We are brimming with fashion glee as Omoyemi Akerele of StyleHouseFiles will be speaking at 2012 International Herald Tribune Luxury conference in Rome.
The focus of this year’s conference is “The power of the Mediterranean, the promise of Africa“.
Omoyemi has played in vital role in the growth and development of the fashion industry in Nigeria. From her role as fashion editor at pioneer magazine, True Love West Africa (Flair) and now as founder of StyleHouseFiles and the Lagos Fashion and Design Week.
Other speakers with African heritage include Uché Okonkwo of Luxe Corp. and designer Duro Olowu.
The event speakers list reads like a “who is who” list of global fashion – Manolo Blahnik, Donatella Versace, Diego Della Valle – President and CEO Tod’s, Silvia Venturini Fendi – Creative Director Fendi, Valentino Garavani, Franca Sozzani – Editor in Chief Vogue Italia, Guillaume de Seynes – Managing Director Hermès International, Giambattista Valli and Francesco Trapani – President, LVMH Watches & Jewelry.
The event which is now in its twelfth year curated by Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of the IHT. In the official conference press release, she said: “I hear Africa calling – as a producer of beautiful handiwork and ultimately as a consumer. For the first time, the IHT Luxury Conference will address the potential of a vast continent, its relationship to the Mediterranean countries and its importance in the 21st century.“
Legendary designer Jean-Paul Gaultier will deliver the keynote speech.
About the IHT Luxury Conference
The IHT luxury conference, now in its twelfth year, has been held in Sao Paulo, Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, New Delhi and Berlin. It provides an annual forum for business and creative leaders from the top echelons of the industry to gain insights, share ideas and expand their international networks. The event’s stellar speakers have included Bernard Arnault, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld, Margerita Missoni, Sarah Burton, Mario Testino, Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Victoria Beckham, Angela Ahrendts and Paul Smith among many others.