Black Fashion Talks

Thursday 17th October

12pm – 4pm

Dive into the world of fashion and entrepreneurship at Black Fashion Talks, taking place from 12pm to 4pm during UK Black Business Week 2024. Join influential voices in the fashion industry for dynamic discussions, valuable insights, and a celebration of Black excellence in style. From trends to business strategies, this event offers a platform to connect, learn, and be inspired by the creativity and innovation in Black fashion.


Emile Vidal Carr

Creativity comes as second nature to Sierra Leonean born Emile Vidal Carr. His attention to detail in celebrating the female form through his designs has allowed him to explore and strengthen his capabilities. He has worked in the technical room for Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, Ralph & Russo, Kanye West plus many more.

Starting out at 18 years old, after graduating from the London College of Fashion, Emile designed a range that was stocked by market leaders Topshop, ASOS, and Allders, and in 2008, had the opportunity to showcase a collection as part of New York Fashion Week. Fast forward to decades, and he has become one of London’s most sought-after designers. His brand is one of a few UK labels that set up and own their factory in south London.

Patrick Adjaye

Creative Director for DCN, Founder & Editor in Chief at Dresscodenation

Patrick, the Creative Director at the renowned clothing brand DCN and Editor-in-Chief of the influential publication DressCodeNation, is a dynamic force in the world of fashion. With a flair for innovation and a keen eye for style, he spearheads the creation of cutting-edge fashion trends, establishing himself as a true trendsetter.

As a multifaceted leader, Patrick bridges the gap between fashion and niche audiences, effortlessly connecting with those who appreciate unique and authentic style. His expertise extends beyond fashion, as he excels in forging strategic connections between brands and talent, orchestrating impactful campaigns, and developing innovative marketing strategies. Patrick’s visionary approach seamlessly links brands with cultural tastemakers, creating a dynamic synergy that sets trends and drives fashion-forward conversations.

Kathryn Burn

Television personality, inspiring entrepreneur, and influential content creator

Kathryn Burn is a television personality, inspiring entrepreneur, and influential content creator who rose to fame as a firm fan-favourite after cementing her place in the final of BBC1’s The Apprentice, series 16.

Kathryn, who hails from Swindon, may not have walked away from The Apprentice final with Lord Sugar’s investment, but she did walk away with both respect and the backing of the fans, amassing the biggest social following from the series and a host of presenting offers and brand collaborations.

Since the series ended, Kathryn has relaunched her textile business, Pyjamily, with her latest pyjama collection, as seen on the show, selling out almost instantly. She is now a regular studio guest on C4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, discussing a range of topics – from mortgages and finance to fashion. She has also made countless appearances on media outlets across the nation, including a weekly stint on BBC Network radio, airing her thoughts after each weeks’ new Apprentice episodes.

Mercedes Benson

British Nigerian influencer, creative entrepreneur, and international DJ

Mercedes Benson is a British Nigerian influencer, creative entrepreneur, and international DJ, renowned for her electrifying performances and vibrant personality. With a passion for music and her drive for social change, she has made waves in both the entertainment and advocacy worlds. As the founder of SocialFIXT, Mercedes merges her love for the creative industry with her commitment to see social impact within the workplace for Black and Brown talent, curating events that not only entertain but also uplift. Through her DJ career and SocialFixt, she continues to inspire others to follow their unique creative paths and eventually Get paid to be themselves.

Daniel Peters

Founder of Fashion Minority Report & Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion

Launched in July 2020 by brand and marketing specialist, Daniel Peters, The (Fashion) Minority Report exists to create equality within the fashion industry and creative sector for diverse professionals, by advancing the conversation around inclusion and diversity to a point of measurable change. We connect with a broad reach of clients to help them create Inclusive Workplace Cultures, by developing strategies and delivering solutions unique to their businesses that foster a more inclusive community which supports existing talent.

A key element of our strategy is to provide a funnel to integrate underrepresented professional talent into these companies, in turn bolstering the sector as a whole and making it more diverse. Peters, a Peckham native, also sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee at the British Fashion Council, and the Fashion Retail Academy, helping to bring about systemic change relating to inclusion and diversity in the sector.

ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Event Sponsor

Ralph Lauren