This weekend, the Southbank Centre plays host to the second annual Vogue Festival – offering two days worth of special events that should prove unmissable for any self-respecting fashionista.
Vogue is one of the world's most famous and longest-running fashion magazines, and organisers of the 2013 festival have managed to secure a stellar ensemble of high-profile participants. Donatella Versace, Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckham are just a few of the famous faces sure to be spotted congregating on the South Bank this weekend.
As for the festival's events, which take place at the Southbank Centre's stunning Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, visitors are invited to a vast range of workshops, talks, panel discussions and more. Vogue promises that attendees will gain a "unique insight" into the lives and careers of leading designers, fashion photographers and models.
Events include Behind the Scenes of a Vogue Shoot – where, in the company of Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and fashion director Lucinda Chambers, audiences are promised an insider's perspective into the exciting process of creating a stunning magazine cover.
A panel discussion entitled 'So… You want to be a designer?' should be an unmissable opportunity for anyone wanting to get into the trade behind the scenes – bringing together some of London's leading fashion designers to discuss their careers.
In addition to the main events, ticket-holders will be granted exclusive access to a range of other activities. These include cover-shoots, demonstrations and makeovers – "let Dior advise you on your perfect bright-lip shade for spring", suggest organisers, or try out "this season's smoky eye, courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent". Furthermore the Vogue Braid Bar will be operating on the premises, giving festival-goers access to the magazine's favourite hairstylists.
The Vogue Festival commences this Saturday (April 27th) and is in London for a mere two days, so would-be visitors are urged to book now to avoid disappointment. The Thames' South Bank is one of London's most vibrant cultural quarters,and well worth a visit – its central location makes it easily accessible from most major London hotels and landmarks.