ANITA BARR - Group Fashion Buying Director, Harvey Nichols
Anita Barr joined Harvey Nichols in March 2014. She began her career at Harrods in 1992, becoming buyer for Way In in 1997.
Anita joined Selfridges in 1999 as Senior Buyer for Men’s Spirit and Sports, and in 2002 was promoted to Buying Manager for Men’s Contemporary, Spirit and Sports. In 2008, she became Director of Womenswear and Childrenswear, before becoming Director of Menswear in 2011.
In the summer of 2013 Anita left Selfridges for AllSaints, where she was Global Merchandising Director until joining Harvey Nichols, where she is currently Group Fashion Buying Director.
DYLAN JONES - Editor-in-Chief, GQ UK
Dylan Jones is the award-winning editor of GQ magazine, and has won the BSME Editor of the Year award a record nine times. Last year he was also the recipient of the prestigious Mark Boxer Award.
A former editor at i-D, The Face, Arena, the Observer and the Sunday Times, he is an acclaimed author, was the Chairman of the Prince’s Trust’s Fashion Rocks Monaco, is a board member of the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and a Trustee of the Hay Festival. He is also the Chairman of London Collections: Men.
In June 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to publishing and the fashion industry and in July 2014 he was awarded Editor of the Year at the PPA Awards.
JASON BASMAJIAN - Chief Creative Officer, Gieves & Hawkes
Jason Basmajian is a native of Boston and studied Communications at Boston University.
Jason joined Gieves & Hawkes as Creative Director in February 2013 from Brioni, where he held the post of Artistic Director for over six years.
Jason’s career has taken him from the design studio to the Boardroom at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Paris luxury brand S.T. Dupont.
ROLAND MOURET - Designer
For more than one decade Roland Mouret has created the most coveted of womenswear collections. The designer has defined the era of the iconic dress which have become known by a single name – Galaxy, Titanium, Moon – and have earned Mouret a reputation as a magician, master of structure and silhouette and as a man with an intuitive understanding of the female form.
Born in France, Mouret’s mother worked in a hotel as waitress and his father was a butcher. He first learned about fabric while working in his father’s shop, watching the folding of the butcher’s apron and learning to fold it to reveal a clean aspect, seeing the pattern of the blood on the white linen.
It is these experiences that have directly influenced the physicality of the way Mouret designs. He instinctively drapes the fabric on the body rather than drawing sketches. Mouret needs to be close to the shape of the body, interacting with the fabric and form with his hands. The essence of his success, he insists, is the physicality of knowing how a person wants to undress: “Dresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undress.”
SIMON CHILVERS - Men’s Style Director, MATCHESFASHION.COM
Simon Chilvers oversees menswear editorial content for the site and its biannual print magazine, The Style Report, having joined the retailer in 2013.
Prior to this he wrote for the Guardian newspaper for several years, including four years as Assistant Fashion Editor, writing and styling content with a focus on menswear. He has also written for British Vogue, Shortlist and Men’s Health, among other titles.
Chilvers studied Modern Art, Design and Film at the University of Northumbria before taking an MA at the London College of Fashion, where he won the Jackie Moore writing prize which launched his writing career.
SOPHIA NEOPHITOU - Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of 10 magazine
Selected by the Observer’s Life Magazine as one of the most influential and respected creative forces in fashion, for more than two decades, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou has been helping to shape the modern fashion landscape. From her beginnings as an assistant at Vogue, through to the launch of her own publishing empire where she serves as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of 10 Magazine and 10 Men she has strived to push the boundaries of creativity.
Sophia has helped create a new visual language in her role as Fashion Director for magazines, bringing with her a relevance and authority to their fashion editorials.
Working alongside some of the most exciting and varied designers she has helped steer their visions and has pushed them to new heights of creativity. Sophia has also designed her very own collection of luxury travel essentials for Pringle of Scotland, Perfect 10. She is currently Creative Director for Antonio Berardi, Roland Mouret and Collection Creative Director for Victoria’s Secret. She has also been appointed the Pillar President of Reputation and Chairman of the Press Committee of the British Fashion Council.
STUART MCCULLOUGH - The Woolmark Company Managing Director
Stuart McCullough has over 20 years’ experience in international business planning, product development management, marketing and sales strategy, strategic alliance negotiation as well as corporate communication experience.
During the past 10 years, Stuart has worked in a variety of roles at The Woolmark Company where he has been responsible for leading strategic development, transition, establishment and growth of the business as well as core initiatives.
Understanding the complete farm to fashion pipeline, Stuart started his career in wool as a jackeroo on a sheep farm and later moved on to business management roles engaged in all aspects of the wool producing and demand generating pipeline. He was appointed Managing Director of The Woolmark Company in 2010.