SPREADING THE WORD: Nanette Lepore will speak in Dubai today at “Fashion Forward,” a series of catwalk shows, talks and panel discussions that run through Friday at the Madinat Jumeirah. As one of the keynote speakers, Lepore will give a talk entitled “Crafting High Fashion: What It Takes to Manufacture Locally.”

Lepore, a big proponent of New York City manufacturing, will detail her personal experience producing in New York’s Garment Center, and outline the advantages of local and sustainable manufacturing processes. She will also provide a framework for how to start a manufacturing center in the Gulf.

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Other speakers include Simon Collins, dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, and Ben Malka, chairman and chief executive officer of Halston.

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