While much of discourse at the summit was about the serious business issues at hand, there was also a more mischievous spirit unique to the fashion industry. This is a creative business, after all, and many of the designers who dropped by had their own theories on fashion’s new rules.

Narciso Rodriguez, for instance, pointed to his feet. "White shoes in winter," he said. Men’s wear stalwart Joseph Abboud, who recently entered a lawsuit with JA Apparel, said: "The rule I always said I’d follow is that I would never speak to the press, and I’ve broken it every time I’ve picked up the phone."

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