WHAT CONFERENCE?: Fashion Culture Design, an antiPowerPoint-type gathering, aims to start direct, don’t-hold-back discussions about a myriad of subjects.

Dubbed the first “unconference,” Fashion Culture Design will spell out how those three genres influence each other and our world. Slated for June 9 at the Tishman Auditorium at the The New School’s Parsons School of Design, the one-day event will be stacked with 10 panels. Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief Joanna Coles, IMG Models’ president Ivan Bart, model Ashley Graham, BMW Design’s Sandy McGill and Kering’s Laurent Claquin will be in the mix. Former editorial director and vegetarian restauranteur James Truman will also take the stage, as will Phhhoto’s Garrett Fuselier, Fivestory’s Claire Distenfeld, H&M’s Catarina Midby, Traub’s Morty Singer and Manufacture New York’s Amanda Parkes and Outerknown’s John Moore among others.

Striving to be not another corporate-branded seminar, FCD’s topics will range from the state of wearable technology and the fashion system to how brands should navigate the current divisive political landscape. Rather than “scripted PR pitches or product pitches,” founder Simon Collins said he is after “impassioned, smart conversations and true debates.” So much so, that the expected 500 creative-minded attendees will be strongly encouraged to jump into the conversations in order to leave with actual answers they can be put to use when they are back at work or off-hours. With 50 speakers on board and 500 attendees expected from tech, architecture, fashion, finance, communications, media, retail, entertainment, product and music, Collins said additions to the roster will be made in the weeks ahead.

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