The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world’s largest event on sustainable fashion. The Summit contained an eight-hour dense programme with a total of 52 speakers and panellists. Among these were Renzo Rosso from OTB Group, Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic of the New York Times, Suzy Menkes, Vogue international editor, Hannah Jones, CSO of Nike, Inc. and Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability of H&M.
At the summit speaker Shubhankar Ray, global brand director of G-Star, launched the Ocean Clean Wash charter in partnership with Plastic Soup Foundation, which focuses on reducing the ocean plastic pollution, especially micro plastic released into the ocean from washing clothes. The declaration was signed by Danish Fashion Institute, among others. Head of Couture Brigitte Stepputtis took at a panel discussion on making luxury more sustainable, and discussed the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative amongst others. Three days prior to the summit (9-11 May), 116 students gathered for a Youth Fashion Summit to work on how to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into the fashion industry, these ideas were presented at the summit and handed over to President of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, who promised to take them to the UN. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is a biennial non-profit event organised by Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of Nordic Fashion Association.