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For an inspiring weekend of fashion take a trip to Vogue Festival 2014

Vogue Picture by Vogue magazine, via Wikimedia CommonsThis March, the third annual Vogue Festival will run in partnership with Harrods, held in the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, with a range of guest speakers and fashion activities filling up the exciting itinerary.

Last year's Vogue Festival saw industry greats such as Paul Smith, Donatella Versace, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevigne, and Victoria Beckham speak about their experiences to an audience of eager fashionistas. This year's line-up is an equally impressive assortment of top designers, models, photographers, journalists, and Vogue team members, all of which will be taking part in discussions, interviews and panel talks.

Karlie Kloss-Picture by beyrouth on Flickr

Who will be at Vogue Festival 2014?

British Vogue’s editor in chief, Alexandra Shulman, will be taking part in talks at the event alongside organising the weekend, while models Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and last year’s BFA Model of the Year Edie Campbell are among the guests due to join the panel to talk about life behind the camera and on the catwalk. Designers Valentino Garavani, Manalo Blahnik, and the creative directors of fashion houses Alexander McQueen, Céline, Missoni and Marc Jacobs are amongst other industry giants who will speak at the high profile event.

What talks have caught our eye at Vogue Festival 2014?

Alexandra Shulman has enthused about the diversity expected from this year’s festival, explaining how the set up for Vogue Festival 2014 is nearer Vogue’s original concept for the event than it has been previously. Vogue Festival 2014 will consist of discussions which will consider the bigger picture of the industry introducing new programmes such as ’Fashion, Beauty and the Digital revolution’ which features fashion and documentary photographer Nick Knight and digital media innovator Miroslava Duma. 

Another talk that looks set to create a stimulating debate is ‘Good Taste, Bad Taste - The Shock of the New’ featuring a vibrant and eccentric mix of speakers including artist Grayson Perry, singer Lily Allen, and designer Jasper Conran.

The festival will end on what the team at Fiore think will be a fascinating session, with Italian Vogue editor/ UN ambassador, Franca Sozzani, and supermodel Naomi Campbell, discussing their careers, how Africa could be the future of luxury, and the issues of diversity in fashion.

The Vogue Festival experience

Alongside the inspiring discussions and interviews, Vogue Festival has a huge array of activities for ticket holders, including the chance to pose for your very own Vogue cover shoot! You can even take part in Harrods’ live catwalk where you can show off your personal style for a chance to win £1000 in vouchers by simply sharing your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #HarrodsLive!

Champagne for all - Picture by Meathead Movers on Flickr

Aside from the main talks, other entertainment will come in the form of trend talks, styling demos, make-up surgeries, workshops, performances, makeovers, and Vogue fashion film viewings. Vogue Festival are also setting up a ‘show and tell’ area where budding fashion designers can bring their work to show the Vogue editorial team.

A wonderful range of merchandise including Vogue stationary, jewellery, clothing and books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be available throughout the event from ‘Vogue Café’ and the Vogue Festival champagne bar; if that doesn't sound stylish enough you can also purchase a Rosalina Miller designed cupcake or a Karlie Kloss Kookie!  

Have you got your ticket for Vogue Festival?

Tickets are still available online from Vogue’s website and cost £40 per individual talk. If you choose to purchase tickets for four or more sessions then you can receive a 20% discount on your overall ticket price. If you miss out on a ticket for one of the talks then for the first time ever you are able to purchase a foyer ticket for £25 which will grant you access to all the added fashion activities taking place over the weekend.

If you manage to grab a ticket for next weekend’s Vogue Festival let us know your favourite moments of the interviews and activities via our Facebook, Google+ or Twitter pages. If you don’t manage to make the event then you can always keep up to date with goings-on as they happen by following the hashtag #VogueFestival.

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