By Jennifer Lynn
T in the Park loyal or Benicassim babe? Rockness monster or Ibiza Rocks raver? Thanks to budget airlines and a plethora of celebrity festival fans on foreign shores, more and more of us are ditching the typical muddy field for sun, sea and err… The Stone Roses. Just look at Coachella, the first festival of the season, which takes place in the California desert every April and attracts the likes of Nicole Richie, BFFs Katy Perry and Rihanna, and Kate Bosworth to name but a few famous faces. The festival has become so popular that organisers decided to put on two weekends this year, and both still sold out, prompting them to do the same for next year’s event. So whether you’re planning ahead for next year’s LA trip, jetting off to party on Spanish shores or getting down and dirty here at home, two of your favourite high street stores have got all your festival needs under control, rain or shine.
First up is H&M with the quintessential Scottish festival wardrobe. The Swedish retailer launched its fifth annual Fashion Against AIDS (FAA) collection this April, and the influence is definitely Glasto-heavy, but be quick: with prints commissioned from international artists and illustrators, this limited edition range won’t be around for long and some of the most popular items have sold out already. Key pieces include pink dipdyed denim short shorts, an absolute steal at just £14.99, a multicoloured Aztec print crop top, again £14.99, and beaded bracelets adorned with skulls, from £2.99. Going far beyond the typical fashion collection, FAA also includes iPhone cases, plasters and… hammocks?! Yep, for just £24.99 you can be the proud owner of a hammock in a matching African print bag. Now where to find a pair of trees at T?
Given that our Scottish summers tend to be more rainy than sun soaked, if you’re only going to buy one thing make it the poncho in a pouch- available in multicoloured and monochrome prints, it’s the best fiver you’ll spend all summer, and it’s at a benefit to four different charities. FAA was designed to spread the safe sex message across our generation, as well as raising funds and awareness for various HIV/AIDS charities. 25% of all sales of the collection are split between Designers Against AIDS, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, United Nations Population Fund and YouthAIDS, and H&M have already raised almost £45 million from their various FAA projects over the years. Perhaps you can justify that shopping spree after all- it’s fashion with a cause!
For those of you who are fortunate enough to have guaranteed sunshine at your festival destination, River Island have teamed up with legendary superclub Pacha, to create a collection of beachwear that any hedonist will adore. From cut-out swimsuits printed with those iconic cherries (£32), to white tan enhancing broderie shorts (£20), the range has your entire weekend covered. Fancy heading into Valencia for some chic cocktails after a crazy day at Benicassim? Check out the four gorgeous flowing maxi dresses which feature in the collaboration. Their abstract prints and rainbow of colours will take you from beach to bar with ease, and prices start at just £45.
In their own words, Pacha believe that their “‘two cherries’ are not just a sweet logo, they represent a hip styled, free spirited Mediterranean lifestyle as well as being constant reminders of our inimitable, glamorous and hedonistic nights,” and this is exactly what the River Island collection embodies. If you are heading to the White Isle this summer, make sure you pack the blue embellished waistcoat (£35), the ultimate glam bikini coverup for a night at Ibiza Rocks in the presence of those Bloc Party boys.
So there you have it, all your festival fashion dilemmas sorted by just one quick visit down the high street. Now all that’s left to do is fill your backpack (or pack the car full of booze), crank up the tunes and get ready for one seriously wild weekend. Just don’t forget your sun cream, even in Scotland: there’s nothing worse than coming back from TITP redder than the Tennent’s logo.
Image courtesy of Creamfields/Marc De Groot