We’re excited to announce that Stella McCartney will be the guest of honour at this year’s LCFxKering talk, which will be taking place on 14 November 2016. In her talk, Stella will address the issue of deforestation and sustainable sourcing of viscose, one of the most used fabrics in the world.
Stella McCartney has been a role model in pushing sustainable and ethical fashion forward, and promoting sustainability as a driving force to shape the future of luxury fashion. The brand is an active supporter of animal welfare, challenging the industry, which has an established direct link with sustainability and the environment. Stella’s deep-rooted commitment to this has seen the brand launch several initiatives to embed sustainability across all aspects of their work.
On the same day, Kering and LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion will reveal the winners of the 2016 Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion. The award is open to all LCF final-year undergraduate and Masters students and from over 100 entries, a jury consisting of representatives from Kering, Stella McCartney, Brioni, LCF and CSF selected ten finalist projects. The winners will receive a grant to support their work, as well as an internship at Stella McCartney and Brioni.
Béatrice Lazat, Kering Senior vice-president, Human Resources, commented:
“Our partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at LCF is unique in the way it engages all of us, at Kering, at our Maisons, to connect with younger generations, their talent and perspective on a topic that will shape the future of our industry. I am extremely proud that this new edition of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion received such an enthusiastic welcome from LCF students. Projects that were submitted not only showed great creative and business potential; they were designed by passionate professionals, convinced that sustainable fashion can change luxury, and committed to sharing their convictions on a larger scale”.
Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, said:
“Fashion has a purpose – it is about saying something. This involves incredible ways to create identity and it is about what we practice in our lives. The collaboration between London College of Fashion and Kering is unprecedented in its ambition and its realization. It is about changing practice, culture and perspectives in and beyond those taking part”.