Meet the top names in Beauty at the Condé Nast College Big Beauty Weekend

Jun 2, 2021

Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design is holding it’s first Big Beauty Weekend which will take place on the 12th and 13th June featuring a host of top names from the sector.  

The schedule for the online event has been put together in collaboration with the British Beauty Council Education Pillar and it’s packed with appearances by star experts and big brands. There will also be exclusive panel discussions where people who sign up can question some of the industry’s deepest thinkers as they give their views on the big issues facing the world of beauty like Sustainability and the Future of Beauty. Those taking part include:

  • Jayn Sterland, Weleda (UK) Managing Director and Global Spokesperson,
  • Sian Sutherland, Chief Changemaker at A Plastic Planet,
  • Phil Cumming, Global Head of Sustainability, Walgreens Boots Alliance – Global Brands,
  • Sharmadein  Reid, entrepreneur and founder of Beautystack and WAH Nails,
  • Jenni Middleton, Director of Beauty at WGSN,
  • Gareth James, Director of beauty performance marketing agency, Foundation,
  • Karen Worthington, Client Partner for Retail in the UK at Facebook.


Both British Beauty Council panels will be hosted by Pillar President, Education, Elizabeth Barnett Lawton, an academic in higher education and a former beauty journalist.


The College’s own Creative Director, Sara Hassan (formerly British Vogue and Sunday Times Style) will host the event alongside Course Leader for Digital Content Creation and multi-award-winning beauty journalist and  brand consultant, Sophie Cullen (Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Japan, Condé Nast Glamour, The Evening Standard,  Daily Mail, and many more).


It’s a must-attend event for anyone interested in the beauty industry, from seasoned professionals and experts  to those just starting out with a dream. No experience is necessary, just a passion for the world of beauty.


The Big Beauty Weekend will bring two days of skincare, hair and make-up demos and masterclasses. Among  the top names you’ll be able to meet will be giants of the business including Maria Hatzistefanis CEO of Rodial. Maria founded the ground-breaking skincare group in 1999 having identified a gap in the skincare  market launching hugely popular products like Dragon’s Blood and Snake Serum. She’ll share many of her  secrets as she explains how to create a beauty business empire.


There will be some real insights into the workings of a top beauty publication with Deborah Joseph, Editor-in Chief of Glamour, talking about her climb to the top of her industry and how she transformed it into one of the  most successful digital beauty brands there is. Her colleague, Chloe Lewis, Glamour’s Social Media Director,  will also be taking a session on the importance and methods of social in the world of publishing and how vital it  is for the maintenance of a brand’s voice. 


Alexia Inge, CEO of Cult Beauty says of herself, “I co-founded Cult Beauty as a prolific consumer of beauty  products who was frustrated with being oversold and manipulated by the negative sides of the beauty  industry.” Alexia will give her unique insights into the biggest beauty trends of 2021 from the perspective of the world’s biggest online beauty platform.


Anyone who’s ever struggled to create that perfect eyebrow will be thrilled to take part in the brow masterclass from Laurretta Power, National brow artist and Head of Artistry, Benefit Cosmetics UK & Ireland where they’ll  receive expert tips and advice and also a full run-down of the products they need to guarantee an on point arch every time.


Claire Luxton will talk about her experiences as a beauty photographer. Claire’s work has been exhibited around the world from London to Miami and Switzerland to Singapore and in numerous top publications including Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour and in successful collaborations with global brands like Adobe and  McQueens.


Oriele Frank, Chief Product and Sustainability Officer for Elemis will be on the panel discussing sustainability. She’s stated her own commitment to the cause saying, “I think the UK is going to start leading the change in attitudes towards the environment, and as a beauty brand in Britain we need to really be leaders  in the fight against climate change.” Oriele will be in conversation with Sophie Cullen.


Allure is the biggest beauty magazine in the world, and Editor-in-Chief Michelle Lee will be be interviewed by  Zoe Souter (British Vogue, Easy Living, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at Condé Nast College of Fashion &  Design. Find out how Michelle worked her way to the top of her trade, and discover why she’s passionate about diversity and digital and how she’s determined the beauty industry should discuss the inevitably of ageing  in more positive ways.


To find out more, and to buy your tickets, click here.

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