Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Head south for SCAD Style Week

Domenico De Sole, Fern Mallis, Betsey Johnson among presenters

Posted by Brooks Brunson on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge Betsey Johnson
  • Betsey Johnson

Though we like to think of Charleston as the most fashionable city in the southeast, it’s our sister city, Savannah, that’s styling this week. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is hosting its annual SCAD Style Week this week, featuring a slew of noteworthy designers and style connoisseurs.

Included among these fashion experts is Domenico De Soto, former Gucci Group president, who helped Tom Ford establish his brand, Tom Ford International. De Soto now serves as the chairman at Tom Ford International and will lecture about the lessons he’s learned in the fashion industry at SCAD’s Museum of Art today at 3 p.m. on Tues. April 16.

Later on Tuesday, SCAD School of Fashion Dean Michael Fink will accompany filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland for the screening and discussion of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel at 6 p.m. in the museum.

On Wednesday, the SCAD Art Museum will host several more fashionable lectures. They begin with words from design consultant Keith Granet on “Why Creatives Must Build a Business Entourage” at 11:30 a.m. Following Granet is interior designer Charlotte Moss with “What Sparks Your Creativity?” at 3 p.m. Wednesday night, fashion consultant Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week, will join renowned fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a discussion about their experience in the industry. These fiercely iconic women have much wisdom to impart upon anyone with an interest in design. Their conversation begins at 6 p.m. at the SCAD Museum of Art.

Thursday, get the scoop on Garden & Gun, the go-to magazine for southern culture and arts. The panel discussion will consist of the magazine’s president and CEO Rebecca Wesson Darwin, editor David DiBenedetto, brand development director Jessica Derrick, art director Marshall McKinney, and senior style editor M.K. Quinlan. If you’ve got any interest in the magazine business, get to the museum by 11:30 a.m. Thursday for this talk on “The Future of the Lifestyle Magazine.” In the afternoon, architect and designer Asif Khan will lecture "Seeing and Created" at 3 p.m. in the museum. Neil Denari, architect at NDMA, will follow in the evening with "Apperiences" at 6 p.m.

Friday begins with a conversation between California-based design writer Zahid Sardar and furniture designer Dakota Jackson at SCAD’s student center at 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Gina Sanders, president and CEO at Fairchild Fashion Media will lecture on “The Power of ‘And’” at SCAD’s student center. Over at Poetter Hall, interior designer Nathan Turner will lecture at the same time. Friday wraps at 5 p.m. with a trunk show, “Fleabags,” from Shira Entis.

For more information about what’s going on at SCAD style week, check out scadstyle.com.

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