Fashion front- and backstage at Laneway
Singers at Laneway Festival on the weekend had some stories to share about their fashion, and so did the festival-goers.
The lifestyle of a band member, the modern day equivalent of the medieval ages’ travelling troubadour, inevitably leads to some interesting style stories.
Backstage at Laneway Festival in Sydney on Sunday, relaxing on the lawn behind the photography studios at the University of Sydney’s College of the Arts in Rozelle, Caroline Polacheck of Chairlift revealed her ultimate shopping destination: “Honestly? The further away from civilisation the better.”
Naming a thrift store in the backwoods of North Dakota as an example, she said: “[The thrift stores away from the cities] haven’t been picked over. They’re also kind of time capsules. People aren’t so tuned in to trends so they wear the same thing they’ve been wearing for the past two decades and then they take that to thrift stores. You find older stuff… [and] the most unusual stuff.”
Relaxing in front of her dressing room, Cameron Mesirow of Glasser was wearing a dip-dyed leather jacket from Acne’s collaboration with UK artist Daniel Silver she’d received from the designers themselves after they’d used one of her songs in a video. It was the final touch to her backstage outfit, she said.
“I think today I sort of have a ‘look’ to me but it’s not really intentional. I like to mix it up, that’s why I went and got my jacket [that Acne gave me after they] used my song for their capsule collection with this artist, Daniel Silver.”
Not to be outstripped, festival-goers had some stories of their own to share. Chloe Bennett, a student and avid dress shopper, had ventured out two days previously and found a lace dress in a vintage store in Oxford Street, which she decided to wear back-to-front and pair with a belt for Laneway, while Kate Loxton, a PR consultant, confessed she had tried to go for an understated cowboy look.
“I wanted to go for a country style today because I knew it would be dusty, and I went for a crisp white shirt because I think it’s hard to look fresh at an event like this,” she said.
Of course, there were also those who just wanted to look good. Amy Harris, a nurse, looked the epitome of preppy summer chic in a navy jumper and printed Karen Walker shorts with a hat she said she’d picked up from Homebake festival. She said festivals were her chance to play with fashion. “I love clothes. There’s only two variations on our uniform at work so I like to take the chance to dress up.”
Full interviews to come later. See more street style pics from Laneway by Xiaohan Shen at vogue.com.au