After seeing Vogue’s tweets about The Vogue Festival I was intrigued as to what it was and what it meant… A festival usually implies music and the English rainy Summer amongst muddy fields. Vogue, however, put on a series of events with celebrity and fashion iconic speakers that tell their stories of how they made it into the business, what life is like and their tails of fashion throughout their lives and careers. This only being the second year of the festival, speakers and appearances last year included: Nigella Lawson, Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and other designers, bloggers and inspirations of fashion to others.
So as I trawled the web of what the festival was all about I was immediately wishing my pennies away to get to London and get to the events! Its located in the Southbank Centre and over the weekend of April 27th - 28th. The festival is a collaboration of talks, interviews and panel discussions that, this year will be featuring, again, many of fashion’s leading photographers, designers, models, editors and celebrities. The events that I managed to get tickets for - as they started to sell out very quickly (having only found out about the festival the day of the tickets being released, it was my mission to get them ASAP, and also what I could afford…) were: Alexa Chung and Paul Smith, Can Fashion Change The World? and Mad About The Girl, all taking place on the Saturday.
Alexa Chung and Paul Smith - I am most excited about attending this event, and wondered how there were still so many tickets left, compared to other events, as it is hosted by two incredible fashion icons. Alexa has always been an inspiration to me as she has experienced many different aspects of fashion throughout her life and career, one most recent of hers being the launch of her own product with L’Oreal. And furthermore Paul Smith is a successful British designer that clearly has many tails of fashion to tell about his career, along with Alexa, that I look forward to getting an insight to.
Can Fashion Change The World? - this event will be a discussion of simply what the title states, between creative director of Eco Age Ltd - Livia Firth; Tom Craig - who has contributed to Vogue with his photography and collaborated with Louis Vuitton and Vogue’s feature director Jo Ellison. Each of them have different experiences of fashion as they have experienced it through different styles of career within the fashion industry therefore I look forward to each of their opinions and perceptions upon the question that is posed.
Mad About The Girl - this event features Japanese Vogue editor-at-large Anna Della Russo and blogger, Susie Bubble share their stories about fashion and discuss their passion for the public to hear.
Not only have I recently found out about the Vogue Festival but whilst working my way through their March issue I came across a page about the Vogue Talent Contest. A contest for under 25 year olds to get a chance to win £1000 and a months work experience at Vogue by entering 3 pieces of writing: an experience, a cultural piece and an interview. Although its a long shot, I am going to enter and see where it gets me (if anywhere… I can only be positive!) but it gives me an opportunity to at least try.