April 29, 2013


What a glamorous day out... The Vogue Festival 2013 on Southbank opened it's doors to crowds of fashionista's, world famous designers and little old Becki and Jess! With two days of talks and discussions with a fantastic line up from Anya Hindmarch to Christopher Kane and the one and only Vicky B, this festival was an inspiration to attend- so thank you Vogue!

The first talk we attended was named 'Behind the scenes of a Vogue cover shoot', which delved into the planning, styling and secrets of a cover shoot. With a superstar line up including Alexandra Shulman herself, we had the chance to hear comical stories and trade secrets from Vogue cover shoots over the last 20 years. We heard from the lovely and very talented Lucinda Chambers, Fashion director at Vogue who told us of many, many, many "disaster" shoots, as she called them. From photo shoots in the back of a cab on the way to the airport by simply laying a dress into a model, photographing Cheryl Cole whilst she was complaining of a headache and cold sweats (that evening she was taken into hospital for malaria!), dresses and equipment not arriving, the works - it was literally just unbelievable. In addition, the fact that model of the moment, Cara Delevigne was only a couple of metres away from us on stage in itself was amazing, she oozed style, fun and charm expressing what a privilege it was for her to be a Vogue cover girl.

The Sunday show we attended was 'My Fashion Life' with Victoria Beckham and 'The Secrets of Creating a British Brand'.  

Well what can we say, Victoria Beckham was an absolute pleasure to listen to and see in the flesh- as a devoted mother of 4 she was smart, funny and genuine. Of course she also looked stunning, wearing one of her own dresses and the highest heels we have ever seen! She engaged naturally with the audience and was light-hearted about what the fashion industry and the public think of her..."I'm nice! Everyone thinks I'm going to be a cow...I understand actually. I think the same when I see the pictures".

She spoke of her career in fashion and how being a working mother of 4 is never going to be easy, which affirmed to the audience that shes a hands-on mum and would always put the children first..."My children are my priority...I'm up early in the morning doing spelling tests before the school run, then up late with a baby and a 14 year old who refuses to go to bed" Victoria then looked directly to her son Brooklyn in the audience. It was sweet and funny having her son Brooklyn and her parents in the audience, as she quite regularly spoke directly too them. We were slightly wondering "WHERE IS DAVID!" we would love some eye-candy now please!

After that we had a chance to browse the Dior Eye tutorials, YSL lip top up and the Braid bar all with ques out the door, we decided to opt for a shop over at the exclusive Vogue Shop. With Vogue T's, Books, Versace Tops, Michael Kors Accessories and Vogue Take away coffee cups we had to indulge. After spending way too much money on the tastiest coffee and Vogue Breakfast muffins, we headed to hear four fantastic speakers, discuss the theme of creating a great British brand.

Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO of Alexander McQueen, Handbag designer Anya Hindmarch, Tamara Mellon, Co-Founder of Jimmy Choo and the very exciting designer Christopher Kane all took to the stage. With sound advice from these 4 experts within the industry, we learnt so much from their experiences and most important piece of advice they gave us was to "trust your gut".  We have heard that saying a lot and whether business related or personal it is so important to keep true to yourself and believe what you are doing is right.

 "I've been real and grounded from the beginning. Be true to yourself, be unique and say something different" Christopher Kane.

 Hugs & Kisses
Becki & Jess


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