Vogue Festival 2013

I was desperate to go to the first Vogue Festival last year, but I couldn't afford a ticket at the time. So this year, I was determined to get one. I had a whole list of events I wanted to go to, but tickets went on sale in the middle of the month so I had to wait until payday to see what was left available. Luckily for me, one of the events on my wishlist was still available.

This event was Alber Elbaz: The Dream and Reality of Fashion. I first read about Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin, in one of the first Vogue magazines I bought. This funny little character really appealed to me- He doesn't take himself too seriously and seemed to be a very witty, quirky guy. 

Unfortunately, I missed my train and ended up getting to the venue about 8 minutes late. Thankfully, there was a lovely guy on the door who sneaked me in. To say I was relieved was an understatement! 

Alexandra Schulman, editor of British Vogue, led Elbaz in conversation, discussing how he uses fashion to make women feel good about themselves. Let me tell you now, this guy is inspirational! He is so funny, filled with anecdotes (one that stands out for me is the woman who  introduced him as "The man at Lan-Vin who designs the stuff" and leads him to label himself as a Stuff Designer) and words of wisdom. 

"Fashion is not about a second skin. Fashion is about a fantasy"

"I guess I'm a contradiction. I am what I hate"

"I like perfection but I think that perfect is the most dangerous thing, because there is nothing after perfect"

"You have to let go and be who you are. If you look like Danny DeVito, that's ok. As long as you feel good"

After the talk, in which some jammy girl managed to bag a personalised sketch of herself from him, I ventured out into the hall. It was manic. I could barely move for the amount of the people that were crammed into this tiny space. Maybe somewhere larger would have been better.

There was a Vogue Braid Bar, where you could have your hair braided into one of five different styles. It was included in the ticket price, but the queue was huge so I decided to give it a miss. I'd probably have been too upset at taking it out in the evening anyway! 

As well as the braid bar, there was a Dior make up counter. I had already applied full make up, and I didn't feel like relinquishing control of my face to a stranger, so I just hung back and watched.

Of course, being the Vogue Festival, there was gorgeous style inspiration everywhere you looked. 

This 80s jacket is amazing. How do people spot these things? If I saw this in a charity shop, I'd probably laugh at how hideous it is! How do people manage to look past that and make it look amazing? I must learn their secrets! 

The greatest floral blazer ever. I would totally wear this. If I was a blazer girl. Which I'm not. 

Pretty lace top (and braid-barred-on-up) and killer, killer boots! 

I pretty much fell in love with this gorgeous chica on the spot. The hair, the jacket, the (just visible) unicorn brooch...and can you spot the douche bag? Seriously, amazing! 

I like to take photos of people taking photos. 

Overall, I had a lovely time. I think it would have been a better experience if I'd been able to share it with somebody else though. Any takers for next year?


  1. You seem to be slightly unsure of yourself which is such a shame!
    Go wild! Let some sexy man do your makeup! If you want a floral blazer, get a floral blazer, and rock it!
    If you see something ugly, try it on for a laugh and you might end up finding a new sweet style you love!
    You're so beautiful and you should realise and be confident and not feel like you have to sit back and watch or compare yourself to other girls, they don't have anything you don't! :)


    (Sorry if I got this all wrong, perhaps I looked into what you were saying absent mindedly too deeply! ) X

    1. I love your comment! I'm not unsure of myself- In fact, I tend to go a little too wild haha! I was just happy with my make up as it was, and I wasn't fond of the styles they had, I'm not much of a blazer girl (they're too formal for my aesthetic) and I just don't have the ability to see the potential in ugly objects.

      Thank you though :) I really appreciate this comment- You are awesome. Fact!


    2. Oh yeah, and the attractiveness of the make up artist wasn't lost on me either haha!!!

    3. Haha aw I'm glad it wasn't taken the wrong way even though I got it all wrong!
      And yes, I did notice he was a bit dishy!!


  2. Beautiful photo's Becky! I think I'm also a little bit in love with the girl you took a picture of! A unicorn brooch?! Definately a girl after my own heart! Would you go again? :)

    XOXO Sade

  3. Fabulous photos! I love this- "Fashion is not about a second skin. Fashion is about a fantasy". Everyone looks so stylish. I just wrote about floral jackets today. :) Love that's guy's blazer. Also attractive makeup artist guys are always a plus at any event. :) What a fantastic event to attend.
    xoxo Aimee

  4. Hey beautiful lady!
    I'm a new follower. And I'm sure glad I found your blog. You're fabulous! :)
    I am currently training to be a teacher, so thats cool. :)
    Dont. Stop. Being. Awesome.
    Sarah xxx

  5. This event looks fab and so interesting! Really enjoyed your post x

  6. This looks fab! Maybe I can go one day, it's probably a good job I didn't go then if it was rammed with people I'd probably of had a bit of a panic.

    "I guess I'm a contradiction. I am what I hate" What a great quote.

    I definitely agree it would be good to go with someone! I'm more than happy with my own company a lot of the time but sometimes it's nice to share it with someone. xx

  7. I do the same thing with all those hideous op shop clothes - I walk straight past them while I'm shopping, then see someone else in something similar and think, damn! I so could have done that! xx


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