Global Committee of Experts

Akiko Shinoda

Born 1970 in Japan. Lived in Takarazuka, in Hyogo. Graduated from Osaka University for Foreign Language. Major was Italian Language. Joined Itochu Corporation soon after University. Posted Osaka Head Office, Brand Marketing Division. Worked for Many European Brands for Japanese market, like ‘’renoma,’’ ‘’Richard Ginori,’’ ‘’Roberto Cavalli,’’ ‘’Essential,’’ etc. Temporarily transferred to Itochu Fashion System co. Experienced to be a Marketing Consultant. In 2008 METI (Economic Ministry of Japanese Government) had appointed Mrs. Shinoda to be a Director International Affairs for Japan Fashion Week Organization. Japan Fashion Week Organization’s mission is to develop Japanese Fashion Industry. JFWO holds Tokyo Fashion Week, and biggest textile exhibition. 

Catherine Bennett

Catherine Bennett joined IMG in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, overseeing IMG’s global portfolio of fashion events and initiatives. In this role, Ms. Bennett manages 32 events a year, including fashion weeks in New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Toronto, Miami and Sydney; driving business relationships among designers, partners and the industry. Ms. Bennett joined IMG from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the leading not-for-profit trade association responsible for representing America’s foremost fashion designers, where she served as the Head of Business Affairs. During her four years at the CFDA, she was involved in all operations relating to the 400 members of America's apparel and accessories designers. She was responsible for identifying, negotiating and securing new revenue platforms and developing business opportunities for all CFDA programs. 

Clara Mercer

As Head of Communications at the British Fashion Council, Clara Mercer has played a vital role in positioning London as a fashion capital. Clara is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of the annual marketing campaigns and PR activity for the BFC’s events and initiatives such as London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards. This includes all online initiatives, creative direction, brand management, communication to multiple audiences and social media. Clara joined the British Fashion Council in 2006 as Marketing Assistant and became head of the department in 2012. As Head of Marketing she launched a number of new initiatives for the BFC. Clara has overseen the inaugural London Collections Men, the three-day celebration of British menswear; launched the BFC’s first Digital Strategy, encouraging designers to develop their online presence through social media, live-streaming and e-commerce; and managed key projects such as the Olympic Celebrations for Fashion 2012 and Britain Creates, which encouraged collaboration between the creative industries in the UK. 


DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-commerce, technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL has been a committed partner to the fashion industry for many decades, and is proud to support this fast moving global business that relies on flexible and intelligent global logistics solutions throughout the supply chain – from the global sourcing of materials, international transportation to distribution centres and warehouses, to local delivery to stores and customers.

Henry Holland

After graduating from the London College of Printing with a BA Journalism, Henry Holland was catapulted into the fashion limelight in 2006 with his irreverent 'Fashion Groupies' slogan tees featuring catchphrases such as "UHU GARETH PUGH" and "GET YOUR FREAK ON GILES DEACON". In February 2008, after 2 seasons showing with Fashion East, House of Holland held its first solo show on the London Fashion Week schedule to critical acclaim. Now the brand House of Holland is firmly establshed in the international fashion arena. Henry designs with a London girl aesthetic in mind and is continually inspired by the variety of attitudes, cultures and mindsets that exists throughout the UK capital. The House of Holland girl is cool, confident and savvy and wears labels without letting them wear her. 


Hilldun Corporation, a privately owned factoring and finance company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, will make advances to its clients against purchase orders and invoices that are generated to their customers (typically from retailers) globally. Although Hilldun is active in all areas of the market, Hilldun typically works with high-end designers. As a result, Hilldun works with many designers who are selling to the same store base. Having multiple, prominent designers who are sought after by these stores is important to both Hilldun and their clients because this gives them enormous strength in collecting from these stores globally. A store can live without any one designer. But in Hilldun's case, representing 60-70% of the supply of the store means that these stores must pay Hilldun.  

Lizza Monet Morales

Lizza Monet Morales has made a name for herself as one of the top 10 International multi-platform bilingual journalist and social media influencer as designated by The White House in 2014.  This proud Latina, is a native Angeleno, who calls Los Angeles and New York home. Picking up her first copy of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter at the age of 8, Lizza immediately fell in love with the entertainment industry and the rest as they say is history. Lizza has been on-air for Access Hollywood, Telemundo, EXTRA, Univision, Celebrity Justice, The Insider and The TV-Guide Channel among others. In addition, she has reported for Us Weekly, People Magazine and was a featured columnist in Item Magazine. She has been featured on CNN, NPR and was Moda & Estilo Magazine’s cover girl for their 2013 holiday issue.  You can also find her online reporting on the crazy adventures of her daily life on her Periscope channel under @xoxolizza and her blog,

Nicole Miller

Known for her signature graphic prints and innovative silhouettes, Nicole Miller is an iconic American designer with a modern, ageless aesthetic. With a degree in fine arts from The Rhode Island School of Design and a degree from L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, Nicole Miller combines her art traninig with couture technique. This, along with her Frech heritage, has given her a unique style and vision. In 2012, Nicole Miller expanded her brand from evening wear and bridal into the contemporary world with Artelier Nicole Miller: a collection designed for the versatile woman, encompassing classic pieces with a modern influence. Artelier is a natural evolution of Nicole's talent by fusing the two major influences in her creative process: her love of art and her iconic atelier in the NYF Fashion District where she continues to design today. 

Sara Maino

Sara Maino’s first experience in fashion began in the early 90’s while working at the newly opened Corso Como 10 boutique in Milan before joining “Vogue Italia” as an intern in 1994. She is now senior editor of Vogue Italia  and the mind and the heart of Vogue Talents, project born in 2009 in support of emerging designers. Far from being a simple editorial project that comes out twice a year enclosed to Vogue Italia, Vogue Talents is a network that scouts and supports the best talents in womenswear, menswear, accessories and fashion photography through the section of Vogue Talents, part of Vogue Talents is a platform that creates connections between designers and the fashion industry, supporting the growth of opportunities and new collaborations. A regular attendee at global talent spotting shows she has served as a judge in several fashion competitions, including the International Talent Support competition, the Designer’s Nest Show & Award, the H&M Award, the Berlin Fashion Film Award, the Scottish Fashion Awards, among others. 

Committee of experts

To Be Announced Shortly


Designer Entry

DHL Exported applications will open on Monday, February 17th


Designer Entry

DHL Exported applications will open on Monday, February 17th


About The Program

DHL Exported, created by IMG in collaboration with DHL, is an unprecedented program that combines the global marketing platform of the most impactful fashion week events with DHL’s unsurpassed logistics capabilities. The program enables designers to grow their businesses internationally while streamlining their internal logistics. DHL Exported is for fashion designers established in their local market looking to further expand their brand across international borders. 

Designers from all over the world are invited to submit applications to expand their businesses to one of four key retail markets with an export development strategy that includes shipping and logistics assistance, marketing and public relations support, along with an enhanced social and digital platform.

In addition, DHL Exported provides venue and production costs for designers to debut their collections on-schedule for two consecutive seasons at one of the following trade events: New York Fashion Week: The Shows, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week or Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO. DHL Exported underwrite various costs of producing the designers’ show/presentation and provide a model package and full show production team.  DHL also deliver the final collection to New York, London, Milan or Tokyo for two seasons.

The DHL Exported Program is supported by the British Fashion Council, Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana, and Japan Fashion Week Organization. Winning designers are chosen by a global committee of experts based on their demonstrated ability to benefit from the DHL Exported program. 


Sign Up

DHL Exported Designer Agreement and Release Form

APPLICANT agrees that:

A. The applicant above (“Applicant”) of the DHL Exported Program (“DHL Exported Program”) grants to IMG Fashion Division of IMG Worldwide, Inc. and Deutsche Post AG (“DHL”) and their licensees and designees (collectively, the “Released Parties”) the right to use the application, including all submissions made by Applicant in any manner or media, in connection with the DHL Exported Program.

B. If chosen to participate in any DHL Exported Program Finalists Event, Winner Press Event and/or DHL Exported Runway Show/Presentation, Applicant agrees to:  (1) not to distribute any press materials, social media or other public messages regarding his or her participation in the DHL Exported Program without the prior written approval of IMG Fashion Division of IMG Worldwide, Inc.; (2) not to grant to, or cooperate with, any other designer support programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy or Japan for a period of twelve (12) months after the DHL Exported Show/Presentation without the prior written approval of IMG Fashion Division of IMG Worldwide, Inc.

C. If chosen to present a runway collection in a foreign market, Applicant agrees to:  (1) provide proof that Applicant will have a minimum of 20 looks ready for each DHL Exported Runway Show/Presentation, a valid passport and/or visa at least one month prior to both Show/Presentation dates, or an alternate winner will be chosen; and (2) participate in a minimum of 10 press interviews referencing Applicant’s inclusion and participation in the Program during the Program year and up to six months after; promote the Program in press releases and social media efforts by Applicant’s public relations team; attend in person all official DHL Exported Program events in the city in which Applicant’s Shows/Presentations are held; and attend one Winner Press Event in the city of the DHL Exported Runway Show/Presentation. (travel and accommodations for the Applicant will be provided and booked by IMG to include one (1) roundtrip economy airline ticket and one (1) hotel room for two (2) nights for the Applicant to attend the Winner Press Event, and one (1) roundtrip economy airline ticket and one (1) hotel room for the Applicant for a maximum of five (5) nights for each DHL Exported Runway/Show Presentation. Also includes round trip transportation between airport and hotel for Winner Press Event and Runway/Show Presentations).

D. Applicant grants to the Released Parties, as well as their successors and assigns, the right to use images and recordings of the Applicant, his/her personal attributes and his or her designs in connection with the DHL Exported Program and the Released Parties, particularly the right to use them in reports, documentation, press, promotion, at fashion weeks, and in advertising related to the Program in a commercial and non-commercial manner.

E. If chosen to present a runway collection in a foreign market, Applicant agrees to participate in a to be determined e-commerce initiative on