UPDATE

Conference Rescheduled to 29th - 30th of July

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The Condé Nast Luxury Conference has been rescheduled from April 2020 to Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 July 2020.

Please see below for the overall schedule of events. Updates to the conference programme will be posted in the coming weeks, as Suzy Menkes works with speakers to reschedule their participation.

Tuesday 28 July 2020

18.30-20.30: Welcome Cocktail Reception for all attendees
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Wednesday 29 July 2020

09.00-18.00: Conference Day One
Hofburg Vienna

19.30-00.00: Condé Nast and GTBank Party
Studio Apartment of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Thursday 30 July 2020

09.15-17.00: Conference Day Two
Hofburg Vienna

18:30 - Welcome Reception

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

08:15 - Registration and Morning Refreshments

Hofburg Vienna

09:00 - Conference Commences

Welcome Remarks
Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Condé Nast Welcome Remarks

Welcome to Gateways to Luxury
Suzy Menkes
, Editor, Vogue International

Luxury Today
Exploring the world of luxury today, and the key issues impacting the industry, the conference’s opening sessions will assess the way forward for the luxury industry after an unexpected and unprecedented first half of the year. Speakers will also examine new consumer markets, sustainability and the maintenance of brand relevance.

Session To Be Announced

Vogue Business x Luxury

Sustainability, Upcycling and Recycling in Luxury
Venerated for his thoughtful and artisanal approach to luxury, Alessandro Sartori puts sustainability at the heart of Zegna. Spearheading the “Use The Existing” sustainability programme at Zegna, in this session Sartori will expand on his vision of “slow luxury” and the power of meaningful action.
Alessandro Sartori, Artistic Director, Ermenegildo Zegna Group, in conversation with Suzy Menkes

Radical Heart, Austrian Soul
Andreas Kronthaler brings a Tyrolean sensibility to a brand renowned for its radical and campaigning soul – as well as excellent tailoring. In this session, he will chronicle how his Austrian heritage has influenced his career, and discuss how he balances commercial reality with sustainability.
Andreas Kronthaler, Creative Director, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, in conversation with Suzy Menkes

11:00 - Morning Refreshments

11:30 - Conference Continues

Artistic and Imperial Journeys
In Day One’s second set of sessions, speakers will explore luxury on a grand scale – observing the Imperial Vienna of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, high jewellery and high craft in Paris, and dynamic new consumer markets of Eastern Europe.  

Session To Be Announced

Sex, Power and Imperialism
Historian and bestselling author, Simon Sebag Montefiore will explore the role of Vienna in creating the world today. From past to present to future, he will share the impact of the city as the perpetual laboratory of the modern age.
Simon Sebag Montefiore

Eastern Visions of Vogue
From the launch of Vogue Russia in 1998 to Vogue Ukraine in 2013 – and more recently Vogue Poland and Vogue Czechoslovakia in 2018 – the Central- and Eastern-European region has developed as both a dynamic consumer market and as a rich source of creative influence. This session will examine the various Central- and Eastern-European visions of Vogue and what this means for the luxury and fashion industries at large.
Karina Dobrotvorsakaya, Editorial Director, Condé Nast

13:00 - Lunch

14:30 - Conference Continues

Gateways for All
In this afternoon’s sessions, Suzy Menkes and speakers will survey access to luxury – with points of entry ranging from products such as fragrance and footwear to more inclusive retail environments. This series will advocate for new approaches to representation.

Size Inclusivity and the Opportunities for the Luxury Industry
In one of the highlight sessions of the conference, speakers will explore size inclusivity in luxury fashion and the opportunities that lie within. In a discussion with a variety of stakeholders – including a luxury brand, retailer and image-makers – questions of diversity and inclusivity, commercial opportunities and consumer representation will all be addressed.

  • Lynne Webber, Managing Director, Marina Rinaldi
  • Mina White, Director, IMG Models
  • Candice Huffine, Model
  • Patrick Herning, Chief Executive Officer, 11 Honoré
    Session moderated by Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

From the Front Line of Footwear
For almost 70 years, the house of Sergio Rossi has brought glamour to the world of footwear. The company has also provided specialist technical and manufacturing expertise to a number of luxury companies. How do the two sides combine? CEO Riccardo Sciutto will reveal all.
Riccardo Sciutto, Chief Executive Officer, Sergio Rossi

15:30 - Afternoon Refreshments

16:20 - Conference Continues

Session To Be Announced

Magnificent Luxury
In the final sessions of the first day, speakers will explore the ultimate in artistry in luxury.

Session To Be Announced

A New Renaissance: Central and Eastern European Splendour and Craftsmanship
In his role at the Michelangelo Foundation, Alberto Cavalli shines a light on some of the world’s most-skilled and uniquely talented artisans – those who form the foundations of luxury. He will discuss creativity and craftsmanship in Central and Eastern Europe and appraise the relationship between commerce and innovation.
Alberto Cavalli
, Executive Co-Director, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

An Eye for Fashion as Entertainment
As an award-winning fashion curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot has been responsible for a number of blockbuster exhibitions – from Viktor & Rolf to Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry Mugler. Distilling the essence of a designer’s work into a single show, here Thierry-Maxime shares his thoughts on the concept of fashion as entertainment and balancing the erudite with the entertaining.
Thierry-Maxime Loriot in conversation with Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

Session To Be Announced

18:30 - Close of Day One

19:30 - Condé Nast and GTBank Party

Studio Apartment of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

08:30 - Registration and Morning Refreshments

Hofburg Vienna

09:15 - Conference Commences

Day Two Welcome Remarks
Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome Back to Gateways to Luxury
Suzy Menkes
, Editor, Vogue International

A Brave New World of Luxury
Day Two commences with an examination of the new world of luxury. New business strategies, new consumers and new influencers will drive this mornings’ sessions and lead delegates on a journey into the future.

Vogue Business x Luxury

Session To Be Announced 

The Ever-Evolving Chinese Luxury Consumer
Angelica Cheung decodes how the industry should rebuild sales in the short term and looks ahead to some of the macro Chinese consumer trends.
Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China

The Power of the Digital Influencer
Studies and reports show some virtual influencers can have higher follower-engagement rates than real influencers. Digital visionary Joerg Zuber, creator of Noonoouri, will explain why this is the case and what this means for luxury brands.
Joerg Zuber, Creator, Noonoouri
Co-moderated by Angelica Cheung and Suzy Menkes

Session To Be Announced

11:15 - Morning Refreshments

11:45 - Conference Continues

WIRED x Luxury
In this session, the future-oriented and alternative outlook of WIRED magazine will pivot to the luxury industry. WIRED UK Editor-in-Chief, Greg Williams, will outline how the industry should react to developments in new technologies and new business ideas, highlighting the merits of acclimatising to an environment of uncertainty.
Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED UK

Empowerment Through Creativity
This next set of sessions will feature both established and new voices, and explore the myriad ways companies can utilise their creative capital – from cultivating a brand’s personality to manufacturing memorable moments.

Runway Revolution
Legendary fashion show and lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus has created some of the most immersive, energetic, distinctive – and Instagrammable – runway shows to date. He has worked with brands including Mugler, Victoria Beckham, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons, Philipp Plein and Off-White, to name a few. In a rare speaking engagement, he will share how he works with light to create memorable moments, catalyse brand building and bring artistry to commerce.
Thierry Dreyfus, Founder, Eyesight

Session To Be Announced

13:00 - Lunch

14:15 - Conference Continues

Technology, Craftsmanship, Innovation and Creativity: The Fabrication of Agnona
Part of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Agnona is a house renowned for innovative fabrics and textiles. Creative Director Simon Holloway will discuss how he marries technology and creativity in his collections and will also address Agnona’s re-entry into the menswear market.
Simon Holloway, Creative Director, Agnona, in conversation with Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

Cross Cultures: Independent Voices
Exploring independent designer Arthur Arbesser’s (and others) pan-European backgrounds, and collaborations with established houses, this session highlights the need for cross-cultural conversations and questions how communal approaches to design can benefit business.

  • Arthur Arbesser

Vogue Business x Luxury

A Different Perspective on Luxury
In the final instalment of this year’s conference, speakers will look beyond traditional luxury outlets, sharing fresh viewpoints on the experience economy and exploring how new frameworks can benefit business.

Wellness: The New Luxury Lifestyle
The transformation economy has wedded wellness with luxury.
Speakers To Be Announced

Exquisite Luxury: The Art of Fine Living – 2021
Refined experiences, artistic craftsmanship, and innovative retail – are these the key ingredients for fine living? Suzy Menkes and speakers will deep dive into dexterous world of superlative living.
Speakers To Be Announced

Closing Remarks and Takeaways
Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Closing Remarks
Suzy Menkes
, Editor, Vogue International

16:10 - Close of Conference

18:30

Welcome Reception

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

08:15

Registration and Morning Refreshments

Hofburg Vienna

09:00

Conference Commences

Welcome Remarks
Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Condé Nast Welcome Remarks

Welcome to Gateways to Luxury
Suzy Menkes
, Editor, Vogue International

Luxury Today
Exploring the world of luxury today, and the key issues impacting the industry, the conference’s opening sessions will assess the way forward for the luxury industry after an unexpected and unprecedented first half of the year. Speakers will also examine new consumer markets, sustainability and the maintenance of brand relevance.

Session To Be Announced

Vogue Business x Luxury

Sustainability, Upcycling and Recycling in Luxury
Venerated for his thoughtful and artisanal approach to luxury, Alessandro Sartori puts sustainability at the heart of Zegna. Spearheading the “Use The Existing” sustainability programme at Zegna, in this session Sartori will expand on his vision of “slow luxury” and the power of meaningful action.
Alessandro Sartori, Artistic Director, Ermenegildo Zegna Group, in conversation with Suzy Menkes

Radical Heart, Austrian Soul
Andreas Kronthaler brings a Tyrolean sensibility to a brand renowned for its radical and campaigning soul – as well as excellent tailoring. In this session, he will chronicle how his Austrian heritage has influenced his career, and discuss how he balances commercial reality with sustainability.
Andreas Kronthaler, Creative Director, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, in conversation with Suzy Menkes

11:00

Morning Refreshments

11:30

Conference Continues

Artistic and Imperial Journeys
In Day One’s second set of sessions, speakers will explore luxury on a grand scale – observing the Imperial Vienna of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, high jewellery and high craft in Paris, and dynamic new consumer markets of Eastern Europe.  

Session To Be Announced

Sex, Power and Imperialism
Historian and bestselling author, Simon Sebag Montefiore will explore the role of Vienna in creating the world today. From past to present to future, he will share the impact of the city as the perpetual laboratory of the modern age.
Simon Sebag Montefiore

Eastern Visions of Vogue
From the launch of Vogue Russia in 1998 to Vogue Ukraine in 2013 – and more recently Vogue Poland and Vogue Czechoslovakia in 2018 – the Central- and Eastern-European region has developed as both a dynamic consumer market and as a rich source of creative influence. This session will examine the various Central- and Eastern-European visions of Vogue and what this means for the luxury and fashion industries at large.
Karina Dobrotvorsakaya, Editorial Director, Condé Nast

13:00

Lunch

14:30

Conference Continues

Gateways for All
In this afternoon’s sessions, Suzy Menkes and speakers will survey access to luxury – with points of entry ranging from products such as fragrance and footwear to more inclusive retail environments. This series will advocate for new approaches to representation.

Size Inclusivity and the Opportunities for the Luxury Industry
In one of the highlight sessions of the conference, speakers will explore size inclusivity in luxury fashion and the opportunities that lie within. In a discussion with a variety of stakeholders – including a luxury brand, retailer and image-makers – questions of diversity and inclusivity, commercial opportunities and consumer representation will all be addressed.

  • Lynne Webber, Managing Director, Marina Rinaldi
  • Mina White, Director, IMG Models
  • Candice Huffine, Model
  • Patrick Herning, Chief Executive Officer, 11 Honoré
    Session moderated by Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

From the Front Line of Footwear
For almost 70 years, the house of Sergio Rossi has brought glamour to the world of footwear. The company has also provided specialist technical and manufacturing expertise to a number of luxury companies. How do the two sides combine? CEO Riccardo Sciutto will reveal all.
Riccardo Sciutto, Chief Executive Officer, Sergio Rossi

15:30

Afternoon Refreshments

16:20

Conference Continues

Session To Be Announced

Magnificent Luxury
In the final sessions of the first day, speakers will explore the ultimate in artistry in luxury.

Session To Be Announced

A New Renaissance: Central and Eastern European Splendour and Craftsmanship
In his role at the Michelangelo Foundation, Alberto Cavalli shines a light on some of the world’s most-skilled and uniquely talented artisans – those who form the foundations of luxury. He will discuss creativity and craftsmanship in Central and Eastern Europe and appraise the relationship between commerce and innovation.
Alberto Cavalli
, Executive Co-Director, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

An Eye for Fashion as Entertainment
As an award-winning fashion curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot has been responsible for a number of blockbuster exhibitions – from Viktor & Rolf to Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry Mugler. Distilling the essence of a designer’s work into a single show, here Thierry-Maxime shares his thoughts on the concept of fashion as entertainment and balancing the erudite with the entertaining.
Thierry-Maxime Loriot in conversation with Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

Session To Be Announced

18:30

Close of Day One

19:30

Condé Nast and GTBank Party

Studio Apartment of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

08:30

Registration and Morning Refreshments

Hofburg Vienna

09:15

Conference Commences

Day Two Welcome Remarks
Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome Back to Gateways to Luxury
Suzy Menkes
, Editor, Vogue International

A Brave New World of Luxury
Day Two commences with an examination of the new world of luxury. New business strategies, new consumers and new influencers will drive this mornings’ sessions and lead delegates on a journey into the future.

Vogue Business x Luxury

Session To Be Announced 

The Ever-Evolving Chinese Luxury Consumer
Angelica Cheung decodes how the industry should rebuild sales in the short term and looks ahead to some of the macro Chinese consumer trends.
Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China

The Power of the Digital Influencer
Studies and reports show some virtual influencers can have higher follower-engagement rates than real influencers. Digital visionary Joerg Zuber, creator of Noonoouri, will explain why this is the case and what this means for luxury brands.
Joerg Zuber, Creator, Noonoouri
Co-moderated by Angelica Cheung and Suzy Menkes

Session To Be Announced

11:15

Morning Refreshments

11:45

Conference Continues

WIRED x Luxury
In this session, the future-oriented and alternative outlook of WIRED magazine will pivot to the luxury industry. WIRED UK Editor-in-Chief, Greg Williams, will outline how the industry should react to developments in new technologies and new business ideas, highlighting the merits of acclimatising to an environment of uncertainty.
Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED UK

Empowerment Through Creativity
This next set of sessions will feature both established and new voices, and explore the myriad ways companies can utilise their creative capital – from cultivating a brand’s personality to manufacturing memorable moments.

Runway Revolution
Legendary fashion show and lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus has created some of the most immersive, energetic, distinctive – and Instagrammable – runway shows to date. He has worked with brands including Mugler, Victoria Beckham, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons, Philipp Plein and Off-White, to name a few. In a rare speaking engagement, he will share how he works with light to create memorable moments, catalyse brand building and bring artistry to commerce.
Thierry Dreyfus, Founder, Eyesight

Session To Be Announced

13:00

Lunch

14:15

Conference Continues

Technology, Craftsmanship, Innovation and Creativity: The Fabrication of Agnona
Part of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Agnona is a house renowned for innovative fabrics and textiles. Creative Director Simon Holloway will discuss how he marries technology and creativity in his collections and will also address Agnona’s re-entry into the menswear market.
Simon Holloway, Creative Director, Agnona, in conversation with Jo-Ann Strauss and Suzy Menkes

Cross Cultures: Independent Voices
Exploring independent designer Arthur Arbesser’s (and others) pan-European backgrounds, and collaborations with established houses, this session highlights the need for cross-cultural conversations and questions how communal approaches to design can benefit business.

  • Arthur Arbesser

Vogue Business x Luxury

A Different Perspective on Luxury
In the final instalment of this year’s conference, speakers will look beyond traditional luxury outlets, sharing fresh viewpoints on the experience economy and exploring how new frameworks can benefit business.

Wellness: The New Luxury Lifestyle
The transformation economy has wedded wellness with luxury.
Speakers To Be Announced

Exquisite Luxury: The Art of Fine Living – 2021
Refined experiences, artistic craftsmanship, and innovative retail – are these the key ingredients for fine living? Suzy Menkes and speakers will deep dive into dexterous world of superlative living.
Speakers To Be Announced

Closing Remarks and Takeaways
Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies

Closing Remarks
Suzy Menkes
, Editor, Vogue International

16:10

Close of Conference