Faculty & Guest Speakers

ELLE education is made up of professionals from the Fashion, Lifestyle, and Innovation sectors, as well as professors from prestigious and leading universities including Complutense University of Madrid and MIT in Boston.

Our programs offer a 360°vision of the areas in each course, combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience. 

We seek excellence in our classes, thus we want our students to live it through the quality, career, and dedication of our faculty. We create unique academic experiences for our students in the most complete manner. Get to know your future professors. 

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Jonathan Forster



Jonathan is an award-winning designer, educator and consultant and host of the Multi Story Thinking podcast. With over 25 years of experience, Jonathan has designed ground-breaking spaces for individual and blue-chip companies. 

As the Award Leader of the Interior Design course at the University of Plymouth,  Jonathan has been passing on his knowledge to the next generation of designers,  forging links between emerging talents and industry, while remaining at the forefront of design methodology research. 

Tash South



Tash South has worked in the design industries for over 20 years. Starting in advertising and graphic design in Cape Town, South Africa, she then branched out into interiors and renovation consultancy. She now lives in London, where she runs
South Place Studio.

The South Place Studio philosophy is to design beautiful, liveable, modern spaces with a highly functional base, which brings ease to their clients’ busy, daily lives.

Sissi Johnson


Sissi graduated from Polimoda and later pursued Yale Executive Education in Management. She is a certified Climate Change & Health Practitioner by the Yale School of Public Health.

For 10 years, Sissi has learned, unlearned, researched, and taught critical fashion studies, luxury, business, and innovation around the world at post-graduate level. Among others, she has lectured at Oxford University, NYU, FIT, and Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the Founder of SelfSells, a cultural consulting agency advising global brands including LVMH.

Simon Hamilton



Simon Hamilton gained his Interior Design B.A. (Hons) degree from Nottingham Trent University. During a career spanning 30 years, Simon has specialized in design recruitment for leading agencies in London. He combined his interior design expertise, extensive professional knowledge and industry guidance to establish Design Career Consulting.

Simon is also a visiting tutor at a selection of London design schools such as Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London, Chelsea College of Art, London, Istituto Marangoni, London and The Interior Design School.

Charlie Jameson



Charlie Jameson works with international promoters, brands and venues, to book entertainment and produce live shows for festivals, club nights, brand launches, award shows, sporting events and corporate functions.

He has 13 years of experience in live show production and entertainment booking, and has recently worked with acts as diverse as Mick Fleetwood, Chaka Khan, Noel Gallagher, Steven Tyler, Tom Grennan, along with brands such as Heineken, Birra Moretti, Sky, Netflix, Facebook and Tinder.

Charlie Jameson
Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson


Originally from Yorkshire, Daniel became a menswear stylist through the dramatic transformation of his own image following the break-up of a long-term relationship. This very personal experience for him was where he began to learn the fundamentals of style through trial and error.

In the 11 years of being in business he has trained with bespoke tailors on Savile Row and luxury retailers on Bond Street, taught personal styling at some of London’s best fashion colleges, has made numerous TV appearances discussing menswear style trends.

Rossella Oppes


Rossella is Italian. She is a Certified Image Consultant graduated from the London Image Institute, the most important name in Image training. She has achieved top qualifications in Advanced Image Consulting, Personal Development and Advanced Colour Analysis.

With a profound passion for her job, she travels all over the world meeting with her clients located in different countries. Rossella is also a corporate trainer, and she works for internationally acclaimed luxury fashion and beauty brands.

Rossella Oppes
Francisco J. López Navarrete

Francisco J. López Navarrete

President at ELLE Education, CEO and founder


Since 2010, López Navarrete has directed ELLE’s Fashion and Luxury programs with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He studied Public Affairs and has completed graduate studies in Marketing. López Navarrete is also among the youngest graduates of the OPM at Harvard Business School.

López Navarrete, a luxury specialist and consultant, has taught strategy for the past 12 years across Spain, Latin America, and the US. He is the author of several books and articles on the fashion and luxury industry. His latest publication is on Fashion Branding.

Guest Speakers

Some of these industry leaders have shared their personal experience in their career in past editions of our courses, others you will see on your favorite course!

Tara Swennen


Tara Swennen is a Los Angeles-based fashion stylist. A graduate of the fashion design program at Cornell University, Swennen kickstarted her career by assisting two of the industry’s biggest names: Andrea Lieberman and Rachel Zoe. Her client list includes Kristen Stewart, Julie Bowen, Allison Janney, Lana Condor and Matthew Mcconaughey. 

She has worked on major campaigns with Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Neutrogena, E!, Target, and Netflix, and her work has appeared in Flaunt, InStyle, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Esquire UK, Maxim, and more. Tara was inducted into the Costume Designers Guild after collaborating on NBC’s primetime show Cane. 

Roger Graell

Roger Graell

Global E-Commerce Director


Graell is the Global E-commerce Director, and part of the executive committee, at Mango since 2010. Previously, Roger worked for 6 years at Redcats (ex-home shopping division of Kering Group) in different senior positions in marketing and operations, developing the business for brands like La Redoute, Vertbaudet and EmpireStores, across various European countries.

Roger Graell holds a diploma from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia on Mathematics and Statistics and a Management Development Program (PDD) at IESE Business School.

Gabriela Hearst


Born in Uruguay, she is a real woman, alluring and powerful, but there is much action in her life and these clothes are her uniform, her armor.

She launched in 2016 her Nina Bag which started as a limited edition series bag and now has an extensive waiting list.

Gabriela is the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for Womenswear and the 2018 recipient of the Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award.

Gabriela Hearst
Stuart Vevers

Stuart Vevers

Creative Director


Born in South Yorkshire, England, Stuart Vevers moved to London at the age of 18 to study Fashion Design at the University of Westminster.

After graduating in Womenswear in 1996, Vevers started his career at Calvin Klein in New York, and then moved on to successful roles at Bottega Veneta, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton.

Stuart Vevers joined Coach as Executive Creative Director in September 2013 to lead all creative aspects of the Coach brand.