Women’s Wear Daily has released it’s list of speakers and honorees for this year’s Apparel + Retail CEO Summit. Honorees include the legendary Karl Lagerfeld who will receive the John B. Fairchild Honor for his lifetime influence in the fashion industry. Gucci’s President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri will receive the CEO Creative Leadership Award. Rihanna will also speaking at this year’s much awaited summit.
This year’s theme is Create and Renew, aiming to address the complex and bewildering changes taking place in the apparel and retail industries today. Speakers include Everlane’s Michael Preysman, Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Barneys’ Daniella Vitale, and Kris Jenner, among others.
WWD’s Editor in Chief, Miles Socha said:
“While objective in our reporting on fashion, beauty and retail, WWD can also step back and see which companies and individuals really stand out in a challenging, crowded and competitive marketplace. Many factors drive our selection process as recipients have demonstrated strong leadership and creative skills, reached remarkable sales figures or made a firm commitment to saving our environment—all accomplishments worthy of recognition.”
Last year’s speakers included Ulta’s CEO Mary Dillon, designer Joseph Altuzarra, SVP MasterCard Advisors’ Sarah Quinlan, and The RealReal’s Founder and CEO Julie Wainwright.
The Summit will take place in New York City from October 24-25.