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Stylist Live 2018: our insider tips to the biggest event of the year

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Our annual Festival of Inspiration, Stylist Live, is returning to Olympia London this November and tickets are now on sale. 

From the 9-11 November, Stylist Live is taking over Olympia London for an unmissable three-day festival, featuring a mix of over 60 sessions and 100 speakers across our four stages.

We’ve got it all – from literary talks to wellness workshops, and speakers from Nadiya Hussain to Caitlin Moran. 

Want to know what you absolutely can’t miss? Here’s our guide to the best and most brilliant events this weekend. 

VIP Experience

If you purchase a VIP ticket, you’ll have access to our new VIP Lounge area.

We’ve partnered with world-renowned beauty brands Shiseido, Laura Mercier, bareMinerals, Buxom and NARS, to create a luxurious space that promotes Stylist’s long-term love of exploring beauty diversity, makeup and skincare. Each of these premium labels will be offering an exclusive treatment so, whether you’re ready to rock a ‘Fashion Week Supermodel Eye’ or feel more in the mood for exploring the world of J-Beauty, we’ll have something for you.

You’ll also get all-day access to our Stylist VIP Lounge and Beauty Rooms, a VIP goody bag worth over £150, complimentary food and soft drinks, and two free cocktails. 

Stylist Catwalk

All Stylist Live tickets include access to the Stylist Catwalk. Catch the hottest a/w 2018 trends that will shape your winter wardrobe, as the Stylist fashion team curate an exclusive edit of the items they’ve selected as the best on the high street, with the hottest make-up looks delivered by our Catwalk Make-up partner NARS.

Catwalk shows will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the following times:

  • 12pm
  • 1pm
  • 3pm
  • 4pm
  • 5pm

Trend on Trial Live

Join Stylist’s Beauty Director, Anita Bhagwandas, as she sits down with two of our favourite beauty industry icons, Bea Sweet and Larry King, to discuss this season’s beaut (and sometimes) bizarre make-up trends to walk off the catwalk, and how to convert them into real-life, wearable looks.

Friday, 17:45 – 18:15, Lead Stage

How to Speak in Public

Join our expert practitioners, Melanie Jessop and Rhiannon Oliver from Women@RADA to master your nerves about that speech you’ve been dreading, whether it’s a professional presentation or your wedding speech. Oscar ceremony, not included.

Saturday, 13:15 – 14:15, Thrive Studio

Stylist Life Drawing Class with Michelle Elman

Inspiration, empowerment, and creativity packed into one room. In this exclusive life drawing class, we invite you to join our wonderful art teacher, Kate Philipson of ‘Yoga Life Drawing’ and the globally renowned body confidence coach Michelle Elman, aka @scarrednotscared, for an intimate interview and art class.

Saturday, 15:30 – 16:30, Thrive Studio

Emerald Street’s Boozy Book Club

Cosy up with Emerald Street editor Kat Poole and award-winning writer and drinks critic Damian Barr as they talk you through their top literary picks of 2018, paired with a selection of delicious wines. Frankly we can’t think of a better use for a Saturday evening. Session strictly for over 18s only.

Saturday, 17:45 – 18:45, Thrive Studio

Sunday Assembly: Choose Life(fulness)

Sunday Assembly have joined forces with Stylist to take over our Grow stage and introduce you to the world’s most vibrant community. Led by comedian, co-founder and CEO, Sanderson Jones, discover the concept of lifefulness and the importance of living in meaningful communities in 2019. (All by singing pop songs really loudly in public with strangers). Awesome fun.

Sunday, 11:05 – 11:35, Grow Stage

This Talk Will Give You an Orgasm

With less than 30% of uni-aged women in the UK able to identify their clitoris and more women correctly identifying male anatomy than their own, we’re clearly experiencing more than just a pay gap. So join us and, one of our favourite sex experts and co-host of BBC Radio 1’s ‘Unexpected Fluids’, Alix Fox, to discover how to take matters into your own hands… yep, we said it.

Sunday, 14:25 – 14:55, Spark Stage

Stylist’s Poetry Slam

Pause for a moment to take in Stylist’s celebration of spoken word poetry with some of the scene’s most ferocious spitters. With poets shaping the face of Instagram, join us as we salute those whose words not only empower but have moved us to tears, laughter and sometimes action.

Sunday, 15:40 – 16:10, Grow Stage


We’ve also got a huge range of pop-ups for you to enjoy. More than 250 boutique pop-ups will bring the Style List to life at Stylist Live, providing free beauty treatments, skincare consultations, hair styling and a curated shopping experience just in time for Christmas


General Admission - £15

Our General Admission ticket is perfect for a day of shopping, pampering, and inspiration across all our open stages. With over 20 sessions to choose from each day, over 250 pop-ups to shop from, free pampering across the show floor, plus street food and our central bar, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Complimentary drink upon arrival
Access to all open stage sessions and talks
Access to the Stylist Catwalk

Thrive Studio - £30

Upgrade your Stylist Live experience with our re-purposed Thrive Studio. This ticket gives you everything at General Admission level, and more. Thrive Studio sessions take place in a more intimate, closed-off, exclusive space allowing you to learn more, do more, and reflect more without interruption. These sessions have limited availability to ensure you have the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and feel totally engaged and relaxed.

Complimentary drink upon arrival
Access to all open stage sessions and talks
Access to the Stylist Catwalk
Entry to your choice of Thrive Studio session

VIP Lounge - £90

The ultimate day out. Relax and let yourself be pampered in our VIP Lounge area. Escape the hustle and bustle of the rest of the event as you take time to sit down, enjoy a complimentary drink, bite to eat, or beauty treatment in this bespoke space.

Goody bag worth over £150
All-day access to the Stylist VIP Suite
One complimentary beauty treatment
Complimentary food and soft drinks
Two complimentary cocktails or non-alcoholic alternative
Priority access to the Stylist Catwalk

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