TALK WITH THE INDUSTRY
At Fashion Talks you can listen to inspiring talks ON STAGE and participate in smaller break-out sessions OFF STAGE. In addition to the speakers in our programme we invited several professionals from different fields in the industry (retailers, press, finance, production, marketing, wholesale,...) to join our Fashion Talks network. We would like to give you the chance to meet and talk to that one professional you have always wanted to meet. The professionals will be available for a 30 minute talk with you. There are a limited number of time slots available. Please fill in this form before November 15th, only after purchasing your Fashion Talks ticket of course. Provide a short motivation for the professional you would like to meet including the subject of your talk.
Only Fashion Talks ticket holders can apply for 'Talk with the Industry'. We will gradually add names to the list of professionals, feel free to apply for several talks with different people during the coming weeks. In case you get selected as one of the lucky few, you will receive a confirmation mail before November 20th.
Meet the professionals
Born and raised in the Belgian fashion capital Antwerp, her foray into fashion began with her fashion and lifestyle platform fashionata.com. This led onto numerous international collaborations with the most prestigious luxury brands including Chanel, Dior and Vogue. Author to three bestselling style guides, Sofie’s innate sense of style has landed her front-row seats at the most prominent runway shows and ensured she is a firm fixture amongst street-style pages. Sofie just launched her own high-end fine jewelry line, called Valkiers Jewellery, which is handmade by ateliers in Sofie’s hometown Antwerp.
Bianca Quets Luzi started working in fashion in 2000 at Maison Martin Margiela as wholesale consultant. In this function, she also joined AF Vandevorst and Dirk Bikkembergs in 2006. Bianca started working at Raf Simons in 2008 as head of product development. In 2009 she became the CEO. Bianca has also combined her passion for fashion with her passion in politics, by working at the Belgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. In total she had an active position for 4 years in politics.
Sonja Noël is the owner of STIJL: a legendary multi-label designer store known for its specialised and highly curated selection of innovative fashion design, situated in the heart of downtown Brussels. A pioneering supporter of the Antwerp Six, the shop came to specialise in local and Belgian design. With two separate locations for mens- and womenswear in the vibrant Dansaert area, the store offers a large selection of diverse designers: from the bold and colourful Dries Van Noten, or the sleek and romantic Ann Demeulemeester, to the daring Y/Project and art-inspired Raf Simons, down to the avant-garde Rick Owens and glamourous Haider Ackermann.
For the last 25 years, Veerle Windels has been interviewing fashion designers from all over the planet. She has built up a know-how of the luxury business and was nurturing young fashion talent at the same time. Veerle’s reports for the Belgian daily De Standaard are widely appreciated for their depth and critical factor and her books have been bestsellers, especially ‘Young Belgian Fashion’ (Ludion, 2001) and ‘ACT(e)’ (Ludion, 2010) on the life and work of Tim Van Steenbergen. Never a fashionista, Veerle always looks for the passion, metier and hard work in fashion, beyond the glamour of the catwalk.
Wendy Jaspers is co-founder and managing director of UPR Belgium. Since 2000, UPR is a Benelux pr & communication consultancy agency, driven to create powerful communication that connects the dots between people and brands. From new brands on the market to high-end fashion couture, UPR represents a variety of Fashion & Lifestyle brands.
Stylist and interior designer Marcus Paul grew up in New York City, where a lifelong passion for architecture eventually translated to a career in interior design and fashion. For Marcus, constructing a great look is as much about shape and structure as creating a beautiful living space. His talent for combining vintage and new, luxury and streetwear has made Marcus a unique creative force in the fashion industry.
Patrick Scallon joined Dries van Noten in 2008 as Communication Director. For 11 years he has been developing the communication and image strategy. He worked closely with Dries van Noten for his fashion show at the Palais Royal in 2008 and for his exhibition 'Inspiration' in 2014. With experiences at Maison Margiela and Hermès, Patrick Scallon has developed an optimistic vision regarding the creative expression of clothing.
As a fashion designer, Dirk van Saene has long enjoyed worldwide recognition, and his influence in the discipline cannot be overestimated. Unlike some of his colleagues, van Saene has always maintained a small company and scale of production, outlet through a limited selection of shops worldwide, which puts minimum pressure to compromise on his eccentric, heartfelt vision. Dirk is one of the so called 'Antwerp Six'. He has been a teacher of the Masters in Fashion Design at the Royal Academy of Antwerp for more than 10 years and has, in more recent years, ventured into the world of ceramics alongside his fashion collection.
Claude Ampe is known for his experience in managing of operational departments of fashion companies such as Andres NV. Today he is operational -and wholesalesdirector of Bellerose.
Adrien Gras is a french multifaceted creative that started out his career in fashion as a journalist for ELLE Belgium. He later became a freelance stylist for Belgian magazines such as Le Vif / Knack Weekend, Vogue and more recently l'Officiel. His work has also been featured internationally in major publications such as Vogue Italia, Schön Magazine and Models.com.
Today he is creative director for several Belgian and international brands, adding strategic consultancy to the mix. Besides his role for those brands, he is also the agent of Belgian singer Tamino.
Kaat Debo has been part of the MoMu team since 2001. Since 2009 she's both General Manager and Chief Curator at Antwerp's fashion museum. She's renowned for her knowledge about the history of contemporary Belgian fashion on an international level.
Anton Janssens is co-founder and managing partner at KOMONO. At KOMONO, Anton pursues his passion for design and combines this with his entrepreneurial instincts to ensure KOMONO's position as one of the world's leading independent fashion brands.
When Anne Kurris launched her first children’s collection in the summer of 1998, she didn't expect to be setting new standards in children’s fashion. She started out as a graphic designer for Dries Van Noten and the famous Antwerp Six. Anne Kurris teaches graphic design at both the renowned Fashion Department of the Antwerp Royal Academy and the Sint-Lucas School of Art. Bridging the gap between graphic design and fashion and supporting young and upcoming talent is one of her goals.
Photo by Ronald Stoops.
Elise Taillieu is a graduate (2003) of the Institut Français de la Mode ( Master of Science in Fashion & Textile Management) in Paris. After a traineeship at Yohji Yamamoto in Paris, she joined L'Oréal in Brussels as a product Manager. In 2008, she followed her passion for Belgian designers and joined Wouters & Hendrix as Sales & Marketing Manager. In 2014, she associated with the founders and she was named CEO.
Marie Delbeke started her career as a project manager at Flanders Fashion Institute (nowadays Flanders DC for Fashion) where she explored the peculiarities of the fashion sector. Driven by the financial challenges within the sector, she made the switch to PMV: a Flemish investment company. She's currently working as a business manager at the Risk Capital team.
Ilse Cornelissens founded Graanmarkt 13 together with her husband Tim van Geloven. The multi-house is an extension of Tim and Ilse’s own home and way of life. A microcosm of how they experience the world. An expression of everything they stand for, from an independent sense of beauty to supporting craftsmanship and sustainability. In 2018 she founded a new business, named Kassl Editions, together with a collective of friends working in different fields of fashion. Kassl Editions is an outerwear brand, a timeless collection based on a single coat with an outstanding shape, created by and for people with a love for quality.