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'Vogue' Announces Lineup for 3rd Forces of Fashion Conference [Updated]

Speakers include Tory Burch, Tom Ford, Wes Gordon, Kerby-Jean Raymond and more.
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Demna Gvasalia and Sarah Mower at the 2017 Vogue Forces of Fashion conference. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Demna Gvasalia and Sarah Mower at the 2017 Vogue Forces of Fashion conference. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

For the past two years, American Vogue has tapped into the experience economy by holding conferences in New York City. As one should expect from the Condé Nast title, its entry into the world of consumer-facing events has featured some of the industry's most influential creatives, from Demna Gvasalia to Pierpaolo Piccioli to Rihanna. Now in its third year, the conference will take place over two days on Oct. 10 and 11 and include experiential sessions and discussions with a new batch of compelling fashion figures. 

The talent turning up this year includes Tory Burch, Tom Ford, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, Kerby-Jean Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. Details on what topics will be discussed have yet to be announced, but judging by the all-star lineup — which is made up of both emerging and established  U.S.-based designers — we anticipate numerous conversations on the current state of American fashion. Who knows, Ford may have figured out how to save New York Fashion Week by then. 

"At a time when we're considering the future of every aspect of our industry, this is the right moment to be asking a lot of meaningful questions," said Vogue Fashion News Director Mark Holgate in a statement provided to Fashionista. "Every one of us wants to find the right way forward, and we're hoping our incredible speakers will have some ideas on what that could be!" 

Conference-goers will once again have to pay $3,000 for access to these conversations. But it's only March, so you have plenty of time to start saving up. 

Vogue is still in the process of announcing talent, but head here to purchase tickets and to learn more about the confirmed speakers. We'll continue to update this post as more details are made available. Stay tuned!

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Update, Tues. May 14, 1:11 p.m.: Announced on Tuesday, Off-White and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh, and Dior Homme artistic director Kim Jones, will also be a part of this year's speaker lineup. 

Update, Wed.  Sept. 4, 9:20 a.m.: Vogue confirmed Wednesday that Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia Gerber will share the stage and speak at the annual conference. 

Update, Mon. Sept. 9, 2:35 p.m.: Virgil Abloh told Vogue on Monday that his doctors have advised him not to travel due to a medical condition. This means the designer has pulled out of the conference. 

Update, Thurs. Sept. 26, 5:56 p.m.: Vogue announced on Thursday that Julianne Moore will be joining her close pal Tom Ford for a panel titled "The New Statesman" at the upcoming conference. During the conversation, the pair will discuss topics ranging from Hollywood stardom, success, definitions of sexiness and steering American fashion forward into the future. 

Update, Thurs. Sept. 30, 1:57 p.m.: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is the latest addition to the Forces of Fashion Conference. Vogue confirmed Monday that the "Black-ish" star will join Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond for a panel, titled "New York State of Mind," which will touch on the realities of designing in 2019. 

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