this "festivals as fashion show" thing gives me the Rage

(113 Posts)
dirtyface Sun 14-Jul-13 13:52:43

i am a music lover and as a teenager / early 20 something i used to go to festivals every summer

think the PROPER festivals, donington, ozzfest, reading festival etc. a fashion show they were Not. it was actually about the bands and music and just having a proper good time and not really giving a shit what you were wearing as long as you were reasonably comfortable. apart from maybe if you wore a t-shirt of your favourite band. not designer brands, a face full of make up, and artfully dishevelled "festival hair" hmm

but "nowadays" its just soooooo cool to be "seen" at festivals. it doesn't seem to be about the music anymore. it seems to be more about posing. this whole "festival as fashion show" bandwagon thing only came about in the last 5 or 10 years. and now ever summer, every vacuous shitty womens mag is saturated with "festival fashion" articles and what celeb twats like kate moss are wearing at glastonbury. as if the paps will be snapping you every 5 minutes in your generic hunter wellies and ray bans.

bugs the shit out of me (but as i said i am an old gimmer of 33 who doesn't go to them anymore anyway so what do i know grin )

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 09:07:19

"Wasn't 'looking homeless' just 90's grunge though? Inside-out jumper with cuffs hanging out and Rimmel black cherries lipstick? No?"

Maybe. I don't see your point, though!

We just used to pack as if we were going for a weekend's camping (which we were) Would you ponce around a campsite in your naice clothes and a full face of make-up or would you dress sensibly, for the elements?

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 16-Jul-13 09:58:00

In my day, it was all combats, vests, flip flops during the day, and trainers at night. Functional, but undoubtedly fashionable (hard as that may be to believe now). Plenty of people wore make-up.

Same as the fashions now, as far as I can see. Cut-off shorts and hunters. Functional but fashionable. Just not our fashionable, because we're not 20 anymore.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 10:00:02

Erm, I'm still fashionable, thanks! I just wouldn't spend upwards of £300 to ponce about a field looking like a flower fairy that's been attacked by Topshop.

ARealDame Tue 16-Jul-13 10:03:56

There's an antsy article on Glastonbury by Suzanne Moore writing in the Guardian, a couple of weeks ago. Look it up online, its quite funny (sorry can't do links).

Ladymuck Tue 16-Jul-13 10:11:20

No hope for me. 42 and looking at my Neon Orange Hunters and wondering whether there is any chance of the weather being cool enough to wear them this weekend (Latitude, pretty much the Boden of festivals).

dirtyface Tue 16-Jul-13 10:22:26

looking like a flower fairy that's been attacked by Topshop

pmsl

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 16-Jul-13 10:26:53

Who says anyone's spending upwards of £300? The glossy magazines...?!

I'm sure some people probably are spending a wodge on their festival weekend away, just as some people probably did in our day, too.

Pus ça change...

Ladymuck Tue 16-Jul-13 10:30:23

£300 won't even get you a night in a yurt...

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 10:32:03

I work in fashion retail. I get to serve the overgrown Bratz dolls that come in to buy their "festival wardrobe" <shudder>

Hunter willies cost £70 there or there abouts. They've all got 'em.

Come on. Look at this picture and tell me they're not irritating as fuck wink

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 10:35:21

And here is the line-up for Reading '96, to pluck one out of the air

I can't see anything approaching the 1990s equivalent of Rizzle Kicks or Jessie J on there. Yes there are big acts on there but they're all veering towards the alternative side of things.

HairyGrotter Tue 16-Jul-13 10:39:07

Hahaha that picture makes me chortle! Ready to mosh with my mesh bodysuit and cut off shorts!

That first picture cannot possibly be a UK festival. Palm trees?

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 11:39:26

Yeah it looks American but dressing like a wankah traverses the Atlantic...

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