I had a great day at the Vogue Festival yesterday and wanted to share a few photos -mainly of me, but you can read and see more about the weekend event on Vogue’s website (link below). It was my pleasure to join Vogue Beauty’s Funmi Fetto and Lottie Winter (pictured below) alongside gorgeous make-up artist Rachel Singer-Clark, to give advice at the Vogue Make-up Bag Surgery. Mary Greenwell, Terry Barber and Lynsey Alexander had all taken part, so we were in very good company.
It was interesting and inspiring to look inside women’s make-up bags – I think I took more notes than they did! What’s apparent is that women, young and ‘more experienced’, really know what they’re doing and buying. Most questions related to skin care and foundation, which is where beauty starts. My assistant Hannah Paul was also on hand to provide expert guidance (and take pictures of me) while Rachel dispensed advice generously, to us as well as the ‘patients’.
The Vogue Beauty Team had organised the bar beautifully and I even had my own plaque with my Maybelline NY title, UK Director of Make-up. It was a democratic affair – we had a selection of the latest products from various brands to try out and demonstrate with, plus Rachel had brought the range from &OtherStories, which is covetable and affordable http://www.stories.com/Beauty. I was impressed to find out that Lisa Butler, one of the make-up artists I admire the most, had a hand in its creation.
One thing kept puzzling me as women were approaching the bar, because they all looked perfectly made up. I told a few that whatever they were doing, they were doing it right, and they explained that the CHANEL specialists had just made them up for a Vogue cover shoot! For £10 you could be turned into a cover star and not surprisingly, the queue didn’t diminish all day. The make-up artists worked cheerfully and gracefully throughout a long day and the results made me proud, as I’d trained most of them!
I took the opportunity for a wander around the foyer upstairs and buy a Vogue sweatshirt from the Vogue shop (I’m just as excited by the Vogue plastic bag!) when I saw a couple of my old Vogue covers and couldn’t resist a quick pose. All the festival goers were extremely well turned out and passionate about fashion, judging by the queues for the debates and talks. My favourite popstar, Lily Allen, was invited to participate in a conversation with Grayson Perry on the subject of ‘Good Taste, Bad Taste: The Shock of the New’.
As always, Lily had lots of interesting and thought provoking things to say, which you can read at http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/vogue-festival-kim-kardashian-cover-3302953. She looked amazing and I have to show off a little here because I’d done her make-up that morning – she sports eyeliner and lashes so well! There were many fashion luminaries who took part, sharing their philosophies, insights and advice, which you can read on the Vogue post http://www.vogue.co.uk/special-events/vogue-festival-2014/vogue-festival-2014/sunday.
Finally, to top off an eventful day, I was invited to step on stage for a styling session with Vogue’s Fashion Director, Lucinda Chambers, who is rightly regarded as one of the world’s greatest stylists. Lucinda demonstrated how she made outfits interesting for a photographer, sharing her inspirations and creative process in a dynamic half hour. Her assistant Lucy was on hand with belts, ribbons, flowers, socks and scissors and I was asked what make-up would work with each look. Our muse was the elegant and joyful model Alewya Demmisse from Storm. We were excited it had gone well and took a photo to capture the moment with Alewya’s polaroid camera. It made a change to have a print rather than a screen shot – maybe that’s why we still prefer reading magazines like Vogue than looking online, because you can hold it in your hands.