BENGALURU: The much talked about music festival—the NH7—is also regarded as the fashion event of the year. This year’s edition of NH7 made me realise certain things. One, that I was old (the average age of the demographic was 18) and two, that shorts had to be nearly the most comfortable, practical and trendy article of clothing at a music festival. However, as the people poured into the venue, daring fashion statements were made and outre looks and headgears were on display. Apart from the musical acts, people watching formed a large part of my evening. Among my favourite festival sightings was the glimpse of this couple dressed in a furry bear costume and a green dino outfit complete with scales and tail as well. There was also a lady who would look at home on any ramp with her black and white striped cigarette pants and a black chiffon top with winged sleeves, a plunging back and the whole look tied up with a severe hairdo and bright lips. Here are five festival looks that work in our weather and allow you to dance, walk and sprawl with ease as well as channel your inner diva.
Keeping it short
Shorts ruled the roost as the predominant fashion number. From the rockers who paired denim shorts with clunky boots, camouflage vests, bomber jackets and soft braids to fresh-faced girls in pastel shorts with flowery shirts and flipflops, this was the versatile garment of the evening, making a casual and sexy fashion statement. Whether you are nonchalantly swinging the legs over a rope barrier or just hanging out, shorts are clearly the practical, stylish and uber- versatile festival favourite.
With both real hairdos and colourful wigs bobbing noticeably in the crowds, this was a popular look with the guys as carefully tended to afros mingled with the more neon shades of those who wanted a more ‘hair-raising’ experience.
Flower Power Maxis
The spirit of the flower-power 60s and 70s can never be too far from any music festival and the long hair, the bohemian maxis and the leather boots are part of that festival fashion lookbook that never seems to go out of style. In keeping with this tradition, there were the faithful conformists who carried off the beads, maxis and peace lockets with a laidback charm.
Even though there was a nip in the air, that did little to deter the fashion-conscious as they danced away the evening in their tiny skater dresses in pretty pastels or florals and assymetrical kitschy prints.
While these might be the last we are going to see of the crop tops before the winter, at least at the fest, it felt like summer. Whether one had a toned midriff or a belly dancer’s girth, the crop top was a favourite. Paired with minis, shorts, skinny jeans, palazzos, gypsy skirts and every other imaginable pairing, it clearly performed its swan song before it was killed off by the trend police.