While Jubilee fever well and truly swept across the capital this weekend, we opted for alternative festivities on Saturday and Sunday and hit East London for Victoria Park’s excellent Field Day &The Apple Cart.
Proving to be more popular than ever before this year, the crowds heaved through the gates on Saturday to check out Field Day’s incredible line-up.
The first act we checked out was Grimes, whose amazing otherworldly tracks beat out to a packed tent while a pink fur bedecked batman bust some moves alongside her on stage. Though she hails from Canada, Grimes couldn’t be any more of a poster child for East London style, bounding on stage in an oversized camouflage jacket matched with a black BOY London baseball cap that she promptly whipped off early into her set to reveal her signature dip-dye hair.
Dip-dye was all the rage at Field Day, with dozens of revelers sporting the look. The on-site stall offering to colour your tresses for the day for five pounds a pop meant there were queues winding out of the tent with those eager to adopt this festival hairstyle.
Another unmistakable trend was denim all -in- ones. Everywhere we looked we saw girls interpret this look with a fresh new twist. Plain short denim jumpsuits were matched with bold splashes of colour through accessories, while longer stripped jumpsuits were worn loose and rolled up at the ankle to reveal studded black leather boots. Dungarees were made a whole lot cooler, as they were ripped at the thigh and paired with bandeau tops either in quirky Aztec or bright tribal prints.
As the night rolled on we saw incredible live acts SBTRKT and Austra before the rain quickly ushered everyone off site as the evening came to end.
Unfortunately- the rain was set to continue on the Sunday for The Apple Cart, seeing a whole different style adopted for the day. Naturally the hat was out in full force with the classic black trilby topping off sleek black ensembles as well as forming a more “country chic” look in honor of the day, by being teamed with chunky knits, bold patterned scarves and lace-up boots.
Meanwhile other weather appropriate looks saw pretty flower print macs throughout the festival as well as flowing black ponchos that were given an almost sporty twist, with front zip and leather pocket combos. In fact, could ponchos be undergoing a bit of a revival? We spied rising songstress Lianne La Havas wearing a brightly-coloured striped number backstage as she prepped for her stunning afternoon performance before she switched to her on-stage outfit of a fitted black shift dress over a voluminous white shirt.
Adornments were another trend that festival-goers were loving over the weekend. From bright bejeweled brooches worn to button shirt collars, to studded customized shorts; our favourite outfit “extra” has to be the detached collar as a fun alternative to the average necklace.
As the rain pounded down throughout the afternoon we caught up with singer Beth Jeans Houghton ahead of her performance where we sat in her dressing room, drank coffee and talked fashion. Always looking stylish, rain or no rain, she was looking particularly musician cool in her fur coat over leather jacket, paired with a vintage Star Trek Tee.
For those who could bare the weather, the day was rounded up by fantastic sets courtesy of Marques Toliver and Noah and The Whale, with each performance most definitely lighting up a very rain soaked Apple Cart. Roll on next year… though here’s hoping there will be more sunshine!