SCAD Style consistently brings to town some of the biggest names in fashion, design, architecture and of course, style, and this year proves no different.
With 23 guests making an appearance at three of the Savannah College of Art and Design's campuses, students and community members are in for a style extravaganza.
The four-day event is free and open to the public, and the Savannah itinerary boasts the names of some of the biggest leaders in fashion and design.
According to Molly Rowe, director of creative initiatives at SCAD, this year's event has a strong jewelry element.
"Eddie Borgo and Danielle and Jodi Snyder are all jewelry designers that cross into the fashion industry," Rowe said. "They are also mobilizing digital platforms to create their brands."
Borgo's collection is available at more than 100 luxury stores worldwide and his style is described as part punk, part sleek and part architectural. He will shares his aesthetic and design ideas at a panel discussion with Kate Lanphear, style editor of T: the New York Times Style Magazine, at 2:30 p.m. April 14 at SCAD Museum of Art.
Jewelry designers and founders of DANNIJO, the Snyder sisters from Jacksonville, will present a design and digital media panel at 10:30 a.m. April 16 at SCAD Museum of Art. The design duo has an extensive celebrity following, counting Natalie Portman, BeyoncÃ©, Blake Lively, Oprah and Rihanna among their fans.
Another jewelry-centric event on the Savannah schedule includes a SCAD Jewelry Trunk Show that will feature works by SCAD junior and senior jewelry students.
According to Rowe, "Some pieces are for exhibition and other pieces are for sale."
Some of the students will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the pieces.
"We'll have 30-35 artists represented in the show," Rowe added.
The trunk show will take place from noon-8 p.m. April 17 on the second floor landing of the SCAD Museum of Art.
SCAD Style events are known for their ability to combine style genres into interesting panel discussions, and one of the most anticipated will be the fashion film panel with Sally Singer, digital creative director of Vogue, filmmaker Quentin Jones and independent filmmaker and photographer Cass Bird.
"Sally Singer's panel on fashion and film will discuss emerging market and brand identity," Rowe said. "They will discuss the way we see the luxury market movement and how they build their own audiences."
Rowe said this discussion should prove interesting for young artists at SCAD preparing to begin their own careers.
Another spotlight event will be famed fashion designer and creative director of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, and his conversation with Domenico De Sole, chairman of Tom Ford International at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Trustees Theater. The pair will discuss Wang's meteoric rise in the fashion and accessories industry and the challenge of remaining distinct and ahead of the curve in the increasingly crowded luxury industry.
De Sole knows all about the luxury industry from his years at Gucci, where he presided over the group's acquisitions of numerous luxury brands, including Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga.
De Sole also has the honor of being the first honorary chair for SCAD Style.
"I was flattered when asked," De Sole said. "I am a great admirer of SCAD. For being such a young university, I am impressed by their success in training young students to pursue their professional dreams and succeed."
De Sole said his discussion with Wang on April 15 should be beneficial to young designers wanting to break into the luxury industry.
"... It's not an easy business. There are a lot of young folks who think they can make it. However, the road to success is difficult and there are a lot of challenges along the way. Hopefully, this conversation will give a perspective to the students about the reality of the luxury industry."
When asked what qualities he looks for in a designer, De Sole said, "Creativity, creativity and creativity.
"A high taste level will also help," he added.
He also said his definition of true luxury "is a blend of creative design and superb craftsmanship. That's what makes it so special."
De Sole and his wife, Eleanore, are residents of nearby Hilton Head Island and according to Rowe, the pair have always been supportive of SCAD.
"He's the ideal person to be the honorary chair," Rowe said. "He has a long history in luxury and fashion and he is respected and revered by people in the business."
Rowe explained that De Sole's role as chair was to help curate the impressive guest list and reach out to all the guests.
But not all events at SCAD Style necessarily revolve around luxury.
Don Norman will present a lecture at 6 p.m. April 17 at the SCAD Museum of Art titled, "Why Rice Cookers are Exciting."
According to Rowe, this lecture will be very informative to anyone looking for design inspiration.
"Don Norman is a design thinker," Rowe said. "He looks at these objects that we may overlook every day and sees how they have created revolutions in how we live our daily lives."
And in case you've looked at the schedule of events for SCAD Style and were bummed to find one of your favorite speakers will be at the Atlanta or Hong Kong campus, then you'll be happy to learn many of the non-Savannah events will be recorded or live streamed at a lecture hall. For example, Rowe said acclaimed fashion designer Prabal Gurung's lecture will be live streamed and recorded events will be found at www.scad.edu/blog.
Rowed emphasized that all guests will tour classrooms and interact with the students by seeing their works and participating in critiques.
"That's one of the exceptional things about SCAD Style," she said. "The week serves as a bridge between the classroom and leaders of the industry."