The 2019 edition of the Couture show will see the introduction of CoutureTalks, a curated education series covering a variety of subjects that are relevant to the jewelry community.
Taking place at the show during breakfasts and lunches at the Wynn Las Vegas, these sessions will focus on of-the-moment topics such as ethical and environmental sustainability, lab grown and mined diamonds, and trend forecasting.
“We wanted to be extremely thoughtful and strategic about rolling out this type of initiative,” Brousseau explained. “We needed to ensure that the subjects we’re focusing on are relevant to our community, and that the speakers and presentations approach these conversations in a unique way that speaks specifically to our audience; we’re confident that the curated programs we’re implementing are aligned with these goals.”
On Friday morning, the series will kick off with a discourse on the benefits of lab grown and mined diamonds. Moderated by GIA’s Cathryn Ramirez, the panelists include Sally Morrison from Light Box, Rachel Aaron from Canada Mark, Laura Freedman from Broken English and designer Stephen Webster. On Friday afternoon, Paola De Luca from Trendvision will lead a presentation on the effects of the digital era and globalization on emerging phenomena, digital culture and design direction for the jewelry sector.
Saturday morning, Stanley Zale, vice president of diamonds and gemstones at Stuller, will engage the audience on practical steps that the industry can take in order to become more environmentally and ethically sustainable. On Saturday afternoon, Paul Boutros and Geoffrey Hess of Phillips auction house will sit down with author, photographer and style editor Matt Hranek to provide tips on what motivates today’s collectors.
The series will finish on Monday morning with a presentation on intellectual property law led by Tiffany Stevens and Sara Yood from Jewelers Vigilance Committee.
CoutureTalks will take place in Petrus 1 Ballroom from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., respectively, with RSVPs being required in advance of the presentations.