|12:45 - 13:45||Lunch|
|14:00 - 14.15||Welcome - Carlo Capasa and Paolo Fiorentino|
|14:15 - 14:40||The Next Wave of Change - Claudia D’Arpizio|
|14:40 - 15:20||Conversation on the future with Patrizio Bertelli, Stefano Sassi, Renzo Rosso (moderated by Simone Marchetti)|
|15:20 - 15:40||A Series of Little Digital Experiments - Imran Amed|
|15:40 - 16:00||Coffee Break|
|16.00 - 16:20||Keynote: Livia Firth about sustainability in fashion|
|16:20 - 16:40||Think sustainability: The Millennials - Erika Andreetta|
|16:40 - 17:00||Keynote: Franca Sozzani about new talents|
|17:00 - 17:20||Channeling creativity – art or science? - Silvia Venturini Fendi in conversation with Benedetta Bruzziches and Paula Cademartori (moderated by Claudia D’Arpizio)|
|17:20 - 17:40||Stefano Rosso and Edoardo Zegna in conversation with Imran Amed on the Future of Fashion|
|17:40 - 18:00||Alberto Baldan, Carlo Capasa and Gabriele Piccini (moderated by Giampietro Baudo) about Fashion Lab Project|
Bringing a unique understanding of the creative and commercial sides of fashion, Imran Amed has emerged as one of the global fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and commentators, and is founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Business of Fashion (BoF), which began from Imran’s sofa in 2007 as a passion project. From the start, BoF sparked a new kind of fashion dialogue, exploring the key drivers of an industry undergoing unprecedented change. Social media and new technology were about to explode onto the fashion landscape, new markets in China, India and Brazil were rapidly rising in importance, and the financial crisis of 2008 created a step-change in consumer values and expectations. The fashion industry was emerging as a force in popular culture and there was much to analyse, dissect and explore. From its humble beginnings as a blog, today BoF has grown into the pre-eminent platform for opening, informing and connecting the global fashion community. In 2013, after financing BoF independently, Imran raised a seed funding round, followed by a Series A round of funding in 2015, from a group of investors including Index Ventures, LVMH, Carmen Busquets and Felix Capital, who together hold a minority stake in the business. Imran is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design. He has sat on international fashion juries at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium, the Festival d’Hyères in France, and Who Is On Next? in Italy. Imran has been named in Fast Company’s annual list of the Most Creative People in Business, British GQ’s list of the 100 Most Influential Men in Britain, Indian GQ’s list of the 50 Most Influential Global Indians, British Vogue’s list of 25 New Fashion Faces to Watch, and Wired UK’s list of the 100 most influential figures in Britain’s digital economy. In 2014, Imran was the youngest ever recipient of the Desautels Management Achievement Award at McGill University. In 2015, he was named Honorary Professor of Fashion Business at the Glasgow Caledonian University. Previously, Imran was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Com from McGill University. He holds British and Canadian citizenship.
Erika Andreetta is the consulting leader for Retail & Consumer Goods industry, with a focus on the Luxury market.
With a degree in Engineering management, she joined PwC fifteen years ago. From then on she has always been committed to projects in the Luxury and Fashion industry, both at European and Italian level.
She worked on important projects of internationalisation of major groups in the Chinese market, and was an active member of CINDIA Desk in PwC from 2000 to 2006.
Her recent projects are focused on international development, particularly in Mexico, Russia and the UAE, with an eye on efficiency improvement.
Alberto Baldan was born in Venice 55 years ago. After awarding a high school diploma in science, he obtains a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business. He was only a child when he developed a deep passion for sailing and, during his college years, he also worked as sailing teacher. This is why he chose to connect his academic studies to the sea and his rules, shaping his growth first as a young student, and then as an adult. After graduating with a thesis on office automation’s organizational and managing aspects and completing his national service in the navy sailing group, he decides to follow the advice of his academic supervisor Bruno Bernardi and leaves the oilskin jacket to start his suit and tie professional career in retail. He starts in the financial area as controller and he gains always more responsibility in purchase and shops. His work experience includes PAM Group, Promodes Group, Auchan Group, PPR Group and Rinascente. He used to live in Spain and France, achieving great international opportunities. He currently works as CEO in Rinascente S.p.A. He is part of Finiper S.p.A and Illy S.p.A Board, and of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s Board in Venice. Nowadays he lives with his family in Cernobbio, near Como’s lake (he still owns a oilskin and a sailing boat in his garage to sail in his free time).
Giampietro Baudo was born in 1976 and is the director of MFFashion, the only daily newspaper published in Europe that is entirely dedicated to the world of fashion and luxury good, published by Class Editori. He became director of the newspaper at the beginning of 2007, while also taking on the management of MFF Magazine For Fashion and MFL Magazine For Living, the two magazines dedicated to the fashion system and the world of design. He began his career in Class Editori, which he joined in 1997 covering posts such as editor of MFFFashion and its annexes, while he has also been the managing editor of L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Sport and Vogue Tessuti. Since 2012, Italy he is also curator of Eccellenza Italia, the first multimedia communication system conceived by Class Editori, in partnership with Xinhua New Agency, to offer Chinese tourists who arrive in Italy a precise and accurate guide to excellence in fashion, luxury, in design, food & wine and hospitality. Starting from 2014 he is also the Fashion Director of Ladies, Class Editori’s trendy magazine for woman.
Patrizio Bertelli, Chief Executive Officer of Prada S.p.A., was born in 1946 in Arezzo. His entrepreneurial activity, started in 1968, developed in the 70s’ through an agreement to produce and distribute leather goods for the Prada label. Breaking new ground in the sector, he introduced an innovative business model - that gave full control along the entire production line with uncompromised quality and meticulous attention to detail at every step – laying the foundations of the brand’s international expansion. Today, the Prada Group, global powerhouse in the luxury goods market, comprises Prada, Miu Miu, Church's, Car Shoe and Marchesi 1824.
Benedetta Bruzziches was born thirty years ago in Capriola, an ancient medieval hamlet where lies one of the most important palace of the Renaissance Mannerist architecture, the Farnese Palace, designed by Jacopo Barozzi from Vignola. When Benedetta is only twenty-three years old, she graduates with honors at the European Design Institute and is employed as Romeo Gigli’s personal assistant for the “Io Ipse Idem” collection. Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Alta Roma declare her “Best Italian Talent” and offer her a Master at the International City of Arts in Paris. In 2007 she works in Milan as Responsible for Women/Man accessories collections and Romeo Gigli’s personal assistant for the women knitwear line, Rebecca Brown. During an exhibition in Bologna, an unexpected meeting on the elevator totally changes her life. She meets Mr Vimal, an Indian businessman, leader in the woven leather production. A small talk helps her in finding the curiosity and the bravery to start a new adventure. She follows him in India. She is twenty-four years old when she becomes creative director for an agency in Chennai, the Ayyappa Enterprise, designer for the woven leather production of accessories group with an independent distribution in India and Middle East. She stays in India for three years. This is when she understands everything is possible and decides to create her own bags line. The fist orders start coming from the pavilion of the most important fairs in Milan and Paris. Benedetta Bruzziches founded her homonyms bags brand in 2009. Her first marketing approach with the collection presented in Paris is: the slogan “The time of a biscuit to have a look at our collection”, a tray of biscuit with nuts made by her mom Ada, a lookbook and clearly her bags.
Benedetta Bruzziches creations are born from an evocation, a spark that is transformed into a sensation, they talk about emotions, lost and found loves, hope and positive vibes. All of her bags are made in Italy in collaboration with different artisans according to the style. Production processes are turned upside-down by a mixture of new ideas. One of the immovable points of the brand is the attention at the craftsmanship world, the restoration of “lost craftsmanship”. In fact Benedetta and her brother Agostino, along with other friends, like to be defined “Artonaut” a little bit artisans a little bit Argonaut and a lot dream surfers.
Paula Cademartori was born and grew up in Brazil and moved to Italy, where her father’s family came from, in 2005. Her passion for designing accessories was the main reason for this decision.
With a degree in Industrial design, Paula continued her training by taking a master’s degree, awarded cum laude, in Fashion Accessories at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan and gaining basic managerial skills thanks to the Young Fashion Manager course at the Business School of Bocconi University.
This training was to be fundamental with a view to creating her own brand.
After collaborating with the design department of Versace on the women’s couture and prêt-à-porter leather goods collection and taking art in the Vogue Talents competition in 2009, with a project on footwear and consequently being included in the list of the 140 emerging talents of Vogue Italia, the designer had the right visibility and stimulus to found the brand of accessories bearing her name.
The debut came in September 2010 with the presentation in Paris, at Première Classe, of the Paula Cademartori collection of bags for spring-summer 2011. Shortly afterwards, in July 2011, the participating in the Vogue Italia Who is on Next? competition consecrated the designer as one of the most promising names in Italian creativity. This path was crowned in 2015 by the launch of a first line of footwear, the great passion of the designer and completed by the offer of a range of products that today includes a collection of clutches - Les Minaudières – the Radical line of bags, characterized by clean lines and versatile volumes and a selection of Small Leather Goods.
The designer’s stylistic vision, influenced by her love for art and beauty, and her training linked to the world of industrial design, are the key ingredients of this success, combined with the decision of having everything Made in Italy, by craftsmen in Italy.
For Paula Cademartori, real luxury is in details. Every accessory is conceived by the designer as an object of design to be collected and make one’s own. Timeless and iconic, but functional and versatile at one and the same time.
The delicate balance between usefulness and decoration is enclosed symbolically in a metal buckle, the precious seal of each bag and an elegant trademark. Designed personally by the designer, on the strength of her background in jewellery and industrial design, this decoration, ideally inspired by the symbol of the Greek Pi, is translated into a detail applied directly on to the sole of the shoes.
Sophisticated geometries, combinations of textures and colour blocks are the distinguishing features of a style that has become immediately identifiable, thanks to iconic models of bags, given the names of women who have a special meaning for the designer and shoes identified by symbolic names that suggest the main inspiration of the silhouette.
The accessories are present in the best luxury stores in Italy and the world.
A prominent figure on the international fashion scene, Carlo Capasa is president of Camera Nazionale della Moda, the association of Italian fashion houses whose mission is to promote the excellence of this particular sector of Italian industry worldwide. First appointed a board member of Camera Nazionale della Moda in 2010 and elected its president in 2015, Capasa was chosen to orchestrate the re-launch of the Association and has already begun implementing a strategic vision focusing on three main objectives: sustainability, digitalization and new brands. Carlo Capasa has enjoyed a successful career in key positions in many companies in the industry. Born and educated in Lecce (Puglia), he later moved to Milan to join FTM, where he managed the distribution of various brands including Basile, Callaghan, Complice, Walter Albini and Issey Miyake. In the early ‘80s, he was made creative director of Zamasport Spa. With this firm, he created a joint venture in which he was chief executive officer from 1984 to 1988 and launched the Romeo Gigli label. Continuing his partnership with Zamasport, in 1993 he set up a new company to distribute Gucci’s women’s collections, then under the creative direction of Tom Ford. The company was merged into Gucci Group in 2001. Carlo Capasa was CEO at Costume National, the fashion house he founded with his brother Ennio Capasa in 1986, till March 2016.
Claudia D’Arpizio is a Partner at Bain & Company Milan office. She is a leading member of the firm’s Global Consumer Products and Retail Practices, and leads Bain’s Luxury Goods Vertical. For 20 years, Claudia has advised multinational clients, mainly in luxury and fashion goods. She has extensively worked on issues relating to corporate and business unit strategy, sales and marketing, product and service adjacencies, channel and omni channel strategy, new product development, innovation, acquisitions and divestitures, performance improvement and organizational changes. Claudia is the lead author of the Bain’s Yearly Luxury Study, developed since 1999 in cooperation with Altagamma, the trade association of the Italian luxury brands. This study, based on the analysis of an extensive panel of worldwide luxury brands, is periodically updated and has become one of the most valued and cited sources of market information in the luxury industry. Claudia is a globally recognized expert in luxury and in 2009 was named by the Consulting Magazine one of the “Top 25 Consultants in the World”. Claudia is frequent speaker and writer on luxury goods strategy and she is extensively quoted in Italian and international media: Il sole 24 ore, LaRepubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, The Wall Street Journal, US, Europe and Asia editions, Financial Times, New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek, Reuters, Bloomberg, Associated Press, WWD, Fortune, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, National Post Business Magazine, Boston Globe, The Time and Dow Jones Newswire.
Silvia Venturini Fendi
Silvia Venturini Fendi represents the third generation of the family founder of the historical maison. At the end of her academic studies in Italy and in London, she starts her professional training in Los Angeles where she oversees the production of fashion shows and events. In 1987 Silvia Venturini Fendi becomes creative director of the Fendissime line. In 1992 she seconds Karl Lagerfeld in the creative direction and in 1994 she is given responsibility of leather goods accessories. In 1994 Silvia Venturini Fendi creates the Selleria line, retrieving the tradition of Roman master saddlers, made up by unique items in Roman leather characterized by the hand-made stitching. In 1997 Silvia Venturini Fendi creates the Baguette that within a few months becomes a cult bag and a worldwide success, owing Fendi the Fashion Group International award for accessories in 2000. Spy, B Fendi, Peekaboo and Silvana are also other creations from Silvia that acknowledge her as one of the most creative talent of our times. More recently, Silvia Venturini Fendi has also been given creative direction of the Menswear and Kidswear lines. Since 2010, she holds the Presidency of AltaRoma, an institutional tool to promote fashion in the city of Rome.
Livia Firth is the founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd. As an Oxfam Global Ambassador, Livia has travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia, connecting with the people at the beginning of the supply chain. She is also a founding member of Annie Lennox’s ‘The Circle’, a powerful women’s advocacy group. Livia is a UN Leader of Change and has also been recognised with the UN Fashion 4 Development Award. In 2014, Livia was awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation. Livia currently resides in London with her husband Colin, two children, one cat and four fish.
Paolo Fiorentino was born in Naples on January 23rd, 1956. Graduated “Cum Laude” in Economics and Business at the University of Naples in 1981, he has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Group since July 2007. In 1981 he started his professional career in Credito Italiano in 1981 where he obtained full experience in bank’s branches dealing with retail and corporate customers. From 1991 to 1994 he was Assistant Chief Manager responsible for Human Resources and Organization/Audit in one of the significant branches of Credito Italiano From 1994 to 1996 he was Regional Deputy Chief Manager and Regional Head of Human Resources/Organization. In the years 1996-1999 he was Senior Manager and Organization & IT Systems Director at the Head Office of UniCredito Italiano. In 1999 he was appointed Director of UniCredito integration process leading the know-how and best practices transfer among the different commercial banks of the Group and the creation of several group services companies. In the same year he was nominated General Manager of Bank Pekao S.A. In August 2003 he was appointed Group Deputy General Manager of UniCredito Italiano and Head of the New Europe division. Few months later he was nominated Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bulbank A.D. and of Zagrebacka Banka D.D. In November 2003 he was nominated Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Pekao S.A. One year later, in July, he was nominated Head of Global Banking Services of UniCredit Group. In July 2007 he was nominated Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit Group, in August 2007 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Capitalia (till 30th of September 2007) and in September he was nominated Chief Executive Officer of Banca di Roma (till 6th May 2009). In October 2010 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of UniCredit Group. In October 2013 he was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of Pirelli & C. SpA (till 11th August 2015).
Following his Ahestetic studies at Università di Lettere e Filosofia of Milano, Marchetti arrives at journalism collaborating as fashion editor with Donna Moderna and Casa Amica while he is the responsible of independent magazine Victim. In 2006 he joined Gruppo Espresso for the launch of the monthly magazine Velvet. In 2009 Simone left Velvet to get in the team of newborn repubblica.it fashion channel named seidimoda.com. It is the very first online platform that publishes live pictures and reviews of Milan and Paris fashion show. In 2011 he is part of the launch of D.Repubblica.it and follow the column “Backstage” on Affari&Finanza. From 2012 together with Repubblica.it, Marchetti starts the partnership with Google+ and Huffington Post Usa for all the interactive initiative of designers in live with users.
Today he is fashion editor of D.Repubblica.it and he is send to fashion show in Milan and Paris for Repubblica.it and he is the creator of the new digital format of multi-platform documentaries and interview to Italian designers in tandem with weekly publication D la Repubblica delle Donne.
In 1978 he started his professional career in Credito Italiano (now UniCredit), where he had significant experiences in the Italian Network. He then had other important assignments in the Bank's Commercial Network in Rovigo, Milano, Corsico and Milano Cordusio. In January 1998 he was appointed as Head of Commercial of the “Lazio Umbria e Abruzzi” area located in Rome, and in January 1999 he was appointed as Head of Retail Area in Credito Italiano Division in Milan. In 2000 he was nominated as Head of Retail Lombardia area. In January of 2001 he was appointed as Deputy General Manager of Banca CRT. In January of 2003 he was nominated as Deputy General Manager and Head of the Commercial Department in UniCredit Banca. In May of 2005 he was promoted to General Manager of UniCredit Banca. From 2008 he was Head of Retail Italy Network Business Unit in UniCredit Group and member of UniCredit Management Committee with the Group title of Senior Executive Vice President. In May 2008 he was also appointed as CEO of UniCredit Banca. Since November 2010 Gabriele Piccini has been in his current position as Country Chairman for Italy and from January 2013 he leads the new set up of Commercial Banking Italy. He chairs the main Italian business committees and from 2013 he is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board Italy.
Born in 1955, Renzo Rosso created his first pair of jeans when he was 15 on his mother’s sewing machine. He wore them, his friends wanted them too, and a clothing pioneer was born. In 1975, following graduation from a textile manufacturing college, Rosso began working in the industry and in 1978 he joined the Genius Group. From there sprang a number of brands, including Katherine Hamnett, Replay, and Diesel. In 1985, Renzo took full control of Diesel, turning it into a cult brand thanks to its unusual style and innovative and thought-provoking marketing, which has garnered worldwide acclaim all through the years. Today he is the president of OTB, the parent company of iconic brands Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Viktor&Rolf, and state-of-the-art companies Staff International (which produces and distributes licensed prêt-à-porter brands such as DSquared2, Just Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood Red Label and Man, and Marc Jacobs Men), and Brave Kid (specialized in the production and distribution of childrenswear apparel for licensed brands like Diesel, DSquared2, John Galliano and Marni). In 2015, the consolidated revenues of OTB reached 1.6 billion euro. Because of his personal engagement with his Only The Brave Foundation (www.otbfoundation.org), whose mission is to fight social inequality and contribute to the sustainable development of less advantaged people and areas of the world, with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, Renzo Rosso was appointed Millennium Development Goals Global Leader, with the task to generate awareness on these issues within the industry, the administration and the general public. Created in 2008, the foundation has so far invested 11 million euro in more than 170 social projects around the world, touching the lives of over 180,000 people. At the end of 2012, Renzo Rosso announced his financial support to the restoration of Venice’s Rialto bridge through OTB.
Stefano Rosso was born on June 1st, 1979 in Marostica, North East Italy. After attending high school in Bassano del Grappa, he left Italy to pursue his studies at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he completed a BA in International Trade and Marketing. He began his work experience outside the family company, collaborating with brands like ZooYork, part of the Ecko Unlimited group. Stefano returned to Italy in 2005 with a new challenge: he began his professional experience at Diesel, working in different areas of the company (from production to marketing), to become first Diesel’s 5 Pockets (denim) Brand Manager, and then Strategic Brand Alliances Director, creating and managing some of the brand’s most important global collaborations, from a limited edition sneakers series with adidas Originals, to the worldwide partnership with Ducati. In July 2011, Stefano Rosso left Diesel for a new position: he became Director of Corporate Development of OTB, the holding company of Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Viktor&Rolf, Staff International (the company manufacturing and distributing license agreements with DSquared², Just Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood Red Label and Man, and Marc Jacobs Men) and Brave Kid (specialized in childrenswear production and distribution for licensed brands Diesel, Marni, DSquared² and John Galliano). In February 2013, Stefano was named CEO of OTB with the specific responsibility of designing the group’s corporate governance and guiding the People & Organization function, with the goal to build the managerial team of the future. He plays a key role in the development strategy of the group, with a special focus on new acquisitions. Stefano is also President of Bassano Virtus 55 Soccer Team, and Managing Director of Red Circle Investments. He sits on the Board of Directors of H-Farm (first digital start-up incubator in Italy) and EcorNaturaSì (biggest organic products supplier and store chain in Italy), and he is the cofounder of the Red Room Party.
Stefano Sassi is Chief Executive Officer of Valentino S.p.A.
Born in Varese, Italy, in 1960, Stefano Sassi joined Valentino in December 2006 at a time that coincided with the departure of Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, which took place in September 2007, after the celebratory bash of the Maison’ s 45th anniversary in Rome.
Stefano Sassi immediately became a pivotal figure in plotting the future of the storied house, ably steering the company through turbulence and overseeing the smooth transition of ownership and design. The impressive work carried out in the recent years and the new vision for the brand led to its acquisition by Mayhoola for Investments in July 2012. The agreement was signed between Mayhoola for Investments, the investment vehicle backed by a private investor group from Qatar, and Red & Black Lux Sarl, a company indirectly controlled by Permira Funds in partnership with the Marzotto family.
“Permira allowed us to execute a medium-term industrial plan that we carried out successfully notwithstanding the difficult economic conditions. Mayhoola for Investments guarantees continuity from both a design and management perspective as we are dealing with an investor with an ambitious long-term vision for the brand,” said Stefano Sassi.
Stefano Sassi’s stewardship has earmarked a new era for Valentino, one of growth and profitability, in part spurred by a younger customer base. He also strategized a coherent distribution network and a new design for its boutiques, including the REDValentino diffusion line. In October 2008, following the brief design tenure of Alessandra Facchinetti, Stefano Sassi trusted his instinct and promoted Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the in-house accessories designers, to Creative Directors. “I strongly suggested them to the board for different reasons, including their deep knowledge of the brand, their sensitivity, style vision and farsightedness in understanding the brand’s variables and potential,” said Stefano Sassi. Together they forged a coherent and successful design identity spanning ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances that is applauded the world over. A global licensing agreement was signed with Puig for Valentino Parfums in 2010 and with Marchon for Valentino Eyewear in June 2011.
Stefano Sassi’s experience is multi-pronged and variegated as it covers fashion, textiles and finance. Between 1990 and 1996, he worked at Bain&Company, where he oversaw the strategic and industrial projects, both nationally and internationally, for a number of top level powerhouse companies such as FIAT, GFT and Ferrari.
He made his foray into the textile and fashion world in 1996 when he joined Cerruti 1881, serving as General Manager and board member until 2001, when he was appointed General Manager of the textile division of Marzotto S.p.A. and later became its CEO in 2006.
Franca Sozzani has been Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia since 1988, Editorial Director of Condé Nast Italia since 1994, Editor-in-Chief of l’Uomo Vogue since 2006, and founded Vogue.it in 2010. Despite ever increasing editorial responsibilities, she is widely known and highly valued internationally for her humanitarian activities and support of charitable causes. In 1991, she established CONVIVIO, a fashion fair open to the public and the leading event in Italy for fundraising in the fight against Aids. In 2001, she created the CHILD PRIORITY Foundation, together with Jonathon Newhouse and Giampaolo Grandi. The Foundation supports international projects dedicated to the welfare of children. Among them: ORPHANAGE AFRICA, a non-profit effort to establish and support independent orphanages in Ghana and promote educational programs, technological and agricultural development, and health and nutrition projects in that country; JORDAN RIVER FOUNDATION, promoted by Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan, in support of underprivileged Jordanian children. Despite these many obligations, Ms Sozzani has also been active in the worlds of publishing and art. Her publications include: A noir (Assouline, 1998); two celebratory volumes for the 30th anniversary of Vogue Italia (1994) and l’Uomo Vogue (1998); two monographs, Valentino and Kartell; Artists at Work (2003); and I capricci della moda (2010), a collection of her blog posts that were published on Vogue.it. During the same period, she worked with a number of artists, including Vanessa Beecroft and Maurizio Cattelan, and was curator for several exhibitions, including Visitors for the Biennale Moda e Arte (Florence, 1994), the first retrospective of Francesco Scavullo’s works (Milan, 2004), and various showings for such celebrity photographer friends as Mario Testino, Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh. In recent years, she has won increasing recognition for these activities. On December 27, 2009, she has been appointed Cavaliere dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica; In 2011 she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4Development, an organization that aims to empower women through the fashion business and is part of Every Woman Every Child, a global movement launched by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve women’s and children’s health; On March 14, 2012 Nicolas Sarkozy, President de la République Française conferred on her La Légion d’Honneur; On September 21, 2013, she received the Award of Courage from AMFAR, in appreciation and recognition for her generosity and unwavering commitment to a world without Aids; On March 27, 2013, she has been appointed President of FIEO – Fondazione Istituto Europeo di Oncologia; On May 14, 2014, she has been appointed for United Nations WFP Global Ambassador against Hunger.
In august 2014 Edoardo Zegna joined Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna - “Family business” and global leader in menswear luxury apparel and retail - as Head of Omnichannel. From 2011 to 2014, was Head of Product for www.everlane.com, a fashion-oriented online start up based in San Francisco, USA. Edoardo Zegna graduated in 2008 at Georgetown University Washington DC, USA.