At Forces of Fashion, Pucci’s Iman, Karen Elson, Aurora James and Camille Miceli talk about forging their own paths as women and designers in the fashion industry

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Now at Pucci, Miceli focuses on community and what could be described as a slow-fashion approach to the Italian brand, emphasizing the joyful expression of the brand. The most surprising revelation about the new Pucci? All prints are hand drawn. “It’s important for Pucci to feel human, and it also brings to mind the idea of ​​taking your time, which is a good thing. We must have time to reflect and work in depth.

After a lunch break, Elson took the stage with vogue editor-in-chief Lynn Yaeger to talk about the important work she has undertaken as a model rights activist. Elson started modeling at 16 after researching a local modeling agency in her city’s yellow pages (remember the yellow pages?), her meteoric success while still a teenager – who can forget that? Vogue Italy cover of Steven Meisel, with his cropped bob, no eyebrows and a bold neon pink eye? – was not without pitfalls.

“As I became more of a woman, came the negative feedback on my body,” she detailed. “And for many years that was something I struggled with a lot, because I felt the need to conform to my job. If I didn’t look a certain way, if I wasn’t a size zero, if I went to a fitting and a dress didn’t zip up, there would be horrible comments I’d hear like ‘maybe you should go on a diet.'” Elson said keen to point out that although modeling seems like a glamorous job, most of the workforce is made up of vulnerable young women, often immigrants, who don’t speak the language and have no power over the how their image—and by extension, as people—are treated during fashion shoots. She is currently fighting to pass the Fashion Workers Act alongside The Model Alliance, which will grant them rights similar to freelancers in other industries. Elson concluded the panel by performing a short set – she said she always dreamed of being a famous singer when she was growing up.

Lynn Yaeger and Karen Elson at vogueThe forces of fashion 2022. Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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