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Fashion Flash

LUCILLE HOWE HELPS YOU GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING

Fashion Flash

HAPPY CAMPERS

The list of summer music festivals keeps getting longer every year, but that just means more opportunities to parade your best gear in front of an audience of thousands. Whether you’re a Benicàssim babe or dressing boho at Glasto, there’s fashion fun to be had. Just add wristband.

Back in April, celebrities basked in the California sunshine at the Coachella festival to watch The Kills, Kanye West and Katy Perry. The first big festival of the year, Coachella always sets the festival fashion benchmark for glamorous groupies, so we were paying close attention.

Katy Perry traded her usual cartoonish stage outfits for something altogether prettier and more girly in a D&G lace dress. Her best friend Rihanna chose a tougher look, dressed for combat in a camouflage jacket and those ubiquitous festival faves: cut-off denim shorts. Meanwhile, actress Kate Bosworth (pictured) wore ice denim with a Topshop stars-and-stripes T-shirt – a great look that we might borrow. It would be perfect for Bestival (WWW.bestival.net) on the Isle of Wight this year, which has a dress- up theme of Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas.

Among celebrities, and us normal folks, 1970s-style maxi dresses have also been seen in abundance at festivals so far this year. “The 1970s look is key this year, and clashing prints and crochet are the biggest emerging trends. I definitely see a lot of crochet floppy hats, peasant tops and flowing dresses,” says Fashionista.com reporter Hayley Phelan.

“I also see that people are opting for ankle booties in lieu of sandals. Cut-off shorts are still big, as are oversized shades, though this year they’re rounder or cat-eyed. People are also experimenting with prints, mixing tie-dye with florals, or a bold tribal-printed purse with stripes.”

One summer festival essential is a hat. Try a floppy-brimmed one like this style from M&S (pictured below), which ties at the back with a leopard print scarf for extra 1970s flair. Bear in mind that a hat that’s too huge can swamp your features. Another good look is a fedora or an old-school boater, like those being produced by Topshop at the moment.

If you’re going to a festival that might be muddy, try the new Hunter Millbanks (see below). These boots are Converse-style, rubber high-tops with a leather-look finish.

With the right festival outfit, your look will easily outshine the bands on stage.

WE LOVE

€13
Millbank Ladies in space- age silver. Available for men and kids too.
WWW.HUNTER-BOOT.COM

€79
A seriously stylish straw hat complete with leopard print scarf.
WWW.MARKSANDSPENCER.COM

€62
African patchwork dress. Part boho, part tribal.
WWW.WAREHOUSE.CO.UK

WILL IT TRAVEL?

YES
“At fests you can dress like Kate Moss, or dress up as a dinosaur!”
KITTY BANG BANG, BURLESQUE STAR, LONDON, UK

NO
“Festival fashion is too exhibitionist and ad hoc”
JODIE HUTCHINS, PERSONAL SHOPPER, PARIS, FRANCE

15 July 11