AVA Festival 2015 went above and beyond my expectations and was genuinely the best event I’ve been to all year, it was like 3 Boxing Nights rolled into one! I feel so proud to say that I was a part of something so exciting that happened right here in Belfast. Hats off to the whole AVA Team and absolutely everyone involved, it was brilliant.
I was able to scoot down before everything really kicked off, and it was class to see the venue before it filled up. I had never been to T13 before so wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was an amazing venue and I loved the fact that the skate ramps were still there from T13’s usual usage as a skate park.
As you can see below, the main stage looked even more impressive during Space Dimension Controller’s lazer show.
The Boiler Room stage was unreal, the crowd swarmed around the DJ’s playing in the centre; with the back drop of Belfast’s iconic Harland and Wolf. I’ve never heard so many YEO’s, hollers and joyful bird-calls from a crowd in my life never mind on any other Boiler Room.
Well done Belfastians :D, you’ve showed the world how to have the craic! It Goes to show that we aren’t a pretentious bunch with an old trance tune getting a reaction like that.
FESTIVAL STREET STYLE
Throughout the day I was on the look out for the best fashion offerings from the crowd, and I have to say every one looked amazing, the photos we took are just a small representation of how class you all looked! (All festival street style photographs by Ruairi Drayne)
I’ll start things off with my own outfit from the festival (Oh haaay!) Featuring: Halterneck top from Bill & Mar, vintage windbreaker from local store Octopus’s Garden, shorts from Urban Outfitters, my Dad’s old leather bumbag :), and black Nike Huarache’s from Office.
One of my favourite shots of the day; Vintage windbreakers were a strong trend for girls’ festival style at AVA, worn loose and over-sized. I love the print on Gloria’s jacket and the whole outfit is completely made by that amazing hair! Only you could pull that off gal.
Another great, vintage printed bomber here paired with a clashing printed shirt. I love the loose styling of this outfit and the clashing prints work really well together. The silver hair styled back and away from the face gives the look a crisp edge, beaut!
Again, loose, vintage sports styling prevails; the colour-blocked windbreaker is given an interesting and fresh feel when paired with a floaty skirt featuring an insane (but great!) print. Black accessories continue the sporty feel but allow the focus to stay on the colour and print.
Another amazing jacket! Jesus ladies, where are you pulling these from!!!? 😀 I love this hat shape with the curved peak; I’ve seen this baseball hat shape trending recently as a backlash from snap-back hats. Light blue mom jeans and cute pale grey trainers let the bright jacket do all the talking.
All black, understated-cool girls provided a contrast to the brightly printed, vintage sportswear styling earlier in the post. This multi-layered, laid back style looks great paired with long natural hair and THAT face, wow!
Olivia’s pink hair and short fringe is on point! DR. Marten boots continue to trend for girl’s at AVA, which isn’t surprising really as they’re the perfect festival footwear.
The last look of day the day and one of the best- Dark blue double denim looks amazing set off with a tight white crop top, silver hair and a Stussy bucket hat. Clean white trainers keep the outfit looking fresh and the jeans fit beautifully!
Photo credits: 1-4 Luke Joyce, 5-18 Ruairi Drayne.
Shop the collection here – Not all of the items are released yet (I have my eye on the blonde model’s outfit below!)
Also have a looksy at their super cute photos from their IP Print Lab:
(The IP Print Lab range is a hand printed women’s wear collection available exclusively at Topshop London Boutiques and Illustrated People Online)
I feel as though I’ve been neglecting the menswear side of things! In this post I wanted to look at Festival style for boys.
Obviously there are different types of festival (e.g. oxegen/planet love) which require a totally different fashion etiquite. For this post I wanted to look at boys style for a rock/indie festival. I’ve hunted around and comprised an outfit + accessories in 10 items; enjoy!
10.1. Aztec print jumper, £40: Bitching and Junkfood. 2. Cosy print socks, £3: Topman. 3. Red backpack, £35: ASOS. 4. Light grey Chinos, £75: ALL SAINTS. 5. Yellow tee, £9.99: River Island. 6. Brown leather renewal belt, £10: URBAN OUTFITTERS. 7. Black Original Hunter boot, £70: SCHUH. 8. Penguin flask, £15: URBAN OUTFITTERS. 9. Carhart green waxed jacket, £109.99: SIZE. 10. Black wayfers, £12: ASOS.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR:
Hope you enjoyed this post! It was fun but challenging doing a post about menswear so if you have any feedback please comment. Remember if you want to see any of the clothing featured in the blog just click on the writing highlighted in pink :).
Every season the amazing clothes that big designers produce is used as inspiration for high street brands. I’ve been doing a bit of hoking around and found some look-a-likes.
By far one of the hottest collections for Spring/Summer 2011 (take a look at my previous post Tutti-Frutti prints, https://belfash.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/tutti-frutti-prints-for-summertime/ for more inspiration!). I loooove these citrus prints, so fresh and summery.
I like the print on this NEW LOOK dress, however I think the shape is a bit uninspiring (a prom dress, really?). With so many amazing new shapes on the catwalk I think NEW LOOK have been lazy with this design.
Image courtesy of http://www.champagneandstilettos.com
I think PRIMARK have done a far superior job in their lemon-print dress. The print is gorgeous and I love the way the top half of the dress is woven diagonally. At £9.00 you have no excuse for not buying it!
The print on this ZARA blouse, £29.99 is a bit too much leaves and butterflies and not enough fruit for my liking. However I’m glad someone had designed something other than a dress from McCartneys inspiration.
Hope you liked this! I’m going to try to do a BELFASH LOOK soon, I can’t at the minute though as I’m all sick with a tummy bug :(. But I’m sure I’ll be better soon. Any suggestions just comment on my facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002252247478.
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