2016 Events


NYC Fashion Fellows receive access to a series of exclusive programs throughout 2016.  We ask that Fellows attend one core event per month.  Below are the programs we have in the works for 2016.  Please note – these dates and events are subject to change.

If you are interested in hosting a NYC Fashion Fellows event, please email us at [email protected].

2016 NYC Fashion Fellowship Agenda


December 14, 2015 | 2015 Closing Reception & 2016 Opening Reception | Michael Kors

Michael Kors hosted NYC Fashion Fellows & Mentors, as they were honored for their commitment to the program. Invitees included the 2015 Class, Mentors, Alumni, 92Y + NYCEDC staff, and the incoming 2016 class.

January 19, 2016 | Get to Know the 2016 Class | Launch Collective

Meet the Class of 2016 at a more informal get together hosted by Launch Collective. This event provided the 25 Fellows with the opportunity to meet their peers to officially kick-off the program, and to get comfortable before some of the more formal programming began.

February 4, 2016 | Mentor-Fellow Speed Matching | Space530

NYC Fashion Fellows met their potential Mentors. Each Fellow was scheduled for five rapid fire conversations with their potential Mentors. At the end of the night, Fellows and Mentors submitted their preferences for who they wanted to work with and the NYC Fashion Fellow Team used this information to pair Fellows and Mentors. Each pair will meet at least four times throughout the Fellowship as part of the Mentorship aspect of the program.

March 11, 2016 | Pre SXSW Party | Slate Lounge

This event, hosted by Alley NYC, brought together the greater entrepreneurial community in NYC and key influencers from the NYC tech, music, fashion, business, culture and lifestyle communities for a fun evening of networking and celebrating.
NYC Fashion Fellows received complimentary tickets to the event.

March 23, 2016 | CEO Conversation with Uri Minkoff | Rebecca Minkoff

Uri Minkoff, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff spoke with Fashion Fellows about his experience and ideas for leadership. The talk was followed by Q&A and conversation with NYC Fashion Fellows, moderated by NYC Fashion Fellows Alumna Melissa Hall.

March 30, 2016 | Fashion Fellows Alumni Event | TrimLab

The NYC Fashion Fellows Alumni hosted a private session with 2016 Fellows on how to get the most out of the Fellowship. Then a larger group of alumni joined for a panel with three well-known women in the Fashion Industry: blogger Katie Sturino, Director of Audience Development and Social Media at the Man Repeller, Sofia Sheth, and founder and 2015 NYCFF alumna Loni Edwards.

April 12, 2016 | Pitch Night with New York Fashion Tech Lab | Space 530

The New York Fashion Tech Lab has selected 6-10 women-led companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology for a 12-week intensive program that runs from March to June. At this event, each member of the NYFTL cohort had 3 minutes to pitch their company or product to the NYC Fashion Fellows, and the Fellows evaluated their presentations. As industry leaders, the Fellows offered crucial industry insight and feedback.

April 21, 2016 | 92Y Fashion Icons Series with Fern Mallis: Missoni in Conversation | 92Y

Founded in 1953 when Ottavio and Rosita Missoni set up a small knitwear workshop not far from Rosita’s home village in Italy, Missoni invented an unmistakable aesthetic of zigzag motifs, stripes, waves and slub yarns in a patchwork of geometric and floral jacquard. Family matriarch Rosita and Angela, her daughter and the brand’s creative director since 1996, sit down with award-winning creator and organizer of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis, to discuss the company’s history, and how they remain one of the best representatives of Italian fashion and design excellence around the world. NYC Fashion Fellows will receive complimentary tickets to the event and invitations to a private reception following the event.

May 19, 2016 | CEO Conversation with Marc Schneider of Kenneth Cole Productions| Interface NYC

Marc Schneider, CEO of Kenneth Cole, spoke with Fashion Fellows about his experience and ideas for leadership. The talk was followed by Q&A and conversation with NYC Fashion Fellows.

May 17, 2016 | Workshop: Moms inPower with Dr. Gail Saltz | 92Y

Join 92Y and Dr. Gail Saltz to learn some of the tips and tricks to find success (and happiness!) in the home and the office.
Gail is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, psychoanalyst with The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, columnist, bestselling author and television commentator including frequent contributing to the “Today Show,” CNN and MSNBC. She is the emotional wellness contributor to Health Magazine and Health.com, Chair of the 92Y 7 Days of Genius Advisory Committee and Consultant and Event Moderator for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative.

June 22, 2016 | NYCFF Alumni Summer Event

The NYCFF Alumni invited 2016 Fellows to join an industry discussion with 2014 Fellow and Stylitics Founder Rohan Deuskar. The event included a rooftop happy hour for Fellows from all Classes following the discussion.

August 2, 2016 | Summer Social | Trunk Club

Please join 92Y, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Trunk Club to celebrate the half-way mark of 2016 NYC Fashion Fellows at Trunk Club’s New York Clubhouse on August 2nd. The reception will kick-off at 6:30pm and will include mentors, advisors, and other friends of the Fellowship for a fun night of networking and celebration.

August 16 2016 | Summer Happy Hour hosted by the NYCFF Alumni Advisory Board | Weather Up

The NYCFF Alumni Advisory Board invited 2016 Fellows to join the wider Fashion Fellows community for a happy hour event to celebrate summer and make new connections.

October 6, 2016 | Executive Seminar with Olivier Stip | Chanel

Olivier Stip, Senior Vice President of Fine Jewelry & Watches at Chanel talked to Fellows about his career path and his many transitions, including his experience working for both public and private companies. The seminar included Q&A and open conversation.

October 19, 2016 | Power Networking Workshp with Jennefer Witter, CEO of The Borland Group | 92nd Street Y

Fellows were invited to receive nuts-and-bolts information from an expert on how to use networking as a business-building tool and learn about virtual networking — using social media platforms to reach the widest possible, yet strategically targeted, audiences. Fellows will leave with actionable items that they can immediately incorporate into their own networking efforts.s

November 3, 2016 | 92Y Fashion Icons Series with Fern Mallis: Alexander Wang

Fellows & Mentors are invited to come see Alexander Wang in conversation with Fern Mallis on the 92Y stage, and to a private reception directly afterwards.

November 16, 2016 | CEO Conversation with Robin Lewis, CEO of the Robin Report | Location TBD

Robin Lewis sat down for a conversation with NYC Fashion Fellows about his extensive background in the industry, his understanding of the market, and his perspective on the future of retail.

December 14 2016 | Closing Reception | Ralph Lauren 

Fellows attended a private panel with Ralph Lauren’s Olin Lancaster and Marcelle Parish, moderated by NYCEDC’s Jane Chun, that explored their experiences at Ralph Lauren and in the industry. Following the panel, NYC Fashion Fellows, Mentors, and Alumni, were invited to join for a reception in the Men’s Luxury Showroom to celebrate the end of the Fellowship year.