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Must-Have Summer Festival Accessories

Whatever festival you’re heading to this year, it’s important that you deck yourself out with the right accessories for the occasion. However, the accessories you should be wearing can greatly differ, depending on which event you choose to attend. Here’s what to wear to the main ones:

Glastonbury

Line up: Jamie T, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Mary J. Blige

Taking place: 24-28 June, Somerset

Accessory required: The bum bag

If you were lucky enough to nab tickets for this year’s Glastonbury then there’s only one thing you need – a funky bumbag. Forget the negative associations that go with these great accessories, and definitely remove those memories of your Grandad donning one for the annual family day out at the beach with his tiny swim trunks, simply purchase a bright zip up version to snap around your hips.

T in the Park

Line up: Avicii, Paloma Faith, Hozier, Sam Smith

Taking place: 10-12 July, Perthshire

Accessory required: The crochet kimono

Prepare to dance and swish your kimono as you bask in the sunshine, while your favourite songs are performed by crooners such as Sam Smith, George Ezra and Paloma Faith at this year’s T in the Park festival. It’s the perfect lightweight accessory to throw over your summer dress or crop top and shorts and sites such as Blue Vanilla have lots of great styles ready for summer, over in their shop.

Lovebox

Line up: Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre, Hot Chip

Taking place: 17-18 July, London

Accessory required: The flower crown

This is definitely the festival that calls for flower crowns and bold eye make up, with huge dance artists hitting the stages, Lovebox was made for the music loving, wild types – head to Crown and Glory to pick up a pretty floral crown, perfect for the occasion.

Sportbeat

Line up: The Fratellis, James Arthur, De La Soul, The Skints

Taking place: 15-16th August, Gloucester

Accessory required: The legwarmers

Nothing says ‘sports theme’ like a pair of legwarmers, pulled on over your favourite Nike trainers and Sportbeat is a unique event combining the best of both worlds: music and exercise. With lower key bands such as The Fratellis and The Skints confirmed, on top of sporting events such as volleyball, rugby and netball tournaments, this is a festival that will leave you breathless.

V Fest

Line up: Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, James Bay plus special guest Tom Jones

Taking place: 22-23 August, Essex, Shropshire

Accessory required: The transfer tattoo

Transfer tattoos are big news on the accessory scene this summer and come in a huge range of styles and colours, so you should definitely consider finishing off your festival look with some arm candy that rubs off – hey, even Beyonce wears them!

A dainty, gold arm tattoo from a high street store such as Topshop or River Island looks great on tanned skin with a crop top, denim shorts, wellies and a backpack – which let’s face it, you will definitely be wearing. Simply rub on with water then rub off when you’re done!

Reading and Leeds Festivals

Line up: The Libertines, Mumford and Sons, Metallica, Deadmau5

Taking place: 28-30 August, Leeds and Reading

Accessory required: The hair chalk

An all star Indie line up, complemented by dance acts such as Deadmau5 should bring out the bright and alternative people who definitely don’t mind streaking some bold colours throughout their hair.

You don’t have to be brave with a tinting brush and pot of semi permanent hair colour though, simply pick up some hair chalk from somewhere such as Urban Outfitters or Topshop and get creative with your look, streaking it through your locks before you head down to the festival. Don’t forget to take it with you to top up your colour if it rubs out!

June 26, 2015

Will France’s Crackdown On Thin Models Affect Australia?

When Paris, the fashion capital of the world, moves to ban super-thin models in an attempt to combat anorexia, the rest of the global industry takes notice.

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But what impact, if any, will this have on the way Australian modelling agencies and fashion festivals do business?

French parliament last Friday voted to criminalise modelling agencies’ use of critically thin or malnourished models; sparking protest from some key French industry figures who accused the government of confusing anorexia and thinness. The tough new measures will see modelling agencies caught using models under an as-yet-unspecified minimum body mass index (BMI) face the threat of up to six months in prison and a hefty fine of €75,000 – about AU$108,000 – for flouting the law.

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Up to 40,000 people reportedly suffer from anorexia in France; 90 per cent of whom are girls and women. Spain already bans models below a certain BMI from working at Madrid fashion shows and Italy orders health certificates for those on the catwalk. And the new laws back recent research by the London School of Economics that imagery of ultra-thin women does significant and measurable psychological damage to women and young girls.

Meanwhile, back in Australia, the head of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, which will this year be staged from August 23-28, expressed grave concerns over how France’s tough new super-skinny model ban would be policed. MBFF director Lindsay Bennett (pictured) strongly agrees the fashion industry has a duty of care to only book healthy models, but questioned whether it’s fashion designers, rather than modelling agencies, who should be held accountable for the use of super-skinny women and men on the catwalk.

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“Anorexia and eating disorders are an illness and should be managed in a professional way by the appropriate people – to prevent a girl (or guy) who may appear thin (or a lower than normal BMI) from working – could further harm her just as much as ignoring the signs, so it needs to be carefully and professionally managed,” Mr Bennett says.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so I thought. Agencies represent models of all shapes and sizes, be that plus-size, short, tall, black, brown, and every shape and colour inbetween.

“For a Government to impose fines or imprisonment is certainly a different approach. How this is policed would concern me. Most young people today gather their information from the internet so how this is also policed is a far greater challenge. And BMI is a difficult way to assess if a model is too thin or undernourished.

“And it’s the fashion designers who are looking for models to fit a specific size – and not the agencies. So, should not the pressure and penalty be placed on designers if we are to go down this path?”

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MBFF has never used unhealthy or too-skinny models, Mr Bennett says. “What we have set in stone at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in year one was a model guideline for only booking models that were not too thin or appeared to have any issues,” he says.

“In the nine years that we have been staging this event for the state [Queenland] we have never been criticised for booking anorexic models – guys or girls – and if a model did cast for us who, in our opinion, looked undernourished, we would speak directly with the agency to covey our concerns.”

Jodie Bache-McLean (pictured), director of both June Dally-Watkins (JDW) and Dallys Model Management, agrees it’s the expectation of the clients – fashions designers the world over – which is to blame.

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“There is an issue with body image with young women today and it’s not just within the modelling industry,” Jodie says, “I have a deep concern about young women’s body image and how they see themselves. They aspire to unrealistic images which they see in the media and on Instagram.

“I believe the expectations from international modelling agencies is the key problem – girls are expected to be unrealistic measurements – size zero or 34, 24, 34 inches, which is so tiny. I would rather a girl didn’t work overseas than have to fit these unrealistic measurements.”

MBFF is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary. It will now showcase the best of spring/summer style from the historic John Reid Pavilion at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Images via Twitter, The Social Standard, fashion-weeks.net

April 7, 2015

Festival Fashion At Coachella

It’s been labelled the Woodstock of the new generation and, despite the big shoes to fill, this music festival sure does deliver in the fashion arena. Whether you love it or hate it, festival fashion is the best thing to happen to summer – even if simply for people-watching/judging purposes. The 60s may have had bikini tops, fringing and Jimi Hendrix but we have bikini tops, fringing and Arcade Fire. Oh.

The Coachella dress code may not be a varied as we’d like – in a fashion sense that is – but boy, is it fun to see what all the ‘cool kids’ are wearing. Here are some of out faves (as well as some that we could never get away with wearing ourselves):

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April 19, 2014