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Fashion Insiders Guest Speaker Series - Fall 2011


Patricia Field will conclude the series with a visit on Nov. 10.

Five of the hottest names in fashion are visiting LIM College this fall as part of the bi-annual “Fashion Insiders” guest speaker series. The powerhouse lineup includes fashion icon Patricia Field (Nov. 10), Elle creative director Joe Zee (Nov. 3), designer and author Keanan Duffty, entrepreneur Jason Ross and Essence online fashion editor Zandile Blay.

Featuring leaders in their respective disciplines, Fashion Insiders evenings provide LIM College students with special access to some of the most fascinating figures in the fashion industry. Fashion Insiders events are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in FashionOpolis on the first floor of LIM College’s Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street.

This semester’s theme is “The Iconoclasts.” According to Michael Palladino, LIM College’s Director of Student Life, who coordinates the series, “Access to industry professionals is an important component of an LIM College education. This fall’s Fashion Insiders events will expose our students to five people who, each in their own unique way, have pushed the envelope and challenged convention as they’ve pursued successful careers in the fashion world.”  

Patricia Field – Nov. 10
Patricia Field is a native New Yorker, boutique owner, and fashion visionary. An Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning costume designer, she received critical acclaim for her work on Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, defining a new movement in American fashion and influencing a generation of women worldwide.

Patricia won her first Emmy award in 1989 for Mother Goose Rock & Rhyme and won again in 2002 for Sex and the City. She has also worked on television’s Crime Story, Wiseguy, Spin City, Hope and Faith, Six Degrees, Cashmere Mafia, Kath & Kim, and Ugly Betty. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on The Devil Wears Prada. Her other film credits include Lady Beware, Miami Rhapsody, The Substitute, Dear Diary, Sex and the City, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Sex and the City II.

Patricia’s recent projects include show design and styling work for Payless Shoes advertising, the Vidal Sasson Namie Amuro campaign (Japan), and Maybelline. She also serves as a spokesperson for Kotex USA and Lenor Great Britain and has several film and television projects of her own in development.

Joe Zee – Nov. 3
Joe Zee was appointed as Elle's creative director in January 2007. His move to Elle followed many successful years as fashion director at W and as contributing fashion editor at Details and House & Garden. He was also Editor-in-Chief of both the men's and women's editions of Vitals.

As a fashion stylist, Zee collaborated on Vanity Fair's March 2006 Hollywood Issue with designer Tom Ford and photographer Annie Leibovitz. He has also worked with many of the world's other leading fashion photographers, including Bruce Weber, Carter Smith, Alexei Hay, Juergen Teller, and Patrick Demarchelier.

Zee has styled TV and print advertising campaigns for major brands, including DKNY, Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole, Sean John, Banana Republic, H&M, Estee Lauder, M.A.C. Cosmetics, and Chanel. He has also styled notable campaigns for GAP including "(PRODUCT) RED," which featured the unforgettable pairing of Madonna and Missy Elliott, as well as the 35th anniversary campaign that featured Sarah Jessica Parker.

In 2008, Legal Momentum honored Zee for his advancement of women through his creative services.

Zee has made many appearances as a fashion expert on ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today show, and as a fashion correspondent on the red carpet for Extra. He is also featured on the Sundance Channel's original fashion series, All On the Line, where he dispenses advice to struggling designers, helping them succeed in the make-it-or-break-it high stakes fashion industry.

As a co-author of The ELLEments of Personal Style (Gotham Books), Zee went behind-the-scenes to bring readers a one-of-kind look at the personal closets, homes, workplaces and favorite spaces of fashion icons, socialites, leaders of business, movie stars, and designers.

Keanan Duffty – September 22
British fashion designer, television host and rocker Keanan Duffty is the author of Rebel Rebel-Anti Style, published by Rizzoli. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Duffty is known for his modern and innovative approach to fashion, which he has translated into a "rock star style" line for men and women.

Duffty graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, First Class, in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins College, London. After relocating to New York in 1993 he established his rock- inspired fashion collection which was sold at premium international retailers such as Barney’s, Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman, Macys, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

In 2006 Duffty launched his "England’s Dreaming by Keanan Duffty" collection at Target in an exclusive licensing agreement with Li & Fung. He also designed a men’s collection, in collaboration with David Bowie, for Target, and has been a consultant and design collaborator with many high-profile brands including Reebok, Dr. Martens, Aveda, and Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection.

Duffty's clothes have a following that includes rock stars such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and the Smashing Pumpkins, as well as entertainment world stars including Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashlee Simpson and Jimmy Fallon. Duffty also once designed a space suit for Martha Stewart. Since 2007 Duffty has been the U.S. design director for Ben Sherman tailored clothing.

His television credits include serving as host on Emmy Award-winning Plum TV’s show The Juice, where he interviewed numerous celebrities including Gore Vidal, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Chace Crawford, and Alec Baldwin.


Jason Ross and Zandile Blay – October 6
Jason Ross is the founder and CEO of the members-only men’s e-commerce site Jackthreads.com. Ross graduated from Ohio State University in 2003 with a BSBA in Finance. His vision was to develop an online space where the best in men’s contemporary fashion and streetwear brands could be sold at a better price than retail, with a members-only premise. He launched Jackthreads.com in 2008.

Jackthreads was acquired by Thrillist.com in 2010, but Ross continues to lead the company's daily operations. The company is expected to earn $20 million this year and has exploded in popularity among its 900,000 members. It currently hosts hundreds of brands including Mishka, ALIFE, American Apparel, WeSc, Creative Recreation and Penfield.

Ross has been profiled on AOL Small Business, INC, and Business Insider as a successful entrepreneur who continues to change the men’s e-commerce landscape. He is also a sought-after fashion and lifestyle expert who has appeared on numerous panels and is a regular fashion contributor on FOX’s Good Day show.

Zandile Blay is the Online Fashion Editor for Essence magazine and a Style Columnist for the Huffington Post. She was formerly Fashion Market Editor for Paper magazine. Her work has also appeared in New York magazine online, InStyle, Seventeen, Teen People, The New York Sun, The Daily News and America Online. She also launched the British Vogue-recognized fashion news blog, The Blay Report, and the newly created Africa Style Daily. Blay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Fashion from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. She is originally from Ghana, West Africa.

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