In our era of social upheaval, how can the traditional fashion magazine evolve and respond to movements like Black Lives Matter, social media influencers, eco consciousness and more. What strategies can magazines adopt to stay relevant and future-proof their legacies, in print or pixels? And, finally, what fashion trends will we see post-pandemic?
Join Samira Nasr, BA 93, in conversation with TV and radio host, Isabelle Racicot, BA 95 as they discuss the ongoing trends in the ever competitive fashion industry.
Samira is the first black editor to lead Harper’s BAZAAR, the oldest continuously published fashion magazine in America. This is a huge milestone in an industry where there is little, if any, diversity at the highest levels. Her first full issues have touched on legacy, impact, representation and inspiration and we are proud to be able to have her expand on those themes with us and for our audience.
Samira Nasr, BA 93
Editor-in-Chief, Harper's BAZAAR
Samira Nasr was named editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR in July 2020, overseeing content strategy and development across the brand’s print and digital platforms.
This role serves as a homecoming to Hearst Magazines as she was the fashion director at ELLE from January 2013 to May 2018, and before that served as style director for InStyle. In addition to working with top fashion magazines in publishing, she has also styled campaigns for fashion and beauty brands, including Laura Mercier, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, Clarins and more.
Nasr began her career in fashion working as an assistant to Grace Coddington, former creative director of Vogue, after earning a graduate degree in Journalism at New York University.
She is currently a member of CFDA’s Black advisory board, which is responsible for all of the organization’s efforts on inclusivity, diversity and equality. Born in Montreal, Canada, Nasr currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her son.
Isabelle Racicot, BA 95
Host, TV producer and business woman
For the past 20 years, Isabelle Racicot has distinguished herself as a beloved broadcaster on Canadian television and radio. Armed with only her microphone and her wit, perfectly bilingual Isabelle has interviewed the biggest stars attending ceremonies, from the Oscars to the Cannes Film Festival and just about every other red carpet in between.
Driven by a passion for fashion, Isabelle launched the stylish online store Picoum.com in 2015 and has been curating it ever since. The lifestyle inspiration Web platform puts forward her handpicked favourite items created by Canadian designers and businesses. Picoum has become a go-to site for Isabelle’s target audience: women ages 25 to 54.