It's not every day you get to sit down with the CEO of a luxury company, much less five! Talking to the CEO of Graff, the president of LVMH perfume and cosmetics North America, the president of fashion at Chanel, CEO of Hermes, president of Ferragamo AND the CEO of Lalique at a round table breakfast hosted by Gotham magazine was one of the highlights of my career. Below is their take on the future of social commerce and digital marketing 2.0.
True story: In 2009, I took a trip to St. Lucia. I was writing a piece about how Amy Winehouse had a major impact (in a good way) on the tiny island's economy. For 72 hours, I was with Amy as she took the stage at St. Lucia Jazz Fest, went swimming in the ocean and hiked up a mountain to see a litter of new born puppies. She was tortured, but beautiful. Sad, but made us all laugh. Dark in some ways, but her presence brought light. This random editoral in OK! Magazine where I was pit against Mitch Winehouse has deeper meaning for me. My quote spoke from experience of hanging with one of the greatest artists of our time... and I still love that runway look from that Jean Paul Gaultier collection.
"I think maybe in the 80s and 90s, being a model was really glamourous and sophisticated and interesting and now when you tell people you are a model, it's almost like 'uch.' Ms. Prabhakar said. There is no great association to it. But when you tell someone you are an ambassador, I mean, you think of an ambassador to a country, they're actuall official, they're doing things." - Hitha Prabhakar
When Vogue India calls to put you in the pages of their magazine, you answer and say yes to whatever they want to do. For their annual "Most Stylish Indian Women in the World," Phil Oh and I headed to the west side of Manhattan to walk and talk in the rain. Nothing staged or over dramatic, just a quick walk to my office with one of the best photographers in the country!