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Anna Sui talks about her thought processes as a child and teenager wanting to be a fashion designer.
Stephen Mitchell, author of The Second Book of the Tao, discusses his unique approach to translating Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching.
He explains previous translations were done by "linguists and scholars and theologians," whereas he approached the work after years practicing and studying Buddhism.
Retail and consumer consultant Robert Burke says the high fashion industry can learn from Target and Isaac Mizrahi's partnership.
Leslie Hoffman explains that while sustainable fashion is "good for you," it should not be "dull."
However, she cautions that many designers are creating faux "green" fashions, which dilute the impact of the movement.
Fashion historian Farid Chenoune uses the fairytale as a metaphor to explain the social, political, and sexual taboos of gender roles in Yves Saint Laurent's work.
Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer discusses the similarities and differences between Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour, and Meryl Streep's character Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada.
"Almost everything about it isn't true," she says of the office drama portrayed in the film.
Author Annette Gordon-Reed discusses the social implications of Michelle Obama's status as an accomplished woman and fashion icon.
She explains that while the First Lady's fashion style may be viewed as a trivial issue, it actually challenges notions of "black femaleness."
Mary Ping, designer of Slow and Steady Wins the Race, argues that modern fashions are derived from cheap knock-offs of previous styles.
In response, she suggests designers insist on making high-quality products, rather than churning out cheap trendy clothing.
Professor Bronwyn Winter analyzes the hijab ban in France, weighing freedom of choice against sexual and class politics.
"I can't see anywhere in the Koran where it says...all women must wear a hijab," says Winter.
Hamish Bowles argues that Yves Saint Laurent created a "daring, modern" silhouette in the 1970s from 1940s themes.
Bowles believes this modern look signaled the "death knell for '60s futurism."
Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and artistic director for Chanel, looks at how new world tastes and "new money" are reviving couture and high-end fashion.
Kenneth Cole, CEO of Kenneth Cole, recalls how he got involved in amfAR and AIDS charities in order to turn his business into something more socially meaningful.
Kevin Carrigan, Global Creative Director at Calvin Klein, shares how the brand is inspired by icons from the designer's archive to modern-day Hollywood.
Kent Kilroe, Managing Director at Freeman's Sporting Club, and Maurizio Donadi, Founder/Chief Creative Officer at Conduit Creative Office, discuss how the manufacturing mindset in the U.S. produces fashion that's made to last.
Fashion designer Thom Browne explains why he returned to the timeless gray flannel suit for a show in Florence.
Designers Charline De Luca and Isa Tapia describes how rookie designers must use their instincts and stay hungry to get out ahead in the fashion industry.
Executive vice president of Shanghai Jahwa United Co. Ltd. Hua Fang shows how microblogging tools like Weibo - the equivalent of Twitter in China - are helping to globalize brands.
Vice President for Rive Gauche Corinne Jacques breaks down the demographics of who shops at Tsvetnoy in Moscow, from millennials to fashionistas, and what they really want to say with their style.