Last weekend, the who’s who of the fashion world took the stage at the British Vogue 2014, an event filled with talks covering a wide range of topics within – you’ve guessed it – fashion, digital & social media, personal style, but also included book signings, exclusive shopping events, styling and beauty makeovers and so much more. Valentino, Phoebe Philo, Alexa Chung, Manolo Blahnik, Tory Burch, Angela Missoni, Proenza Schouler, Naomi Campbell, Franca Sozzani, Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Burton or Nick Knight were among the A-listers who took the stage at this much tweeted about happening.
With so much talented under one roof, we decided to share with you some of their best advices or little known facts they so generously gave away:
One of the most influential designers, Valentino Garavani, tells us about his lucky colour: ‘When I was a young designer working for a French fashion house I went to Spain and watched an opera there,” he said. “There were so many women dressed in red, and I decided that it was my lucky colour. Mine is a special red with orange inside.’
Tory Burch reminds us that all beginnings are tough: ‘I knew I wanted a career, I worked out of my apartment for the first two and a half years’.
Manolo Blahnik is a one-man-show: ‘I do everything. I sketch, I try the shoes, I do everything. I’m surprised that people have teams, that’s crazy. The only thing I don’t do is the sizing because I don’t like numbers.’
Angela Missoni recalls what was like to take over her family legacy: ‘I was never scared. I know Missoni by heart. It’s not only the zigzag but it’s the world to me, colour and pattern. I was never scared to add new ideas. My parents invented a vocabulary and I like to add to that language. The first thing I felt I had to do was to fix it. New things were submerged by the history’.
Pheobe Philo, creative director and head of design at Céline, talks about sexualisation in fashion: ‘Women should have choices and women should feel good in what they wear. I’m not a big fan of women being sexualised through their clothes. It’s unrealistic to think that the fashion industry, the film industry, the sex industry won’t have unrealistic ideals of beauty… but I hope that when women wear Céline, they feel good and confident and strong. And I guess there’s a political statement behind Céline, which is that the woman should go out there and do what she wants to do.’
Lucinda Chambers, Vogue fashion director, sums up what ‘chic’ means: ‘Chic implies a minimalism. It’s the understated version of style.’
Find out Alexa Chung’s secret to dressing for dates: ‘For dates, I usually wear something relaxed because it makes me feel more comfortable. If he likes me in my dungarees, it’ll be fine’.
‘I do feel that things are changing,” said Naomi Campbell. “We have never seen so many women of colour in advertising. We didn’t start this to blame or complain, just build awareness. Keeping it fresh in people’s minds. It’s not a trend.’
Editorial director of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, talks about the famous Black Issue and her stand on increasing awareness on African culture and designers: ‘This continent has been left alone for centuries, now everyone is talking about Africa – so maybe now something will happen. I don’t think I’m wasting my time. We have to help them be comfortable in their own culture.’
Creative director of the Alexander McQueen label, Sarah Burton: ‘If you listen to the noise of pressure it can worry you – just work really hard and remember you’re only ever as good as what you’re doing in the moment.’
Mira Duma, on our digital future: ‘Everything is going to be digital soon. Cars, kitchens – our whole world. When people first started to become interested in me it surprised me but I realised that it wouldn’t last forever so I took advantage of it by launching Buro – then if a company was interested in me I tried to divert their interest to the business.’
‘Fashion needs a good critical platform and a base from which people can communicate about it’, said Nick Knight, British fashion photographer and director of SHOWstudio.com.
Now feast your eyes with some of the photos taken during the event, courtesy of vogue.co.uk.[slider_pro id=”33″]