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The Best of VOICES 2021 with Tim Blanks: Day 2

Designer Harris Reed and author Mohsin Zaidi sit down with BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks to share their takeaways from the second day of BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers.
Mohsin Zaidi and Harris Reed in conversation with Tim Blanks.
Mohsin Zaidi and Harris Reed in conversation with Tim Blanks. (Getty Images)

Since BoF Voices took place a year ago, the world is a different place. As we look to the year ahead, the world — and the fashion industry — must examine how we can shape our new future, both personally and professionally, to reflect the profound changes we have experienced, and not just because of the havoc of Covid-19.

As this year’s VOICES wrapped up, BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks invited two of the event’s speakers, designer Harris Reed and author Mohsin Zaidi, to reflect on the insights and discourses shared on stage and off.

During their fireside chat with Blanks, both Reed and Zaidi spoke about how the programme pushed them to think about how fashion’s creative community is tackling subjects like gender fluidity and what it means for the industry. Zaidi, in particular, referenced Reed’s talk with Alok V Menon on degendering fashion.

“It challenged the way I thought about clothes,” said Zaidi. Questioning everyday notions was the theme of the day, he said. “There were so many examples of my thinking being challenged.”

“There are so many easy steps we can all take” to achieve that inclusive future, as the ideas and knowledge shared at VOICES showed,” he added.

Here are all the sessions from VOICES:

VOICES 2021: Live Your Best Life

VOICES 2021: The Future of Everything

VOICES 2021: Innovations Changing Fashion

VOICES 2021: The Fashion System’s Push to Evolve

VOICES 2021: Navigating Turmoil in the Wider World

VOICES 2021 is made possible in part through our partners McKinsey & Company, Shopify, Clearco, Klarna, Brandlive, Flannels, Snap, Getty Images, Soho House and The Invisible Collection.

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