London College of Fashion hosts Success Talks

17th May 2017 6.30pm – 8pm 


London College of Fashion,

20 John Princes Street


London College of Fashion are proud to continue their partnership with Success Talks to host the fourth talk in the series.

Putting a fresh spin on traditional panel conversations, ‘London College of Fashion hosts Success Talks’ features industry experts delivering short talks on new and exciting topics.

Topics on the night will include:

  • Redefining beauty and starting a business from scratch
  • Finding what’s important to you and then acting on it
  • What it’s like to work at one of the most exciting, leading fashion magazines in the world
  • How authenticity plays a major role in brand story telling

In addition to hearing from our guest speakers, the evening will include a question and answer session and our ‘Student Spotlight’ feature which will give selected individuals the opportunity to take to the stage. The evening will end with a networking drinks session in the LCF Cafe space.

We are delighted to announce the following speakers for this very special evening:

Kenya Hunt Fashion Features Director at ELLE UK

Christine Mhando – Founder and Director of CHiCHiA London

London-based designer Christine Mhando graduated from Kent University. After her studies she worked for high-end designers, womenswear brands and suppliers for the high-street. With the knowledge she acquired, Tanzanian-born Mhando launched the label that bears her childhood nickname, Chichia.

The Chichia ready to wear range is an amalgamation of both continents and cultures from which the designer was born and raised. The label’s signature transpires from the artful application of the “Khanga”, a traditional east African cotton printed fabric used by local women as wraps.

The first Chichia collection was sold in London’s famous home of independent designers, Laden Showroom, quickly earning the label commercial success. Each collection consists of an eclectic range of dresses and separates, in modern wearable silhouettes and styles in a variety of vibrant colours.

Chichia has gained a worldwide cult following on the online blog circuit as well as extensive press attention in publications such as Grazia, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Vogue Italia. All have warranted Chichia a place on the London Fashion Week circuit showcasing at ‘International Fashion Showcase’, Swahili Fashion week, ARISE Magazine fashion week, and at Urban Outfitters BAZAAAAR in New York.

With Beyonce as a fan and a collaboration with ASOS, Chichia goes from strength to strength as an international African brand that modernises and transforms traditional East African textiles into stylish, contemporary and considered fashionable attire.

Jamelia Donaldson Founder and CEO of Treasure Tress

When 24-year old, London born Jamelia Donaldson told naturalistas across the UK, “The hunt is over”, she wasn’t joking. The founder and CEO of Treasure Tress has been able to draw on her personal experiences and knowledge to provide an impeccable hair care service which equips young girls and women across the UK with quality products and tools to care for their natural hair.

Before the age of 20 Jamelia had worked in both Beijing and New York. During this time, she worked for Coleman Entertainment Group, whose client list included the likes of Naomi Campbell, Vivica A Fox, Tyson Beckford and Tatiyana Ali. This was the beginning of her journey into the world of PR, Communications and Brand Development.

The birth of Jamelia’s niece inspired her clear desire to educate young girls and women with knowledge on their natural hair: Treasure Tress was born! Jamelia’s exit from the corporate world wasn’t instant, but her purpose gave her the courage to forge a new path for herself whilst taking UK naturals along with her. With Treasure Tress already making its mark on UK naturals and celebrities, Jamelia remains confident that the brand will be key in not only a fresh awareness of home-grown British brands, but a mind shift of our God-given tresses and realisation that taking care of natural hair can be easy after all.

Daniel Acheampong – TALK 2 DAN

Daniel Acheampong studied Film and Media Studies at Stanmore College. He produced and directed a short film called ‘Mad World,’ which explored the life of a boy running away from his alcoholic father. For this he was awarded Best Short Film.

Dan studied Broadcast Journalism at Bedfordshire University. For his final year dissertation, he directed a documentary on ‘Is Fast Food killing Britain’s Youth?” Dan is currently in the process of creating a spin off sequel to this documentary which focuses on ‘Can we eat healthier for less?’

Dan has worked at Channel 4, ITV and Fountain Studios, to name just a few, working alongside the likes of Paddy McGuinness, Thierry Henry, Jamie Redknapp and Davina McCall. In 2015, he landed a job at Sky as a Creative Assistant.

This year, Dan started an initiative called TALK 2 DAN which helps young people aged 16-25 break into media through motivational events. His aim is to give young people advice, tips and for them to gain essential key skills in obtaining opportunities within the media industry. Dan’s aim as motivational speaker/documentary filmmaker is to encourage people to understand that if it is important to you, you will find a way and not an excuse. Dan strongly believes that believing in yourself is the most important thing you can do, in order to excel.

Please note that doors open at 6.10pm and the event will begin at 6.30pm.

*Exact timings are subject to change

Please note that pictures and video will be taken for promotional/educational use.

By registering for this event, you agree for your details to be shared with both London College of Fashion, UAL and Success Talks Ltd.

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