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Saturday, April 9, 2016
1–6 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheater
Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992

The goal of the symposium is to reflect on the theme Authentic Fashion. The symposium includes a networking reception that will bring together the protagonists in the fashion industry—designers, boutique and department store buyers, bloggers and other opinion leaders, image consultants, and consumers. 

Above photo by Amber Griggs.


Patricia Herrera Lansing
Welcome And Opening Remarks

Patricia Herrera Lansing, one of the daughters of famed fashion designer Carolina Herrera, is the special projects director of Carolina Herrera New York and CH Carolina Herrera. A former fashion editor for Vanity Fair, Ms. Lansing serves on the board of the GO Project, which provides critical academic, social, and emotional support services to low-income New York City public school children, and is a long-time supporter of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln
Communicating Authentic Fashion: How Media Provides Strategies That Enable Consumers To Remain Stylish, Modern And Unique

Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln is an experienced Fashion Director, Stylist, Trend Forecaster, and Brand Consultant in New York City. She specializes in developing and curating unique fashion content for diverse publications across multimedia platforms. Through her adaptive lens, Victoria has the ability to cater to any target audience. She has worked extensively with celebrities, general lifestyle and Hispanic markets. Her collaborations include some of the most talented and creative minds in the photography and art communities, such as Robert Maxwell, Patric Shaw, Stephen Lewis, Stewart Shining, Melvin Sokolsky, Diego Uchitel, Kurt Markus, and Roland Bello. 

Victoria is currently the Fashion Director of Real Simple. During her tenure, she has revamped and visually developed the magazine’s fashion direction. Her responsibilities include shaping the magazine’s monthly trend coverage, conceptualizing stories, and styling the fashion features. In addition, Victoria develops and oversees the fashion editorials across all of Real Simple’s platforms including Real Simple Family, Real Simple Weddings, and RealSimple.com. 

Prior to joining Real Simple, Victoria served as Fashion Director of special issues for InStyle, where she curated the fashion content for InStyle Makeover, InStyle Hair, and InStyle Weddings. Previously, she was the Fashion Director of Latina Magazine where she styled monthly celebrity covers and forecasted and interpreted seasonal trends. At Latina, she also acted as brand design consultant for Latina Life, the magazine’s clothing line, which retailed at Sears. Victoria began her fashion career as a designer in New York and her first experience with the publishing industry was at Mode Magazine as a fashion editor. 

Victoria earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in Fashion Design from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY. She was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


Leonor Silva 
Authentic Fashion: creative, forward-thinking and designed with a woman’s desire for self-expression in mind

Leonor Silva is the Founder and Designer at Leonor Silva. She is known for her casual elegance, her femininity and her ability to translate both modern day sportswear and old world sophistication into her style. She has a meticulous eye for detail and an obsession for creating beautiful—and beautifully made—clothes.

She earned her Master’s in Fashion Management at the prestigious ESMOD/ISEM School in Paris, where she continued her training in Chloé and Hugo Boss before moving to New York to work for Carolina Herrera. She is the Head of International Relations at the ISEM Fashion Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Leonor has traveled the world and has lived in Miami, Paris, New York and Pamplona, Spain, continually finding inspiration for her designs in the different cultures and the people she comes in contact with.


Denyse del Carmen Floreano
Being Authentic In A Virtual World: How To Find Your Style And Dress With Authenticity In A World Burgeoning With Images And Expectations  

At the age of 13, Denyse del Carmen Floreano, was discovered by a talent scout who encouraged her to pursue a career in the fashion world. Denyse began her modeling career at the age of 15. A year later, she was introduced to Osmel Souza and on September 2nd, was crowned Miss Venezuela 1994. She travelled to Namibia, South Africa where she was one of the Top 6 Finalists in the 1995 Miss Universe Pageant. Later, she was invited to participate as a judge for the 1997 Miss Venezuela Competition. 

Denyse has worked with distinguished Venezuelan designers like Angel Sanchez, Mayela Camacho, Gionni Straccia, Raenrra, and Oscar Carvallo. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Milan where she worked with renowned international designers like Giorgio Armani, Krizia, St. John, Narcizo Rodriguez, Marina Yachting, David Fielden, Antonio D’Errico. 

She is now married and is a mother of three. 


Sympsosium participants are invited to a walking tour on April 9, 2016, 10–11:30 a.m., guided by Lilly Bozzone, Associate Style Editor at Verily Magazine. The tour will start in front of Bergdorf Goodman at 10 a.m. Lilly will guide you through the famous fashion windows of Fifth Avenue where you will see the latest styles on display. The tour will end with the Fashion Walk of Fame on Seventh Avenue. 
Please indicate your interest in the tour when you register.


Fairy Tale Fashion
Fairy Tale Fashion uses some of the most extraordinary, beautiful, and luxurious examples of fashion to illustrate fifteen fairy tales, including well-known tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood. In addition to offering a brief history of the fairy tales and their significance, the show highlights their direct references to fashion. There are more than 80 looks in Fairy Tale Fashion, including a number of recent creations from labels such as Comme des Garçons, Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Rodarte, and Undercover. 

Denim: Fashion's Frontier
Denim has become one of the world's most beloved fabrics. According to anthropologist Daniel Miller, "On any given day, nearly half the world’s population is in jeans." The cultural significance of this has yet to be fully determined. Denim: Fashion's Frontier explores the dynamic history of denim and its relationship with high fashion from the 19th century to the present. Alongside this chronology, Denim: Fashion's Frontier highlights important points of engagement between high fashion and denim that are often left out of typical denim histories. Themes addressed include the role of advertising in creating popular mythologies, as well as issues of distressing, connoisseurship, and environmental concerns. 

Admission to exhibitions is free. 

Tues–Fri: Noon–8pm
Saturday: 10am–5pm 


Murray Hill Institute
Murray Hill Institute promotes effective and ethical leadership among women. The Institute, based in New York City, affirms women in the unique role they play in promoting a more just and harmonious workplace.


Fashion Institute of Technology
The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies of the Fashion Institute of Technology offers credit and non-credit courses in fashion, business, design, computer technology, and marketing, as well as a range of certificate programs to help one enter and advance in the fashion and related industries. 


Centro Universitario Villanueva
Centro Universitario Villanueva, a private university college accredited by UCM (Complutense University, Madrid), offers a degree in Fashion Communication & Management—the only BA degree program in Fashion Communications & Management offered by a Spanish university.