It’s official. Conde Nast are taking over the (fashion) world… Well either them or Net-a-Porter, possibly both. No longer content with owning countless magazines all over the globe, the publishing giant has now opened its own college to mould the minds of future sartorial leaders. Opinions have been fairly divided about this venture and I have to admit I was pretty dubious myself, especially considering the fees. Then I attended the launch party and heard the opening speeches from Conde Nast President, Nicholas Coleridge and Easy Living Editor turned college principle, Susie Forbes. Forbes and Coleridge explained that rather than teaching students how to design and make clothes, the 10 week Vogue Fashion Certificate and 1 year Vogue Fashion Diploma courses will educate them on the other all-important areas of the industry, ranging from PR and Marketing to Journalism and Styling. Of course, Conde Nast know the ins-and-outs of the fashion world better than anyone and will no doubt be able to offer students contacts and job opportunities on par with Central Saint Martins or FIT. But the aspect I find most interesting is the decidedly business focused approach they will be taking. Having heard practically everyone who spoke at Vogue Festival the previous weekend emphasise the importance of commerce as the necessary counterpart to creativity, launching a college to teach just that is an interesting and savvy move from Conde Nast… Anyway, we shall see. On a lighter note, the launch bash was a fabulous one, not that anyone expected anything less.
Say what you like about fashion folk, but you can’t accuse them of lacking in stamina. Despite having spent the weekend working, partying or both at Vogue Festival the usual London faces were out in force. Daisy and Pearl Lowe, Martha Ward, Tallulah Harlech and Alice Temperley all made an appearance along with Caroline Issa, Lucinda Chambers and countless other industry names. In between sipping champagne and snacking on seared scallops we had a poke around the college which I have to say, looked about as slick as it gets.
Love Ella. X