26 June 2011

Why Coldplay's Glasto Set Was Extremely Postmodern

Last night I watched Coldplay headline Glastonbury for the third time. It's safe to say... They absolutely killed it!

They've got a new album in production and played a couple of songs from it during their set... It amazes me that they've been around for so long and yet they're still managing to churn out good music!

I couldn't help in noticing the theme of the production though... It was very fluorescent and psychedelic... And extremely on trend with the neon colour palette!

(Images courtesy of Pinterest.)

It made me think back to my study of the postmodern trends that are looking to influence fashion for my final 2nd year project at Uni. One of them revolved around neon colours, paint splatters, sharp lines, shapes and strobe lights - inspired by the past work of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana, as well as films such as Bladerunner.

This trend can be seen especially through the performance of their final song (their new single 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall') - check out the laser beam lighting, use of colour and pulsating pyramid, in particular!

I want to know the names of the people who are marketing Coldplay at the moment - they are so on it it's untrue!

22 June 2011

Sometimes It's Better to Choose Function Over Fashion

Sometimes, when it comes to what you wear, you have to be practical rather than fashionable. I was reminded of this lesson during my day at Download festival on Sunday 12th June.

Basically... It rained all day long. And not just the straightforward drizzly rain, but the kind of rain that goes in a sideways direction, blows in the wind and just gets you soaked all over regardless of whether you have an umbrella or not.

My fashion plans for Download? S/S 11 Western Girl Chic (mentioned in a previous post) consisting of a textured white top and high waisted denim hotpants with a skinny tan vintage-style belt, a tan fringed leather handbag and wellies (because wellies are a festival staple... FACT).

Well, that all went up in flames due to the weather. I looked outside in the morning and saw only dark clouds (but at that point it wasn't even raining!) Still, I had to put tights with my hotpants which ruined the summer essence of the outfit, change my bag as I was worried it would get ruined if it rained and add a standard black cardigan.

Then we arrived in Donington Park and the heavens opened. I got soaked to the skin in a matter of minutes and had to purchase a cheap black hoodie, in order to keep myself warm, and the sexiest looking poncho you've ever seen, in order to keep myself dry!

So, instead of looking as good as Kate Moss manages to with her festival fashion year upon year - I looked like this:

GRUNGE-TASTIC! But hey, at least I managed to stay smiling (until the sixth hour of rain):

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