao, ceo and founder, Restorsea; Stephanie March and Rebecca Perkins, founders, Rouge NY

Moderator: Cheryl Wischhover, beauty editor at large
3:30–4:00
Break + Networking  
4:00–4:45
Interview
How Loeffler Randall Became the Cool Girl's Go-To Accessories Line
Designer Jessie Randall, who launched Loeffler Randall in 2005, tells the story of her quest for the perfect shoe, and how Loefller Randall's classic styles—from the Matilde boot to the Rider bag—have become a fashion editor closet staple.
Jessie Randall, designer, Loeffler Randall

Interviewed by: Lauren Sherman, Fashionista editor at large
4:45–5:00
Closing Remarks / Wrap Up Fashionista

Keynote Speakers


  • Aliza Licht

    Aliza Licht
    DKNY

    Aliza Licht graduated the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology with dreams of becoming a plastic surgeon. After deciding she couldn’t give up her childhood love of fashion, she switched gears and began her career in the magazine industry. Magazine editorial ultimately led her to fashion public relations, where she is currently the senior vice president of global communications at Donna Karan International. She has been with the company since 1998.

    In 2009, Licht took on social media on top of her traditional PR responsibilities and created “DKNY PR GIRL” (@dkny on Twitter), the company's award winning social media personality for whom she is the singular voice of. Toting herself as a “well-placed fashion source bringing you behind-the-scenes scoop from inside Donna Karan New York and DKNY and my life as a PR girl living in NY”, her twitter feed is extremely real, engaging and never scheduled.

    The person behind DKNY PR GIRL’s true identity was kept anonymous for two years until October 2011, when Licht outed herself in a behind the scenes of Fashion Week video on YouTube. Press coverage on her reveal received millions of impressions globally. From there, DKNY PR GIRL social platforms have grown to Tumblr, Pinterest, WhoSay, Weibo and Instagram.

    Licht is a four-time #Fashion20 award winner for Best Fashion Twitter. She is an inaugural TEDx Times Square speaker, has been profiled by E! News, Good & IBM’s “Figures of Progress”, TIME Style & Design's "Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World" and the New York Times’ “PR Girl Revealed as PR Executive”, among many others. Fashionista.com has included Licht in their “50 Most Influential People in NY Fashion” for 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Licht was asked to join the invite-only, member network and summit, PTTOW.

    In Spring 2015, Licht will get much more than 140 characters to share her thoughts, with her first book due out by Grand Central Publishing.

  • Jessie Randall

    Jessie Randall
    Loeffler Randall

    Jessie Randall is the Creative Director of Loeffler Randall, overseeing the design of the company'scollections. She has been married to business partner Brian Murphy since 2003. Randall grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a member of the CFDA. Her proudest career moment was winning the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design two weeks before giving birth to her beautiful twin sons, Casper and Liam Murphy. Randall resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York, where they welcomed baby Harry in September 2010.

    Loeffler Randall was born out of designer Jessie Randall's quest for shoes she wanted to wear but could never find, ones possessing an understated elegance, were well-made, and undeniably feminine. With this distinct point of view, Loeffler Randall launched in fall of 2005, and styles like the Matilde boot quickly became staples among fashion editors and celebrities alike. “There’s a thoughtfulness to everything we do,” says Randall, “We really obsess over every detail.” Loeffler Randall’s mix of refined sophistication and downtown cool filled a niche in the shoe market that was embraced both critically and commercially, and implicitly trusted by fans.

    In June 2007, Randall was honored to win the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. For Holiday 2007, Loeffler Randall partnered with Target on a limited time only collection. In 2009, Loeffler Randall was named by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America. The magazine also recognized Loeffler Randall as one of the “Elite Inc. 500,” which put the brand in the company of past honorees such as Microsoft. In fall 2009, Loeffler Randall proudly launched its first retail venture, an e-commerce website, dedicated to selling the full spectrum of Loeffler Randall products and building direct relationships with loyal customers around the world. In 2010, Loeffler Randall launched a line of classic rain boots and in 2011, debuted its first shoe collaboration with design house Suno. Later that year, the company presented its first bridal shoe collection and soon after, collaborated with eyewear retailer Lookmatic as well as design house Tucker. In fall 2012, the brand successfully launched handbags as a supplement to its much-coveted line of shoes. In 2013, Loeffler Randall designed an exclusive capsule collection of handbags and shoes for GOOP, the digital media and e-commerce company founded by Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Found in over 200 fine retailers worldwide, including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Harvey Nichols, Loeffler Randall’s presence continues to grow.

Editors in Chief Interview


  • Amy Astley

    Amy Astley
    Teen Vogue

    Amy Astley is the editor in chief of Teen Vogue. As the founding editor of the magazine, Astley has melded street style, high fashion, and pop culture to create not only a successful magazine but a dynamic teen-lifestyle brand.

    Teen Vogue, with a circulation of more than 1 million readers, has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence and has won Adweek’s Hottest Magazine on Social Media Hotlist award. In October 2009, Astley released her first book, The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion. The New York Times best seller is a practical reference guide for young adults interested in all areas of fashion: design, styling, photography, and journalism—reinforcing Teen Vogue’s motto, “Fashion Starts Here.” She has also pioneered annual industry events, such as Teen Vogue’s Fashion University and the Young Hollywood party. Astley developed a Teen Vogue bedding collection, which is now sold at Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and JCPenney, among other retailers, and in March 2013 developed a Teen Vogue apparel line that is sold at Macy’s.

    A 23-year veteran of Condé Nast Magazines, Astley has been named one of Forbes magazine’s most powerful U.S. fashion editors, for continuously fueling the creative world of teen culture, beauty, entertainment, and fashion through print editorial, web, and social media outlets.

    She began her career in 1989 at House & Garden, where she worked as an associate editor. Astley joined Vogue in 1993 as a beauty associate, and became the beauty director by the following year. She worked at Vogue until she was chosen by Anna Wintour to launch Teen Vogue in 2003.

    Astley is a graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University, class of 1989, with a degree in English. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

  • Ariel Foxman

    Ariel Foxman
    InStyle

    Ariel Foxman is the editor of Time Inc.’s InStyle, the world’s most successful luxury fashion media brand. He oversees the core magazine and InStyle.com, 16 international editions, brand extensions including apparel and footwear collections, digital mobile applications,and books. Foxman was named to the post in September 2008, at age 34, becoming InStyle’s first male editor.

    Under Foxman, InStyle leads the fashion category with the most affluent readership, the highest subscription price, and the strongest newsstand sales. For every year that Foxman has served as editor (2009-2014), InStyle has carried more ad pages than any other fashion or beauty media brand. InStyle has a footprint of over 21 million across all platforms, including over 2.7 million followers on Twitter. In both 2013 and 2012, Advertising Age placed InStyle on its “A-List,” recognizing the brand as one of the top five magazines of the year.

    Foxman began his career at Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, before working at Details and The New Yorker. Subsequently, he spent four years at InStyle, where he held various editorial positions. In 2003, at age 29, he left InStyle to become the founding editor of Cargo, Condé Nast’s men’s shopping magazine. He rejoined Time Inc. in 2006 as editor-in-large.

    Foxman has written for publications including the New York Times, New York, and Fortune. He has spoken at the Columbia Journalism School, Parsons: The New School for Design, and New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. In 2013, Foxman was named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40,” and was included in the first annual “Business of Fashion 500,” a directory of influential people in the global fashion industry. In both 2012 and 2011, he was featured on Out’s annual “Power List.” In 2014, he was honored at Live Out Loud’s 13th Annual Trailblazers Gala.

    On television, Foxman was a permanent judge on Lifetime’s Project Accessory (2011), the first spinoff of Project Runway. He has also appeared on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project (2013) and It’s a Brad, Brad World (2012), as well as CW’s Gossip Girl (2008).

    Foxman serves on the boards of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), Fashion Group International (FGI), and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). Foxman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in English Literature and the comparative study of religion.

  • Robbie Myers

    Robbie Myers
    Elle

    Robbie Myers is the editor-in-chief of ELLE, the #1 fashion magazine brand in the world, which reaches more than 20 million women across all mediums including print, digital, mobile and social. Since Myers became editor-in-chief in 2000, ELLE has experienced unprecedented success while maintaining its reputation as the best in style and substance. Under her editorial leadership, ELLE created the largest issue ever published in Hearst’s 125-year-history, in September 2013, and became the first fashion magazine to launch a Google Glass app, interactive tablet edition and a social shopping platform; partner with a reality TV show; and open its own spa.

    She has received multiple journalism awards over her career, is known for championing serious journalism in women’s magazines—famously taking The New Republic to task for asking, ‘Can Women’s Magazines Do Serious Journalism?’—and is a former vice president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Myers joined ELLE from Mirabella, where she had been the editor-in-chief since 1998. Prior to that, she held senior editorial roles at ELLE and InStyle and served as editor-in-chief of Tell, the first joint venture between a television network (NBC) and a magazine company. She started her career at Rolling Stone and worked under Andy Warhol at Interview. Myers lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.

    Follow her on Twitter @robbie_ELLE.

Tech Panel


  • Alisa Gould-Simon

    Alisa Gould-Simon
    Pose

    Alisa Gould-Simon is a co-founder and co-CEO at Pose. She has worked as a fashion writer and digital consultant. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian among other titles.

  • Elizabeth Francis

    Elizabeth Francis
    Gilt

    Elizabeth Francis is the Chief Marketing Officer of Gilt, where she oversees the company's advertising, new customer generation and retention programs, creative, brand positioning, research and analytics. Before joining Gilt, she was CMO of Intelligent Beauty, as well as President of JustFabulous, an online fashion and accessories brand and an Intelligent Beauty venture. She holds a BA from Cornell University and resides in NYC with her husband, Alan, and their two dogs Brinkley and Franklin.

    You can find her on Twitter or Instagram: @brinkleythedog.

  • Heather Park

    Heather Park
    Nars

    Over the course of her ten years in the beauty industry, Heather Park has transitioned from traditional beauty publicist to digital media specialist. Beginning at Mario Badescu and Revlon Inc, Heather went on to shape the social and digital strategy for MAC Cosmetics in 2007.

    In 2010, Park joined Momentum Worldwide as a senior Social Media Strategist, working on such accounts as Sony Pictures, American Express, Verizon and Hyundai. Heather re-entered the beauty world in 2011 as the Director of Digital Media for NARS Cosmetics, overseeing the brand’s global initiatives across social media marketing, digital advertising and digital PR.

    In just over one year Heather has brought NARS to a level of recognition as an industry leader in the digital space. From strengthening the brand’s presence among existing digital platforms to launching new channels such as Pinterest and Instagram, Heather has also spearheaded NARS’ global digital expansion extending across 10 international markets this year.

    Heather lives in Astoria with her dog Syd Vicious, and in her spare time, indulges in singing, yoga and vegan cooking.

Young Designers Panel


  • Jarrad Clark

    Jarrad Clark
    IMG Fashion Events & Properties

    Jarrad Clark, Vice President and Global Creative Director of IMG Fashion Events & Properties, is a fashion industry veteran with over 20 years of experience producing fashion and lifestyle events for both the public and trade. As part of the team that launched the first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia, Jarrad now oversees all facets of event production and creative, from concept to execution for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Australia and Miami as well as World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich.

    Throughout his career, Clark counts the opportunity to mentor young talent and discover the next generation of fashion designers, as one of the most rewarding. Today, he is an integral member of the board that oversees numerous emerging designer discovery and mentoring programs including Mercedes-Benz Start Up in Canada and Designer for Tomorrow in Berlin.

    Clark is also responsible for identifying and developing numerous platforms for the industry to inspire, showcase and unite the international fashion community.

    Clark is currently based in New York City.

  • JoBeth Tananbaum

    JoBeth Tananbaum
    NYC Fashion Production Fund

    JoBeth Tananbaum joined Capital Business Credit in March of 2013 as a Vice President of Business Development. CBC provides solutions and working capital to finance the entire retail supply chain – from manufacturing to the sale of inventory to U.S. retailers and wholesalers. Since joining CBC, JoBeth has focused on the emerging designer space, building a portfolio of talented fashion designers working in NYC and Los Angeles.

    In April of 2014, JoBeth assumed the role of director of the NYC Fashion Production Fund, a joint initiative between CBC and the NYC Economic Development Corporation. The $2 million dollar Fund was established to assist emerging designers based in and producing in New York City with production financing at below-market rates. As director of the Fund, JoBeth oversees the application process and loan distribution while managing the Fund’s mentorship network connecting the loan recipients with experts in the fashion industry.

    JoBeth was born and raised in New York and received her BA from Columbia University.

  • Johanna Stout

    Johanna Stout
    CFDA

    Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and educated at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Parsons The New School for Design, Johanna has worked in the fashion industry for seven years focusing on emerging American designers and their business development. While at Parsons, Johanna had the opportunity to explore companies such as Calvin Klein, Harper’s Bazaar, Badgley Mischka and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

    Starting her career at Krupp Group, a boutique Public Relations agency in New York, Johanna worked directly with the founder and CEO on brand development, PR strategy and fashion show production. In 2010 Johanna was recruited by CFDA’s Executive Director to manage the inaugural CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} class, a business development program for emerging designers.

    Johanna has worked with over 40 American fashion brands on their business development and growth strategies. Additionally, Johanna is responsible for the development of the CFDA’s MBA programs with four of the top business schools on the east coast – Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, the Wharton School and NYU Stern School of Business.

    Johanna has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School in 2012 and 2013 for their Luxury & Retail Conference as well as the Wharton School and she has co-taught a fashion business course at NYU Stern.

    Starting at the end of June, Johanna will be working for a New York based startup that will launch later this summer.

    You can find her on Twitter @jo_sto.

  • Misha Nonoo

    Misha Nonoo
    Nonoo

    An appreciation for quality, tailoring and worldly travel is the essence, the integrity and the core of the Nonoo label and of Misha Nonoo herself. Born in Bahrain and raised in London by an Iraqi father and English mother, Misha Nonoo’s multicultural upbringing exposed her to a diverse collection of references, which gave her a deep appreciation for global artistry.

    Misha attended London’s European Business School, as well as the prestigious Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur in Paris. It was during this time that she developed a long-term business strategy for her future label, anchored by her design premise – feminine silhouettes that embrace a noble composure, with subtle distinguishable details at mindful price points.

    Upon graduation from business school, driven by the entrepreneurial spirit of the foundation. Inspired by her British heritage and the impeccable detail and craftsmanship that she witnessed from Savile Row, Misha apprenticed at a local atelier that specialized in construction and tailoring. Moved by this experience and the sentiment that design and manufacturing go hand-in-hand, her collection is currently produced in Manhattan’s garment centre to uphold the highest standards United States, Misha moved to New York to lay a strong design of quality whilst supporting the domestic economy.

    Misha debuted her collection during Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week. Her work showcased a unique outlook for the sophisticated urbanite - one that is quintessentially British at heart and suffused with signature tailored separates, a quirky playfulness and an adventurous spirit for everyday life.

    Since the launch of Nonoo, the label has cultivated a loyal following that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway, to name a few. In 2012, Misha was the recipient of the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award for Women’s Ready-to-Wear. In 2013, Misha was selected as a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the esteemed CFDA 2014-2016 {Fashion Incubator} program. Most recently this April, Nonoo was named a finalist for the International Woolmark Prize. Nonoo’s retailers include Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Shopbop.

  • Shira Sue Carmi

    Shira Sue Carmi
    Launch Collective

    Combining a deep passion for creativity and a sharp talent for business, Shira has been helping conceptualize, launch and grow design and retail businesses, specializing in the fashion and apparel space.

    Shira began her career in the art world, working for several contemporary art galleries including Deitch Projects, and held positions in marketing, communications and brand management at Banana Republic and Avon Products before founding Launch Collective in 2005.

    Launch Collective is a management firm for fashion and lifestyle businesses. Offering an array of strategic services including launch and growth strategy, merchandising and production, marketing and sales, and eCommerce, the company has developed an extensive network of clients in the fashion, design and retail space over the past ten years.

    Launch Collective’s current and past clients include: A Piece Apart, Alejandro Ingelmo, Atrium, Blueprint Cleanse, Charlotte Ronson, Edition01, Edon Manor, KAELEN, lemlem, Lilla P., Madeline Weinrib Atelier (at ABC Carpet & Home), Monique Pean, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Nickelodeon, Nordstrom, Pamela Love, Philip Crangi, Refinery 29, Alan, Suno, Tanya Taylor, TENOVERSIX, Vena Cava, Yigal Azrouel/Cut 25.

    Shira graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a BA in Visual Culture, and holds an MBA in Marketing and Management from Columbia University. Shira is an advisor to the CFDA Incubator and lectures about fashion and entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, FIT and Parsons The New School of Design.

Beauty Panel


  • Britt Aboutaleb

    Britt Aboutaleb
    Yahoo Beauty

    Britt Aboutaleb is the new managing editor of Yahoo Beauty. She enjoyed a brief stint at Allure just before, after moving back to New York from Los Angeles, where she'd ventured to launch Byrdie.com, the beauty-focused sister site to Who What Wear. As the founding editorial director she developed the site's unique content, putting an accessible and editorial spin on beauty online. Prior to Byrdie, Aboutaleb wrote about fashion, as Fashion News Editor at Elle.com and Editor in Chief of Fashionista.com. The San Francisco native graduated from Boston University with a degree in English.

  • Gregg Renfrew

    Gregg Renfrew
    Beautycounter

    Gregg launched Beautycounter in 2013, a B Corporation that’s single-mindedly focused on creating transparency and safety in the personal care industry—a severely under-regulated space where companies are allowed to use ingredients that are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Beautycounter launched with truly innovative skincare and beauty products, and established a new health and safety standard in the process. Before launching Beautycounter, Gregg had already established herself as a retail leader. Gregg is regarded as a forward-thinking entrepreneur and trusted advisor who can turn concepts into thriving businesses; she sold her successful bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she served the company in executive management. Gregg also served the legendary Best & Co. children’s retail group as CEO, which she re-invigorated through design, traditional retail, and hundreds of national trunk shows. Gregg has led new concept, brand, marketing, merchandising and operations consulting engagements with Bergdorf Goodman, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, Intermix, Lela Rose, and Jessica Alba, among other high-profile corporate and entertainment clients. After graduating from Miss Porter’s School, Gregg attended the University of Vermont. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

  • Patti Pao

    Patti Pao
    Restorsea

    Patricia Pao, a beauty industry innovator, veteran and visionary, is the Founder and CEO of Restorsea™, a naturally derived, efficacious skincare line. Ms. Pao recognized a void in the marketplace and developed Restorsea to fulfill the unmet consumer need for safe, products that deliver real, visible results.

    Boasting an illustrious beauty background, Ms. Pao has launched over 400 products for lauded brands like Avon, Elizabeth Arden, Guerlain, and Peter Thomas Roth. She has been at the forefront of revolutionary product developments such as Avon Anew, having recognized the power of glycolic acid and acquiring the exclusive rights to commercialize it before most beauty insiders discovered its benefits.

    A true pioneer in skincare, Ms. Pao discovered a promising new ingredient, an enzyme released during the baby salmon hatching process, when she skipped a 13.5 mile hike for a tour of Norway’s largest salmon hatchery. She immediately recognized the power of this skincare secret when she noticed that the workers’ hands, which are submerged in water every day, looked significantly younger than their faces. Ms. Pao knows an opportunity when she sees it and quickly secured the rights to use the enzyme in Restorsea, her revolutionary skincare line.

    Restorsea follows other highly successful, revenue-grossing products that Ms. Pao has launched for some of the most established beauty companies in the world. These include Avon Anew, which generated $100 million within the first year; Elizabeth Arden Green Tea fragrance, which brought in $10 million in its first four months; Guerlain Shalimar Restage, which helped drive an over 60% sales increase in 18 months; and Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle which became a million dollar SKU within 12 months.

    Ms. Pao received her MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated summa cum laude. She currently lives in New York City and enjoys a hike-free life.

  • Rebecca Perkins

    Rebecca Perkins
    Rouge New York

    Working as a makeup artist in film and television for over a decade, Rebecca Perkins has had the good fortune to work with some of the world’s most stunning faces, including Stephanie March, Amanda Peet, Catherine Keener, Katherine McPhee and Jemima Kirke. As the Makeup Department Head on Law & Order: SVU, Perkins worked with beauties Mariska Hargitay, Tamara Tunie, Hilary Duff, Cynthia Nixon, Sara Paulson, Misha Barton, Lena Olin, and many others.

    Perkins has had a lifelong passion for makeup, and with four sisters, she had lots of early practice. “When I was 11 my sister let me do her prom makeup. That’s trust right there!” laughs Perkins. When she went to a women’s college with her huge makeup case, she never looked back.

    Perkins loves the transformative artistry of makeup, “I love playing with color and technique, figuring out how best to enhance the beauty of each woman in a way that makes her feel comfortable and listened to.” Fun and play is at the core of her approach to makeup. “It’s about trying something new, taking a chance, seeing what works, getting excited about a new look. It’s about enhancing, not hiding or concealing.“ Central to the creation of Rouge New York is Perkins’ own desire and ability to connect with women, to celebrate them and to make them beautiful.

  • Stephanie March

    Stephanie March
    Rouge New York

    Stephanie March is best known for her role as ADA Alex Cabot on TV’s hit series, Law & Order: SVU. She recently starred on Happy Endings and has memorably appeared in 30 Rock, Rescue Me, Grey’s Anatomy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Treatment, Predisposed, and the upcoming film, Innocence. She has been seen onstage in the critically acclaimed revivals of Death of a Salesman, Talk Radio, and Boys’ Life. Stephanie is a travel junkie and a passionate advocate on behalf of women and education. She is a contributing editor to FATHOM (www.fathomaway.com), an online travel magazine where she documents both her humanitarian trips and her more indulgent getaways.

Mentors


  • Abby Kalicka

    Abby Kalicka
    Seventeen Magazine

    For the last decade, Abby Kalicka has worked with some of the fashion world’s top titles. Starting her career in publishing at Conde Nast’s Style.com, Abby went on to hold positions at InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Brides, and Seventeen, where she is currently the senior fashion market editor. She also wrote, produced, and hosted a popular weekly web video series, Girls Gone Styled. Abby is a magna cum laude graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

  • Allyson Rees

    Allyson Rees
    The Politesse

    Allyson Rees is an LA-based fashion journalist and trend forecaster. She's worked as an editor with various international trend firms including WGSN, Stylus and The Intelligence Group and has also contributed to InStyle, LA Confidential and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her blog, ThePolitesse.com, was founded with fellow fashion journalist Andrea Bell and provides young women with social, digital and personal tools to navigate the real world and score their dream job. Allyson is a graduate of Emerson College.

  • Andrew Serrano

    Andrew Serrano
    IMG

    Andrew Serrano is currently the Director of Global Public Relations at IMG Fashion, the world’s leading producer of fashion events and initiatives, with 32 trade and consumer events a year. Serrano oversees the strategy and execution of the companies communications efforts for events including fashion week in New York, Miami, Toronto, Sydney, Berlin, Zurich and Istanbul. As well, he is responsible for the PR efforts of numerous designer discovery and mentorship programs that help foster the next generation of fashion talent. IMG Fashion represents and consults to fashion weeks in London, Milan, Moscow, Tokyo and Budapest, for which Andrew manages various on-the-ground teams, ensuring a consistent message across the all of the companies markets.

    Originally from Southern California, he moved to New York City at an early age to study fashion at Parson’s the New School for Design. While at Parson’s he interned for Badgley Mischka and People’s Revolution, which gave him the unique experience of working on multiple New York Fashion Week shows and lead him to his current position at IMG Fashion.

  • Brittany Kozerski

    Brittany Kozerski
    Marie Claire

    Brittany graduated in 2010 from the University of Michigan with a major in Communication Studies and Minor in Global Media Studies. In college, she studied at FIT (Styling Certificate Program) during her summer internships in NYC and also Parsons in Paris (Luxury Branding & Communications).

    After graduation, Brittany started interning for Jessica Sailer at Vogue, during that time she also freelanced for the Beauty Director. The Vogue team referred her to Lauren Santo Domingo where she worked at Moda Operandi as a Freelance Production Assistant (basically helping produce and assist with styling of all shoots). The Vogue team heard of an opening at GQ and referred her. In the Spring of 2011, Brittany started as Fashion Bookings Assistant at GQ.

    At GQ, Brittany was responsible for helping with the production, casting and celebrity relations for all cover and fashion shoots, reporting to Jim Moore (Creative Director) and Richard Blandino (Bookings Director). A normal day ranged from meeting a celebrity for a fitting, assisting on set, conducting a model casting, booking talent travel, etc. She says she met so many people from celebrities, to hair stylists, supermodels, etc. but wanting to return to her fashion market roots, after 1 1/2 years, she left her post for Marie Claire.

    At Marie Claire (Sept 2012) Brittany started as a Fashion Assistant responsible for the European market, assisting on set, etc. After about 6 months, Nina Garcia promoted her to her current position of Associate Market Editor. In this position, Brittany is responsible for editing half of the front of book and contributing items to all cover/well shoots. A normal day includes 3-5 market appointments, editing pages, events, etc. She covers about half of the NY market, contemporary designers, Australian, swim, lingerie, athletic and denim.

  • Carlos Soares Moreira

    Carlos Soares Moreira
    GLOSSYBOX

    At 23, Carlos Soares Moreira, Business Development Manager for GLOSSYBOX U.S., has a lived and worked in six countries and three continents. Born in Portugal, Carlos received his degree in Economics from the University of Porto. He joined Rocket Internet in 2012, moving from the company’s London offices to work for one its portfolio company in Berlin, GLOSSYBOX. During his time at GLOSSYBOX Carlos has worked with top executives from companies like Bulgari, Oscar de la Renta, L'Oreal, LVMH, and Estee Lauder, helping beauty brands diversify way they market their products. In his current role, Carlos, who has called New York City home since 2013, continues helping to create new partnerships with beauty brands and innovate the luxury sampling model for the U.S. market.

    Social media: Instagram: @carlossoaresmoreira
    Twitter: @csoaresmoreira
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  • Chelsea Matthews

    Chelsea Matthews
    Matte Black

    Chelsea Matthews is the Founder of Matte Black, a culture-marketing firm based in Los Angeles that believes in crafting experiences, campaigns & content that creatively and strategically develop brand awareness, evangelism & advocacy. Inspired by the visual, the team at Matte Black thrive on their culture surroundings – in the trends that move the needle forward - and use such influence to develop innovative brand strategies & create lasting connections for companies nationwide.

    Some of her clients include POOLTRADESHOW, VW, G-Star, Juice Served Here, TOMS, Cooper Design Space & Goldfaden MD. Chelsea was recognized as a ‘Tastemaker To Know’ in the DELL #Inspired100 campaign, and has been spotlighted in Foam Magazine, Apartment Therapy & on YouTube’s The Stylish.

  • Faran Krentcil

    Faran Krentcil
    Writer & Brand Consultant

    Faran Krentcil is a writer and brand consultant in New York City. She was the founding editor of Fashionista.com and served as NYLON's first Digital Director from 2008-2012. She currently works with brands like Clarins, Shopbop, DKNY, and Marc Jacobs Fragrances, as well as at ELLE Magazine online. Faran is writing her first novel, to be published (with any luck) by 2014. Don't worry—it has nothing to do with fashion! PS: farankrentcil.tumblr.com

  • Jacqueline Courtney

    Jacqueline Courtney
    Nearly Newlywed

    Jacqueline Courtney is the founder & CEO of Nearly Newlywed, an online boutique for brides to buy discounted new, sample and used wedding dresses up to 90% off as well as a destination for them to resell their gown after the wedding. Nearly Newlywed specializes in hard-to-find dresses from designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Elie Saab, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and more.

    Originally from Iowa, Jackie moved to New York where she received her degree from Parsons the New School for Design before embarking on a career in fashion with positions at Karla Otto NY, Barneys NY, Conde Nast, and Create the Group. While working as a fashion publicist and planning her own wedding, Jackie was surprised there weren’t options for brides wanting to get a designer gown for less so created Nearly Newlywed for girls like her.

  • James Nord

    James Nord
    Stylist

    Before starting Fohr Card, James spent 5 years in marketing and advertising, specifically helping traditional brands migrate and grow their digital business. After picking up a camera and creating a Tumblr, James has went on to work as a photographer with a number of brands, including Oscar de la Renta, Thom Browne, Stella Artois, Puma and Rag & Bone.

  • Jasmine Caccamo

    Jasmine Caccamo
    Stylist

    Born and raised in New York, Jasmine had the privilege of being exposed to different cultures from all over the world, which influenced and shaped her vision of fashion and developed her eye for style. She began her fashion career at Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines. She was soon assisting some of the most noted stylists in the industry and has contributed to some of the most influential publications in the industry. It wasn’t long before she embarked on a freelance career that demonstrates her versatility and keen eye to create styles that get noticed.

    One of fashion’s finest young stylists today, Jasmine is quickly becoming the “go-to” stylist for the new generation and looks forward to creating more signature looks and innovative styles in the years ahead.

    Twitter: @jasminecaccamo
    Instagram: @jazzienyc

  • Jenean Chapman

    Jenean Chapman
    Shop the Floor

    Jenean leads content and digital marketing for the e-commerce platform SHOP THE FLOOR, the wholesale buying platform aligned with the bi-annual fashion tradeshows MAGIC and ENK. She is responsible for developing and executing innovative cross-category strategies across all touch points for both retailers and brands.

    A native of Jamaica, Jenean resides in NYC where she uses the cultural inspiration of the city as well as her broad multi channel experience to create brand building campaigns. Her prior agency experience includes creating digital campaigns for several luxury lifestyle and beauty brands as well as curating experiential marketing activations with prominent bloggers. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Film.

  • Kassidy Babcock

    Kassidy Babcock
    Bollare Communications

    JKassidy Babcock specializes in current and future client strategic alliances and brand consulting, as well as cultivating co-branded partnership opportunities and integration from the firm’s Manhattan office. Babcock’s career path is impressive. Most recently Babcock served as Head Merchant of Accessories at Rent-The-Runway.com. Prior to that she spent five years at Shopbop.com as the sole Buyer for handbags, jewelry, accessories, swim and intimates in the designer and contemporary markets. Babcock’s tenure was rooted in her time previously spent in the buying division at Marc Jacobs International.

  • Kelly Howard

    Kelly Howard
    Post+Beam

    A native Midwesterner, Kelly is the West Coast Director at Post+Beam, a leading innovation and communication firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Calgary. As Director, Kelly oversees consumer fashion, beauty and lifestyle in the LA office.

    Prior to joining Post+Beam, Kelly worked for Kip Morrison & Associates, an LA-based boutique public relations agency. Her work has garnered client placements in top national publications and television programs such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Extra and E! News. In 2011 and 2012, Kelly also acted as the Director of Fashion’s Night Out Los Angeles, spearheading efforts for the one-night celebration, coordinating in-store events, designer appearances, celebrity guests and fashion shows throughout the city.

    Find her on Instagram at @kellylynnhoward.

  • Laurel Pantin

    Laurel Pantin
    Lucky Magazine

    Laurel Pantin joined the Lucky team as Market Editor in the summer of 2013. In this role she covered the American young designer market, as well as British designers. She was promoted to Style Editor in the Spring of 2014. In her new role Laurel styles all of the on-air national television segments as well as appears as a spokesperson for the brand on-air, in addition to her market work. She comes to Lucky from Glamour where she covered the contemporary accessories market. Prior to Glamour, Pantin was assistant beauty editor at Teen Vogue for three years.

    Laurel grew up in Texas and loves all things Americana—especially her idol, Dolly Parton. She attended New York University and still lives in the city where she enjoys taking advantage of amazing shopping, dining and the arts scene.

  • Liza Deyrmenjian

    Liza Deyrmenjian
    Fashion Business Accelerator 360

    Liza Deyrmenjian, a native of Vancouver, started her career in the garment manufacturing business at the age of 19 launching Arteenelle Designs Inc., a fashion design studio that manufactured products for leading companies including Umbro, Intrawest Resorts, Ledcor, West Beach, and CostCo. After selling Arteenelle Designs Inc. Liza launched her second company, Noccona Manufacturing Services which manufactured garments predominantly for U.S. design houses and included well-known brands such as London Fog, Marmot, Sierra Designs, Horny Toad, and CostCo.

    After selling her manufacturing businesses, Liza moved to New York City in 2003 and became a sought- after speaker and apparel consultant. Recognizing that design schools don't provide “How To” education, which all designers and entrepreneurs need, Liza put together a two-day course that filled that gap, teaching all of the things high-priced fashion institutes leave out. This course provided new design and fashion entrepreneurs as well as SMB retailers a leading advantage when looking to grow their business from sketch to sale. 



    In 2009, Liza raised $2.5 million from investors to build an online destination for the fashion industry. Afingo.com launched in February of 2010 as the first online destination where designers could upload their look books and locate manufacturers, retailers could browse designers globally, and consumers could vote and comment on designers and their looks. In 2011, Liza oversaw Afingo.com’s pivot into ShopToko.com, an online marketplace for the independent retailer. Within nine months, Shoptoko.com hosted sales for over 110 new and emerging brands, offering 25,000 SKU’s and over 2,000 registered retailers. 



    Liza has also consulted as a wardrobe designer for over 30 commercials and feature films. She has appeared in publications including Entrepreneur and WWD. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Liza graduated from the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Toronto, Canada.

  • Mercedes R. Gonzalez

    Mercedes R. Gonzalez
    Buyer

    Mercedes R. Gonzalez has been a buyer in the garment industry since 1998.

    Her passion for the industry started when she was 14 years old and went to work every summer for her uncle who owned and operated a manufacturing company in the heart of the garment district in New York.

    After graduating from New York University where she earned her degree in economics, she went back to work full time with her uncle. She changed the operation of the company by moving production overseas, streamlining the company and insuring a stronger bottom line.

    Soon after Mercedes decided to try buying and was hired by one of the largest buying offices at the time, Frederick Atkins. She had participation in private label for such stores as Dillard’s and Harvey Nichols of England. She soon went to work at one of the member stores Gonzalez Padin in Puerto Rico and her love for international trade grew.

    In the last 19 years Mercedes has worked with some of the most important buying offices in the country and has helped to open or restructure hundreds of stores in the United States and abroad, including the inaugural Sears store in Panama.

    Regularly featured in industry publications, such as Women’s Wear Daily, Mercedes also teaches workshops on successful retailing at industry trade shows such as MAGIC, and at regional markets in Atlanta, California and Dallas, and previously as an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. School of continuing education.

    She sits on the board of the Fashion Merchandising Department at the University of Arkansas and at the University of Nebraska. She is invited around the world from Chile to China to speak to retailers and manufacturers on entering the US market.

    She has been featured on the “Today Show“, as a retail expert has given presentations to the International Fashion Group, and has two award winning videos in the New York Public Library website on retailing.

  • Sorellina

    Nicole Carosella
    Sorellina

    Sorellina was founded by sisters Nicole & Kim Carosella in early 2011. Growing up in a small town on Long Island, NY, they were raised with a deep appreciation for the arts and have since shared a love of design.

    Nicole's love affair with jewelry began at an early age. As a newborn, she was a colic baby who could only be lulled to sleep by her mother's sparkling jewelry. Continually encouraged to design jewelry by her mother, Nicole was defiant to not follow her mother's request (as only a proper teenager would) and she went on to study Fine Arts at The University of Southern California with a concentration in photography. In her photographs, Nicole created optical illusions and transported the viewer into her fantastical worlds. After college Nicole began collecting vintage jewelry and she could no longer deny her inherent love of jewelry and returned to school, now with her focus on jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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  • Lauren Indvik

    Lauren Indvik
    Fashionista

    Lauren Indvik is editor in chief of Fashionista.com, a role she happily shares with Stephanie Trong. Prior to Fashionista, Lauren served as a business editor at Mashable for nearly four years, covering the intersection of technology, retail and media. A California native, she now lives in New York City and still has no idea how to dress for the cold.

    Follow Lauren: Twitter, Instagram

  • Alyssa Vingan

    Alyssa Vingan
    Fashionista

    Alyssa Vingan is the senior editor of Fashionista. She spent her college years at Tulane University in New Orleans before moving to New York where she took her first big-time internship at—wait for it—Fashionista. Since starting out at the site, she’s written both online and in print for Paper, StyleCaster, Marie Claire, and Elle.com, and she’s beyond excited to be back. Though her first love is fashion, you’ll often find her going on about music, models, fitness, and pop culture.

  • Lauren Sherman

    Lauren Sherman
    Fashionista

    Lauren Sherman is a writer, editorial strategist and Fashionista.com's editor at large. Lauren got her start as a lifestyle reporter at Forbes covering luxury goods and fashion and has since held executive positions at both Fashionista and Lucky magazine. Along with Fashionista, she contributes to a variety of publications, including Ad Age, Elle.com, Businessoffashion.com, Women's Health and Style.com.

  • Cheryl Wischhover

    Cheryl Wischhover
    Fashionista

    Cheryl Wischhover, who is currently the Beauty Editor At-Large for Fashionista, has been writing about beauty for the past four years. In addition to Fashionista, you can see her work on Elle.com, The Cut, Yahoo Beauty, Glamour.com, and Cosmopolitan.com. She is a former pediatric nurse practitioner who changed careers after experiencing burn-out and realizing that she really, really wanted to know more about mascara.