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The concept of sustainability is at the forefront of many contemporary conversations about fashion, and Maison de Mode—a sustainable fashion platform co-founded by Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre—is no stranger to sparking these kinds of pivotal discussions. On September 10, Maison de Mode held their second annual “Future of Fashion” Summit, hosted by Nicky Hilton Rothschild on the 44th floor of Hearst Tower.
Editors, fashion designers, and other leaders within the realms of technology and culture gathered to discuss topics ranging from high fashion within an ethical framework, to environmental responsibility regarding consumption, and even the task of balancing aesthetics and sustainability. The summit speakers also engaged in conversations about the impact of ethical assessments as it relates to people's choices and social behavior.
And the ultimate goal of the event was to leave a meaningful impact on those who attended, and to further inform the younger generation of creators and consumers. “The world is producing way too much way too fast. It is not sustainable. We all have to do our part to ensure we leave this world a better place for our children, their children and so on,” says Hilton Rothschild.
In addition to insightful keynote discussions, the “Future of Fashion” Summit 2.0 included thought-provoking Q&As hosted by a range of speakers across the fashion industry, including T&C's editor-in-chief, Stellene Volandes, luxury fashion designer Gabriela Hearst, model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse, and many other prominent figures.
One of the summit’s speakers, activist and creative director Marina Testino, shared a powerful opinion for us all to consider: “Today more than ever, sustainability must be innovative and creative to stand out and engage with consumers… Having campaigns that break down the complexities of sustainability in a fun, artistic and cool manner while, at the same time, being informative, is crucial nowadays. We need to push creative messaging around these subjects to achieve a more sustainable future."
After a day of transformative conversations, summit speakers and friends of the Maison de Mode brand celebrated their successful event with a dinner at The Times Square EDITION, where specialty Tanqueray cocktails and plant-based dishes were served. Special guest appearances included actress Rosario Dawson, fashion designer Esteban Cortazar, broadway star Paloma Garcia Lee, and many more!
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