May 2, 2018

With just two days to go for the LFS Conclave being held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, we're sharing our favourite panels we look forward to attending. Take your pick from trend forecasting to  Fashion Start-ups and Funding, and come be a part of the Luxury, Fashion and Style community whether you are an aspiring fashion professional or even an established one. 






Fashion 360 - The Ecosystem


If you think being a stylist or designer are the only two options for you, you're mistaken! There's so much more to fashion and this talk will help you broaden your horizons and explore other career opportunities beyond design. From visual merchandisers to retail brand professional, a broad variety of speakers from the industry give you a low-down on the industry ecosystem and the need for co-working.


On the Panel: Brigitte Bae, Regional Visual Merchandiser Middle East Valentino; Jas Sagu, Fashion Blogger, and Founder, Womaniloveyou; Mr Abhishek Shetty, Marketing, PR, Loyalty Head at Celio;  Vickram Bawa, Fashion Photographer; Akgun, Makeup Artist, Inega and Nandita Mahtani, Designer and  Co-Founder, LoveGen)


Styling & Imagery - The Impact on Business of Luxury & Fashion 


This talk is about the visual narrative in the business of luxury and fashion. Visual imagery and content has become a vital part of most luxury and fashion houses with their businesses revolve around content now more than ever. The panel will throw light on how fashion brands such as D&G, Gucci etc are driving their business through imagery, with stylists and content creators leading the way.


On the Panel: Shilpa Chavan, Designer at Little Shilpa; Sanjana Batra, Celebrity Stylist; Manish Mishra, Fashion Editor, DNA and Avinash Gowariker, Celebrity Photographer.



Fashion Start-Ups & Funding - Investors Perspective


A rising creative-entrepreneur movement leads to a talk where a panel of professionals at various levels of the fashion start-up ecosystem come together to throw light on ground realities and expectations in the fashion start-up space. Here Investors talk about what they expect in a pitch, from the business as well as the returns.


On the Panel: Siddharth Lulla, Founder Culture Group; Dhimaan Shah, Founder and Director at Style Cracker; Yash Kotak, Founder and Director at Boheco and Mohit Gulati, Head ITI Growth Opportunities LLP (A Fortune Group Subsidiary).



Digital Disruption - The New Dimension


The panel discusses how traditional media platforms have rewired themselves to go the digital way in this age of sustenance. The growth of influencers in the digital space as well as the challenges and advantages of digital mediums for brand advocacy are some of the topics that our panelists will be touching. Get the real picture from industry stalwarts.


On the Panel: Pernia Qureshi, Founder, Pernia's Pop Up Shop; Azmina Rahimatoola, Founder, Atosa; Ms Ruchika Sachdeva, Designer Bodice and Ms Urvashi Kaur, Designer.



Detail in Retail -Building a worthy resume for Retail


This panel will have speakers from across Fashion and Luxury Retail functions like Visual merchandising, Buying, Sales, Marketing, Operations and Branding talking about opportunities in fashion retail as well as luxury. If you want to know what the brands are looking out for while employing people as well as career opportunities for emerging talents, this is the talk for you.


On the Panel: Namrata Keswani, Digital Domain Lead, Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai;  Gauri Kohli, Luxury Director, PR Pundit and Charu Gaur, Founder/Editor, Runway Square.



Luxury - The Evolving Landscape


India is an emerging market for global luxury brands, and we discuss the potential as well as the dynamics of this sector in this talk. A mixed bag of panelists from Lifestyle, Fashion, Hospitality, Beauty and the Jewellry sector will engage in an exciting panel discussion about the evolving luxury landscape in India.


On the Panel: Deepika Gehani, Marketing and Creative Director, Genesis Luxury; Pancham Lillaney, Vice President- Head Corporate Marketing, Phoenix Mills; Mr Rajiv Popley, Director, Popley Group; Gaurav Bhatia, Managing Director, Sotheby's and Swapan Bharma, Vice President Retail, Dia Operations for Rolex, Chopard, Panerai, Vacheron, Piaget, Dia Jewellery.


Bulding A Global Brand Beyond Label


The panel will focus on what it takes to build a global brand beyond just a product and the labe. We talk about key aspects of marketing, communication, positioning and brand building.

On the Panel: Fashion Designers Gaurav Gupta and Falguni & Shane Peacock 


Trend Forecasting


Stay ahead and informed with this session curated by WGSN, world leaders in trend forecasting. Disruption is the essence of fashion and here you meet the people, trends and emotions that will rule the global as well as Indian fashion scene in 2018. This talk is for those who seek inspiration to create the future you see and want for yourself, your business as well as your consumers.


On the Panel: Mr Puneet Dudeja, Sales Director, South Asia, WGSN

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