The second day of the Vogue Festival 2015 was just as action packed as the first. Happening in association with Harrods at the Royal College of Arts and the Royal Geographical Society in London, the festival featured personalities such as John Galliano, Bobbi Brown, Kate Upton and Roksanda Ilincic. Like the first day, plenty of makeovers and masterclasses also took place.
The day began with a discussion on how to start a career and be unique in the fashion industry. Editor of Vogue, Alexandra Shulman led this discussion with Helen David (fashion director at Harrods), Simone Rocha (designer) and Yasmin Sewell (fashion consultant). Simone Rocha, who is daughter of designer John Rocha revealed how she did not have plans to enter the fashion industry, and instead studied art to “rebel”. Yasmin Sewell addressed the audience saying the most important thing to do was to be “finding your thing”. When asked if an education in fashion is important, Rocha said that it was beneficial for her, as she ended up doing her masters degree related to fashion. Rocha and Helen David then emphasised the importance of gaining fashion experience, whether that is through education or internships and Shulman agreed. They all also agreed that the fashion industry is increasingly competitive with Shulman advising people to use digital means such as Instagram. She said “It allows you to build up a following organically and to get noticed.” Sewell concluded by saying “London is everything. It’s the whole world in one place,” when the panel were asked where they found fashion opportunities.
Alexandra Shulman then talked with Bobbi Brown and her brand ambassador, Kate Upton. The talk, named “Building Your Dream”, outlined the philosophy behind Bobbi Brown’s famous make up brand. Brown summed up her desired legacy by saying that she wishes for natural and real-looking beauty. Brown talked about her influences, saying “As a young girl I always wanted to be pretty, to feel pretty. I saw my mum applying her make-up and when I put it on myself, I felt pretty.” She reminisced, “but even back then I didn’t want people to know I was wearing it, I wanted it to be natural.” On this note, she talked about the latest trend of contouring, dismissing it by saying “I don’t get this whole contouring thing, it’s basically saying there’s something wrong with the way that you look… Women look the most beautiful when they’re being themselves.” Upton then talked about her career, focusing on being the brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown make up. Upton has often faced criticism for being a model who is not very thin. She said, “I see my modelling as a business. I try to be in control of my social media accounts and I try to just be myself in interviews. I mean, obviously I’ll choose my words carefully, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to be anyone but yourself.” Both Brown and Upton agreed that the best thing to do is nothing but be yourself; natural and genuine, in terms of make up and personality.
On a similar note, designer Bella Freud, stylist Bay Garnett, model Stella Tennant and Vogue’s deputy editor, Emily Sheffield talked about maintaining individual style. First discussing what each of them were wearing, they then went on to talk about a “sense of self” when deciding what to wear. Garnett said “Real style is genuine. Not trying to wear the right thing and not caring what other people think” in relation to the subject. Freud and Garnett agreed that this self-made sense of style was not about money, but rather about making it fun and joyful for yourself. Garnett, who avidly shops in thrift stores revealed her favourite stores, which were The British Red Cross shop in Kensington and any Traid shops.
The final talk of the festival was with none other than John Galliano, with Alexandra Shulman. Now the creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, Galliano talked about his vision with Margiela, and how he has developed as a personality in the fashion industry. After leaving Dior and joining Margiela, Galliano revealed that he has changed. “I’ve learnt to say no. They are just two small words, but I was afraid to say them before. I saw it as weak, but now I see it as a strength. Just say no. Only do what you can do really well”, he accepted. He talked about how he is progressing at Margiela, giving respect to the creator of the brand. Galliano then talked about Kate Moss and how much she inspired and motivated him to change. Designing her wedding dress for her, he said “At the time I was reconnecting with my emotions that I had put on the side for ages. I couldn’t imagine another bride that would ask someone who had just come out of rehab to make their dress!” The talk closed with Galliano advising aspiring designers and people who wished to work in the industry saying “be passionate about your trade and surround yourself with really strong and supportive people from the beginning.”
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