Festival Fever

One weekend, two international music festivals. Both the UK and Paris played their top-hands in the world of music this weekend, with Paris offering us ‘Rock en Seine’ at Saint-Cloud, and the UK hosting the Carlings Weekend in Leeds and Reading. But who rocked the festival wardrobe best? And who took the leed in the fashion-stakes?

Although less world renown than Glastonbury, it is one of the UK’s leading music festivals, and has an equal number of fashion-forward, it-crowd and celebrity followers. Previously known as a rock festival, it has become a more inclusive festival, staging pop, rock and indie music, and attracting a wider following. This year acts included, Eminem, Greenday, Chase & Status and Alt-J, and opened its door to around 80,000 music lovers.

But what about the fashion?

Britain already heralds the title for a diverse and experimental fashion sense, reflected by the creations of their leading designers, such as Henry Holland, or Vivienne Westwood.

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Courtesy of Henryholland.co.uk

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So giving the average Brit an excuse like a festival to dress up is like leaving a child (or adult!) in front of an open bag of Haribo Starmix!

Festival fashion amongst British stores has become a category in its own right. Whether the boho or grungy look hits the catwalk or not, Britain provides all manner of clothes to fit this British niche. From headband to hotpants or cowboy boots to wellington boots, the stores (both online and on the highstreet) are adorn with all festival goers (and non alike) could possibly ever wish for.

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Images courtesy of ASOS

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Fashion forward or fashion failure? You choose…

All items shown above available at ASOS.com

Topshop’s Festival Collection:

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/category/clothing-427/festival-1905528#pageSize=200&catalogId=33057&viewAllFlag=false&sort_field=Relevance&langId=-1&beginIndex=1&storeId=12556&parent_categoryId=203984&categoryId=777073

ASOS’s Festival Collection:

http://www.asos.com/FestivalShop/Cat/pgecategory.aspx?cid=7662&WT.ac=FE|WW|fest|hub|shopall#parentID=-1&pge=0&pgeSize=204&sort=

As seen, anything goes. And frankly the brighter, the bolder and crazier the better!

However, how does this compare to the French style?

Justified as ‘research’, FYP descended upon Rock en Seine in search of French festival fashion. Not only did the festival have a different vibe to the British ones, but the clothes also mirrored this. Maybe it was the sun-drenched hills and plastic pint glasses of warm beer that lulled the French crowds, but Rock en Seine, despite having many heavy rock and alternative bands playing, had a very chilled and relaxed atmosphere.

Clothing wise, Rock en Seine took the same tactic. Most wore jeans and a cool shirt, and unlike Britain, who have developed a passion for them, (rain or no rain!), not a pair of wellies in sight! Their approach to festival fashion is typically French- ‘Less is more’, and through the simple addition of well chosen and well placed accessories, they effortlessly pull off hippy-chic without looking like they fell out of Oxfam’s door backwards, and through a hedge, and probably a puddle as well.

Although some may say Rock en Seine did not ‘rock’ the festival fashion fully, for France and Parisians especially, they certainly attempted it. Colour, patterns and mismatching combinations were present. Maybe the Aladdin pants and gold spandex were left at home, but who is to say that is a bad thing???

Here are some snaps of the best dressed and most creative outfits FYP found:

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