Adapting to this year’s circumstances, we have gone digital! ‘Fashion Forum Misión Huascarán’ is a virtual fashion forum created and curated by renowned fashion experts. These industry leaders are generously sharing their knowledge and time in order to help the children, women and families living in extreme poverty in the highlands of Peru. We invite you to join our conference and our mission by signing up below.
We are a non-profit organization focused on transforming rural communities in Peru by improving their quality of life and creating opportunities for a brighter future. We began in 2013 at the foothills of the Huascarán mountain (Ancash-Peru). During this time we have improved the living conditions of thousands of families, thanks to our efforts to upgrade their education, health, economy and housing quality.
In 7 years we have been able to impact the lives of ten thousand people in 24 towns in the rural highlands of Áncash (at more than 3,000 m.a.s.l.).
What is this for?
‘Fashion Forum Misión Huascarán’ is a program we have curated during these difficult times in order to help raise funds and continue with our mission.
Moreover, it is a motivational and educational platform led by fashion professionals, icons and experts that have generously donated their time in order to help.
Our Speakers - More to Be Announced
Lima-born Mariano Vivanco travelled the world with his family since a very early age, leaving Peru at the age of ten and eventually settling down in New Zealand, where his passion for photography began. Inspired by the likes of Edward Steichen and Horst P. Horst, Vivanco moved to London in the year 2000 to pursue a career of fashion photography. Since then, Vivanco has become one of the world’s leading editorial photographers, regularly shooting for major publications. His subjects have included singers, actors, designers, athletes and other acclaimed celebrities. Vivanco has published several books, including Ninety Five Chapel Market, which is a great example of his daylight portraiture work shot with film. Three of his portraits, including one from this book, are in a permanent collection in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Vivanco’s fun and light-hearted energy lends itself to capturing and entertaining the audience of today.
Fashion Photographer - Director
Nina Garcia is the editor in chief of ELLE, the No. 1 fashion magazine brand in the world, with 46 international editions. She began her fashion media career at Mirabella and served as fashion director of ELLE from 2000 to 2008, after holding other roles with the title since 1995. Before her return to ELLE, Garcia was the creative director of Marie Claire, where she introduced franchise editorial sections and award-winning fashion content.
Responsible for covering the designer fashion markets of New York, Milan and Paris, Garcia is an elite authority of the industry who has cultivated an adoring global fan-base of fashion “insiders.” She has hosted the red carpet for ABC’s Oscar telecast, has been a judge on the Peabody Award-winning show Project Runway since it launched in 2004, and serves as a style expert on programs including Good Morning America, The View, Today, CNN and more.
Garcia is a New York Times bestselling author of four books on style. She was honored by Fashion Group International in 2010 with the prestigious Oracle Award and in the same year, received the Individual Achievement award from the Hispanic Federation. In 2015, Garcia received the Champion of Educational Excellence Award from the Oliver Scholars Program. She accepted The Daily’s Magazine of the Year Award in 2018 after her first year as Editor-in-Chief of ELLE and Cover of the Year in 2019.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, she is a graduate of Boston University and Fashion Institute of Technology.
Editor-in-Chief Elle USA Magazine - Project Runway Judge
Supermodel, philanthropist and impact investor.
Natalia Vodiánova is one of the world’s most iconic supermodels of all times and one of the most influential celebrities of the contemporary global fashion scene. Natalia has made giving back her mission in life and is a hugely passionate social activist and a sharp impact investor.
Her charity organisation, the Naked Heart Foundation, promotes an inclusive society open to people with disabilities and their families, through encouraging play and creation of free support services for special needs. Her signature fund-raising events – The Fabulous Fund Fair and Love Ball – are known and admired all over the world.
She co-founded Elbi, which is an app that revolutionised the perception of charitable. Natalia is on a quest to make giving cool, as stated by her motto: Good is the New Cool. Elbi rewards philanthropic activities and Natalia has used her fashion and luxury industry expertise to create a new form of social responsibility. Apple even named Elbi as ‘App of the day’ in over 80 countries and named it one of their most innovative ways of giving back in 2018. Elbi is still periodically featured by Apple at a global level.
Natalia is also on the board of directors of ‘Flo’, the world leading period tracker app focused on women’s health and well-being. In 2018 she launched a campaign named “Let’s talk about it. Period.” where she opened the conversation among women to break the taboo about menstruation all over the world.
Natalia is in the top 500 of Business of Fashion, and has a long list of awards under her belt among which: Inspiration of the Year for Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, Woman of the Year for Glamour in 2014 and The Voice for Children. In 2017, she received Vogue India’s Women of The Year Award.
No longer just admired as one of the world’s top models, “Supernova” today is an icon of the fashion industry, the business world, a global ambassador, a role model and a proud mother of five children.
Joan Smalls was born and raised in Hatillo, Puerto Rico with her two sisters. Growing up Smalls actively pursued modeling by entering local competitions in Puerto Rico and submitting photos to agencies in New York City and Los Angeles. Years later, upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, an agent in New York City signed the lithe beauty. Over the years her illustrious career has included walking in over 400 shows for a slew of luxury labels and fronting a series of coveted advertising campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Ralph Lauren, David Yurman, Tom Ford and more. Smalls was also named the face of Estée Lauder cosmetics in 2011, becoming the first Latina model to hold the title.
Off-duty, Smalls channels her passions into important philanthropic efforts. She has been actively involved with Project Sunshine, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free educational and social programs to children and families living with medical conditions, as well as the United Nations Girl Up Campaign, a global movement for gender equality through leadership development training. Then in June 2020 after seeing the actions taken against the Black community and the strides in the Black Lives Matter movement, Smalls decided to donate 50 percent of her earnings for the remainder of 2020 to Black Lives Matter organizations. The supermodel also took it a step further by founding her own organization, DonateMyWage.org, which highlights 11 organizations within the BLM movement and helps people calculate a donation amount based on their wages. Smalls firmly believes that in order to see true change in any aspect of life, we must all work together and be the change we must see.
A pioneer in the art of combining street market pieces with signature garments, her wardrobe contains treasures from Dior, Versace or Lanvin with African necklaces. Her collection has earned an exhibition at the Metropolitan in New York and a documentary about her life. She was the image of different important brands like MAC, Other Stories, Rara Avis Jewelery.
She was born in New York in 1921. She worked in her youth for the fashion magazine Women’s Wear Daily and was an assistant to the fashion illustrator Robert Goodman. In 1948 she married the textile merchant Carl Apfel with whom she founded the textile and interior design company Old World Weavers. This company would take part in various design and restoration projects, including work for the White House on 9 occasions for: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton.
Naeem Khan was born in India and grew up surrounded by the beauty of its culture, architecture, history, and design. These influences helped cultivate his vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father, both well-known in India for designing clothing for Indian royalty in their family-owned factory.
As a teenager, Khan moved to the United States and apprenticed for Halston, where he absorbed the ethos of modernism, and the secrets of draping and cutting fabric to create clean, elegant, and timeless silhouettes. Today, his focus is to create clothing that embodies beauty, glamour and femininity while purposefully evolving his vision in the world of fashion.
Khan’s work typically features exquisite hand-embroidery, done by artisans who have also created sumptuous embroidery for the world’s top fashion houses for decades. The Mumbai-based facility was founded by Khan’s grandfather and is still family-run, with nearly 2000 experts working by hand. For Khan’s designs, this lavish detailing is put onto the finest fabrics from Italy, France, and Spain which are then finished at his atelier in New York City.
A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Khan was heavily influenced by his first job in fashion, where he spent his days working on dresses for icons, like Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli, created by the legendary American designer Halston in the late 1970’s. Today, Khan dresses Red Carpet celebrities and fashion icons such as Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton who exude powerhouse glamour and yet appreciate the distinctly modern allure of his designs.
The Naeem Khan RTW and Bridal collections are sold in department stores and fashion boutiques in 22 countries worldwide as well as on naeemkhan.com.
Nadine Leopold has been working as an international fashion model for over 11 years. She has walked runway shows including the Victoria’s Secret show, been on magazine covers and experienced being on a TV Show. She is also the Host of a Podcast show called “I choose me”. She created I Choose Me as a platform to share stories of hard experiences young girls make to start conversations about mental health, about those dark times that so many of us go through but so few of us feel safe talking about.
With a mix of Saudi, Pakistani, Lithuanian and Australian blood running through her veins, Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Shanina Shaik, with a motto that’s “never give up and never compare,” has shown the world that no matter how many times a door closes in your face, you can end up achieving whatever you set your mind to. Shanina works hard to fight for diversity and to support and inspire young girls coming into the industry, encouraging them to continue their education and to not be afraid of asserting their boundaries. “It’s OK to say no. It’s all about taking care of yourself and respecting yourself.”
Elizabeth Saltzman is a London-based stylist working internationally. Elizabeth’s career began at Giorgio Armani in 1984, which propelled her to an eight-year run as a senior fashion editor for American Vogue. She went on to join the team at Vanity Fair as fashion editor and was soon promoted to fashion director. Today, she serves as contributing editor at Vanity Fair, British Vogue and Air Mail. Elizabeth has worked on many major beauty, lifestyle and travel campaigns. She has worked closely with many brands styling their ready-to-wear collections and Couture shows, including Tom Ford, Ralph & Russo and Prada to name a few. Elizabeth loves to introduce brands to Los Angeles, New York and London by hosting private events and dinners. She has hosted private events for Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Tory Burch among others. Her celebrity clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Julia Garner, Saoirse Ronan, Ellie Bamber, Poppy Delevingne, and Uma Thurman.
Fashion stylist and fashion editor
Established in 2008, the luxury designer label Emilia Wickstead has become the epitome of modern femininity. Known for her strong use of colour and quality craftsmanship, Emilia Wickstead’s designs effortlessly combine tradition and the romance of bygone eras with refined silhouettes and contemporary twists to create timeless, elegant clothing with a clear point of distinction.
Originally founding her business as a made-to-measure atelier, Emilia’s collections now comprise seasonal ready-to-wear collections, bridal and bespoke and made-to- order services, and have been showcased at London Fashion Week since 2011.
Her collections are held in some of the most prestigious stockists in the world, including Net-A-Porter, Selfridges, Harrods, MATCHESFASHION and Moda Operandi to name a few. Her flagship store opened on London’s Sloane Street in 2014.
Talita Von Furstenberg is the oldest granddaughter of Diane and follows close behind her grandmother in her passion for fashion, philanthropy and social activism. As the house muse for DVF, she picked up her grandmother’s success in the industry and in April 2019, she launched her official first collection, TVF for DVF. Talita is currently enrolled at NYU where she’s studying the future of the fashion industry with plans to graduate May 2021
Born in Cali, Colombia in 2003, Johanna Ortiz’s label is now worn by women around the world. The designer’s signature flower prints and exuberant ruffles have seduced women from New York to London, Dubai to Hong Kong and fans of the brand include Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and Jessica Alba to name a few.
Sold in over 66 stores globally including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Le Bon Marche, Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter, Johanna Ortiz has become an influential member of the fashionable set; known for her off-the-shoulder frocks and an ebullient sense of joie de vivre.
Ortiz’s breakthrough moment came in 2014, when Lauren Santo Domingo, the founder of Moda Operandi, discovered the Resort 2014 collection in Colombia and launched a successful trunkshow. In the years since, the brand has developed a presence in over 21 countries worldwide and Ortiz seasonally presents her collections in Paris and New York, where she has earned critical acclaim from the likes of Vogue:
“You can always rely on Johanna Ortiz to bring a little South American flavor to Paris Fashion Week.” – Vogue
Ortiz’s unique point of view has been essential to her success. It is one that is rooted in an expertise in textiles and technique as well as her conviction that she knows what women want to wear.
Ortiz has built a company that currently employs over 360 women and has established an onsite training program that offers professional-level seamstress and embroidery courses free of charge. “Giving back to my country is so incredibly important to me,” says Ortiz. Today more than 60 women have completed this program and while there is no obligation to pursue jobs with Ortiz, most of them do.
In the Spring of 2020, Johanna Ortiz collaborated with H&M to deliver a capsule collection of her designs to women all around the world. Not only did this collection celebrate women of all shapes and sizes in over 73 countries worldwide, it also marked the first collaboration the retail giant has ever done with a Latin American designer.
It is these initiatives that have garnered Johanna Ortiz invitations to the White House and the United Nations and earned her a coveted spot as one of the Business of Fashion’s 500: an index of people shaping the global fashion industry. A global ambassador for Colombian style, she plans to continue to provide “a little South American flavor” to women around the globe.
She has had the chance and the luck of directing the first great Fashion event in the capital of the country, Bogotá Fashion Week, from its creation in 2000 to 2003. She directed Hola Magazine from 1990 to 1992. Her first journalistic work was in Cromos magazine as a columnist from 2009 to 2016 and for several years she was the Fashion Editor for Laura Magazine. She has been a fashion advisor for the Éxito group for 9 years and gives conferences on Image, style and fashion in different companies and firms throughout the country. She has written 5 books on the subject, four with Pinguin Random House and one with Editorial Planeta. In addition, she advises different brands in the textile industry.
Eva Cavalli, an Austrian by birth but adoptive Florentine since the age of twenty, wife of Roberto Cavalli and mother of three (Rachele, Daniele, Robert); is one of the most wellknown faces in the global fashion circuit for the last 30 years. Artistic director, muse and creative tout-court, creator of memorable fashion shows, iconic campaigns, unforgettable parties, and collector of contemporary and modern art, Eva has been the engine to the worldwide success of the Roberto Cavalli brand, giving her eclectic, free and haute bohemian style to the creation of the brand identity: always mentioned as “the secret weapon” behind her husband Roberto, Eva was the first to connect the fashion world to the kingdom of Rockstars, Hollywood and Art. Eva’s sophisticated world is the osmosis of her various interests: cinema, music, fashion, lifestyle, food, interior, art. In this mix she created the Cavalli world. Her esprit and her taste, never afraid to dare, are matched only by her meticulous dedication to work and her passion, qualities that have always led her to create teams of super professionals who work together as a big family. Collaboration and synergy are the best resources for Eva to achieve success.
Mercedes Salazar is one of the Colombian jewelry designers with the greatest experience and recognition in the country and abroad, with more than 21 years in the market. Her designs are characterized by preserving and exalting ancestral techniques and mixing them with the design and production process to create luxury pieces that tell stories and honor the hands of the artisans. She cares about the fair payment to the artisans in general, and more with the ones she works with, mixing indigenous materials with her international inspiration from her travels around the world.
Today, MS is a global brand with a complete product portfolio, offering contemporary jewelry, fashion accessories, and home products.
The company had presence in 19 markets in America, Europe and Asia. Her products are sold in stores such as Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi, Revolve, Farfetch, Shopbop, LoveShackFancy, Marriott, Tootsies, Louis Vuitton Cruises, Neiman Marcus, etc.
Mercedes has worked hand by hand with Carolina Herrera, Esteban Cortazar, and has made social collaborations with Unicef, inmates of the Picota, Juan Valdez, etc.
Karen Mitre is a Peruvian fashion designer. In 2003 she launched her signature bags and accessories made with silver. Her designs reflect the great love she has for Peru, as she uses the traditional embroidery to make her wallets and bags, but also showing her Palestinian ancestry. It is a very versatile brand with a wide variety of products, from casual to very sophisticated designs, which have crossed the borders of Peru to reach Japan and Saudi Arabia.
She recently launched her new SOFT collection. Five bags designs with their characteristic braided strap. All her designs can be seen on his instagram @KarenMitre
Ani AC has always found inspiration in the beliefs, traditions and cultures of Peru. In her work, Ani combines these interests with a passion for sharing her knowledge and for empowering her teams. She has presented her collections globally and continues her interest for fashion, celebrating the passion for life of an empowered woman.
Chiara Macchiavello has become one of the best ambassadors of Peru’s cultural richness. Since she was little, she has traveled throughout the country, which made her very close to the artisans who preserve the clothing techniques that have passed from generation to generation. Macchiavello studied costume design at Saint Martins in London, where she understood that to make a difference she had to turn to Peru, its traditions and its origin. She decided to return in 2007 and create a brand based on inherited weaving techniques, on the richness of the traditions and culture of our country.
This is how Escudo “Devotees to design, committed to our heritage” was born. The brand rescues ancient techniques and artisanal processes of the Peruvian textile culture to take them to contemporary and avant-garde collections, using raw materials of the highest quality, such as pima cotton and baby alpaca. The brand’s mission is to export Peruvian design to the world and with only one year in the market it has already participated in national and international catwalks and fairs such as Copenhagen Fashion Week, Gallery Fair, Miami Fashion Week & Fair, Peru Moda and Fashion Edition.
Actress, TV Host, Model, Former Miss Peru Universe, Business Woman, Mother, Philanthropist. Born and raised in the USA to a Peruvian family; crowned in 2011 Miss Peru Universe, this half Peruvian half American celebrity influencer, loves sharing with her more than 3.1 million followers her day by day life-style and adventures that include her passion for Fashion, Travel, Art, Sports & Nature.
Actress TV Host
Fernando Garcia was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Drawn to the creative field and fascinated with fashion at an early age, he went on to study architecture at the prestigious Notre Dame. He then found the opportunity to meet Mr. de la Renta to show him a book of his sketches. This led to an internship, honing his craftsmanship skills and ultimately becoming principal designer. During his six years at the brand, Fernando helped to create some of the most iconic evening pieces in the Oscar de la Renta collection.
Monse and Oscar de la Renta's, Creative director
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- - Welcome to M.Huascarán: Mariana Hochschild
- - Success in the Fashion Industry, turning Your Dreams into Reality: Mariano Vivanco, Nina García, Joan Smalls & Natalia Vodianova
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