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Our 'How to Make It in Fashion' Conference Is Returning to New York

Join fashion critic Cathy Horyn, "Sex and the City" costume designer Patricia Field, Monse designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim and more on Nov. 4.
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Bobbi Brown on stage at Fashionista's 2015 "How to Make It in Fashion" conference in New York City. Photo: Fashionista

Bobbi Brown on stage at Fashionista's 2015 "How to Make It in Fashion" conference in New York City. Photo: Fashionista

We've got some great news: Fashionista's "How to Make It in Fashion" conference is heading back to New York City on Nov. 4.

That Friday, we'll be bringing some of the industry's best and brightest — from Cathy Horyn to Patricia Field — to share their stories at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Along with a full day of career-focused panels and keynote speakers, we'll also be bringing back our popular mentoring sessions, where you'll get the chance to have a one-on-one conversation with someone who has succeeded in your chosen field. As always, our goal is that you leave the conference with useful advice that'll help you land that internship, job or promotion — and that you'll make some good connections. (We guarantee you won't be disappointed with the swag bag, either.)

Early bird tickets are being offered for $229 — that's $50 off the normal price — until July 31. Our conferences always sell out in advance, and mentoring sessions are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP.

It should be an easy decision because, we've got to say, this year's agenda is better than ever. Check it out below.

9:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.: Why Menswear Is Having a Moment

Men are upping their spending on fashion like never before, spurring new growth in the category and the launch of New York Fashion Week: Men’s. At the same time, many designers are combining their men’s and women’s shows as ideas about gender-specific clothing evolve. What’s next for this sector?

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Break + Networking

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: How to Get Your Fashion Label Off the Ground

Starting a fashion brand is one thing — keeping it alive is a whole different challenge. Designers, including Monse's Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, tell you what you need to know before launching your own label.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Break + Networking

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11:30 – 12:15 p.m.: Q&A: Cathy Horyn, fashion critic-at-large, New York

A conversation with fashion’s most esteemed critic about the state of the industry and the evolving role of the journalists who cover it.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.:  Lunch & Keynote: Patricia Field

Heralded for single-handedly changing the way women dress through HBO's "Sex and the City" series — and making Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo household names in the process — the Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning costume designer has had an impressive career spanning film, television, retail and design. 

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Designer Keynote (TBA)

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.:  Break + Networking

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Beauty Keynote (TBA)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Break + Networking

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: What Does It Mean to Be an Influencer Today?

A new generation of social media-savvy professionals are amassing huge online followings — and capturing the attention of major brands who want to reach them.

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Get your tickets here.