Vogue Festival Draws a Fashionable Crowd

Coachella wasn’t the only fashion-forward festival going down this weekend. On the other side of the pond industry luminaries — ranging from Tom Ford and bff Stella McCartney, to Diane von Furstenbreg and Dolce & Gabbana and Natalia Vodianova and Rachel Zoe – regaled attendees of the inaugural Vogue Festival with advice and anecdotes on a series of panels during the two-day event. After the jump, a few highlights.

Vogue Festival Draws a Fashionable Crowd

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Tom Ford on personally test driving his beauty collection: “I put every single thing on — I don’t wear it down the street, but I want to see how it covers, how it works. When you put your name on something, you want people to know you believe in it.”

Tom Ford on his incredible shyness: “I’m the face of the brand. With Chanel, you feel that Karl Lagerfeld‘s personality has really melded with Coco’s – but not everyone knows yet who I am, so that’s why I’m in the pictures. I don’t like having my picture taken but it helps people to respond. My real life’s not like the fantasy Tom Ford world – with naked girls pouring perfume everywhere. It’s more staying in and watching Friends on television.”

Tom Ford on why he eschews the runway: “The reason I present in a small controlled way is that so much of what makes my clothes special is the cut, the stitching, the lining — things that would be lost on the catwalk. On the catwalk you have to exaggerate, almost.”