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.
Went style spotting today with my lovely assistant Katie Bryce around Victoria Square. Everyone’s outfits were class, so rather than discuss the picks of the day I’m just going to talk about them all!
Sean Kalurachchi, 20, Busker & Music Practice Student.
Really like the scruffy/vintage feel to this outfit and the playful nature of the photograph. Sean’s favourite shops are Primark and Topman, he spends just £20 a month on average on his clothes! His t-shirt is from Big Bang Vintage, jacket from Topman and sunglasses from Primark (like the way the sunglasses frame matches the jacket by the way haha). I thought the jeans were really interesting – Vintage Levi’s that had ripped over time at the knees and been sewn loosely up again. That’s definitely the way to go – why throw out a pair of good jeans when you can dye them/ patch them/ cut them and make them into shorts.
Chun Huang, 22, Logistics Student
This is such a good outfit, gorgeous but laid back. Chun’s maxi dress and Jacket are both from Zara (about £22 and £44 respectively) the shape of the maxi dress is so nice on her petite figure. Her favourite shop is Topshop and she spends around £200 a month on clothes. Unfortunately Chun bought her shoes in China (boooo I want them!)
Jenny McConnell, 20, Fine Art Student.
Jenny’s outfit is so cute and I like the wee details she’s added to it – the rolled up sleeves on the cardigan, the leopard headscarf tied in a bow and the sheer tights all add a quirky, vintage look to her style. Look at those shoes aswell – so pretty! The colour of them reminds me of the top turrets of the City Hall and mint choc-chip ice cream. Jenny bought her shorts and cardigan in Big Bang Vintage (one of her favourite shops and also where she works!) and her t-shirt in Urban Outfitters. She spends £150 on average each month and another of her favourite places to shop is ASOS.com.
Simon Steele, 24, Physical Education Student.
Simon has a really cool style, laid back and edgy but verrrry clean – how he has kept those white jeans so pristine I have no idea! The accessories are nice like the straw hat and ear stretcher and the little piece of string he has around his wrist. Simon’s favourite shops are Harvey Nichols and Topman, he got his outfit from Topman except for his shirt from River Island and the belt from ASOS.com. He spends around £200 a month on clothes.
Overall I think the style today was bangin! I really enjoyed it 🙂 thanks to Katie for helping me and to everyone who let me photograph them, I hope you liked my review on the outfits. I don’t think I’ll be able to do another ‘You’ve been Belfashed’ until after Easter as I’m going up to Donegal for the weekend. But don’t worry I’ll still be doing my fashion posts. Let me know what you think or if you have any ideas for the blog.