Winnie Harlow and Ferdinando Verderi lead line up of fashion gurus redefining the business

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is excited to welcome leading designers, models, business giants and photographers shaping the world of fashion.
Our programme now features speakers from the intersecting fields of design, fashion and beauty. From catwalk culture to high-end streetwear, and fast fashion on the high street, these speakers are renowned for turning creativity into success.

Winnie Harlow, the world-renowned Super Model, has appeared on the covers of ELLE, Glamour, Marie Claire and L’Officiel to name just a few, while music fans might remember her from Beyonce’s award-winning Lemonade film. Passionate about body positivity, the Toronto native is coming to Cannes Lions to explore what inclusivity truly looks like for Gen Z. 

Ferdinando Verderi, Creative Director for Johannes Leonardo, has redefined what creative marketing for fashion, lifestyle and luxury industries looks like through his award-winning work for Chanel, Alexander Wang and adidas Originals. 

Museum Curator and Author Elizabeth Semmelhack works at the intersections of fashion, economics, and gender. She has written extensively on Dior, the rise of sneaker culture and the 'Curious History of Men in Heels'.

A fashion icon in her own right, the Canadian-South African model and dietitian Maye Musk has been in the industry for 50 years and has appeared on the covers of magazines including Time.

Robert Triefus is one of the luxury fashion industry’s most seasoned executives. He was appointed Executive Vice President, Brand and Customer Engagement of Gucci in February 2018 after strong stints at Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani.

With a career that spans more than a quarter of a century, Reed Krakoff, the Chief Artistic Officer for Tiffany & Co, leads the brand’s artistic vision with respect to design, stores, eCommerce, marketing and advertising.

After a quarter of a century redefining style at J Crew, Jenna Lyons is an unstoppable Style Icon. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1990, she’s gone onto conquer the entertainment world by making lifestyle content with mainstream appeal. 

Hear global speakers from agencies, brands and the wider creative community tell their stories and share their ideas at Cannes Lions from 17 – 21 June 2019. The full Festival programme is now live at and includes sessions exploring themes around brand purpose, consumer experience, trust, storytelling and the value of creativity.