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The all-new Fashion Summit: rewired to ignite creativity

For two days in November, the fashion industry’s leaders, visionaries and innovators will be in one place ­– the 2009 Fashion Summit.

Officially launched this week, and supported by the British Fashion Council, this year’s Summit has been completely re-engineered by an Advisory Board including New Look’s Phil Wrigley, Topshop’s Mary Homer, and David Reiss. The result? A truly exciting event with more fashion, more excitement, and more inspiration, covering all the bases – from buying to social networking, creativity to ethics, branding to technology, and more.

Highlights include live on-stage interviews with legends Diane von Furstenberg, Barbara Hulanicki and Lulu Guinness, conducted by Grazia’s Paula Reed and the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander. Other inspirational figures joining the Summit include Anne Tyrrell, Clare Waight Keller, Joseph Wan, Nick Robertson and Touker Suleyman.

Fashion Summit Advisory Board member Tom Chapman, of designer indie Matches says: “In the current environment, one of the worst things a retailer can do is to play it safe.” Matches Buying Director Bridget Cosgrave will be discussing bravery in buying with Harrods’ Marigay McKee in a Star Buyer session at the event – go to www.fashionsummit.co.uk for more details of this and the rest of the programme.

The Summit will be taking place alongside the Drapers Awards – there’s still time to enter at www.drapersawards.co.uk – and get a discount if you book a place at both events!

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