Events- Little London Fields, part 2: Short but Sweet

More joy from the inaugural Little London Fields festival for you. We hope that you enjoyed yesterdays look at some great styling details and today we have a look at proportion.

While the whole of the fashion world has been loved up for the maxi this Summer, the festival crowds have all voted with their pins for something more abbreviated. Shorts and mini’s have been a far stronger look, particularly for the London based events. Its a look that can say so many things. Go retro and boyish with the addition of braces (an accessory to watch and one that we’ll be featuring in the Autumn ‘Accessories’ report!). Add chic but saucy sex appeal with long socks or hold ups. Embrace undies as outies with slip inspired looks. Channel something sharper and a little more 80’s with tailored leather.

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Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Events- Little London Fields, part 1: Details

On the 7th August, one of London’s hottest style spots got even hotter! London Fields in East London hosted the newest addition to the London based festival roster, the very lovely Little London Fields, a brilliant new, free music and arts festival.

Approaching the site through the throngs of people on Broadway Market, perusing the beautiful vintage and handmade fashion stalls, mouthwatering local food stalls as well as the quirky shops that line the street; there was a tangible buzz in the air. Inside London Fields, Festival goers lounged on the grass enjoying the sounds, sights and cider in the park. The festival was a fabulous showcase of new and up and coming music maestros, performance collectives, artists and designers. Sadly our British weather blighted what was otherwise an idyllic Summer afternoon in the park. Umbrellas came out in the crowds and others ran for cover (under trees, into tents, nearby cafes and pubs). Yet the showers didn’t last too long and in traditional British spirit the festivities carried on into the evening with a plethora of after parties to choose from.

The eclectic and alternative selection of entertainment included some of the best up and coming bands like the Brighton based synth-pop band, Mirrors and Hackney’s very own delicious Black Cherry. The Carhartt sponsored disco tent was the perfect place for booty shaking to top tunes from Cut n Shut Disco. We were very tempted to part with cash in the lovely Arts and Crafts Marquee- especially loving James Brown’s prints.

The debonair folk in attendance certainly stepped out in style, sporting some gorgeously considered and studiously self styled looks. Looking at our shots of the festival goes to show the East is undeniably the life blood of London street fashion.  We are starting this week of Little London Fields posts with a close up look at the details that make a look a ‘LOOK’! We have so many posts for you from this event that we are even posting on a Monday, which is very unusual for us, and we’ll have some double bubble two post days to come too. Hold on to your hats, this could be inspiration overload!

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Thanks Cat for the genius shots and great reporting!

Little London Fields

James Brown's beautiful prints at Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Events- Field Day part 3: Neutral

And the final post from Victoria Park’s Field Day fest features some more subtle colour combinations. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the looks are any more low key that those that we featured in the previous post on ‘Colourful’ looks. In some cases, these looks have a softer edge, but add black into the mix and you have a cool, graphic angle too.

We really love the soft maxi skirts featured here, as well as the lighter, sheerer and fluid shapes. Its a really fresh, feminine look that’s right on the button right now. Throw in an occasional touch of leather and some sporty references and you’ve got it.

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

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Events- Field Day part 2: in Colour

So, here’s the second in our posts from Field Day, and this one focuses on some brilliantly colourful looks. Black was probably still the strongest colour choice, and denim was a big look too- especially as cut off shorts, but we think that hot colour, print and pattern have a special place at a festival. Its a time to wear something that you may think is too bright or bold for everyday, but in a festival field we think the brighter the better, baby!

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Thank Cat for great shots.

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Events- Secret Garden Party part 3: Black and Gold

Its double bubble today on the “Blink” blog. Two posts in one day! That’s going some, but we have so much festi joy to share with you this week, it’s the only way to go…

So, last but not least from Secret Garden Party we have a few final looks to share with you. We’ve called this ‘Black and Gold’ in reference to the common colour theme from this eclectic selection of shots. Two are tied by animal print. The other shows how stunningly scaled accessories can make a look. So, that’s it from us for Secret Garden Party 2010. Already looking forward to next years event!

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Thanks Cat!

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Events- Secret Garden Party part 2: So festi, so nice

So, after setting the scene with yesterdays post, today we have some great Secret Garden Party style shots split into two posts- bit size chunks of fashion joy! From the theatrical yesterday to some slightly less ‘dress up’ looks today. They sum up this festivals mood of cool abandon, something a little off centre and more eclectic. Bright pattern, retro feel graphics, the ubiquitous denim shorts, maxi’s, minis and playsuits. Fill your boots and enjoy!

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Thanks Cat for the perfect subject choices and great photography.

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Events- Secret Garden Party, The Secret’s Out!

We have been keeping Cat very busy having fun. On Thursday 22nd July she headed off on a secret mision for us. Her challenge was to track down the Secret Garden Party. Its an independent , not for profit event and has no sponsorship (and little advertising – even the locals don’t know about it!) started in 2004 by four friends. Secret Garden Party has bloomed in size and popularity becoming one of the ‘must attend’ festivals for those in the know.

The event is held in the Cambridgeshire countryside, set in the sublime grounds of a Georgian farmhouse near Huntingdon, in a 10 acre landscaped garden, perfectly placed for maximum beauty bordering a river and lake.

Some of the better prepared attendees had donned gorgeous swimsuits teamed with cut off jeans and boots, making it easy to strip off for a quick dip from the floating dance floor and into the swimming lake. If you didn’t feel like jumping straight in, you could still enjoy the water by heading off in one of the rowing boats.

Themed as ‘Fact or Fiction’ SGP was brimming with eclectic creativity in the sunny Summer weather. Culinary delights matched the visual feast; bands playing suspended in the trees, bales of hay made ad hoc seating areas whilst a 19th century steam powered traction engine served drinks from its carriages and served as a mobile disco. The style of the attendees was just as eclectic and inspiration from every decade were evident in decadent vintage outfits from flowing 70’s floral dresses to kittenish 50’s swimsuits and 1920’s elegance.

Gorillaz Sound System headlined with an impressive visual display, plus Mercury Rev, ska legends the Skatalites, Goldheart Assembly, Darwin DeezExample, Goldierocks, and many more. The stunning Marina & The Diamonds got the crowd singing early into the first night and I Blame Coco drew a stylish crowd too. Fireworks and Chinese lanterns added extra sparkle and Saturday night was lit up with the ceremonial burning of the floating dance floor.

This is our first of three post from this event, and we decided to start with some looks that embrace the more theatrical and eccentric looks from this festival. Enjoy!

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party

Thanks Cat for the great report and super style shots.

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Events- Camp Bestival, Part 2: Style

So, following yesterday’s ‘scene setting’ Camp Bestival post we now have some style insight for you.

In between the fairytale themed fancy dressing up, we managed to spot some great looks at Camp Bestival. It was a mixture of festival standards- great denim shorts, pretty pattern and we were particularly impressed with the boys who pushed the boat out too (mostly embracing their inner rock star or ladylike side!). Its an excuse to cut loose and go for bright colour, eclectic layers, theatrical make up and something a little more extreme than your everyday. If only your Monday to Friday wardrobe looked like this, wouldn’t the office be a far more inspirational and exciting place to be?

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Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Events: Camp Bestival, 2010!

Our home this weekend was a little tent in a field in the lovely surroundings of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. It wasn’t the peaceful, bucolic setting that this may first seem as about 30,000 others were in tents, tepees, yurts and camper-vans around us. This was the annual expedition to Camp Bestival.

This is truly a festival of joy. Its family friendly vibe means that all attendees- young, even younger, parents, teens, festival old timers, cool cats- all enjoyed the loved up, happy and relaxed feeling. The musical agenda catered to everyone too with an eclectic collection of cutting edge, 80’s revival and even a few hugely popular appearances from Mr Tumble for the festival newbies…

Our highlights included the brilliant Hurts, who were ‘suited and booted’ for the occasion. Ellie Goulding gave a performance which was powerful and enchanting. Madness headlined on Saturday night and the cider fueled crowd loved every second of it. Human League and Bucks Fizz are competing for top spot of unexpected yet brilliant ‘blast from the past’. Friendly Fires wrapped up on Sunday night, followed by one of the most incredible fireworks displays that we have seen for some time.

We have some great style spots to come tomorrow, and even a little Camp Bestival ‘Friday Fun’ to look forward to!

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Lulworth Castle at Camp Bestival

Hurts at Camp Bestival

Bucks Fizz in 'Cocktails and Dreams' Singstar tent

Bucks Fizz- looking mighty fine!

some festival Madness

more festival Madness

and the final variation on festival Madness!

Camp Bestival- the finale