Beyonce sets the V festival alight

She has been the talk of Twitter all this week thanks to a rather cute pixie haircut. Was it a wig? Had she really got rid of the mane like extensions? Well, yesterday the truth was revealed in all its glory when the incomparable Beyonce took to the stage at the V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex.

Beyonce at the V Festival, Chelmsford

She was, of course, brilliant, and, for fashion lovers, she also proved a visual treat, with a series of costume changes throughout her show. The hairstyle was no longer a pixie cut (which reminded me of when she played Etta James in the film Cadillac Records), instead it turned out to be a rather chic bob style that actually made me think of another R&B diva, Kerri Hilson, but really bought the Beyonce look bang up to date and looked frankly amazing on her.

Definitely a resemblance to Kerri's hair.

Beyonce always puts on a show, and the mud and drizzle was not going to be putting a dampener on that.There was no ripped denim and t-shirts in this costume list. Instead,  the costume changes were very Tina Turner during the late 1960s, early 1970s, full of glitter, sparkle and glamour. I loved the sequined blue jumpsuit straight from the Studio 54 era, whilst the sparkling animal print dress also nodded in Tina’s direction, with the bright colour and fringing detail. You can almost hear Ms Turner singing ‘Proud Mary’ whilst doing that amazing dance with Mrs Carter in that dress…

My favourite look was the monochrome trousers and top ensemble, with a deep v neck showing off that stunning body to perfection. With a pop of colour from the neon pink heels, Beyonce showed why she is a fashion queen as well as a Queen of Pop. A total style icon, Beyonce never ceases to impress with her choices, both on stage and off.

V festival – a sea of dresses

Maybe it’s because the weather has been ‘too darn hot’ in the inimitable words of Ann Miller, but amidst the usual parade of denim and hotpants, there were a lot of very pretty dresses on display at the V festival this last weekend. There were maxi dresses, midi dresses, gorgeous vintage print tea dresses and even some candy stripes courtesy of Sophie Ellie Bexter.

This was a true taste of summer, and the style that I love most – feminine, girly, but grunged up a little with some boots and shaggy hair. Top glamour marks must go to Billie Piper, who looked glorious in her Ossie Clark style maxi – which she seemed to keep pristine. Maybe it’s a good job V is known as the clean festival!

Festival Style

I love Kelly Brooks citrus coloured dress with the lovely 1950s silhouette. A perfect fit for that fab figure and the addition of shoe boots is a winning touch.

The fabulous Emma Bunton combines brightly coloured animal print with a classic tan Mulberry and boots to create a perfect festival look. I love her addition of a denim shirt rather than a jacket for a casual touch.

How gorgeous is Sophie Ellis Bexter here? The primary striped dress cinched in with a black belt and those oh so cool shades make her look like a Riviera beauty from the early 1960s. Loving the retro hair too.

This dress is just stunning. I wasn’t sure who the designer was, although the print is very Clements Ribeiro, but then I discovered tht this dress was from Issa. It has a feel of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell and I just adore it. Billie has a very ecletic personal style that I often admire – and this dress was a bold and brave choice for a music festival, but bravo to Billie for providing one of the looks of the summer.

The real star of last years X Factor (sorry Little Mix – was never that impressed…), Mischa B has started to impress with some great style choices. This dress is great, the vest top makes it practical,  whilst the animal print skirt is both a bit of fun and a little bit of glamour. Gold Star to Mischa.

The One Show’s Alex Jones shows that florals are the perfect print for festivals, tying in perfectly with all that grass! This dress is very similar to the styles from Inlovewithfashion – a flirty mini dress at the front, with a longer train at the back. Also have to say I really like Alex’s sandals too.

Festival Dresses – get the look

LOVE Gallus Print Chiffon Pleat Neck Asymmetrical Midi Dress £48 click to visit Love

Blue floral prom dress Was £39.50 Now £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

SO FUN DRESS £37.00 click to visit White Stuff

SORBET STRIPE MIDI DRESS £22.00 click to visit White Stuff

Animal Printed Shift Dress Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Smudge Animal Maxi Dress Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

ssa Kimono-sleeve printed silk maxi dress £490 click to visit Net-a-porter

 

 

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.