The lan­guage of lux­ury

VOGUE Australia - - SOIRÉE -

“The next gen­er­a­tion is seek­ing a more in­tense life than the last one,” said Alexan­dre Ar­nault, the 25-year-old son of Bernard Ar­nault, who founded the LVMH em­pire, speak­ing for his gen­er­a­tion of mil­len­ni­als as he opened the 2018 Condé Nast In­ter­na­tional Lux­ury Con­fer­ence in Lis­bon. The theme of the con­fer­ence, ‘The Lan­guage of Lux­ury’, em­braced even more than the CNI Lux­ury team orig­i­nally imag­ined, as speak­ers such as Fed­erico Marchetti, CEO of the YOOX Net-A-Porter Group, de­scribed a brave new world on­line; en­tre­pre­neur Adrian Cheng di­vulged his in-depth knowl­edge of the Chi­nese con­sumer; and fu­tur­ist So­phie Hack­ford en­vis­aged a world con­trolled en­tirely by com­put­ers. Movie star Hilary Swank, who man­u­fac­tures a sig­nif­i­cant part of her ‘luxe leisure’ line of cloth­ing in Por­tu­gal, summed up the cur­rent re­tail land­scape: “Cus­tomers can sense au­then­tic­ity – it’s a uni­ver­sal lan­guage.” What’s next for the in­dus­try? Uche Pézard, the founder of busi­ness re­source plat­form Lux­ury Con­nect Africa, shared her deep be­lief that the lux­ury in­dus­try needs to em­brace a location that not only has an ea­ger clien­tele, but also has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate a new kind of lux­ury – the African con­ti­nent, which has a bur­geon­ing in­dus­try of fine fashion made by hand. We agree. That’s why the fifth Condé Nast In­ter­na­tional Lux­ury Con­fer­ence, ‘The Na­ture of Lux­ury’, will take place in South Africa, April 9–11, 2019. For tick­ets, visit cnilux­ury.com. Suzy Menkes, in­ter­na­tional Vogue edi­tor

1. 8. 7. 6. 2. 5. 3. 4.1. Gi­ambat­tista Valli, Suzy Menkes, Chris­tian Dior artis­tic direc­tor Maria Grazia Chi­uri, Kar­lie Kloss, WME/IMG co-pres­i­dent Mark Shapiro and Condé Nast In­ter­na­tional chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Ne­w­house. 2. Maria Grazia Chi­uri and her daugh­ter Rachele Regini. 3. Kar­lie Kloss and Mark Shapiro.4. Jew­ellery de­signer Sabine Getty. 5. Maria Grazia Chi­uri and Marisa Beren­son. 6. Hilary Swank and Suzy Menkes. 7. Alexan­dre Ar­nault. 8. Hilary Swank.

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