Through good and bad economic times, Christopher Griffin has risen through the ranks at Advanstar Global, and now has been named president of WWDMAGIC and Sourcing at MAGIC.
After selling his juniors sportswear line Chica in 2006, Griffin started at Advanstar in 2007 and filled sales manager, show director and vice president posts before ascending to his new position. When the Great Recession hit, Griffin heard plenty of predictions that trade shows were headed into extinction, but he emphasized they’ve weathered the financial storm and are poised to make further strides as operators blend the traditional strengths of trade shows with advances focused on technology, social media and meeting the current needs of shoppers.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)