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Join us at WGSN Futures Australia, where we identify new themes that will influence consumer behaviour for the coming seasons. WGSN experts will present actionable insights and spark ideas for your business.

WGSN Futures Australia is a must-see for Retail Executives, Marketers, Buyers, Merchandisers and Designers.

Attend the full day or select from one of our two Trend Edits, choose from The Business Edit or The Creative Edit.

agenda

 

The Business Edit


Presented by Lorna Hall, WGSN Head of Insight

Innovation in technology, stores and digital marketing are constantly changing the way shoppers interact with retailers and brands across the globe. Hear sessions on the latest retail and digital marketing strategies which will impact your businesses in 2017.





8:00 – 9:00: Registration and refreshments



9:00 – 9:15: Opening by Carla Buzasi, WGSN Global Chief Content Officer

9:15 – 10:15: Global Retail Trends

While we ponder how to prepare for a very different future retailers and brands still have to make the short to medium term bets that will help them stay relevant to an increasingly elusive shopper. This session identifies the emerging trends and innovation in today’s retail space that are laying the foundations for tomorrow’s retail today.



10:15 – 10:35: Break

10:35 – 11:35: Digital Media & Marketing Trends

Hear the latest trends in marketing and an analysis on winning campaign strategies. What are the new and effective ways that brands are finding to engage with customers.



11:35 – 12:05:


Sydney

Panel Discussion led by Carla Buzasi, WGSN Chief Content Officer

Carla will moderate a discussion with industry leaders on where the fashion and retail industry is heading.
  • Stephen Domancie, General Manager Retail Stores and Operations, Kathmandu
  • Vicki Stirling, General Manager of Product, RedBubble

Melbourne

Keynote: Stay ahead of the digital disruption curve

Presented by Andrew Grill, Global Managing Partner, Social Consulting at IBM

Andrew will bring a global perspective of the major influences that are driving disruption in retail and across other industries. His session will challenge you to think about your future strategy and will look at hot topics such as social influencers – who they are, how to recruit them and why they may or may not be good ambassadors for your brand.

Followed by a panel discussion led by Carla Buzasi, to discuss further on the future digital strategy with Lorna and Andrew.


12:05 – 12:15: Closing

12:15 – 13:15: Networking Light Lunch


 

The Creative Edit


Join the Creative Edit for inspirational design direction, provided through clear and relatable context on the key messages and influences shaping the future of fashion. Then, with a strong product focus, get the right balance between newness and commerciality with a guide to the key items emerging from the global marketplace.





13:00 – 13:30: Registration and refreshments



13:30 – 13:45: Opening



Option 1: WOMENSWEAR, GIRLSWEAR, FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES - Presented by Greer Hughes, Senior Consultant, WGSN Mindset



13:45 – 15:00: Fashion Futures 2018

Exploration of the key messages that will be shaping future consumer habits and fashion aesthetics for the global and Australian market. This will include references to the drivers and influencers creating change, as well as big picture lifestyle trends that will have a significant impact on fashion and style.



15:00 – 15:15: Break



15:15 – 16:30: 2017/18 Key Items

A commercial edit of the must-have items with a trans-seasonal outlook, across apparel, footwear and accessories, denim, active and girlswear. These future item directions will take inspiration from areas such as catwalks, editorial, trade shows, aspirational retail and social media, providing tangible references to support range development decisions.





Option 2: MENSWEAR, BOYSWEAR, FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES - Presented by Yianni Giovanoglou, Trend Specialist Australia/New Zealand



13:45 – 15:00: The Future of Menswear S/S 2018

A deep dive into the global key messages that will be shaping Australian menswear. From social influencers driving change through to the commercial messages directing men's style and fashion for S/S 2018.



15:00 – 15:15 Break



15:15 – 16:30: Buyers Briefing A/W 2017

A commercial eye on the must have colours, items, materials and details for the season with a focus on apparel, denim, accessories and boyswear.





16:30 – 16:40: Closing

select your city

 

Sydney - 15 Nov


Art Gallery of New South Wales

 

Melbourne - 18 Nov


The Glasshouse


 

 

 

about the presenters

 
 
 

Lorna Hall,
Head of WGSN Insight

Lorna is responsible for the WGSN Insights team, a group of global experts tracking consumer trends and innovation across all forms of retail, including online and offline strategies, store design and marketing. Before joining WGSN in 2009, she was the executive editor of the UK's fashion trade magazine Drapers.

 

Carla Buzasi,
WGSN Global Chief Content Officer

Carla is the Head of Content and Consultancy at WGSN, managing a global team of experts and helping clients in over 100 countries navigate the future. Prior to this, she was an award-winning editor and journalist. She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK and has also worked for Marie Claire, Glamour and Vogue.com.

 
 
 
 

Greer Hughes,
Senior Consultant, WGSN Mindset

Greer provides bespoke creative and strategic consultancy solutions enabling clients to disseminate global trends to their businesses. A seasoned speaker, she has delivered presentations at leading trade shows, proving to be an authoritative voice of the industry, drawing from global insights with experience encompassing apparel design and trend in the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong.

 

Yianni Giovanoglou,
Trend Specialist Australia/New Zealand

With a strong background in design, Yianni has worked in the fashion industry for over 14 years. Previous roles include working behind the scenes as a stylist, visual merchandiser and production manager as well as running his own label for several years. He is now responsible for training WGSN clients across the region on the key trends and supporting them on their design and retail strategies.

 
 
 
 

Andrew Grill,
Global Managing Partner, Social Consulting at IBM

Andrew is a world-class keynote & TEDx speaker well as a renowned thought leader in the fields of digital transformation and social eminence. Born and raised in Australia, Andrew is now based in London with IBM and one of his recent projects was a social and digital branding strategy for one of the world’s largest fashion companies. Previously, Andrew was CEO of leading social influence platform Kred. He is the editor of a well-read blog on digital and social trends at LondonCalling.co and can be found on Twitter @AndrewGrill

 

Vicki Stirling,
General Manager of Product, RedBubble

As GM Products at Redbubble Vicki sets the direction and strategy of the product ranges provided to artists. She describes the role as "the best job in the world" as it is pretty hard to beat! With almost 20 years Product and Merchandising experience in leading branded environments including Pacific Brand (AUS) and Nike (EU) and M&S (UK), her experience spans Strategy Planning, Category Management, Product Development, Buying, Supplier Management, Forecasting, Pricing, and P&L Management.

 
 
 
 

Stephen Domancie,
General Manager, Retail Stores & Operations, Kathmandu

Joined Kathmandu in November 2015 with extensive retail experience working in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom in key Sales and Operations roles for Puma, Adidas, Toys R Us in Australia, Sportsmans Warehouse in South Africa, Harrods and Fulham Football Club in the United Kingdom.

 
WGSN
WGSN Futures
 

Join us at WGSN Futures Australia, where we identify new themes that will influence consumer behaviour for the coming seasons. WGSN experts will present actionable insights and spark ideas for your business.

WGSN Futures Australia is a must-see for Retail Executives, Marketers, Buyers, Merchandisers and Designers.

Attend the full day or select from one of our two Trend Edits, choose from The Business Edit or The Creative Edit.

 
 
 

select your city

 

Sydney - 15 Nov


Art Gallery of New South Wales

 

 

 

Melbourne - 18 Nov


The Glasshouse

 

 

 
 

agenda

 

The Business Edit


Presented by Lorna Hall, WGSN Head of Insight

Innovation in technology, stores and digital marketing are constantly changing the way shoppers interact with retailers and brands across the globe. Hear sessions on the latest retail and digital marketing strategies which will impact your businesses in 2017.





8:00 – 9:00: Registration and refreshments



9:00 – 9:15: Opening by Carla Buzasi, WGSN Global Chief Content Officer

9:15 – 10:15: Global Retail Trends

While we ponder how to prepare for a very different future retailers and brands still have to make the short to medium term bets that will help them stay relevant to an increasingly elusive shopper. This session identifies the emerging trends and innovation in today’s retail space that are laying the foundations for tomorrow’s retail today.



10:15 – 10:35: Break

10:35 – 11:35: Digital Media & Marketing Trends

Hear the latest trends in marketing and an analysis on winning campaign strategies. What are the new and effective ways that brands are finding to engage with customers.



11:35 – 12:05:


Sydney

Panel Discussion led by Carla Buzasi, WGSN Chief Content Officer

Carla will moderate a discussion with industry leaders on where the fashion and retail industry is heading.
  • Stephen Domancie, General Manager Retail Stores and Operations, Kathmandu
  • Vicki Stirling, General Manager of Product, RedBubble

Melbourne

Keynote: Stay ahead of the digital disruption curve

Presented by Andrew Grill, Global Managing Partner, Social Consulting at IBM

Andrew will bring a global perspective of the major influences that are driving disruption in retail and across other industries. His session will challenge you to think about your future strategy and will look at hot topics such as social influencers – who they are, how to recruit them and why they may or may not be good ambassadors for your brand.

Followed by a panel discussion led by Carla Buzasi, to discuss further on the future digital strategy with Lorna and Andrew.


12:05 – 12:15: Closing

12:15 – 13:15: Networking Light Lunch


 
 
 

The Creative Edit


Join the Creative Edit for inspirational design direction, provided through clear and relatable context on the key messages and influences shaping the future of fashion. Then, with a strong product focus, get the right balance between newness and commerciality with a guide to the key items emerging from the global marketplace.





13:00 – 13:30: Registration and refreshments



13:30 – 13:45: Opening



Option 1: WOMENSWEAR, GIRLSWEAR, FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES - Presented by Greer Hughes, Senior Consultant, WGSN Mindset



13:45 – 15:00: Fashion Futures 2018

Exploration of the key messages that will be shaping future consumer habits and fashion aesthetics for the global and Australian market. This will include references to the drivers and influencers creating change, as well as big picture lifestyle trends that will have a significant impact on fashion and style.



15:00 – 15:15: Break



15:15 – 16:30: 2017/18 Key Items

A commercial edit of the must-have items with a trans-seasonal outlook, across apparel, footwear and accessories, denim, active and girlswear. These future item directions will take inspiration from areas such as catwalks, editorial, trade shows, aspirational retail and social media, providing tangible references to support range development decisions.





Option 2: MENSWEAR, BOYSWEAR, FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES - Presented by Yianni Giovanoglou, Trend Specialist Australia/New Zealand



13:45 – 15:00: The Future of Menswear S/S 2018

A deep dive into the global key messages that will be shaping Australian menswear. From social influencers driving change through to the commercial messages directing men's style and fashion for S/S 2018.



15:00 – 15:15 Break



15:15 – 16:30: Buyers Briefing A/W 2017

A commercial eye on the must have colours, items, materials and details for the season with a focus on apparel, denim, accessories and boyswear.





16:30 – 16:40: Closing

 
 
 

about the presenters

 
 

Lorna Hall,
Head of WGSN Insight

Lorna is responsible for the WGSN Insights team, a group of global experts tracking consumer trends and innovation across all forms of retail, including online and offline strategies, store design and marketing. Before joining WGSN in 2009, she was the executive editor of the UK's fashion trade magazine Drapers.

 
 

Carla Buzasi,
WGSN Global Chief Content Officer

Carla is the Head of Content and Consultancy at WGSN, managing a global team of experts and helping clients in over 100 countries navigate the future. Prior to this, she was an award-winning editor and journalist. She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK and has also worked for Marie Claire, Glamour and Vogue.com.

 
 

Greer Hughes,
Senior Consultant, WGSN Mindset

Greer provides bespoke creative and strategic consultancy solutions enabling clients to disseminate global trends to their businesses. A seasoned speaker, she has delivered presentations at leading trade shows, proving to be an authoritative voice of the industry, drawing from global insights with experience encompassing apparel design and trend in the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong.

 
 

Yianni Giovanoglou,
Trend Specialist Australia/New Zealand

With a strong background in design, Yianni has worked in the fashion industry for over 14 years. Previous roles include working behind the scenes as a stylist, visual merchandiser and production manager as well as running his own label for several years. He is now responsible for training WGSN clients across the region on the key trends and supporting them on their design and retail strategies.

 
 

Andrew Grill,
Global Managing Partner, Social Consulting at IBM

Andrew is a world-class keynote & TEDx speaker well as a renowned thought leader in the fields of digital transformation and social eminence. Born and raised in Australia, Andrew is now based in London with IBM and one of his recent projects was a social and digital branding strategy for one of the world’s largest fashion companies. Previously, Andrew was CEO of leading social influence platform Kred. He is the editor of a well-read blog on digital and social trends at LondonCalling.co and can be found on Twitter @AndrewGrill

 
 

Vicki Stirling,
General Manager of Product, RedBubble

As GM Products at Redbubble Vicki sets the direction and strategy of the product ranges provided to artists. She describes the role as "the best job in the world" as it is pretty hard to beat! With almost 20 years Product and Merchandising experience in leading branded environments including Pacific Brand (AUS) and Nike (EU) and M&S (UK), her experience spans Strategy Planning, Category Management, Product Development, Buying, Supplier Management, Forecasting, Pricing, and P&L Management.

 
 

Stephen Domancie,
General Manager, Retail Stores & Operations, Kathmandu

Joined Kathmandu in November 2015 with extensive retail experience working in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom in key Sales and Operations roles for Puma, Adidas, Toys R Us in Australia, Sportsmans Warehouse in South Africa, Harrods and Fulham Football Club in the United Kingdom.

 
 
 

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