Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Brisbane’s trend-setters headed to St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival last weekend to enjoy the fresh sounds and laid-back vibes of one of the most unique events of its kind. Revellers proved the link between good music and cutting-edge fashion as they show-cased their individual styles.

The Laneway line-up has always included a mix of international artists as well as raw and up-coming talent while the outfits are often as distinctive and risk-taking as the music. The emphasis being on breaking new ground which interestingly, this year, involved looking-back and using retro trends to create something new and exciting.

Trends for the girls included vintage tea dresses, worker boots, velvet, androgynous, statement hats and plenty of mid-drift. Stand-out looks included a flower-girl outfit, taken up at the hem. The owner explained that she loved that the dress had so much meaning for someone else.

Guys favoured skinny jeans or cut-offs with a crazy shirt and bow-tie from the op-shop, or even better, grandad. 80s sunnies and facial hair topped-off the look. The inspiration was party-animal, with plenty of trippy colours and prints. Any festival outfit was perfect as long as it expressed individuality.

When it came to the artists, Florence Welch led the pack, lighting up the stage with her striking red hair, a colour which will surely be one of the top beauty predictions for the next season as it was already sported by several members of the crowd.

Another band which used their style to compliment their music were Mumford and Sons whose hillbilly attire got the crowd smiling as everyone enjoyed a good old-fashioned hoedown. The band seemed genuinely taken-aback by the warm reception from the audience.

“This is the prettiest crowd we’ve ever played to.” Declared guitarist Country Winston as he surveyed the audience. “Of course, being pretty alone is not enough. You need something to back it up.”

This statement seems a pretty good way to sum up the attitude to fashion belonging to the young crowd at Laneway. These boys and girls have turned their backs on mainstream fashion, shunning new identikit items for odd pieces from Vinnie’s. Looking good just simply isn’t good enough. Each outfit needs a history to make it special.

This could arguably represent a change in attitudes and eco-awareness by re-using and recycling old clothing or it could simply be a generation getting bored of a throw-away society and trying to find a meaningful mode of expression. With the unveiling of yet another Apple product last week, it was very telling that many in the crowd clutched old cameras and binoculars rather than a shiny new iPhone.


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