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Fashion Business Futures

6.30 PM - 9.50 PM
Thursday 12 April 2018

Image courtesy of Gail Sorronda. Photo: Emilie Elizabeth



A revolution is transforming culture and business. It is at once a cornucopia and a maelstrom. Everything exists simultaneously; symbols have slipped their meanings; customers are omnivorous and desire is attention-deficit. The foundations of commerce and community are under duress. Many businesses will change form, some will be relegated to history, others will thrive. Fashion is at the heart of this change, the agora where culture and commerce collide. Programmed by senior fashion industry MD and board director Julie Ann Morrison, fashion leaders and emerging designers explore creativity and the corporation, the challenge of  innovation in a rapidly changing world, the burgeoning influence of social and digital platforms in the fashion ecosystem, the fashion start-up in a time of disruption, and the future of retail in a hybrid market of real and online stores.


Session 1
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Karen Walker

In conversation with Julie Ann Morrison, Karen Walker, founder of her eponymous brand, will give a behind the scenes look at the 20 year journey of her highly successful international fashion business. Seeking out the entrepreneurial and creative insights which translate into business results, the qualities and skills essential to lead brand destiny, and the extraordinary social and cultural topography of the past two decades, this session will explore Walker’s personal experience in the wider context of creating an enduring brand. Specifically how to respond to the current moment, how to reach and engage the customer and how to nurture and sustain design creativity and innovation over time. What does the future fashion landscape look like? Followed by a Q&A.


7:30 PM – 7:50 PM
Drinks and nibbles


Session 2
7:50 PM – 8:50 PM
Where To Next for Fashion?

This conversation will tackle the key impacts of postmodern culture on fashion. Drawing on the expertise and insights of journalist Glynis Traill-Nash as chronicler of global fashion, Dave Whittle as marketing tech guru and Julie Ann Morrison as brand-led business insider, this session will probe the key questions confronting the fashion industry. How does social media convert to sales? How can technology enhance brand engagement? How is creativity nurtured in the frenetic fashion cycle and discount-led fast fashion market? What is the future of advertising and fashion shows as the face of brands? What are the key characteristics of 21st century culture that are causing the rapid transformation of fashion? Followed by a Q&A.


Session 3
8:50 PM – 9:45 PM
Design on the Homefront 

A panel of emerging and established designers discusses the challenges and opportunities of independent design in Australia, covering themes including the tyranny of distance in Australian design, self-promotion and marketing in the digital age, retail opportunities in the changing landscape of online sales platforms and the growing presence of local support in Australia. In an age where many creatives are lured to the Northern Hemisphere seeking the international stage, some of our most talented have chosen to stay. A lively conversation on the future of homegrown fashion with some of the industry’s brightest stars including Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann and designers Gail Sorronda and Kacey Devlin.


Booking Information

This event is free upon attendance and includes drinks and nibbles, but bookings are essential. If you book and do not attend, a $60 payment per ticket will be processed as a donation to SCCI. Please read the full Ticketing Policy & Terms & Conditions below prior to booking.

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Fashion Business Futures
Thursday 12 April 2018
6.30 PM - 9.50 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope St Paddington


Julie Ann Morrison

Julie Ann Morrison has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years. As Managing Director of luxury and fashion brands including Gucci, Moschino, Guess and Bulgari, she has extensive experience of international and local markets through periods of massive social, cultural and commercial change. She is a non-executive director of Myer Holdings, Chair of Specialty Brands Australia (a Myer subsidiary which operates sass & bide, Marcs and David Lawrence) and is on Carla Zampatti’s advisory board. Morrison is an experienced convenor and fashion commentator, having participated in events including industry conferences and cultural conversations at the NGV and V&A. Morrison appears in:

Karen Walker

Karen Walker’s eccentrically elegant style has established a cult international following for her ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewellery, bags and fragrance. Walker’s signature energy and optimism define her label. Karen Walker designs cleverly play with cultural subtext, juxtaposing luxe and street, masculine and feminine, folk and utility, creating pieces that are both directional and wearable. Walker’s influence has seen her consistently ranked for the past five years in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future. Walker appears in: 

Glynis Traill-Nash

As Fashion Editor of The Australian, Glynis Traill-Nash covers all aspects of the global fashion industry. For more than a decade, her engaging, informative - and opinionated - writing has endeared her to readers of publications including The Sunday Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, Vogue Australia, Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar and In Style. A front-row fixture in Australia, Traill-Nash has covered fashion weeks and events across the world. She is speaker and host for the Business Seminar at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and has facilitated events for the Perth Fashion Festival, Adelaide Fashion Festival, Brisbane Museum and Sydney Writers’ Festival, among others. Traill-Nash appears in:

David Whittle

David Whittle combines creativity, technology and entrepreneurial vision to drive transformative growth in market-leading businesses. Whittle has founded several digital start-ups and is currently CEO of Lexer, a data and analytics software company that specialises in client engagement locally and internationally. During his decade-long career at highly awarded creative agency M&C Saatchi, Whittle built the global digital practice and was ultimately Managing Director of the M&C Saatchi Group, Australia. In this period, he worked with leading retail brands and fashion remains a focus in his professional life. Since 2015, Whittle has been a Non-Executive Director of Myer, alongside his digital business interests in business disruption. Whittle appears in:

Gail Sorronda

Gail Sorronda launched her self-titled brand in 2005 after winning the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up Awards with her debut collection Angel at my Table. In 2008, Sorronda relocated to Paris and developed her SS09/10 collection Invasive Exotics. Only two years later, she was finalist in Vogue Italia’s Who Is On Next competition, enabling her to present in groups shows at AltaRoma and Milan Fashion Week. As a result, her garments were stocked in Dolce & Gabbana Spiga2 store in Milan. In 2012, Sorronda returned to Brisbane and opened her first permanent flagship boutique. The brand has since collaborated with Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Disney and artists; Grazia Fortuna Ward, Michael Zavros and Lyn & Tony. Most recently, Sorronda was selected as an ambassador for the Gallery of Modern Art. Sorronda appears in:

Edwina McCann

Edwina McCann has been the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and is responsible for the Vogue brand across print, digital and social media platforms. McCann seeks to increase digital engagement and ensure Vogue is at the forefront of digital innovation across its multiple platforms, catapulting the brand into the new age of media consumption. She has held fashion-related editorships at The Australian, WISH and Grazia before joining Harper’s Bazaar Australia as Editor-in-Chief. McCann is co-chair to the Australian Fashion Council and has appeared on the Business of Fashion 500 every year since 2014, and in 2015 topped B&Ts list of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Australia Media.

Kacey Devlin

KACEY DEVLIN is a contemporary womenswear brand designed to elevate the modern woman’s wardrobe. Proudly Australian made, KACEY DEVLIN consciously works with manufacturers equally committed to leaving a lighter footprint on our planet. KACEY DEVLIN was the Winner of The National Designer of the Year supported by David Jones and Harpers Bazaar 2017, Winner of the BT Emerging Designer of the Year 2017, International Woolmark Prize Regional Finalist in 2016, The Australian Fashion Laureate Emerging Designer of the Year Finalist 2016, 2017 and Finalist for the ‘Best New Talent’ 2017 Prix De Marie Claire.