• What to do

    Fancy a two-day trip into the future? Entering its second year, FutureFest seeks to take participants on that very journey with a weekend of immersive experiences, installations, exhibits and performances paired with a long list of compelling guest speakers - all brought together with a common goal - to ask what our world might look like in the coming years.

    Created by British charity Nesta (whose mission is to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life) and hosted from March 14-15 at Vinopolis near London Bridge, the aim is not didactic but inquisitive. A compass for what's to come whether it be democracy, money, music, thrills or machines.

    Have you ever wondered if a muddled mojito or chilled Bellini could provide all of your daily nutritional needs? Award-winning Mr Lyan mixologists Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffith have, and they're presenting a workshop on the subject, entitled "Stay Healthy: Drink Alcohol: Cocktails of the Future". Elsewhere journalist and author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money Brett Scott is part of a panel on "How Encryption Will Shape the Economics and Politics of the Future". While funk and soul musician George Clinton, front-man of Parliament & Funkadelic will be taking audiences on a guided multi-media tour of his radical career.

    The highlight of this year's event is undeniably the live video linkup with former NSA contractor, the intrepid Edward Snowden. Dialing in from (an undisclosed area of) Russia where the whistleblower currently lives, after being granted a three-year residence permit this summer, he remains one of the most enigmatic figures of our generation, and the subject of Laura Poitras's pointed BAFTA- winning and Oscar-nominated documentary CitizenFour.

    You might not like everything, you certainly might not agree with everything, but you will be left with dinner-party arsenal for week's to come after dipping your toe into the future.

    By Bridget Arsenault

    Day tickets, £50.  Weekend pass, £80. 
    To book tickets, please visit http://futurefest.org/

    FutureFest offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win two pairs of weekend passes to attend FutureFest, 14th-15th March (worth £160 per pair). Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List

  • Who to know

    One to watch at this season's London Fashion Week is designer Molly Goddard.

    For her BA graduation collection from Central St Martin's, Molly was inspired by the clothes she wore as a baby. Then her first collection, shown off-schedule during last autumn's fashion week, was based on teenage party dresses - layers of pink tulle and taffeta infused with teen awkwardness and styled with band t-shirts and boots. The kind of teen spirit that embodied early 90s grunge; groupies hanging out with Kurt Cobain. The presentation took the unusual format of a party in a Mayfair church hall, with karaoke and balloons. Instead of regular models marching a runway, the collection was worn by Molly's friends, including photographer and Shrimps collaborator Tegen Williams and artist Phoebe Collings-James.

    Now, in only her second season, Goddard has been selected to present her Autumn/Winter collection on the Fashion Week schedule as part of the Topshop backed NEWGEN programme. And it's rumoured that for this season, Molly has found inspiration from the idea of 'bohemian art students'.  


  • What to see

    Described by American Vogue's André Leon Talley as 'the Godson of Andy Warhol', pop-artist and designer Philip Colbert takes over The Library Members club this fashion week.

    Ever since he first co-founded Rodnik Fashion in 2003, Philip has been a disruptor; tickling the sometimes po-faced fashion world with humour and fun. There have been guerilla fashion shows inspired by The Thomas Crown affair, a sequin swiss cheese dress designed for Rita Ora and a Rodnik x Snoopy collection including a collaboration with Bamford Watch Department.

    For this new show, Colbert - always easy to spot in a lobster or Snoopy covered suit - is showing a new series of paintings that aim to explore the conversation between pop-art and abstraction, using his technique of paint and handsewn sequins on canvas. Alongside the paintings, Philip will be showing furniture designs including his 'shark fin chair' - no doubt amongst other intriguing surprises.

    Philip Colbert at The Library Club for one month from 20th February.
    The Library Club, 112 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4BD