RIP Anita Pallenberg

This week saw the death of the ultimate rock chick. Anita Pallenberg, famously the lover of both Brian Jones and Keith Richard (and possibly Mick Jagger) died at the relatively early age of 73. But boy, had she packed some life into those 73 years, both as a model, an actress and a fashion muse whose style we see every festival season.

Anita was a German born model who took Swinging London by storm in the mid 60s. Her relationship with Brian Jones was turbulent and violent, but she also introduced him to culture and the arts, but after a particularly bad night which saw Brian beat Anita, she fled with Keith Richard, starting a relationship which lasted 12 years.  She starred in the film Barberella with Jane Fonda, and also Performance, where she allegedly had sex with Jagger on Camera in front of both Richard and Marianne Faithful – her close friend and the girlfriend of Jagger.

Anita was considered wild and dangerous – did she really practice black magic arts? She certainly did enough drugs to kill a normal person, and eventually it was the drugs that killed her relationship with Keith, especially when a teenage boy died in her hotel room. The 1980s were not a good time for the one time rock goddess, but she emerged in later years to continue her role as a fashion and acting muse.

Anita was beautiful, stylish and exuded cool in her rock chick style. Acres of scarves, mannish waitcoats, drainpipe jeans, furry gillets, floppy, foppish hats, gold lame worn in a slightly decadent and dishevelled style, Anita carried it all off with aplomb. She inspired her friend Marianne to cast off her slightly twee look, and between them they become the cool face of London, not dolly birds, but true fashion inspirations that we still look too 50 years on. It was boho, it was luxe, it was rock and roll. It cemented her place as a icon of fashion and music.

RIP Anita, the World will be a duller place without your sparkle.

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The top festival fashion trends for 2017

It is that time of year again, music festival time. Music festivals are all the rage these days and can be a great deal of fun for all. Whether you attend the festival to partake in fun food and drink, find your new favorite band, or listen to an old favorite, this article will help you pick the most fashionable threads to wear this year. To find additional ideas, check out more festival fashion here.

If you are attending Firefly, Coachella, or Hangout Fest, one thing is in common. You will need clothes that are suitable for warm weather climates. Festivals often offer a low-key, “anything goes” kind of vibe which means that you can wear pretty much anything or very little for that matter.

Matching Sets. Crop tops and high-waisted pants made from the same fabric and pattern are very trendy this year. While it does not take long at all to put these items on, you will look like you spent a great deal of time styling your attire. Add some cute sandals and your outfit is sure to be popular.


Fishnet tights. An item that most would not think about wearing in hot weather, fishnet tights are a big hit at festivals this year. People are choosing to wear them underneath a pair of cut off jean shorts along with black boots.


Ringer tees. Highly popular in the 70s, ringer tees are back and trendier than ever. Most popular are ringer tees with a type of popular statement such as but certainly not limited to, “make love, not war.” A comfy tee like this along with a fedora, comfy pair of shoes, and cut off jean shorts make a perfect outfit for sitting on a blanket while enjoying the music and fellowship that is taking place around you.


Dungarees. Every so often dungarees become a huge trend and everyone will be seen wearing them. This year, overall style jeans and shorts are quite popular among teens and young adults alike. When wearing dungarees, add some personality to them by applying an embroidered patch or rolling the pant legs to make a cuff. Dungarees are comfortable and can be styled to be more casual by wearing some Converse Allstars and a simple white tee underneath. Wear your hair in a ponytail and you will look all-American chic.


Tie dye. This one is not much of a surprise as tie dye is perfect for accomplishing a fun, festive look with minimal effort. You can purchase a variety of items already tie-dyed such as shirts, shoes, bandanas, and shorts at your local mall. Or if you want a more personalized look, you can easily tie dye any item that you desire on your own. All you have to do is get a large container, fill it with cold water, and add some dye. Take parts of your shirt and twist into balls and tie with rubber bands. Dip slowly into the dye/water mixture and allow it to soak to the hue you desire. Allow the shirt to dry for a period of time and then wash it by itself so that any excess dye does not stain other clothing. All that is left is to dry it and wear it!


The Return of the Bumbag

There are some fashion trends that shine brightly for a while and then disappear forever. Other trends are more mercurial, they disappear, only to reappear, loved once again by a new generation too young to remember them the first time around. One such fashion trend that fits this bill is the once much maligned bumbag, which has popped up again on the Skatehut site in a range of cool designs.

Mi-Pac Cherries Slim Bum Bag – Black £14.95 Click to visit Skatehut

The bumbag was a late 1980s phenomenon, often teamed with a shellsuit and trainers. It was a look that, for a while, was everywhere. But it fell out of favour very quickly, linked to badly dressed tourists who wore them with sandals and sock, or market traders who wore them for a practical, but certainly not fashionable, reason. The bumbag disappeared, seemingly never to return.

But fashion is a strange animal, and the most unlikely of items can make a comeback. Celebrities seemed to rediscover the bumbag, and set out to make it a highly coveted fashion item all over again. Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Suki Waterhouse and Kylie Jenner showed that the bumbag (or fanny pack as the Americans call it) could be both practical and stylish. Kylie and Suki showed that it was the perfect way to hold your belongings at festivals, wearing their designs to Coachella. SJP, who had worn them as the ultimate style icon Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, now showed that a bumbag could be worn on the red carpet when she teamed a stylish black leather design with an evening dress. Jared Leto, no slouch in the style department, also used a bumbag and totally rocked the look. These new bumbags couldn’t be further away from the idea of Mr Motivator.



Jared Leto


And it is not just at the festivals or on the red carpet that bumbags have reappeared. They have also returned to the catwalk with embellished ones at Ashish. Celine may have called their version a beltbag, but it most definitely has a bumbag vibe, whilst the Rebecca Minkoff version was neat and quilted, with more than a nod to Chanel.

So why has this most unlikely item made a comeback? The truth is we now, more than ever, like to keep our important possessions safe – our money, our keys, our phones, our credit cards, and a bumbag is the right size to keep all those things in whilst also keeping them close. It leaves the hands free too, so it can be very practical at festivals, whilst riding a bike or a skateboard or scooter, when we dance the night away, or try to push a pushchair or pram. It is a safe and secure place to keep our belongings, and can be worn above, or below our coats, or just over a t-shirt, making it perfect for all seasons.

Spiral Harvard Bum Bag – Jewels Black Now £9.99 Click to visit Skatehut

Spiral Harvard Bum Bag – Quilted Black Now £9.99 Click to visit Skatehut

In addition, with sportswear and sports luxe trends so popular, bumbags actually look a good fit style wise, but the black leather version show that they can also work in a stylish, more grown up way too.

Mi-Pac Mermaid Slim Bum Bag – Blue
£16.95 Click to visit Skatehut

Did you wear a bumbag in the 1980s – would you wear them now?