We’ve had a week to deal with the fact that Splendour In The Grass is over for another year but that doesn’t mean we can’t still learn something. As much as music festivals are about the music, fashion continues to play a huge part both on and off stage. Here are the most memorable looks from Splendour.
Just as she promised she “went all out”. Deciding to get a custom made pilot suit for the occassion months ago (cute!) she drew one of the largest crowds of the day. Bouncing around on stage, the adorable, full of life rapper is a great reminder to not taken anything too seriously, especially fashion. And the fashion peeps have already caught on. She’s already appeared in Australian Vogue and Nylon and fronted the Mimco x Frends collaboration campaign.
As they say a picture is worth a thousand words but there is only one for this: Gurllll! Whilst she has expressed her disapproval about the hip hop and fashion world colliding, her fashion choices are obvious form of self expression. Reflecting her loud and boisterous style, her very short, tight and colourful outfit looked amazing on her. In saying that with the length of her legs, she could pretty much wear anything. Bitch.
Their style is definitely nostalgic. Everything from their band name, their hairstyles to their outfits evokes an Australian 8’0s corporate vibe. Hence their Splendour outfits. Monte Morgan strutted around in an apricot lapel suit with matching shoes and white socks. Harvey Miller contrasted in a sky blue version and accessorised his look with some pale pink shoulder length earring. They took their stage performance one step further and had backup dancers in 80’s aerobics leotards. I’m not sure if they intended to, but they looked hilarious.
I know, I know she seems to feature a lot in these list, but come on…. Look at her! As most festival goers these days desperately try to recreate a scene from Almost Famous by kitting themselves from head to toe (in not necessarily fashionable) vintage, Florence polished and contemporary twist on the 60’s/70’s trend can’t be beaten. At one point in her performance, spinning and twirling around on stage she got caught up in her amazing lightweight flowy cream top and threw it into the crowd. Whoever the person who managed to get their hands on it, so help me God if you don’t treat that piece of material like treasure…
Patience Hodgson from The Grates
If you had to judge how much fun one was having at Splendour by what they were wearing then Patience Hodgson was more excited than everyone. Or as Phoebe from Friends puts it “ You’re like Santa Clause on Prozac, at Disneyland, getting laid!” Her wearable art was created by designer Rachel Burke. Whilst I personally think she resembles a giant jellyfish or a pinata, the creative and crafty singer of The Grates (who hosts a DIY/ How-to web series “Fancy Free”) seemed to be thrilled with it.
One of the genuine rock and roll style icons that still remains today. Johnny Marr , the charming and fashion conscious musician, looked every bit that in his red button up and tailored black velvet blazer (which is pretty much the sexiest piece of clothing a guy can wear). His embroidered blue and red floral guitar strap was small reminder of his cool individual style.
Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice
ASOS and Polyvore are already trying to recreate her looks, so I guess it’s safe to say Ellie Rowsell is one of the new style crushes of fashion. Her style is a juxtaposition of raw 90’s grunge with something girly, pretty, glittery or sparkly. Her approach to dressing for festivals: getting a little dressed up, as long as it make her feel a bit more special. The jacket she wore performing at Splendour was gaw-jus.
Diverging from the indie hipster style usually seen at Splendour, I’m going to go ahead and say this year was all about the colour and the sparkles. Lots of sparkles. An on-stage favourite amongst many performers, Megan Washington jumped on board of the trend. Just as she describes her style, she is a “modern Sally Bowles”.
Kevin Parker from Tame Impala
His distinctive style is reminiscent of his band’s sound, disorientated but dazzling. Admitting he’s not interested in fashion, he wore a tie-dyed t-shirt and still had his signature scarf draped around his neck. Pleasing the crowd with very visual psychedelic backdrop, he just blended in.
Well she certainly has a stage presence… The “enigma” as she keeps being referred to, fiery punk persona (it’s not just her style) is adventurous and energetic, which always makes one interesting to watch. Plus she kind of reminds me of a character that could be in “The Fifth Element”.