Garden Party

Garden Party

I didn’t make it to Coachella.  In fact, I’ve never been and I’m sort of resigned to never going.  Approximately 326 emails with Festival Fashion in the subject line have been demoted into the clogged-up Promotions folder.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean the physical elements of “festival fashion” are utterly beyond me.

Around ten hours from now, I’ll be on a flight to Palm Springs bound for the Louis Vuitton cruise show.   I’ll also be there again in July on holiday.  Further beyond that, Port Eliot will come a-calling again in August.  My head is prematurely filled with thirty degree plus sun-saturated thoughts and with that come, wafting fantasies spun out of images of Bill Gibb and Ossie Clark-esque printed volumes, the psychedelic-“ethnic” designs of Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and Veruschka in whatever far-out exotic set that Diana Vreeland might have sent her to.

Judging by the street style pics that filtered out of Coachella, I fear my eclectic tent-like print fests might be out of step with the “festival fashion” of present day.  Still, when has being out of step ever deterred me.  Bank Holiday Monday yielded some rays that attempted to hit my north-facing weed patch and woven in with Coach’s own festival pieces (“weave” being the operative design detail running through the accessories), I pre-empted my own garden party.  One which doesn’t involved denim cut-off shorts or suede fringing.  Where bargain vintage finds (£12 jumpsuit from Beyond Retro?  £1 skirt from Deborah Woolf‘s archive sale)  aren’t afraid to get sodden with either English de-rigeur festival rain or warm beer.  And also where cats play badminton on a dress.






0E5A1653Vintage Chinese robe, Issey Miyake Pleats Please top, Coach tasselled scarf, Coach crossbody pouch and bag





0E5A1750Tome jumpsuit, vintage velvet paisley skirt, Maison Margiela sunglasses, Coach scarf and shoes





0E5A1744Supersweet x Moumi tunic, Acne sunglasses, Coach woven duffle bag






0E5A1846Vintage jumpsuit, Jonathan Saunders sunglasses, Coach scarf, sandals and duffle bag

Images from Flickr and The Red List


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  1. Latoya Kessie

    2015-05-05 at 1:40 AM

    Absolutely love this post…. The photography is ridiculous !

  2. irene laura

    2015-05-05 at 8:53 AM
  3. Cristina

    2015-05-05 at 9:50 AM

    Great post! I love how much colors you have in your outfits!

  4. coffeeslag

    2015-05-05 at 2:01 PM

    You rock prints SO WELL! Love this, and love the location of the shoot. Makes me think of an overgrown secret garden.


    coffeeslag: lust, everything i need in my closet right now, thanks

  5. Riyka

    2015-05-05 at 6:20 PM

    Now, this is festival style I can agree with, so refreshing, love it x

  6. Sue Fallon

    2015-05-06 at 7:27 AM

    Gorgeous designs from the period. Thanks for sharing them! I’m so in love with them I’m considering getting a sewing machine lol. It’s the only way I’m going to get what I want.

  7. Erika

    2015-05-06 at 9:33 PM

    STUNNING Suzie. Absolutely flawless.

  8. J.

    2015-06-04 at 7:07 PM

    Outfits! These are so wonderful. You look eminently festival-ready to me.

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