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Vogue Festival 2013

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Last Sunday we were very kindly offered tickets by the lovely Fleur at Voucher Codes to go & cover Alber Elbaz’s ‘The Dream & Reality of Fashion’ talk as part of the 2013 Vogue Festival. I am a huge, huge fan of his work at Lanvin & so of course I jumped at the chance to go along.

I had no idea what to expect of the festival as I had never been before, but I must admit that having been going to music festivals since I was a teen, the word ‘festival’ conjured up in my mind something a little bigger.

There was a cafe, shop, mini studio (for Vogue cover portraits), 3 beauty stands (including Dior eyes, YSL lips & a braid bar), plus mentoring panels that took place twice each day with Vogue staff, which we sadly missed. The beauty stands seemed to be a real hit & they had constantly large queues, but this is something you can get done in any department store & not something I really wanted to wait in a huge line for. The ‘Vogue cover portrait’ section also proved very popular. Getting to dress up in Chanel clothing & accessories to pose for photos, then have your face printed out in the style of a Vogue cover was a really fun idea & made for a great souvenir to take home from the day.

We thoroughly enjoyed Elbaz’s talk, he was funny, down to earth & full of inspirational words. The whole talk was peppered with his brilliant one liners, leaving the audience furiously tapping away on their phones, to which he responded “I can see you tapping away, I hate Twitter!” and was met with roars of laughter.

Born in Casablanca & having grown up in Israel, he shared that women were what what first inspired him to design, “It was not the story of design or clothes, it was the fantasy of women that made me want to work in fashion.” He recalled that as a school boy he “sketched all of my teachers outfits everyday in my notebook, then gave it to her at the end of the year.” He also felt that coming from nowhere & nothing was a huge advantage to him as it allowed him to fantasize about fashion, instead of it being something that he took for granted.

After being fired from YSL he took a break & briefly considered becoming a doctor but it was “too many years work.” He wanted to miss fashion, to have the courage to do it his own way, only with people he liked & to stop worrying about what the editors thought. After all he said, “What is more important, to be worn on a magazine cover, or to be worn in real life?” He likes his clothes to make women feel beautiful but it’s equally as important to him that they’re practical too – “I like a women to be able to sit, to have a pudding, to get out of a car & to be comfortable.”

He is also full of contradictions, but this just adds to his quirky charm & is something that really comes through in his designs, making them both extremely covetable & so wearable – “I like first class, but I don’t like first class people, I prefer the people in the normal coach.” “I like fine restaurants, but I don’t like the portion sizes or the taste. I prefer McDonald’s!” and “I like to be perfect, but I don’t like perfection – I think it’s dangerous. There is nothing after perfection.”

I left feeling incredibly inspired & absolutely charmed by Alber. However, I must be honest & say I do feel that the ticket prices are a little steep, especially considering that it’s around £40 for one, roughly one hour long talk. To make a full day of it & do the other talks also, to get the full ‘festival’ feel, would be quite expensive. The place was packed though, with barely an empty seat, so I guess this isn’t such a problem for everyone.

“Don’t be scared. Be good, talented, try hard & you will make it. It’s not about who you know, who you know can only get you to the door not to the ceiling…”

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Slight Stripe

Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench striped 'shapelover' cardigan, Eksempel leather look dress, Topshop studded belt, Galibardy teeth necklace, Rick Owens wedges, AllSaints cateye sunglasses, Balenciaga city. All black, black on black, dark street style.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench 'Shapelover' striped cardigan, Galibardy teeth necklace, Eksempel leather look dress. Close up details.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench striped 'shapelover' cardigan, Eksempel leather look dress, Topshop studded belt, Galibardy teeth necklace, Rick Owens wedges, AllSaints cateye sunglasses, Balenciaga city. All black, black on black, dark street style.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench 'Shapelover' striped cardigan, Galibardy teeth necklace, Eksempel leather look dress. Close up details.

One of the first pieces of clothing I spent a large amount of money on was a coat from Bench. It was was made from a thick, cream coloured jersey with a huge funnel neck, it hit just below my knees, had a hidden zip & little holes in the sleeves to poke your thumbs through. The thumb holes were my favourite part. It taunted me everytime I walked past it in the shop window, I wanted it so badly & eventually I ended up spending virtually every penny I got for my 13th birthday on it. It seemed like a massive splurge at the time, but I wore it to death.

This cardigan is not something I ever imagined would have come from Bench, I assumed they were still all sportswear & massive logos, obviously things have changed. It’s the softest viscose jersey, drapes beautifully & I cannot get enough of the subtle black on black stripes, I just love pieces with this kind of low-key detail. They do still make the jersey jackets with the thumb holes though, and I do still kinda want one…

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Tourist

Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing handmade DIY draped cropped leather jacket, Georgia Hardinge for River Island Design Forum printed tee shirt dress, Rick Owens cut out wedges, Balenciaga city, Sci fi, gothic, dark street styleFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing handmade DIY draped cropped leather jacket, Georgia Hardinge for River Island Design Forum printed tee shirt dress Sci fi, gothic, dark street styleFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing handmade DIY draped cropped leather jacket, Georgia Hardinge for River Island Design Forum printed tee shirt dress, Sci fi, gothic, dark street styleFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing handmade DIY draped cropped leather jacket, Georgia Hardinge for River Island Design Forum printed tee shirt dress, Rick Owens cut out wedges, Balenciaga city, Sci fi, gothic, dark street styleFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing handmade DIY draped cropped leather jacket, Georgia Hardinge for River Island Design Forum printed tee shirt dress Sci fi, gothic, dark street style

Last Sunday we went down to the Southbank Center for the 2013 Vogue Festival, we got there a little early & so decided to kill some time by taking some super touristy outfit shots. It seemed like it would have been a shame to not use the beautiful backdrop of the Southbank whilst we were there, even if we did have to fight for a spot amongst all the other tourists.

I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this dress. I’m not much of a print person, so I never usually like to buy different items with the same print, but I loved both this & the leggings I featured few weeks ago so much that I had to get them both. Well, the H. R. Giger inspired print was just too me to pass up & I think the alien influence is even more apparent on the dress. I love the way the pleats curve in around the waist, it’s super flattering & it’s so 3D looking it’s hard to believe that it’s just a print. I was stopped so many times by people asking for photos of it whilst I was walking around, it’s definitely an attention grabber. You can just see a glimpse of my vintage black diamond earrings here too, I don’t have many pairs, as you rarely see them underneath all of my hair, but these are easily my favourites.

Now the weathers finally getting a bit warmer I’m able to wear my draped leather jacket more often too. Those of you that follow me on Twitter & Instagram will see that I’ve just brought a vintage sewing machine (she’s now called Agyness by the way!), so I’m hoping to re-make a more perfect version of this jacket soon. I’m thinking of maybe doing a suede version too, as I do wear it an awful lot & it would be nice to have a few of them, especially now I have a machine capable of sewing them up!

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