Festival deliberation is on my mind this week. Every year Summer becomes sweeter when the UK is drenched in folkish charm and sound, and me and my friends are tallying up which one to attend and attire accordingly to. Away from the music routes, I love the influence live music has on fashion. A field becomes an aeriel view of 'hundreds and thousands', with sharp sprinkles of colour, charisma, and the fight for expression. Granted it brings out the over the top 'Gaga' in some, but for the serious fashion enthusiast, a lot of inspiration can come from a festival that doesn't just involve flower painted wellies.
Topman's festival pallete involves the 'Pleasure Beach' format. 'Nautical styling is thrown into disarray, where tees are faded and the silhouette balances slim fit layers with oversized cardigans and large beach bags.' I like the casually distressed lumberjack approach, with hillbilly shirts that have a western vibe. And sockless brogues are something The Satorialist would be charmed by. If I'm honest, the seaside tone Topman have adopted is a little predictable though, where I still look for boundaries being broken by crashing waves. But there's no denying I have a fondness for lumberjack layers and bohemian Grandad jumpers, and will certainly try my hands at a sand castle in this festival respect. More of Topman's collection can be found at http://www.topman.com/
For the more adventurous and rebellious reader though, look to the 'gypsy punk' clash and creation, which Dennis from WWIT collaged perfectly at (http://www.wereworthittoo.blogspot.com/.) The likes of Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano inject colour, camp, and unexpected textures into arabian and punk attitude tones. Who needs wellies when anglomania pirate boots are on offer! For me, sparkles are an easy way for a man to dare the senses and enjoy the gyspy treasure chest vibe. Whichever avenue you choose though, hope your excited as me about the Summer infusion of fashion and music!