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What a surprise to see a Nigel Shafran shoot in Vogue. And styled by Joe McKenna too. Shafran’s last Vogue shoot was 21 years ago and he has brought his quiet observational style to the the UK title with this ode to consumerism (beating Karl to the punch), shot in the temples of Vuitton, Chanel and Celine on Avenue Montaigne…
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Also in Vogue is Christy Turlington shot (I refuse to say ‘lensed’) by Patrick Demarchelier and a fashion tribute to Linda McCartney shot by Glen Luchford and styled by Jane How. Loving the use of my favourite 1990s creatives doing what they do best…

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I also really enjoyed Richard Goodwin’s no-holds-barred take-down of the juicing industry. Having recently discovered that Pret’s Green Goodness juice apparently has the equivalent of ten teaspoons of sugar, I think I’ll stick to Coke. (The Pret one is delicious though.)

On the subject of Vogue, I can’t not flag next weekend’s Vogue Festival. As usual, there’s an AAA-list line up of which my must-see is Phoebe Philo in conversation with Alex Shulman. I’m also looking forward to the My Fashion Life panel featuring Manolo Blahnik, Tory Burch and Angela Missoni discussing their lives and careers. The grand finale on Sunday is the formidable Franca Sozzani talking to Naomi Campbell about diversity in fashion and the emerging African luxury market.

A new addition this year, main sponsor Harrods is running a Live Street Style digital catwalk in which best-dressed guests get a Bobbi Brown makeover followed by a turn on the catwalk which is then put to the vote on Instagram. I always find Vogue Festival good for people watching. Although people dress up, it’s not in an OTT ‘fashion week’ way so you get a real sense of what the current fashion feeling is.

The Vogue Festival 2014 in association with Harrods, will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March 2014, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1. The talks are quite pricy at £40 each but you can also buy £25 tickets which give you half a day’s access to the peripheral activities including the Vogue cover shoot (always looks like a hoot), styling demos by Vogue’s fashion team, a feedback surgery for budding designers and advice from Vogue’s beauty editors.

For the full schedule and to buy tickets visit Vogue.co.uk/voguefestival.