GUEST MENTORS & JUDGES FOR THE SPRING 2020 DESIGNER COHORT

GUEST MENTORS

BRITTANY ALLEN

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Brittany Allen grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and strives for perfection and excellence in her unique designs. After receiving her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas and her MFA from SCAD, she moved to Austin, Texas, where she is currently an adjunct professor of fashion courses at a local university. She works on her brand full time, and is simultaneously in the final stages of her PhD in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at Iowa State. Brittany’s designs mix powerful shapes with feminine prints, and she incorporates French seams throughout every garment to add couture refinement, and emphasize her formal training and techniques. Brittany’s goal as a designer is to bring fun and excitement back into the fashion industry, and her designs are meant to make women feel more empowered and beautiful. She describes her brand as if Dolly Parton and Betsey Johnson had a baby who was then raised by Anna Wintour. Her designs have been showcased at Austin Fashion Week 2017-2019, 2017 Houston Fashion Week, and September 2019 Style Fashion Week, along with WWD and Footwear News.

GABRIELLE KORN

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Gabrielle Korn is an award-winning editor and journalist. She has worked in digital media since 2011, after graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a BA in queer and feminist theory, and writing. She’s best known for her work at Nylon Media, where she served as Editor in Chief from 2017 to 2019, and rebranded the publication to reflect progressive values, prioritizing LGBTQ inclusivity, racial diversity, and body positivity. She’s currently the Director of Fashion and Culture at Refinery29. Her debut memoir, Everybody (ELSE) Is Perfect, comes out June 2020 from Atria. Born in Rhode Island, she moved to New York in 2000 and never left. She now lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and two rescue dogs.

KERIN ROSE GOLD

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Kerin Rose Gold has been pushing boundaries since 2009 with her luxury artisanal eyewear line A-Morir. As seen on the world’s biggest pop stars and sold in high-end boutiques across the globe, A-Morir sets itself apart with rebellious designs and impeccable, hand-crafted execution. Yet this trendsetting brand is just one outlet for Kerin’s irreverent and unique spirit. An upstart creator since childhood, this native New Yorker graduated with honors from NYU with a degree in Pop Culture History, linking her loves of art, music, and costuming while delving deep into the French existentialist concept of the “spectacle.” Kerin continues to connect far-flung creative dots in her adult career, whether designing the first women’s sneaker for SUPRA, starring in ad campaigns for Sebastian Professional (as their Visionary Brand Ambassador, leading to a glasses collaboration distributed in hundreds of salons around the world), writing a bi-monthly column for Nylon, or representing the US as Vogue Italia’s New Talent and Emerging Designer. Becoming an eyewear icon was never part of the plan for this multi-faceted artist, but it fits: no one sees the world quite like her.


GUEST JUDGES

DEANAH BAKER

Deanah is an apparel retail veteran with over 25 years at Walmart. She began her career as an Associate Buyer and progressed through the buying ranks within apparel until being promoted to Vice President in Women’s apparel in 2004. In 2014, Deanah was promoted to SVP/GMM of Women’s, Intimates and Jewelry/Accessories and in 2017, was chosen to lead all of Walmart Apparel.

Deanah and her team are focused on meeting the needs of all customers, whether it’s in basic apparel or fashion, while also economically moving the needle on sustainability. Their tenacity about product elevation and value make trend relevant style attainable at everyday low prices.

Deanah is passionate about her community and has been serving on the board of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter for 5 years. She believes that assisting domestic violence survivors to create their new path, not only changes their lives but also strengthens our community and the next generation.

Deanah has been married to her husband, Tim, for 29 years and they have 3 children, Justin, Rachel and Evan. They enjoy attending University of Arkansas football games, trips to New York, time spent with family and friends and spoiling their French Bulldog, Lulu.

DENISE INCANDELA

Denise Incandela is a visionary retail executive, and an experienced public company board director, who has delivered growth and transformation for brands and luxury and mass retailers for over 20 years. Denise is an expert in P&L leadership, retail and digital, merchandising, marketing and brand building, and has a proven track record of exceeding revenue and profit targets, positioning businesses as market-leading performers, and achieving award-winning results.

Currently, Denise is the SVP and Group General Manager of Fashion for Walmart ecommerce. In this role, she is responsible for transforming fashion across Walmart’s U.S. ecommerce businesses including Walmart.comJet.comShoes.comBareNecessities.com, and Eloquii. This has entailed overhauling the fashion shopping experience, materially expanding the product assortment, driving key strategic retail partnerships and acquisitions, and building and launching exclusive, elevated brands such as EV1 by Ellen DeGeneres, Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara, and Scoop.

Before joining Walmart, Denise was President of Global Digital for the Ralph Lauren Corporation. At Ralph Lauren, Denise led the transformation of Ralph Lauren’s digital and analytical and insight capabilities, including the overhaul of its global ecommerce business, and the creation of global digital centers of excellence.

Previously, Denise was EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue where she oversaw Marketing, as well as Saks Fifth Avenue’s award winning saks.com and saksoff5th.com business. Denise joined Saks Fifth Avenue in 1999 to launch Saks.com and built the online business from the ground up to be a $1 billion + destination for online high-end fashion. As a member of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Executive Committee, Denise played an integral role in the development of the company’s growth strategies and overall brand positioning.

Prior to Saks Fifth Avenue, Denise worked at McKinsey & Company, where she was a leader of their Retail practice.

Denise is on the Board of Directors of the NYC Animal Care Centers and the Industry Advisory Board for The Wharton School’s Baker Retailing Center. She was on the Board of Directors of CST Brands, Inc.- a $12B public retailer of motor fuel and convenience merchandise services in North America- from 2013-2017 prior to selling the company in 2017.

Honors include Glossy “50 List”, Glamour “Women of the Year”, Brand Innovator’s “Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing”, Direct Marketing News’ “Marketing Hall of Femme”, Luxury Daily’s “Luxury Women to Watch”, and Retail Online Integration’s “Top Women in Cross-Channel Retail”. Featured in a number of leadership books including “How Remarkable Women Lead” and “The Next Generation of Women Leaders”. 

JAYNE HARKNESS

Jayne Harkness has been a fashion industry leader for the past 25 years, starting her career at Barneys as the Divisional Merchandise Manager and the founder of the CO-OP. Jayne was one of the first visionaries who explored and discovered many of the new emerging designers. Throughout her career, Jayne held various key positions at luxury fashion houses including SVP at Calvin Klein, President of Wholesale at Coach and Louis Feraud and President of Couture at Isaac Mizrahi.

Since 2011, Jayne has acted as a strategic partner to emerging and established brands through her consulting business, J.H.G & Partners. Her clients have included: Adeam, Sally La Pointe, Araks, Norisol Ferrari, Starbucks and Baha Mar and Rosewood Hotel Retail Bahamas. In 2014, Jayne helped start the first luxury fashion fitness wear specialty store, BANDIER, as a founding member and currently consults as C.C.O.

Jayne is not only an executive, but also a mentor. As a CFDA business mentor for the fashion incubator, a Lead Advisor for CFDA NYU Stern MBA program and a NYCEDC Mentor for the fashion innovators & fashion fellows program. Jayne is also a member of the Luxury Council at NYU Stern.

Denise received an M.B.A. from the Wharton Business School and a B.S. from Boston College.