Fabulous flares, free love and footage of Jimi Hendrix waking up a crowd with his electric version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ (genius). If there’s one moment in history that makes my nostalgic heart sing, it’s Woodstock festival.
On August 15, 1969, Woodstock became one of the most iconic music festivals in history; which saw the likes of Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who perform to around half a million people on a small dairy farm in upstate New York.
Originally, about 50,000 people were expected to show up, though being the ‘60s and a three day celebration of peace, love and music, people from all walks of life gathered to witness the concert of a lifetime. For zero £££. Whilst not a lucrative commercial enterprise by any means, it’s rich cultural footprint and the sounds and styles that defined a decade still reign supreme.
On its 50th anniversary, LouisvuittonShop UK explores which sartorial tropes of the legendary Woodstock festival have endured the test of time.
You are probably sick of hearing another person wax lyrical about the tie-dye trend for summer, right? Guilty. But before designers from Eckhaus Latta, Prada and R13 were making the case for the print du jour this summer - the legendary singer-songwriter Joe Cocker was nailing the kaleidoscopic tee. Extra retro kudos if, like Cocker, you pair with pinstripe bellbottoms, a supersized belt and red-white-and blue leather boots.
Big Fringe Energy
For most of my adult life, I've felt most contented (style-wise) looking back. From flirtations with the ‘80s Working Girl look (most recently) to a try-hard few years at university willing my wardrobe to resemble that of a '60s Edie Sedgwick, hanging out with Warhol and the gang. My happy place, come summer, is usually in the attempt at Cher’s 60s and 70s bohemia - read LOTS of fringe (with the help of costume extraordinaire Bob Mackie). To master the day-wear of fringing, more floaty gypset than night at the Met Gala - see Grace Slick performing with Jefferson Airplane.
Sunny D yellow, red, earthy green, pastel pink: anything goes! Trademark Woodstock-style rainbow looks include billowing kaftans, blouses and hot pants and high waisted flares. More is more.
For those hiding the (inevitable) three-day festival bed-head or just want a modern accessory classic, it’s time to up your hair adornment game. Think: go-big-or-go-home hats and maximalist headbands. For authentic hippie-luxe, play around with leftover ribbon or adorn your tresses with flowers from your garden. Easy.
Mix and Match
Make like Sienna Miller circa 2004, many a Woodstock festival goer (pictured) and Chloé’s SS19 girls and layer up; mix fabrics, prints, colours and textures for bohemian touches here and there.
'Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation' is available to watch on iPlayer.
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