In direct response to the CORE theme, the conferences moderated by Joana Barrios had two moments of reflection on author Fashion: its challenges, its visions, its present and its future.
The first part, focused on structural themes of the Fashion system, was a practical framework of the Portuguese and international industry today. Olivia Spinelli, Fashion Design Coordinator and Artistic Director of IED Moda Milano, made an intervention on Future, Sustainability and Education, and how these three themes are interdependent, not coexisting one without intersection with the others. Anastasia Bilous, Fashion Editor at Elle Ukraine, stylist and specialist in Fashion Public Relations, talked about her experience in digital brands designed for the metaverse. João Wengorovius Meneses, Secretary-General of BSCD Portugal, presented the Beat by Be@t project, a program to train new Fashion talents and textile companies for sustainability and circularity, of which ModaLisboa is a partner. Finally, Casa do Impacto, a social entrepreneurship platform of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, brought to the Talks João Esteves, from Diverge, the brand promoter of the Imagine project, which works with young people at risk of social exclusion to form them as Designers and Entrepreneurs, enabling them to create their own sneakers business.
The construction of the CORE theme was in charge of the ModaLisboa Designers. Ana Duarte (Duarte), Constança Entrudo, Joana Duarte (Béhen), João Magalhães, Luís Carvalho, Marta Gonçalves (HIBU), Nuno Baltazar, Nuno Gama and Valentim Quaresma had in the Fast Talks a stage for exposing their perspectives of the present and strategies for the future. Each Designer exposed their perspective on the practice of Author Fashion and the current social, political and environmental context in which is applied.