Katarina Rimarcikova: Katarina is Fashion Art Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Design, Media and Management for postgraduate courses at London College of Fashion as well as LCF Collaborative Projects and Collaborative Unit Leader. She founded her luxury womenswear label in 2006 in her Paris atelier, having previously worked as Head of Fashion Department, Professor and Draping Specialist at renowned Parsons Paris school of Art and Design for 8 years. She works on cross-disciplinary projects, collaborating with artists, designers, photographers, neuroscientists and psychologists and has led many interactions academic and art & design projects and collaborations.
Katarina is the Creative Director and CEO of the CarteBlanche atelier d’art & design, the first unique gallery/concept store in Central Europe to introduce and combine beautiful and timeless design with integrity. Katarina graduated from Central Saint Martins and has worked for many luxury designers such as Alexander McQueen, Savile Row, Tom Ford at Gucci.
Amanda Johnston: Amanda is an Associate Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at London College of Fashion, University of The Arts London. She practiced as a freelance designer for over 25 years, consulting for both U.K and U.S brands worked on product development projects for various companies, involving direct liaison with manufacturers in Hong Kong, India, Greece and Turkey. She has also consulted on special projects for the Design Council on U.K based business development initiatives. In addition to her current teaching on BA Fashion Design and Development, BA Menswear and MA Fashion and the Environment she has contributed to Sustainable Summer schools hosted by KEA in Denmark, and the British Council in Slovenia. She maintains industry links as consultant and curator of The Sustainable Angle. Amanda is the co- author of Fabric For Fashion and Fabric for Fashion the Swatch Book.
Source: Copied from The Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion Mentoring Programme Brief, 16 March 2016
Molshree Vaid: Molshree is studying MA Fashion Futures at LCF and is mapping out her role in bridging sustainability and fashion. Molshree opened her professional innings as a business features correspondent at CNBC India. 4 years later, business of fashion is where she found her long term calling as she transitioned into a role in fashion marketing. Molshree has worked with several Indian and international brands like Timberland, Brooks Brothers and Thomas Pink. At Hyères, she will be on the lookout for views of industry stalwarts and emerging fashion talent and leverage this opportunity to heal her sun-deprived soul.
Sarah Dennis: Sarah is currently a MA Strategic Fashion Marketing student at LCF. Previous to moving to London, she lived in New York where she gained marketing communications experience. Also, Sarah earned an undergraduate dual degree of a BS in Fashion Merchandising from Mercyhurst University and an AAS in Marketing and Advertising Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Sarah boasts experience in consulting start-up fashion brands and bloggers for marketing communications, public relations and social media purposes; working for luxury fashion brands; and in the wedding industry as a consultant and in-house Marketing and PR.
Nina Van Volkinburg: Nina is currently pursuing her MA in Strategic Fashion Marketing at LCF. She has grown up in 6 countries as a typically “Third Culture Kid” and enjoys the beauty of cultural diversity. Nina stems from a business background, having studied her BA in Business Management and Marketing at the University of Exeter. She is most passionate about researching and analysing the intersecting lenses of creativity and business within fashion. This has led her to provide weekly independent commentary on on her website Modern Melange for the past three years. Nina aspires to contribute in strengthening the relationship between managerial and creative forces within fashion, in order to maximise the industry’s potential in the digital age.
Alice Liao: Alice is also pursuing her MA in Strategic Fashion Marketing at LCF. Previously Alice has earned a double degree in International Business Management and Finance, and stems from a Consumer behaviour background. Over the past five years, Alice has worked as an Emcee and Event manager across automobile, technology and luxury sectors hosting prestigious launch and press conferences predominantly throughout Asia. Alice also has a background in modelling since the age of 16 and still today continues to run her fan page of over 70 thousands fans. She enjoys sharing her stories and photography.
Lucy Staartjes: Lucy is a MA Strategic Fashion Marketing student at the London College of Fashion. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, but she has decided to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She is particularly interested in the business elements of the industry for research and a career path. However, she has always had a love for photography and has been experimenting with this medium in the fashion industry. Attending the Hyères festival is important to her, as she is keen to network with others who share the same passions for fashion and photography. As well as this, she is excited to capture the festival through her own photography and hopes to provide the LCF x Hyères platforms with some creative new visual content.
Jess Rushforth: Jess is a MA Fashion Retail Management student at London College of Fashion. She is British but has spent the last 10 years living in France: firstly in Bordeaux where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Management then in Paris where Jess worked for various french luxury fashion houses. Jess has covered roles such as in-house Press and Public Relations, Communications and Social Media Management and finally Events Organisation and Management for several shows at Paris Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. At the moment she is looking into innovation and how fashion and technology can be merged together in order to enhance the consumer experience.
Lisbeth Løvbak Berg: Lisbeth is studying MA Fashion Futures at LCF, as one of her key interests is sustainability. Lisbeth is Norwegian with a background in both art and design, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design from Oslo University College. Post graduation, Lisbeth developed a fashion brand called L-L-B, with a concept linked to the idea of prolonging a garment’s life-cycle through transformational design. Moreover, she is the co-founder of Les Ateliers Vortex, an art space in Dijon, France, where she lived for 6 years, focusing on promoting young artists. In addition, Lisbeth is working for the Romanian environmental organisation Mai Bine on the REDU project, as a consultant and designer, creating clothing from pre-consumer waste.
Katy Pang: Katy is a MA Strategic Fashion Marketing student at LCF. Before coming to London, Katy gained her Bachelor’s degree of Fashion and Textiles in Hong Kong and worked as a freelancer at a jewellery E-commerce company.
Apart from work and studying, she enjoyed discovering new initiatives through visual art, music and travel experiences. Katy’s interests in fashion and global issues are unquestionably her prominent driving forces in taking part in the Hyères festival.