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.
- Sequin Baseball Dress – Native Rose (bought at Urban Outfitters)
- Ripped Boyfriend Jeans – Urban Outfitters
- DR. Martens (VERY old)
I’m completely in love with my jazzy sequin baseball dress; but it’s one of those items that’s so jazzy that once you’ve worn it on a few nights out you feel like you have to keep it under wraps for a while.. because its so memorable. I wanted to try it out as a dressed-down daytime outfit so I can get more use out of it. I think it looks well paired with these super baggy boyfriend jeans, and the length of the dress hides the fact that the jeans keep falling down round my arse!
My trusty Dr. Marten boots are so old, I don’t even want to think about it.. it makes me feel like a withering old lady.
(9 years old if you must know….UGH).
Aside from the fact that I feel like I’m getting eve- closer to middle age, my DM’s have served me SO well; they’ve been through many a festival and general hideous Belfast weather and they’re still going. Not a hole in sight. They have a lot of scuffs on the top but I think that adds to the look of them – and they’re soft as butter as I’ve worn them so much.
You can check out the boots Dr. Marten’s has to offer here. I’m loving these:
Love this shape! Considering investing in these..beaut! Dr. Marten’s Bryony Boot – £160
Dr. Marten’s Finn Boot – £130 (available to pre-order, out on the 31st of March)
Or, if you have loads of cash moneeeey $$$£££ to spend why not go all out on these amazing disco princess jeans by Diy by Panida:
Thanks for reading :3 Nuala xx
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)
- Galaxy Print Windbreaker Jacket – Pop Sick Vintage (Asos Marketplace Boutique)
- Bobble Hat – Lazy Oaf
- Caterpillar Boots – ASOS
- Red lipstick- ‘Ruby Woo’ by MAC
My jacket game feels very strong! What an amazing print 😀 – this Pop Sick Vintage windbreaker arrived in the post yesterday and I couldn’t be happier with it. There are loads of fun hidden pockets and compartments and it’s just the right amount of over-sized. It’s also lined so its cosy for a windbreaker, which is great for Newcastle’s blustery weather.
I hate the winter, and around this time of year I would usually say that I can’t wait to put my coats and jackets in to hibernation and break out the skimpy summer clothes..but a jacket like this changes that. I feel so cheerful wearing it!
British Artist Hattie Stewart; a self confessed ‘Professional Doodler’, is currently exhibiting her first solo show, ‘Doll House’ at London’s KK Outlet . Her work will be on display from the 6th-28th of February 2015 (LONDON pals – get to it!)
She has also just brought out two collaborative clutch bags with Australian designer, Poppy Lissiman.
And they are amazing! Thank you instagram for directing me to @hattiestewart ‘s account 😀
Bright, loud and girly cartoon hearts, smiley face and mushroom graphics with a few cheeky lit-feg illustrations in there to boot! What more could you want?
Shop the bags here and here on Poppy Lissiman’s online store. They’re 95 AUD each which is £48.10.. I feel like I could definitely part with £50 for a bag that fun..also my birthday is just around the corner (plz Mum).
Some of Hattie’s cracker Magazine illustrations:
& These unreal illustrated leather jackets from her solo show ‘Doll House’ on from the 6-28th of Feb 2015 at the KK Outlet, London
Later! N xx
A few of my snaps of the Street Style that London had to offer last year :D. **All my own photography**
Spotted outside the Topshop show space at London Fashion Week in September. Those trousers are SO good. I wonder if I could do that myself? Attack a pair of jeans with a stanley knife..? Paired with a casual, loose fitting black polo neck and a pair of white Nike blazers this look is a perfect example of sport luxe styling.
I loveee Sinead’s bright blue roots – created using Kiko Hair Shadow, great for a temporary change – and hides root growth at the same time, win. This would look great paired with some gel and glitter, as seen in my Glitter Hair Inspiration post.
Check out the spiky leather backpack she’s wearing here
Sneaky celebrity snap!! Leah McFall‘s grey hair & futuristic glasses are on point! The High neck top layered underneath the ‘NYC’ jumper is from Shade London – check them out! Overt branding – top to toe outfit from Nasir Mazhar check out my post on Nasir Mazhar’s use of diverse models for his 2013 catwalk show here.
Faux fur scarfs <3. Here’s a very similar one from ASOS – on sale too 😉
Super kawaii! The girl on the right’s shorts are from the Illustrated People x Phoebe (from Made in Chelsea) collab collection – All on Sale now! I hope they do another collab – I have the Eyeballin’ shorts seen here 😀