As 2016 (finally) comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the fashions that dominated festivals and underground music scene across the world this year. I was lucky enough to attend parties in Delhi, Sydney, London, Houston, St. Louis, and Ibiza, in addition to Defected Croatia, Dirtybird Campout, and Minimal Effort Halloween.
I asked my friend Janice Thatch, graphic designer, photographer, and electronic music passionista, to come for a stroll along Melrose so we could check out current trends. Janice made appearances at Coachella, Hard Summer, Psycho Circus and Dirtybird Campout (where we met).
1. Boho is roots deeper into the festival scene.
Kimonos, crochet, and flowing silhouettes are nothing new to California fashion. However, this style also made appearances at the parties I went to in every country. In the last year or two, we started to see a lot fringe, distressed leather, luxurious materials, floral prints, and gauzy fabrics.
This year however, I noticed that people are really searching for unique pieces that combine several those attributes. Gauzy + flowy; velvet + intricate printing. The devil is most definitely in the details. We stopped at the , which fers outrageously good pricing from the well-regarded . Items that retail for close to $200 are generally about $30 here. Here, you see the efforts retailers today to outdo themselves in this trend.
Another shop we found on Melrose bringing those Grade-A Bohemian vibes was . The pieces here are chosen with extreme care, and the prices are pretty standard for quality vintage. Janice fell in love with a white jacket featuring an embroidered jaguar on the back. There are furs, kimonos, and more to give you those care-free festival feels. Janice noted these looks were very popular at the festivals she attended. Paisleys, printed palazzo-style pants, and faded denims were ever-present. And oh course, we can’t forget about the Lennon-inspired, whimsical, and flat ator sunglasses.
2. 90s comebacks aren’t fading any time soon.
As a 32-year-old, it is very interesting to see my very first trend getting recycled. Does this mean I’m old? Probably. But I will say that the young’uns rocking this look do it way better than my awkward teenage self (I’ll spare you the photos). These looks infiltrated the mainstream and younger audiences at the music events I attended.
The infamous choker was standard, worn with baby-doll style dresses, metallic, and plaids on UK and US dance floors. Janice reports that holographic items, alien backpacks, bodysuits, and shaggy furs were present at most the events she attended. had tons ferings in this department. In addition to a long-sleeve royal blue velvet dress that caught my eye, there was lots black lace, studs, and Madonna-inspired bracelets decorating the walls the flagship store.
At LF, Janice and I cooed over the metallic sneakers at the top the page. We were also feeling this plaid duster. Janice reported lots strappy, straight-lined maxi-dresses with double-slits at big at festivals this year.
3. Modern dark street-style remains king for the minimal crowd.
Both Janice and I were drawn into by its carefully curated street aesthetic. With brand new , the creme-de-la-creme trends were available. I probably only know about five men who would actually buy $645 boots, but damn…do they look good.
In our scene, there are lots travelers and all-nighters, which means lots bags. Their selection mature, minimalist caught my eye. For the ladies, I fell in love with the Vengeance long-sleeve racer top, which would also be a great alternative to black-on-black daytime techno fun.
Minimalist jewelry is key to adding depth and character to all-black ensembles, for both males and females.
While at Wild Style, we were admiring the fashion one the employees, Samuel Sorrels. His look was exactly what we had been seeing at minimal and techno parties across the country. Sorrels’ look kept the futuristic lines, but with a more tailored fit. As it turns out, Sorrels DJs under the name , spinning events like ‘ at in L.A. It seems we had recognized one our own.
This year’s looks haven’t strayed too far from the past few years, and have gained intricacy and sophistication. In Part 2 Festivals and Fashion, Sorrels will provide an exclusive mix to listen to while you ponder your looks 2017, as well as give us some insight on what he expects to be big next year.