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New Facebook Group

FB ScreengrabGood mornng lovely people.

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the onset of Autumn and Winter. Time to go rooting through the wardrobe to bring those warm jumpers, scarves, hats and coats to the front and put those preppy shorts and tiny hot pants into storage…. unless of course you fancy wearing said hotpants during the winter – you’ll get no arguments here.

Anyway, I have spent a bit of time trying to update this blog’s presence on Facebook and as such I have created a new Fan Page.

Not quite sure what use it’ll be but it looks good and after all is that not the most important thing?

Anyway, feel free to join the group and add your thoughts to the discussion board n stuff.

Peace.

Offset your wardrobe with the new-age vintage kids

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Set in a large clearing in the simply beautiful Hainault Forest in Essex amidst a haze of raging teenage hormones, the only fashion rules of the Offset festival are these – there are no rules.

Though the sun chose to stay well and truly hidden behind its cloud for the entire festival and the chilling Essex breeze sent many a shiver across the skinny-jeaned crowd, what did it matter to this sea of hipsters bedecked in their over-sized original 70’s sunglasses, rolled-up skinnies and deck shoe-combos? The girls in their denim minis and intentionally laddered tights can’t have been too warm either, but did they let it show? Like hell they did.

The Offset festival has that ‘I’ve ransacked a bin/charity shop from the 1950’s/60’s/70’s/80’s’ feel about it. Not that i’m saying that this is any bad thing, I like it, I actively encourage and admire experimentation and expression of fashion in all it’s forms. In fact it’s refreshing to see fashion not so much re-hashed as people slinging various items at the iconic wall and seeing what sticks.

So we end up with a new twist on these looks, the rockabilly boys, the new romantics, the bikers (in Dr Martens of course), the indie crowd, the 50’s pin up girls and the happy hippies in their face paint, and so it goes on.

Vintage fashion fairs and charity shops from every decade seemingly have exploded violently in the middle of a forest and the Offset festival has spawned out of it. The thrift shop shopping scene in London was turned into a ghost town during this weekender for sure, the kids were all sipping cider in the woods at Offset.

Luckily the crowd could get their fashion fix without missing any of the top line up with a vintage fashion market on site. Festival goers could rummage away to their hearts content and potentially wear all their new purchases at once, depending on their mood of course.

One of the many great things about the Offset festival is that you can be who you want to be and no one would ever dare sneer at you. Hell, you could even dress up in an all-in-one leopard print lycra outfit complete with ears and a tail and the crowd would merely applaud you for your efforts.

C’mon then hipsters, we’ll see you next year, lets face it, we won’t be able to miss you.

First published in This Festival Feeling

Bloody Vandals…..

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In keeping with the current trend for all things bright and cheery – here is a fantastic pair of sneakers that would be absolutely perfect for festivals.

Nike’s iconic Vandal High has been with us since the mid 80s and has been produced in numerous colour schemes and several different types of material.

vandal-high-supreme-vintage-glltn-3None however, has been as exciting as the pair pictured. Nike’s new Vandal Vintage Supreme “Electric Green” are due to hit the shops in early 2010.

These are the perfect festival shoe – sturdy enough to protect your toes in the crowd, light enough to prevent your calves from seizing up on Sunday, the high top will help prevent you from twisting your ankle on the uneven floor, warm enough to keep you cosy at night and this electric green version will help your mates find you in the crowd. Happy days!

Whether you’re at Creamfields, V, The Secret Garden Party or Bloom – these will go down a treat….  although if you’re heading to Bloodstock, you might want to think again.

Thanks to Nice Kicks for this post.

The Big Chill

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In its own words, The Big Chill is no longer just a festival; it’s a way of life. One that has become notorious for openly cultivating talents of all sorts particularly within the world of fashion. Well known for its colourful and eclectic culture and the forward-thinking crowd it draws, The Big Chill is positively brimming with unique and diverse fashion.

So concrete is the festival’s stylish reputation, that fashion photographer, publisher and film director Rankin made a point of coming along to set up a mini-studio and photograph 2009’s very own chillers as part of his latest exhibition Rankin Live! Of course when I heard about this I was already practicing my poses in the mirror whilst listening to Madonna’s ‘Vogue’.

True to form the crowd certainly made sure they were ready for their close ups and surpassed expectations in the realms of fashion this year. The 1980s revival that the 2009 chillers were channelling was indeed bang on trend and leading the fashion pack were many a pair of printed leggings and high-top trainers. Others were ramping up their style stakes by sporting over-size slogan tees tucked into high-waisted shorts, teamed with a pair of late eighties/early nineties deck shoes created the perfect daytime look.

Another key day-to-night piece for chillers proved to be the washed-out denim playsuit – simple, yet very effective ladies. This fits perfectly with the NYC retro look, which is absolutely in this season. Accessorise with a fabulous belt, some fringed moccasin pumps, and complete the ensemble with a cute straw hat for comfortable and laid-back festival chic. I guarantee this will see you dancing well into the night with no complaints.

And it wasn’t just the ladies fixing up and looking sharp this time round, with the likes of Basement Jaxx dominating the line up this year, even the boys remembered to keep their wardrobes acid-bright with some creative edge.

Monochrome for once was a definite no-no, thank god. I even spotted some boys wearing luminous red, yellow or blue trousers which, it has to be said, look far better than they sound. Deep and colourful V-necks looked sexy on tanned chests whilst convieniently crossing over the casual-to-smarter borderline, whether they were in the form of jumpers, cardigans, shirts or t-shirts.

Obviously the intention here is not to look like a walking bag of Skittles or try on every look at the same time, but go on, be brave – confident use of colour and retro shapes is a definite head turner – it’s a sure fire way to see you making a play for the fashion lime-light at any upcoming festival.

Originally published in This Festival Feeling

Flo’s got the love.

One of this festival season’s most stylish and charismatic artists, Florence and the Machine perform a massive Ibiza’s anthem.

This incredible performance was taken from a BBC Radio 1 show at this year’s Ibiza Rocks festival.

Take a deep breath before playing this video…..

Hook ups

Hello people

So in the spirit of all things social (network, that is) I have decided to set up a Twitter account and Facebook group. Now I’m not great all of this new media malarkey so you will have to bear with me – I just thought it would be a great way of keeping up to date with people and informing everyone of my latest updates and stuff.

Anyway, click on the links below to find the accounts.

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