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On Vogue Festival and the masterclass economy

Vogue festival 2016 main entrance

As fashion and its industry become more fashionable than ever, it’s unsurprising that people want to know more about it. There’s a real thirst for expertise, insight, insider stories and an understanding of the inner workings of it all. And of course, to be part of it.

Enter the rise of what I call the masterclass economy, an uptick in conferences, workshops, panel debates and hands-on masterclasses that let you get stuck in. Apple’s new store in San Francisco is a good example, with a dedication to knowledge workshops that embrace and encourage creative entrepreneurship. And of course, London’s Vogue Festival is one of the pioneers in recent years of the more glamorous type of symposium. (more…)

My picks from Vogue Festival and Photo London 2016

Vogue Festival 2015 -cover wall

Next weekend is set to be jam-packed with activity from a double whammy of Vogue Festival and Photo London. Vogue Festival in partnership with Harrods, is in its fifth year now and I think the line-up for next weekend is its best ever. I guess that’s to be expected though, when it’s also a celebration of 100 years of British Vogue. I’m particularly excited about the interviews with Grace Coddington, Juergen Teller and Gucci’s Allesandro Michele, all unique creatives who aren’t overexposed as media personalities. (more…)

Beauty snippets: McQueen parfum, By Kilian, Farfetch, Buly 1803, Estee Lauder, Glamour, Fenwick, NARS, Bobbi Brown

I haven’t done a beauty news roundup for yonks but I simply can’t keep up with all the news so I’m putting it all in one place. Deep breath…

A NEW MCQUEEN FRAGRANCE HAS LAUNCHED
Alexander Mcqueen Perfume
Alexander McQueen is relaunching fragrance with McQueen Parfum, a decadent-sounding perfume in an absolutely stunning bottle. Just arrived exclusively at Harrods (more…)

To Frieze, or not to Frieze?

Eduardo Paolozzi by Emma Paolozzi Paul Smith Albemarle Street

I’m not sure if I’ll make it to Frieze London, but if I do it will most likely be Frieze Masters than Frieze.

One of the hits of last year was dealer Helly Nahmad’s depiction of an imaginary collector’s lived-in apartment. I missed it but it famously inspired the set design for Erdem’s Aw15 LFW show.

We all love to see behind the scenes of an artist or creative. There’s definitely something very magical about getting a glimpse of an artist’s messy studio space. Paul Smith has tapped into this with his own Frieze installation in the Albemarle Street store. (more…)