On September 6th, 2018, Polimoda alumni Torsten Hochstetter, Creative Director of Puma, and Nicholas Kunz, Co-Founder of Nicolas K, took part in WWD Style Dimension in New York City, a fully-digitized NYFW content and activation playground, providing curated programming and brand tutorials with fashion and beauty notables, unparalleled editorial access and revolutionary technology experiences.
Every year, the NYFW Samsung experiential hub gathers top-notch designers and noteworthy industry figures for in-depth and thought-provoking discussions on hot topics in fashion, from personal branding to thorough breakdowns of renowned global fashion houses. This year, our Polimoda talents joined WWD Executive Editor Arthur Zaczkiewicz for a panel discussion titled How To Make It In Fashion, unwrapping their parallel fashion journeys from the classroom to the industry.
Nicholas Kunz has long pioneered conscious design, producing versatile, seasonless silhouettes that adhere to anti-trend mentalities. A corporate start with major brands – from DKNY to Coach, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo – afforded her a full-scale understanding of all consumer segments, leading to the ongoing success of her New York-based womenswear label. Likewise, Torsten Hochstetter has climbed the ranks of fashion, from his design start at s.Oliver to his 15-year tenure as Creative Director of Adidas. Now Global Creative Director of Puma, Hochstetter’s cross-cultural experiences have broadened his vision, contributing to his design method and deftness in directing the creative facets of a global brand.
Through its engaging panel discussions, WWD Style Dimension covered a variety of contemporary themes with top industry thinkers, including designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka, Aliza Licht, VP of Brand Marketing & Communications of Alice + Olivia, and Anna Bakst and Nicola Glass, respectively CEO and Creative Director of Kate Spade New York.
Photos by Patrick D. MacLeod.