Vogue Ukraine and London College of Fashion have collaborated to create the first Vogue UA Fashion and Business Conference in Kiev next month.

The conference takes place on 13 May, and will feature international speakers from retail, business strategy, communication, design and academia. This is the first edition of the conference, and will feature UK Experts Tony Glenville, Emily Huggard, Alex McIntosh and Clare Buckley, all from London College of Fashion. The experts will be sharing their industry expertise they’ve accumulated throughout their careers. Between them, they have worked with established clients like Victoria Beckham, Maison Martin Margiela, Cutler and Gross, Alberta Ferretti and Selfridges. The experts will share success and failure stories of the fashion industry’s key players alongside Masha Tsukanov, editor-in-chief of Vogue Ukraine.

Photo Credit: Yifan Chen

Vogue Ukraine and London College of Fashion have collaborated to create the first Vogue UA Fashion and Business Conference in Kiev next month. Photo Credit: Yifan Chen, LCF John Prince’s Street

Sustainable fashion will be at the heart of the Vogue conference, the group will discuss themes including, ‘Who sets trends and what influences them?‘, and ‘will Ukraine fashion companies and start-ups enter the international market?‘. The closing theme will be ‘the position of digital-technology and innovation to generate profit for fashion business’.

Ukraine’s economic climate still seems uncertain as it continues to be plagued with a civil crisis in the east. With this in mind, we asked LCF’s Tony Glenville, what this conference means for fashion in Ukraine?

I think the development of fashion in Ukraine is definitely exciting as fashion moves away from just the four established centres/cities. In a few brief seasons the Ukrainian designers have developed the traditional from Vita Kin and Ottoman, the sportier street style from Anton Belinsky, alongside the romantic of Anna October, the glamour of Theo and the wit of RCR Khomenko; to mention only a few. This demonstrates that there is already a spectrum of looks, moods and feelings from the designers. The ambition, focus and professionalism of the designers is so strong already it can only increase as they develop. This conference is a conversation about the state of fashion now; the demands and the shifts which have happened and continue to make us question, investigate and explore what fashion means, and how we communicate today and in the future.

Tony Glenville at LCF BA Show 2010.

Tony Glenville at LCF BA Show 2010.

We also asked Alex McIntosh, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, what can yourself and LCF offer to Ukraine’s fashion and economic landscape?

Fashion is so key to both culture and economies. A healthy global fashion system celebrates diverse identities, communities and skills. Offering our support and insights to Ukrainian fashion designers is an opportunity to share expertise and to learn from each other, with a view to bringing the distinctive nature of Ukrainian design to an international audience.

Olga Kurylenko by Phil Poynter for Vogue Ukraine July 2013. Image credit: www.fashiondesain.com

Olga Kurylenko by Phil Poynter for Vogue Ukraine July 2013. Image credit: www.fashiondesain.com

The conference is open to designers, retailers, department stores and boutiques owners, stylists and other participants. Those attending will receive unique knowledge, practical experience and an invaluable networking opportunity. The venue for next month’s conference is Kiev’s famous Fairmont Grand Hotel. The partners for this year’s conference are education agency DonStream, Olerom Consulting, Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, VOGUE Café.

You can follow the conference online with the hashtag, #VogueUAConference.