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.
Primark have released their Spring/Summer 2014 collection- and it looks sweeeet well done lads. Up the cheap and cheerful.
Love the styling here as well – corn rows/braids are set to be a big hair trend this summer. Primark has undergone a complete image overhaul and I applaud them for it; they have continued to grow through the gloomy recession and altering their target market towards youth fashion will see them grow even more.
I would happily wear every one of the looks in the images above; which is a big step considering when I was younger I would’ve been embarrassed to be seen in Primark (and I wasn’t alone in that feeling). I’ll be popping in store this week to check out the goodies.
Vivienne Westwood’s models make up made them look like an abstract portrait of themselves. Or possibly a clown… However, although I wouldn’t wear this look out on a Friday night I do really like the idea of being more playful and experimental with makeup.
Images taken from http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com
Check out the Vivienne Westwood Red Label AW13 collection here: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/designers_profile.aspx?DesignerID=847
It wasn’t the folksy clothing, but the extravagant floral head dresses that caught my eye in the Eudon Choi AW13 collection.
They’d brighten up any dreary Winters day for sure.
London Fashion Week Day 1: 15th Feb 2013
Eudon Choi Autumn/Winter 2013
This season was the first I had heard of Jena. Theo; judging by their AW13 collection showcased on Friday I’m going to be a firm fan for seasons to come. The garments that struck a chord with me above incorporated oil-slick shine fabrics, a sporty silhouette and graphic monochrome print. Particularly love the two piece outfits (2) and (3) and the heavy side-parted hair.
London Fashion Week Day 1 – 15th Feb 2013. Images taken from londonfashionweek.co.uk.
Jena. Theo Aw13
Brid McKenna, 19, Psychology Student at Queens University.
Spotted at the bottom of the Lisburn Road. Love the way Brid has toughened up her outfit with a classic leather biker jacket. Cute polka-dot tights too!
Sean Campbell, 21, Irish and Celtic Studies student at Queens University. Rachel Graham, 20, Social anthropology student at Queens University.
Spotted outside the main building of queens. I really like Rachel’s dress – leopard print can sometimes look tacky but this outfit looks laid back and sophisticated. Sean’s outfit is interesting – a mix of charity shop finds (his jacket) and high street (trousers from Next) but all the elements look great together as an outfit.
Big thanks to Saoirse McKenna for helping me today and to all the lovely people who let me pester them and take their photograph :). I should be doing another stylespot this weekend if all goes well. Hopefully in Victoria Square this time – watch out people!