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Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney on Hope, Creativity and the Future of Fashion – Vogue.com

“I have been so inspired by what I’ve heard, and energized by the ideas of necessary, radical change that our speakers have talked so passionately about,” Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour said Friday at the start of the fourth and final Vogue Global Conversations Zoom broadcast this week. “We all want to rebuild this industry that we love so much and leave behind the old habits that are out of date, or indeed, unsustainable.”

From the enduring importance of creativity to minimizing waste and collaborating with former competitors, the brightest minds in fashion shared their vision for the future of the industry and their hopes for what may come next. Here are some of the more memorable moments from the past week.

1. Marc Jacobs on the enduring power of creativity

“Creativity will never stop — it’s absolutely essential. Where would everyone be during this quarantine if they didn’t have books to read and movies to watch? I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t have something to get dressed up for every day. It’s just vital to me; it’s as essential as anything else… Being creative, and creativity, are absolutely essential. It will always live.”

2. Virgil Abloh, CEO of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, on opportunity and collaboration

“This time period is a pause to rethink and re-analyse what fashion means […] We make dreams and we sell them […] This is our calling to make the industry transform into what it can be for the people […] We need to show our resilience, this is the time to prove our industry is a valuable one […] If our industry is truly going to move forward and really exercise itself not as a vain profession but as a humanitarian profession… We should have a formalised coalition.”

3. Natacha Ramsay-Levi, creative director at Chloé, on the frequency of fashion shows

“I think we all agree that we value a fashion show. It’s a moment where you can gather the community; it’s a moment where there is human sensitivity… We can’t waste materials, because we pollute so much, but we can’t waste creativity [either].”

4. Stella McCartney on nature’s resilience

“We’ve seen, in such a short period of time, how incredible nature is, how she bounces back so quickly, when we just stop for a second. I think that’s so hopeful […] We can come out of this moment as a fashion industry and go, ‘You know what, we can do so much better, we can do so much more with all this waste, we can consume completely differently’… [This is] an absolute reset button moment in the history of Earth as we know it.”

5. Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, on reimagining the digital fashion show

“There is something that we can give to you guys in the audience that is different than just a normal runway… I see digital [fashion shows] as an experience where you can push your dreams to the next level.”

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