Last night we launched our new monthly event series, Riposte Presents... with a panel debate looking at the future of fashion. The brilliant panel consisted of Mandi Lennard, Creative Consultant & founder of Mandi's Basement; Alice Casely-Hayford, Fashion Editor of Refinery 29; Margot Bowman, Creative Director of Auria and Zowie Broach, Head of Fashion at the RCA, the debate was moderated by writer Leanne Cloudsdale. The panel started with an overall prognosis of the industry and moved on to discuss education, sustainability, the pressure on designers, the sustainability of the current show cycle, support for young designers, how tech will influence the industry in the future and who the panel believed to be the biggest innovators.
We tried to cover as much as possible in the time, but given the magnitude of the topic there was inevitably some areas which weren't discussed. We opened the discussion up to the floor and one of the audience members asked a brilliant question about the impact of emerging fashion industries from other territories on the established western system. The expert panel brought up super insightful and thoughout provoking points. The full debate will be available as a podcast next week. In the meantime here are some shots of the evening. We'll be hosting a monthly event at the Town Hall Hotel throughout the year looking at a range of different topics and showcasing brilliant women. Join our mailing list for event information.
Last night we hosted the launch party for Beth Lesser's From Roots to Dancehall exhibition at KK Outlet. Beth's work features in the latest issue of Riposte and we wanted to celebrate her work outside the pages of the magazine, so we spoke to our friends at KK Outlet and curated the show which will run until the end of January. It features a selection of photographs taken from her vast archives. The show gives an insight into the dancehall scene in the 70s and 80s and characters
she met at the various recording studios and radio stations. Beth spent over ten years travelling to Jamaica creating content for the magazine she put out at the time, Reggae Quarterly. In the lead up to the show she spoke to i-D, Grafik, It's Nice That and a selection of her images can be seen on the Guardian. Thanks to everyone who came down and to Atom Printing for supplying the prints. You still have time to catch the show which runs until 30th January. Come through!