Vogue Festival 2014 – Part 2: Talk 2

A brief overview of the second talk from the Vogue Festival 2014 and the interesting things I learnt.  Enjoy!

Topic: My Fashion Life
Guest Speakers: Manolo Blahnik, Tory Burch and Angela Missoni

Talk 2

The second talk I attended on Saturday afternoon was listening to three major people in the fashion industry talk about their careers and how they got started. It was very interesting to hear each of their personal stories, each one completely different from the other. Tory Burch began her fashion career 10 years ago and had built herself up with her team to the global brand she is today.  Burch has been so successful that she has managed to become the second youngest self-made female millionaire in America! She spoke about it has taken a lot of extremely hard work and dedication from herself, her family and the team she surrounds herself with.  It was refreshing to hear her constantly mention her team, as she is fully aware that without them she would not be where she is today, and that is a commendable character trait in her.

Angela Missoni grew up while her parents were building the world famous house of Missoni, and was witness to the world from as young as 5 years old when she attended the first fashion show.  Since fashion was in her blood and the Missoni brand is a part of her and her family’s history she naturally took over the fashion house from her parents, to continue to grow and expand it both by-product categories and geographically. She had the mentality that it needed fixing, not in a negative way, but rather that things can constantly be tweaked and changed to make it even better. The house of Missoni has only benefited from this thought, her talent and her vision of where she wants to take the brand.

Tory Burch, Angela Missoni, Manolo Blahnik, and Lucinda Chambers
Tory Burch, Angela Missoni, Manolo Blahnik, and Lucinda Chambers

And finally, Manolo has built himself into the expert on women’s shoes. One interesting fact we learnt was that he is the designer most frequently mentioned on the hit TV show Sex and the City. I mean who can forget those beautiful royal blue shoes with the crystal buckle she wore in the first movie. Funnily enough he first dabbled in the shoe designing/making industry as a young child when he fashioned shoes for lizards and his dog out of tinfoil (aluminum foil).  In contrast to Burch, Manolo is someone who prefers to work alone and to be involved in all stages of the process of getting his shoes to the customers.  He likes to have as much control as he can over the process.  He sketches the shoes, selects the fabrics, carves the shoe out of wood, has even been seen at the manufactures helping to make them, and then tries them on himself!  He takes great care in making sure that what he designs are not only beautiful but also good quality and comfortable for women to wear.  His passion for what he does was shining through, which was really wonderful to see since he cares so much about it.

Find link to Vogue’s official review here!

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