Day 2 of the Condé Nast Conference again blew my mind away with some inspirational talks from the likes of Huda Kattan, Angelica Cheung (editor-in-chief Vogue China), Edgardo Osorio (founder of Aquazurra), Pascal Mouawad, and Tarang Arora (CEO of Amrapali).
I am a huge fan of Huda, the world famous influencer and make-up icon. Hearing her talk almost felt surreal, as it reminded me how dreams are not too far fetched. This multi million dollar entrepreneur started her career with basic makeup vlogs. She now has over 19.1 million followers on Instagram (18.8 while at the conference). I had the opportunity to meet her as she was checking out of the hotel and she seemed so down to earth and sweet. I have to say she loved what I was wearing. If she does expand into fashion, I hope I get to collaborate with her.
She along with many other speakers talked on the globalization trend, where people across the world sported similar styles whether it was makeup or clothes, due to the influence of social media.
Casualization was another point touched on my a few speakers. A good pair of sneakers was never more in fashion than now. Level Shoes with their mini me program are now encouraging moms and daughters and father and sons to wear similar shoes. I don’t have daughters, hence my sons and I will have to wear similar sneakers as I am a huge fan of sneakers myself.
If you ask me what I took away from this conference, I’d say a renewed hope, recharged dreams and boosted confidence. It was a great avenue for networking and I would highly recommend it for those in the fashion, travel and luxury industry.
Now to show you some of the looks I put together:
Day 1 - Condé Nast Conference and evening party
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Had to include this picture with the famous Manish Arora. His love for color and vibrance shows in his uber big personality too. I fell in love with the jacket he was wearing.
My outfit for the night:
Blouse: 5/9 by Trupsel
Skirt: Anamika Khanna
Day 2 - Condé Nast Conference and evening party
As it was a rushed few days, these are just images from my phone. So kindly excuse the clarity.. I will take a few more pics with this outfit in the weeks to come. Love these judo pants and balloon shirt from 5/9 by Trupsel.
The 3rd annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference themed Mindful Luxury: Navigating the Silk Routes, was held in Muscat, Oman this past weekend. I felt deeply humbled and highly privileged that a conference of this international caliber, which brings together some of the worlds top business and creative leaders under one roof was held here in Muscat, Oman. It felt surreal to be sitting almost at our backyard and to hear their stories, industry views and trend opinions. The conference that was previously held in Seoul and Florence, hosted around 500 top delegates from across the globe.
From walking in to the welcome reception hosted at the Al Husn courtyard to the first day of the conference, I was constantly star struck and having my ‘fan girl’ moments, meeting some of my greatest inspirations of the industry. From Suzy Menkes to Alber Elbaz to Elie Saab to Manish Arora to Huda Kattan, these are just to name a few from the exquisite line up of keynote speakers for the next two days.
The conference itself was held in the ballroom of Shangrilla Hotel. At the entrance of the conference was a frankincense tree over 100 years old kept for the viewing of the attendees. Frankincense is a luxury commodity, which has been traded over 5000 years in the Silk routes and Arabian Peninsula. At the entrance was also this ‘Wall of Vogue’, showcasing Vogue magazines from across the globe. At the center of this wall were copies of Vogue Arabia, the print edition that was just recently launched in March 2017.
Day 1 of the conference saw Suzy Menkes touching on the topics of discussion, which included new markets for the luxury industry, the evolution of global trade routes and the ongoing, intertwined multi directional relationship between technology and fashion. Elie Saab blew our minds away with a peek into his fashion house with behind the scenes of the making of his ultra glamorous and highly expensive haute couture gowns. The intricate hand works, the beading techniques, the jewel encrusted silhouettes and the likes. But what struck a cord was the story of an 18 year old boy who came from humble beginnings, set up his label in a war torn Beirut and then moved onto Paris to fulfill his dream and establish this internationally acknowledged Fashion house.
From the moment I saw Alber Elbaz all I wanted to do was give him a tight hug. Not only does he look like this super cuddly teddy bear, but he is also one the sweetest people to talk to. He was quite philosophical when he spoke about his departure from Lanvin. His business partner Frédéric Malle and he have launched their perfume ‘Superstition’, ‘the scent from a dress’ to allow people to reminisce on moments when they wore some of their favorite outfits. He mentioned how in Fashion people are always fearful and lacking joy whereas perfumes are to invoke memories, bring joy and to feel loved.
Banada Tewari, editor at large of Vogue India got us all choking with her emotional talk on ‘Dandi to Gandhi’. “For Mahatma Gandhi clothing was an integral part in his quest for finding inner truth. It was in robing and disrobing that he developedpractices and principles.|” said Bandana. She mentioned there were over 11 million hand craftsmen both men and women along the silk routes and how big luxury brands should utilize their skills and craftsmanship to create a harmony between the designer, producer and consumer in a Gandhian way.
I could go on and on about the various speakers and the specific areas that touched me. Mostly I was floored by how approachable many of these speakers were. Most of them talked on being 'AUTHENTIC' and true to your heart which is something that I follow religiously. I truly believe that its a cut throat industry where each one is to themselves. If you have the right contacts and access to money, then you are set. However in the midst this rat race, you do find a few inspirational stories and I would concur that one has to dream big, strive hard and hope for the right opportunities to come your way. Being mindful of what touches your heart and inspires others along the way, is definitely one step in the right direction.
In the next post I shall write about what HH Dina Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Editor in Chief of Vogue Arabia and Amal Al Raisi had to say about our region and its contribution towards fashion. I will also be putting up a separate post on all the outfits I wore for the duration of the conference. So stay tuned and until then,