London in springtime is always a sight to behold. Imagine our joy therefore when the sun decided to well and truly shine upon the River Thames last weekend, just in time for the annual Vogue Festival at the London Southbank centre.
Following the huge success of the 2013 Vogue Festival, the third edition of the fashion extravaganza had a schedule which promised to be more exciting and informative than the last, including names such as Naomi Campbell, Nick Knight, Karlie Kloss, Valentino (who received the first standing ovation of the festival), Mahnolo Blahnik and Sarah Burton to name but a few. So, did it live up to the Hype? Of course.
Personal highlights for the Coggles fashion team included Grayson Perry speaking with Lily Allen and Jasper Conran on ‘Good Taste, Bad Taste: The Shock of the New’ panel. Rejecting the idea of fashion completely and yet simultaneously embraced by the entire fashion world, Perry is in quite the unique position. Calling Cate Blanchett’s nude oscar dress a ‘yawn-a-rama’, Perry’s take on the growing trend of normcore was also insightful, noting: ‘It’s interesting that the term normcore came out of the fashion world. It’s like they are so frightened of getting it wrong they have exempted themselves from being fashionable.’
Next on our highlight list would be the Fashion Masterclass, hosted by Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Fashion Editor at the Telegraph Lisa Armstrong, Louise Wilson – MA Course director at Central Saint Martins and Daniel Marks – director of the communications store. Speaking candidly about what it takes to get ahead in the fashion world, Lisa Armstrong told prospective fashionistas ‘Don’t be grand about your first job – go where they’ll take you and work jolly jolly hard’.
The final talk of the weekend ‘Fashion Legends’ was wrapped up by two huge icons from the fashion world, Franca Sozzani of Italian Vogue and supermodel Naomi Campbell. Creating a positive buzz even amongst those outside in the foyer, these two fashion giants handled the stage like pros. Of course, there was more to the festival than just talks too. Including a Hersheson’s hair bar, a chance to feature on your own Vogue Cover, listen to Vogue’s digital trend talks and even have your moment on the catwalk! All in all, an excellent day…
Words and images by Olivia Cooley