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Posted on May 1, 2015

Bobbi Brown at Vogue Festival

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Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton at Vogue Festival 2015

Kate Upton, Bobbi Brown and Alexandra Schulman at the Vogue Festival Talk

Last weekend, I attended the Vogue festival hosted at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The yearly festival hosts a variety of inspirational talks and master classes all about fashion, journalism & female entrepreneurship.  The talk on “How to build your dreams” by Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton seemed like an inspiring  topic so I wasted no time in signing up for it. A rather grumpy Alexandra Schulman, chief editor of British Vogue, hosted the talk.

Bobbi came across as a refreshingly honest and a caring person. She frankly admitted, in front of Alexandra, that she doesn’t care for clothes but loves makeup. Dive with me into the key takeaways from the talk.

Alexandra: Did you always know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

BB: No, I never thought of running my own business. If someone said that to me, I would have run the other way.  I was, and am,  very naive, and in many ways that helped me in building the business as I always trust things will work out. I also never think I have to do something,  I just do what feels right.

Alexandra: What’s your life motto?

BB: Helping people where you can. I was raised to be nice and caring towards  everybody.

Alexandra: What do you hate about makeup? 

BB: Blue/purple mascara and contouring! Contouring has negative connotations as it implies that for example a round face needs when in fact most models have round faces. Make-up should enhance the Beauty you have, not trying to change it.

Alexandra: What are your hero products?

BB: The shimmer Brick is a great product as it consists of several colours to give dimension which looks very natural. Also, the foundation stick is a revolutionary product.

The hero product: The Shimmer Brick

The hero product: The Shimmer Brick

Alexandra: What product innovations are you most proud of?

BB: When I started out as a make-up artist, all foundations used to be pink, which did not match the colour of the skin tone. We all have yellow in our skin so I created yellow foundations that disappear into the skin, that’s when you know you  found the right shade of foundation! I was also always fixing bad lipsticks, mixing them with beige to achieve a more lip-like colour.

Alexandra: You are a also a designer of glasses, which are a signature look of yours.

BB: I love glasses, they hide lines and dark circles. People always ask me where they can buy the glasses I’m wearing. In fact, my glasses won’t suit everyone. My glasses range offers all colours and shapes to chose from.

Alexandra: Did you ever make mistakes during your career? 

BB: Of course, mistakes are part of life. We once brought out a range of neon colours – it didn’t work. It was too early, we were ahead of the time.

Alexandra: Why did you chose Kate Upton to represent BB? 

BB: She’s very relatable, comfortable in her body and coupled with healthy attitude, Kate is a role model who people look up to in the UK / US and Asia!

Kate Upton at Vogue Festival 2015

Kate looked absolutely stunning in this Dolce and Gabbana combo: High waisted monchrome gingham skirt and floral cardigan, topped up with lace pointy heels.

romantique at Vogue Festival 2015

Read more about the Vogue Festival and the fashionista visitors here.

Posted on April 28, 2015

Vogue Festival London 2015 – Best of Street Style

Featured/ London/ Romantique

Vogue FEstival 2015

Last Sunday, I spent a fun-filled day at Vogue Festival at London’s prestigous Royal College of Art, with my lovely  friend Fawzia from Zibastyles. We went to see Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton speak on  “Building your dream” As it often goes with these type of events, the actual, one hour long talk, was not the highlight of the day. For me, getting to meet and photograph liked minded creatives interested in fashion as weel as being inspired by their different styles is the real draw to these events.

I’m excited to share with you my Best of Street Style – gorgeous bloggers and fashionistas competed for the photographers attention and the girls were more than happy to pose!

Eva Glamazon Atosa mybubbaandme at vogue festival 2015

First up is stylish Czech, London based blogger Eva from Glamazon. She hardly puts a foot wrong in the style stakes, looking elegant  in her colourful statement jacket and the dusty pink Valentino arm candy, topped off with cool Ray ban aviators. Atosa, from blog mybubbandme stuns with showstopper white tassel heels by Daniel Footwear. I’m not too much of a fan of the denim culottes and the 70s jacket – but that’s exactly what makes fashion events like the Vogue Festival so inspiring – I can  immerse myself in new styles and outfits.

Street style vogue festival 2015

I don’t like sneakers – probably because they just don’t suit my style. This fashionable festival-goer has the casual style nailed: The high-tech material of the Midi-skirt matches the shoes perfectly. And that pop of orange sweater? Brigthed up what was a dull April day.

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The designer bag that I spotted most? Defintely the quilted Chanel bag and the Valentino rockstud bag. No doubt so popular due to their high recognition value. I love the unexpected colour of this mustard yellow Chanel bag.

Vogue Festival 2015 Street style

A london fashion festival isn’t complete without it’s eccentric, colourful and flamboyant personalities!

Beating the weather blues with a coconut drink. I love the peek-a-boo midi skirt and the dirty sneakers. Such a London look!

Beating the weather blues with a coconut drink. I love the peek-a-boo midi skirt and the dirty sneakers. Such a London look!

Romantique Vogue Festival 2015

Last but not least, here’s my outfit: At last years Vogue festival, I went for a colourful and summary outfit as we were spoilt with gorgeous sunshine and warm temperatues. This year, it was cold and rainy so I opted for the  simple and classy Hepburn look:

Romantique and zibastyles at Vogue festival

Fawzia and myself after restyling at the hair and make-up stations!

Posted on April 12, 2014

Vogue Festival: Street Style Part 2 and Alexa Chung on Personal Style

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Romantique at Vogue Festival 2014 London

I am wearing a broderie anglaise coat by Max & Co, Vichy pants from Gant and bag from Moschino

Two weeks ago, a couple of friends and I attended the Vogue Festival on London’s South Bank for a talk on “Personal Style – Do you have it?”; a  discussion roundtable with Alexa Chung, Lucinda Chambers (Vogue Fashion Director)  and Amanda Harlech, Model and Muse of Karl Lagerfeld exploring this sometimes hard to define subject.

During the talk, nothing new, groundbreaking or controversial was discussed. Lucinda Chambers led the discussion for the most part, Amanda Harlech  only chipping in now and then, and Alexa Chung, the real crowd puller,  being too cool for  school. She seemed bored at the event, as if she rather wanted to be  with her cool East London friends.

Lucinda Chambers, Amanda Harlech, Alexa Chung at Vogue Festival 2014

What they wore: Lucinda Chambers wore a Celine skirt and vintage tshirt, Alexa wore Marc Jacobs Heels and Osman dress and Amanda Harlech was dressed in Chanel Couture (head to toe!)

 

They seemed to reach consensus that style is not fashion, hence it’s timeless. You can be stylish at 110 years old, whereas it’s more difficult for an  older woman to be fashionable. Style is not something one is born with,  but something that evolves, just like your personality. I liked their  point about how confidence, grace and the way we hold ourselves, contributes to style.

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Alexa explained that she uses style as an armour. When scared of an interview, she will wear sky high heels, making her taller and in  return, she will feel less intimidated. Her favourite style items are  passed on from her mother: navy blue jumper, black skinny jeans and  moccasins. If she could pick one brand she couldn’t live without, it would have to be TopShop.

Lucinda, ever the British, quirky fashion director, praised the UK high-street stores, which make it possible to dress fashionably on a small budget.  Her favourite shopping haunt is the Portobello flea market.

London I love you! A confidently dressed  street styler

While it’s great that leading fashion ladies (Lucinda and Alexa) promote the High Street, flea markets, and charity shops, I question their  authenticity. Alexa is mostly dressed in high-end couture, and so is  Lucinda. It’s like promoting going grocery shopping at Lidl, whilst only  shopping at Whole Foods! On the contrary, Amanda Harlech took a more honest appraoch. She loves Chanel couture for the  simple reason that it’s so classic and timeless that 15 year old pieces still look relevant today.

The most interesting and controversial contributions of the day came in the shape of questions from the audience:

Question: Why is Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue?

Lucinda: Kim has a large following and is relevant in today’s society. Vogue  does not put constraints or rules on how a person has to be to fit on a cover.

If you have to pick one item of clothing you can’t live with, what would it be?

Alexa: Navy blue jumper
Amanda: Long black lace dress
Lucinda: Earrings

Street style London Vogue Festival Missoni Coat, snakeprint trousers Zara

The lovely ladies from London’s  Merchant 24 shop, which sells pre-loved desigener pieces,  wore Zara snake print trousers and Zara leather jacket, Missoni coat and Chloe bag.

Street style Vogue Festival London. Tara Jarmon, Moschino, Sinequanone

My friends having fun on a day full of girlie indulgence: Gledis (left) is wearing: Gold Moschino bag and chunky, oversized pearl earrings from Karl Lagerfeld. Berengere is wearing top from Tara Jarmon and coat from Sinequanone. Sunglasses from Stella Mccartney and turquoise earrings from a little Parisian shop.
London Vogue Festival street style sunglasses Stella MccArtney and turquoise earrings
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Walking down the Harrods street style catwalk was super fun! Thanks to the Bobbi Brown team who pretty-fied us before the walk.
Posted on March 29, 2014

Karlie Kloss at Vogue Festival in London

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Karlie Kloss Vogue Festival

What a day it’s been! London was looking its best:  Under blue skies and warm temperatures, the Vogue Fashion Festival commenced at London’s Southbank.  At the festival, I attended the talk on Personal Style led by Alexa Chung  (check back for the story on R&R soon). More fun than attending the talk was to mingle with fashionistas and fellow bloggers who strutted their stuff at the Thames river bank. Later in the afternoon, model Karlie Kloss arrived for a photo session amongst the festival goers. Her rather eye catching outfit consisted of a high-waisted, purple metallic leather pencil skirt, purple beaded varsity jacket adorned with lipsticks, kooky cute pink pom-pom shoes and a polka dotted rucksack, all from House of Holland, RTW Fall 2014! Fashion at it’s best, when it’s all about fun.  Karlie will speak at the Festival about what it’s like to be a model tomorrow.

Karlie looked cute, I loved her wild hairstyle. She seemed very open and happy to talk and pose with curious bystanders.

Karlie Kloss Festival

Karlie’s crazy, loud 80s outfit is from House of Holland, RTW Fall 2014

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Check out her turquoise nail varnish

Check out her turquoise nail varnish!

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