NEW YORK — Agents of change don’t cut it anymore. Nor, apparently, do mere innovators, outliers, mavericks, visionaries, risk-takers, rebels and category killers. Now, in the lexicon of corporate-speak, it’s all about “disruption.” And until executives are done disrupting everything in sight — and there’s nothing left to disrupt except disruption itself — the concept remains the 2014 buzzword for the seminar set.
Chief executive officers from Warby Parker, Rent the Runway and Shapeways 3-D Printers squared off with ceo’s from HSNi and Ascena Retail Group Inc. (Lane Bryant, Dress Barn, Maurice’s, Justice’s and Catherine’s) in a Fashion Group International panel discussion titled “Disrupters vs. Disruptees” on Friday morning. The discussion was moderated by Paul Charron, chairman of the board of Campbell Soup Co. and former ceo of Liz Claiborne Inc.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"