Rob & Joe
Rob Younkers is a fashion designer, media personality, and a Part Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design in the School of Fashion. He has designed and consulted for Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Patricia Field, Vogue Magazine, Elie Tahari, Elle Magazine, and Ariana Rockefeller. In 2007 he began designing a custom women’s tailored collection under his own label. Rob has been instructing up and coming designers for over fifteen years. He has taught internationally at Istituto Marangoni in Milan and this year marks his his thirteenth year at Parsons, his alma mater, where he began teaching three years after graduation, having been hired by Tim Gunn.
His involvement with a younger generation of designers began in 2006 when he mentored a 14-year-old designer on MTV’s “MADE”. Afterwards, Rob created fashion camps for several art studios in New Jersey. These ventures were the initial spark for what would become STITCHED Fashion Camp; a fashion design camp for children that began in 2013.
What sets Rob Younkers apart from others is how he has developed three careers simultaneously, as a designer, fashion personality, and educator. He has a natural ability to connect to future generations of designers of all ages and teaches the skills to take them to the next level.
Rob is a co-host of Secret Guide to Fabulous on LOGO. He is an on-air Style Correspondent for Yahoo Style and was featured on E! Television’s Who Wore it Better!
Joe Zee has held many media positions from his current role as Editor in Chief at Yahoo Style and was previously the Creative Director of Elle Magazine, where in 2011, the New York Times labeled him as “Fashion’s Approachable Ambassador”. Joe got his start in 1992 at Allure magazine and has since worked at W magazine, Details, Vitals, House & Garden, and Vanity Fair. As a fashion stylist, Joe Zee has collaborated on many prominent projects with a vast array of photographers, designers, musicians, and actors, including Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Madonna, Tom Ford, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. Joe has also styled many TV and print advertising campaigns over the years for DKNY, H&M, Estée Lauder, and Chanel. In 2007, Joe was named one of the world’s top 15 stylists and celebrated in the book, STYLIST and has made countless appearances as a fashion & pop culture expert on TV, including cohosting ABC’s talk show FABLife and appearing regularly on Good Morning America, The TODAY show, CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Entertainment Tonight. For three seasons, Joe served as host, mentor, and Executive Producer of All On The Line With Joe Zee on the Sundance Channel. In the fall of 2016, Joe released his autobiography “That’s What Fashion Is”.