V festival fashion- who was top of the pops?

For many festivals have become as much about watching the fashion as about the music. In the case of this years V festival I can say it was probably more interesting. As someone who loves Oasis, Kasabian, The Killers, Strokes etc, I can say that guitar bands seem to be in short supply, and there was an awful lot of pop and R&B/Rap on the menu. But festival style seems to improve each year. Here are some of my favourites, both on and off the stage.

Rihanna

I loved that Rihanna flew the flag in this cute Union Jack crop top. She has the body to make anything look good, and as usual, the girl was simply gorgeous. I also loved her slightly bouncy ‘Dallas’ hairstyle.

Some stars are always worth watching at festivals for what outfit they pull from the fashion hat. Paloma Faith is one, and Imelda May is another. I just adored her tight-fitting stripped dress with waist cinching belt and  1950s ponytail. So classy – she just stands out from the crowd.

Another star whose individualistic style I adore is Shingai from the Noisettes. This year I think her outfit was some kind of tribute to Grace Jones. Red, futuristic, fringed and gorgeous – you just have to love this girl.

I was also impressed by the styling of Ellie Goulding. I’m not usually a fan, but this combination of cool white shirt and black hotpants was sharply chic. With her blonde locks and those fab leopard print boots,this recalled the likes of cool girls Debbie Harry and Patti Smith.

Off stage there were also some pretty fantastic styling going on. I was surprised to love the glamorous outfit worn by TOWIE’ s Sam Faiers. Top marks too for wearing a fab pendant from Zara Taylor, who I featured on fashion-mommy last week. Sam’s boots were just about the prettiest of the whole weekend.  Another surprise was the outfit worn by Tina O Brian, who just looked adorable in white cotton.

I personally think dresses are a great story at summer festivals. Mylene Klass showed that maxis are perfect festival wear in a tropical print effort, whilst Daisy Lowe and Billie Piper both looked fabulous in shorter dresses. Billie and Mylene both show that for a cover up – you can’t go far wrong with a leather jacket.

Well, what do you think? Who was the best dressed at this years festival. Leave a comment about your favourite.

Androgynous style- Do it like a dude.

I sat reading a book about Marlene Dietrich today. She was just the most stunning women imaginable, with legendary sex appeal. And this was never more apparent than when she dressing like a man. Marlene’s wardrobe, both in films (In Morocco she famously sported a tuxedo and top hat) and in real life veered towards mannish tailoring. And the androgynous spirit of Marlene is alive and kicking in the fashion world today.

One of music’s hottest new stars, Janelle Monae, acknowledges Dietrich as a style icon, and works that tuxedo look to its best advantage. Rihanna wore a stylised D&G Tuxedo to the Met Ball, whilst Leighton Meister was widely photographed wearing a mens suit and tie late last year. Coco Sumner has a style that’s based on wearing boys clothing with lank hair, in the style that Luella Bartley celebrates as typically English.

There are some who are the old masters of the cross dressing scene, often sporting male garb whilst totally retaining their femininity. Kate Moss has worked this style for many years, with a love of leather biker jackets, tuxedos, skinny jeans and rock style t-shirts. Grazia recently recognised that at times her wardrobe is interchangeable with that of her fiance Jamie Hince. In a similar vein is Alexa Chung, who adds a boyish sensibility to even her prettiest looks, dressing Chanel dresses down with chunky work boots. Tilda Swinton is so similar to David Bowie, and always looks more comfortable in mens tailoring (she was the perfect choice to play Virginia Woolf’s Orlando), with Cate Blanchett another actress whose strong, striking looks can carry off the most masculine outfits.

What is the appeal of androgynous dressing? I guess it is the lack of flesh on display, that covered up-ness, that is so appealing. Most men say their is nothing sexier than when their loved one wears their clothes, from the pyjama top without the bottoms, their old shirt, or old jumper. Magazine polls often state that men love women best in simple jeans and white t-shirts, a totally asexual outfit. New Fashion label The Kooples have jumped on this matching his-and-hers looks in their ad campaigns, which feature couples in very similar outfits, which could almost be from a unisex wardrobe

Androgynous dressing seems to look effortless, like you hadn’t got anything to wear so you raided ‘his’ wardrobe. It is both a timeless and ageless look, see Tilda Swinton in her 50s and Coco Sumner in her 20s – the look belongs to both of them. To me, the Queen of androgynous style is Patti Smith, who has sported the same look from the ‘Horses’ cover in the mid 70s to the present day and still looks amazing in it.