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Substance with style

Vogue’s first ever festival takes place this week, bringing together fashion’s leading designers, photographers, journalists and models under one roof at the Royal Geographic Society in west London. The two-day event promises to blend both substance and style, with a combination of debates held by our favourite designers, workshops and exclusive makeovers.

Many of the industry’s most influential personalities will be in attendance. Tom Ford, Christopher Bailey, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Matthew Williamson and Diane von Furstenberg will be mingling with photographers David Bailey, Tim Walker and Richard Young, as well as retail entrepreneurs such as Net-a-Porter’s Natalie Massanet.

There’s a panel discussion about whether fashion has an age limit that lines up Mary Portas, Laura Bailey, Pixie Geldof and Anne Robinson, as well as a Q&A discussion with a gaggle of supermodels. Tom Ford will be in conversation with Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, while Stella McCartney pairs up with actress pal Kate Hudson. Joely Richardson and trendsetter Rachel Zoe discuss red carpet tactics, and even celebrity cook Nigella Lawson puts in a brief appearance to chat with broadcaster Kirsty Young.

The festival, held in association with Vertu, takes place from April 20-21, with individual tickets available for both morning and afternoon sessions. Each half-day ticket allows you to see the main talks and panel discussions, as well as a wide range of additional activities – makeovers, photoshoots, trend talks and fashion films. There will also be a  limited-edition T-shirt, designed for the festival by Mulberry.