Need Fresh Fashion Inspo? The Talks at AAFW Are Worth Attending for a Culture Hit

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Hey, fashion-lovers! Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) is just around the corner, and we’re super excited about the designer runway shows, but that’s not all this event has to offer! AAFW is also hosting a bunch of cool panels that you won’t want to miss.

Get ready for The Talks presented by Glenfiddich, which will take you on a journey through fashion’s past, present, and future. This year’s topics are going to be thought-provoking, including Club Culture & Fashion, Identity And Agency: Gender Diversity & The Fashion Industry, New Voices In Fashion Criticism, and On Trend: Key Directions In Australian Fashion. Can you say, “YES, PLEASE!”?

But wait, there’s more! The panelists are the industry’s most influential personalities, and we’re talking major names here. Casting director and model Basjia Almaan, designer duo Katie and Lil Nicol-Ford (Nicol & Ford), and Akira Isogawa, to name a few.

Are you a fashion lover who’s always wanted to learn more about the industry? The Talks presented by Glenfiddich is the perfect opportunity for you! Plus, if you grab a ticket, you’ll get a complimentary Glenfiddich cocktail at the Glenfiddich’s Valley of the Deer Disco & Bar pop-up before or after all panel discussions.

Does it get any better?

We’ve got all the details below.

What Are The Talks at AAFW 2023?

There’s a lot to take in, so we’ve made a little schedule for you.

Identity & Agency: Gender Diversity and the Fashion Industry

Date: Tuesday 16 May
Time: 5pm
Cost: $50, you can buy tickets here

Join us for a stirring discussion about establishing a framework for working with trans and gender diverse talent and empowering them in the workplace. Jackie Wu (Wackie Ju), Manahou Mackay, and Kai Clancy, who are making waves in the industry, will come together for an insightful discussion led by Kelly Dezart-Smith, Creative Producer and Model, about empowering trans and gender diverse talent in the workplace.

I Love The Nightlife: Club Culture & Fashion

Date: Wednesday 17 May
Time: 5pm
Cost: $50, you can buy tickets here

This panel is going to be a blast, with Basjia Almaan, Katie and Lil Nicol-Ford (Nicol & Ford), and Jonny Seymour, a Sydney queer icon and music producer, sharing their experiences with us. Isabelle Truman will be moderating the discussion, so you know it’s going to be awesome.

New Voices in Fashion Criticism

Date: Thursday 18 May
Time: 5pm
Cost: $50, you can buy tickets here

Social media has become the go-to place for fashion commentary, and we’re here for it! Join fashion researcher and digital creator Kim Russell (@thekimbino) and Albert Ayal (@upnextdesigner) for a roundtable discussion moderated by Vogue Australia’s Jonah Waterhouse.

On Trend: Key Directions in Australian Fashion

Date: Friday 19 May
Time: 5pm
Cost: $50, you can buy tickets here

End your AAFW experience with a bang with this super informative discussion. You’ll hear from Net-a-Porter’s Market Director Libby Page, Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Features Director Patty Huntington, Urban List Fashion Editor Sammy Preston, stylist Miguel Urbina Tan, and IMG Fashion Events and Properties Asia-Pacific’s Vice President-Managing Director Natalie Xenita. Amanda Bardas from POPSUGAR Australia will be moderating the conversation, so expect lots of fun.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best in the industry! Grab your tickets now, online here.

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