Good old Vogue. When it does something, boy, does it do it properly. The inaugural Vogue Festival takes place next weekend, and if you are interested in fashion or design, then this is something you won’t want to miss. The participants read as a checklist of tastemakers. Tom Ford? Check. Christopher Bailey? Check. Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenberg: yep, they’ll all be there. So too will photographers David Bailey, Tim Walker and Richard Young. There’s a Q & A discussion with supermodels, a panel discussion about whether fashion has an age limit with folk like Mary Portas, Laura Bailey and Pixie Geldof. Nigella Lawson will be in conversation with Kirsty Young, a group of top British designers including Henry Holland, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Ilincic will be answering questions, while another group, including Mark Fast, Dr. Noki and Louise Gray, having been given two weeks to customise a sweatshirt, will be there discussing the results and talking about fashion in the making. There will be beauty workshops – how to achieve a smoky eye or choose the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone – as well the chance to be made up by top make up artist Mary Greenwell, and then pose for a Vogue photographer.
Each day is divided into a morning and an afternoon session, and because the tickets are sold per session rather than event, one ticket will mean you’ll see at least three talks or panel discussions, all of them peppered with big, big names paired with interesting speakers and moderators. Plus there will be screenings of fashion films, photoshoots, a limited edition T-shirt designed for the festival by Mulberry, and who knows quite what else. Your chance to be discovered? To ask the most searing question ever? Witness Tom Ford’s legendary charm, and Roksanda Ilincic’s breathtaking beauty? More than anything though, think of it: as well as listening and watching all those people, just imagine the people watching. We’re booking now.