May 25, 2016

The Vogue 100 Festival

By In Writing

Situated in the heart of the Kensington Garden and the Royal Geographical Society, this year’s Vogue Festival was as grand as ever, and a perfect way of celebrating 100 years of an iconic fashion magazine.

Prior to the festival, I had purchased tickets for both days in order to witness talks from Grace Coddington and Dolce & Gabbana. Day 1 began with Grace Coddington’s talk with British Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers. In her interview, Grace revealed personal insights into living a life in the fashion industry. Essentially, Grace is renowned for her contribution to American Vogue as creative director, and gained true appreciation following the release of The September Issue. Grace’s innovative ideas for editorials have been the origin of iconic masterpieces of photography in Vogue, an idea which Chambers strongly focused on in the interview. On relationships with photographers, Grace emphasised that ‘a photographer has to understand your language, and you have to understand his.’ She conveyed her belief that ‘if you have the best ingredients, you’re going to create a great picture.’ I was pleased that Grace talked about her Alice in Wonderland Vogue Editorial, as it is quite simply iconic. Her funny nature was present as she talked about the process of the editorial,  and making designers specific characters from the book. The room enjoyed a harmonious laugh as she remarked: ‘Karl [Lagerfeld] didn’t want to be the White Rabbit; he wanted to be himself.’ Interestingly, she informed her audience that she resulted in photographing Lagerfeld separately, then working him into one of the grand photographs. Certainly an interesting insight!

What I found most interesting in Coddington’s interview was her opinions on the ever-changing nature of the fashion industry. When asked about the role of the celebrity model today, particularly Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, Coddington subtly conveyed her preferred opinion of traditional ways. She voiced her opinion that ‘these days you don’t have much time to develop a real relationship with a model’ and that ‘now this whole thing is based on how many [followers] you have on Instagram, and not on the person. That’s a world I don’t know.’ Grace as a character represents tradition, for which I admire her. She certainly met my expectations in her interview with Chambers. As a highly significant and influential fashion figure, she honoured all traditions that are still apparent in the industry, and emphasised the notion that one should not conform to trends; it is instead ‘more interesting to do something different.’ I was also lucky enough to meet Grace at her book signing, in which she signed my copy of her memoir. Grace is one of the figures who I admire most in fashion, so I was extremely grateful to witness her interview and personally express my appreciation towards her!

In contrast to Coddington’s talk about a life in Vogue, Dolce & Gabbana’s talk instead focused on their personal way with fashion, in particular their created concept of ‘Alta Moda’. The pair explained that they view ‘Alta Moda’ as ‘the pure Italian language’ and when purchasing a piece from this, one is ‘buying into the sense of Italy.’ It was an interesting subject for discussion, due to the fact that the concept is only applicable to their brand. Domenico and Stefano illustrated a clear adoration for their country when talking, and made it apparent that Italy is the origin of all of their creations. Stefano in particular expressed that they ‘love to explain Italian style – it’s not just a dress; it’s the way that you live, move your hands, and enjoy your life. People love it.’ (&) ‘Alta Moda is pure culture, and pure honesty.’ Domenico discussed the idea of couture in relation to this, explaining that they continually choose not to show in Paris ‘as [they] don’t believe in the couture show. Couture is very intimate, it is so close, and becomes like a club over the weekend.’ I found these ideas both interesting and admirable; it gives Dolce & Gabbana a quality that most other fashion brands lack; true patriotism and nationalism. 

The pair were continuously witty and entertaining, making their interview extremely fun for all who were witnessing it. There was a strong focus on their legacy, and what would become of Dolce & Gabbana after their deaths. Unlike renowned fashion houses like Dior and Balenciaga, Domenico and Stefano expressed how they did not wish for any type of successor. Stefano was more verbal in conveying this; he honestly expressed that ‘when someone dies, someone takes over, then someone takes over again. The brand will therefore never be the same as each successor is unique. When we die, Dolce & Gabbana will be no more; we do not wish for it to lose it’s soul.’ For a brand so focused on the Italian essence and soul that is apparent in any piece of their clothing, I couldn’t help but admire them for having this opinion. In fact, when thinking about it, I completely agreed with with it.

Other speakers at the festival ranged from top British designers such as Christopher Kane and Jenny Packham, to global creative directors, most notably Alessandro Michele and Peter Dundas. Aside from talks which occurred in the Royal Geographical Society, attendees of the festival also gained access to the central hub: ‘Vogue World’, located just two minutes away in Kensington Gore. Inside ‘Vogue World’ was the Vogue shop, Vogue Café, a chance for one to feature on their very own Vogue Cover, Style Clinics with British Vogue Editors, and much more.

I was lucky enough to attend a complimentary fashion illustration class with the iconic David Downton and Erin O’Connor. This was in fact my favourite part of the festival; not only was the class informative and intimate as it was a room of less than twenty people, but it was also the perfect opportunity to talk to two leading figures in the industry who are completely devoted to what they do. Erin was as elegant as ever, whilst David sat down with each individual to advise them on their particular illustration. He helped me in particular with drawing faces, as it is something I’ve always found most difficult. So I certainly learned from the master himself! I asked Erin what it was like to be a part of the Alexander McQueen 2001 ‘VOSS’ show, as I’ve always thought of it being one of the most iconic shows in fashion history. She explained that it was a major highlight of her career, as it was so far from the typical runway show that models were usually part of. Instead, she felt truly engrossed in what she was wearing and was able to visually portray this to the audience. Yet she also told me that it was a great challenge, as she not only had to model, but act, and embody characteristics one would have from being trapped in an asylum. It is certainly the show that I applaud her most for! Erin also told me that she had an intimate relationship with McQueen himself, and was honoured to be his muse in many of his shows. After having a chance to reflect on the Vogue Festival, and this class, I’m in shock that I had the opportunity to have such a conversation with such a renowned model! Many thanks to British Vogue for this.

Now, moving on from my personal highlights of the festival, here are my photographs! I was originally going to do two separate posts for each day, but decided it best to simply collate everything together, as many of my photos blended well with one another.

So I’ve included some photos of my outfits, events that I attended, and my favourite ‘street style’ looks of the weekend!

Were any of you lucky enough to attend the Vogue 100 Festival in London? Let me know if you did, and your opinions on this post in the comments box below!

Until next time,

Faye .x

Festival Events

Then & Now: The Vogue Cover Wall


Inside ‘Vogue World’


Grace Coddington: A World of Fashion, A Life in Vogue (with Lucinda Chambers)


Grace Coddington Signing


Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian Journey (with Alexandra Shulman)


Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana Signing


Fashion Illustration Masterclass with David Downton & Erin O’Connor


Alexandra Shulman Book Signing


Style Clinic with Lucinda Chambers


Style Clinic with Sarah Harris and Nura Khan


Day 1 Outfit

Blazer: Topshop

Cami: Zara

T-Shirt: H&M

Trousers: Zara

Shoes: Topshop

Bag: Primark


Day 2 Outfit

Dress: Zara

Waistcoat: Zara

Shades: Spitalfields Market, London

Boots: Warehouse

Bag: Primark

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Scarf: New Look

‘Street Style’

All photographs on this post were taken by myself. For more of my photography, please visit:


  1. Nina Al. May 25, 2016

    Amazing photos ! Thanks for sharing !

  2. Faye Fearon May 25, 2016

    Thanks Nina! .xx

  3. Raj May 25, 2016

    Incredible photos
    Looks and sounds like such an inspirational event
    I was so glad I managed to catch the Vogue100 exhibition at the NPG, such a wonderful celebration !

    What Raj Wants

  4. Anna M May 25, 2016

    What an amazing opportunity to attend! WOW!!!! I agree with Coddington… it is a weird world where models success could be evaluated based on her IG following.

  5. Anouk May 26, 2016

    So great to meet all these fashion icons!


  6. Carmen May 26, 2016

    Wow this sounds like an absolutely amazing experience! I admire Grace Coddington not only for her work in the fashion industry but also for her character. This interview made me love her even more. Thank you so much for sharing your interesting experiences. Also the part with Dolce & Gabbana was really interesting! I do really understand them that they don't want someone to take over her brand when they die. No one can do it like these two geniuses..
    Your article is written wo well, I loved it!
    xx, Carmen –

  7. Violette Daily May 26, 2016

    It looks so nice! Hope you had a great time there!

  8. Caramella May 26, 2016

    Looks like it was fantastic! Gorgeous images!

  9. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    Thank you very much Raj, it was a wonderful event! Ahh I'm so glad that you got to visit the exhibition at the NPG, hope you enjoyed it! Have a lovely day .x

  10. Yuliya at Yukova Blog May 26, 2016

    such a great photography x
    Yukova Blog by Yuliya Oleynykova

  11. StayStyledOC May 26, 2016

    This event looked AMAZING – like BEYOND! Thanks for sharing babes.

    stay styled,


    IG: stay_styled

  12. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    Ahh thanks for your comment Anna, it was an amazing event! I was glad that Coddington discussed this topic, and I agree with you that it is a weird world – if only we could go back to traditional ways in the industry! Have a lovely day .x

  13. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    It was incredible thanks lovely! .x

  14. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    Thank you so much for your comment, Carmen! I completely agree; her character completely stands out in the industry. I also agree about Dolce & Gabbana; it would be impossible to replace them! I'm glad that you enjoyed the post and my writing! Have a lovely day .xx

  15. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    Thank you very much, Violette! .x

  16. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    Ahh thank you Caramella, I'm glad you like them! .x

  17. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    Thanks so much lovely! .x

  18. Faye Fearon May 26, 2016

    It really was Lindsey!! Thanks so much for visiting .x

  19. Doreen S May 27, 2016

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity meet all those fashion icons. Thanks for sharing these photos.

  20. Faye Fearon May 27, 2016

    It was a great event, Doreen! You're welcome, thanks so much for visiting .x

  21. Hana Babajic May 27, 2016

    This seems like such a fun event! I loved your outfits.


  22. Angie España May 27, 2016

    What an amazing experience! Wonderful pictures, I love them! Love, A

  23. Faye Fearon May 27, 2016

    It was so fun Hana! Thanks so much, have a lovely day! .x

  24. Faye Fearon May 27, 2016

    Thank you very much Angie, I'm glad you like them! .x

  25. Vesna May 27, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your experience! Your pictures are amazing!

  26. Faye Fearon May 28, 2016

    You're welcome, Vesna! Thanks so much, I'm so glad you like them! .x

  27. Yasmin May 28, 2016

    What an amazing opportunity! Grace C. is a legend! Wish I lived in an international cosmopolitan city so I could experience such cool events 🙂

    xx Yasmin

  28. Kathrine Eldridge May 28, 2016

    What an amazing festival! I would love to attend an event like this. I love Grace Coddington and so cool that you got to see Vogue up close and personal. Great pics!

  29. Karen Liesens May 28, 2016

    I saw quite some bloggers Snapchatting about it and it looked like so much fun. your pictures are amazing!

    x Karen

  30. Faye Fearon May 28, 2016

    Thanks for your comment, Yasmin – it was an amazing event! London is such a great city, I hope you're able to visit some day! .x

  31. Faye Fearon May 28, 2016

    Thank you so much Katherine, I'm so glad you like them! .x

  32. Faye Fearon May 28, 2016

    Ahh it definitely was, Karen! Thank you so much, have a lovely day .x

  33. Kelsey Bang May 28, 2016

    what an awesome event! looks like the funnest time ever!

  34. Faye Fearon May 28, 2016

    Thanks Kelsey, it was so much fun! .x

  35. Rachel-Beth May 29, 2016

    Well this looks like the best event EVER!! How exciting that you got to listen to a talk with Grace Coddington- she is such a huge influence and it intrigues me, due to her longstanding in the industry, how she responds to 'instagram it girls'. Your outfits are all so stylish too- I adore the sleeveless jacket over the off-shoulder top. Also, your street style photos look like they should appear in Vogue itself! Amazing

    Rachel xx

  36. Jennifer L May 29, 2016

    Wow! Amazing photos! Looks like a fabulous time!
    xo, Jennifer

  37. Carolina Pinglo May 30, 2016

    what a great post! i loved all of these pictures! hope you had an amazing time

  38. Holly Sparkes May 30, 2016

    I'm beyond jealous I wanted to go to this exhibition so badly! Your photos are amazing and I loved your outfit! I'm new to blogger and just posted my first post, it'd mean a lot if you could check it out and let me know what you think xx

  39. prudence yeo May 30, 2016

    The event looks amazing with so many gorgeous people, thanks for sharing!


  40. Martina May 31, 2016

    Such an interesting article!!
    Great photos, love your B&W outfit!

  41. Floortje van Cooten May 31, 2016

    These photos are all amazing! Love the styles!



  42. Bash Harry May 31, 2016

    Oh gosh, The Vogue 100 seems so cool! It must be so exciting to visit and see such great fashion trends! I wish I can go one of these days, it looks incredible <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  43. Alas de Angel June 1, 2016

    Great post! 🙂 Kisses!!

    ·Alas de Angel·

  44. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Rachel! It really was a great experience to listen to Grace Coddington's talk, and I found her response to 'instagram girls' very intriguing too! I'm so glad you like my outfits and photographs too, thank you! Have a lovely day .xx

  45. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thank you very much Jennifer! .xx

  46. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thank you so much Carolina, I had a wonderful time! .x

  47. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Ahh it was amazing, Holly! Thank you so much, I'm so glad you like them. Of course I will, I hope you're enjoying blogging so far! .xx

  48. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    You're welcome Prudence! Thanks for visiting .x

  49. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thank you very much Martina, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! .x

  50. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thanks so much lovely! .xx

  51. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thank you Bash, it definitely was! I hope you're able to visit another Vogue Festival in the future! .x

  52. Faye Fearon June 1, 2016

    Thanks lovely! .x

  53. Velvet Blush June 1, 2016

    The interviews sound so interesting 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  54. Faye Fearon June 2, 2016

    Thanks lovely, they definitely were! 🙂 .x

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  56. Faye Fearon June 4, 2016

    Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! .x

  57. Stella Asteria June 21, 2016

    Fantastic photos dear! I am so glad you where there! Looks like the most inspirational event!! yOu must have had a great time 🙂

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