Yesterday, after weeks of excitement, my mum and I went to the Vogue Festival 2014 for a very memorable mother's day. It was deceptively warm, which made the walk from Charing Cross to the Southbank Centre much more enjoyable. After a number of outfit changes resulting in my room looking as though a bomb had gone off I decided on this:
The top and skirt are both from Topshop, the jacket is Gap and the head scarf is my mum's from the 80s! The event started at 10:30 but my ticket was for the 4:30 talk so I had access from 4pm.
Inside the Queen Elizabeth Hall, there were lots of activities ranging from nail bars to a Vogue cinema where you could watch a 20 minute film giving behind the scenes access to Vogue shoots (you also got free popcorn!) After wandering around for half and hour we made our way to our seats for the 'Want to work in Fashion' talk. I had left in very late to book the tickets and after a mix up (in which I bought wheelchair seats) we were on the very last row of the auditorium. However, from that high up we got a good view of the panellists.
On the panel there was Sarah Burton, Daniel Marks, Louise Wilson, Lisa Armstrong and Alexandra Shulman. The talk was incredible. The main attraction of this talk for me was Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph and Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue. They gave some great tips for how to break into the fashion industry - a strong handshake is a must!
After the talk we went to the Harrods Live area on the ground floor. Here there was a cafe, a catwalk experience and the chance to pose for your very own Vogue cover shoot. I did this and it was great fun.
Chanel make-up artists applied touch-ups, you were also able to choose a couple of Chanel accessories to pose with. There was so much choice which made the task of picking just two even more difficult. In the end I chose the short pearl necklace and the perfume bottle shaped bag.
Afterwards there was just enough time to have a picture in front of the incredible Vogue cover wall before we both rushed along the Southbank to catch the train from London Bridge.