When it comes to Austin music festivals, Austin Psych Fest is still considered to be one of the smaller ones. But this year marked its 8 year run and drew in the biggest crowd the fest has seen yet. Despite the muddy conditions and sticky humidity caused by rain, the weekend was still beautiful and so were the attendees. Austin Psych Fest has always brought out a specific fashion sense; one that is directly reflected in the music and the entire vibe of the festival. 1960s and 1970s psych rock influences can be found in everything from round frame circle sunglasses, fringe, lace, and colorful kimonos. These are things that seem pretty typical for music festival fashion, but at Psych Fest this style is taken to another level, and the fashion looks much more authentic than what you might find at other more mainstream fests. The people who attend Psych Fest, including the artists, are very much into creating looks that are a nod to the past and unique for today.
This year though, the fest became a little less about pscyh rock as the Flaming Lips headlined the lineup and the fest was referred to as “Levitation.” I think this slight change in the music could be seen in the fashion choices as there were more trendy looks on display. Overall though, vintage fashion is always king at Austin Psych Fest, and I think this is one of the reasons why the style is always so killer at this music fest and why it is one of my favorites to photograph.
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Unsurprisingly there was plenty of 1960s and 1970s style influences seen at Austin Psych Fest this past weekend. Bell bottoms, floppy hats, peasant tops, bell sleeves, and crochet dresses are all the norm at the psychedelic rock music festival. This year though, I saw more attendees influenced by current trends such as metallic and batwing sunglasses, as well as wide brimmed straw hats. But the main difference in the style this year at Psych Fest was that everyone was wearing a lot more color. Last year was black, black on black, and black accessorized with black, whereas this year there was an abundance of floral print, denim, and even some multi-colored sequins.
The best part about the street style at Austin Psych Fest? I saw zero white people in Native American headdresses and only one floral headband, so ACL and Coachella can suck it.
Have y’all been noticing all the elaborate designer sunglasses that are popping up everywhere? I’ve been seriously eyeballing a lot of cool decorative sunnies online recently. Take a look at these bad girls:
That last pair is from Bad Cake, and comes with a price tag of $110. Sunglasses are my favorite accessory for outdoor festivals and summer time activities, and I was thinking that these would be super fun to wear during SXSW. While I wouldn’t be completely opposed to paying a hundred dollars for a pair of sunglasses that I might only wear a few times before inevitably breaking them, or even more likely, losing them; my preference for an activity such as SX is to buy some cheap sunnies that I don’t care about messing up.
I’m not much of a DIY girl, but this seemed like too easy and logical of a DIY project to pass up. After I consumed some free tacos and booze, my pal Jenny and I had a little craft night. Normally I wouldn’t recommend working a hot glue gun after drinking vodka, but everything turned out great and we’re all still alive. Here’s how to make your own pimped out sunnies on the cheap:
I hope y’all have been getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of agua, because pretty soon there will be no more of that nonsense. Besides mentally and physically preparing yourself for the fun, craziness, and exhaustion that is SXSW, you should also start preparing your wardrobe.
For SX you definitely want to try and stand out in the crowd. You never know which out-of-towner’s eye you might catch (hey boy hey), what magazine might want to snap your photo (me on Teen VOGUE last year), or who might decide to invite you to some crazy VIP party. It’s always best to look put together and unique, however, you never want your style choices to get in the way of your comfort.
Now in its 10th year, Tribeza Style Week is the oldest running week of events that is dedicated to Austin style. One of the things I have always liked about the Style Week events is that they can be enjoyed by even those who might not necessarily consider themselves to be in the Austin “fashion scene.” The events not only put an emphasis on local boutiques and local designers, but Tribeza makes sure to not leave out the elements of good food and good booze as well.
Here’s a rundown and schedule of the upcoming events for Tribeza Style Week:
Where: Revival Cycles 5305 Bolm Rd.
When: Friday, September 20 7-10pm
This was my favorite event last year during Style Week for a few reasons, but the main reason of course being this was a fashion event that actually brought out the Austin men. This event didn’t just bring out the few men you might frequently see at local fashion events, but rather this event brought out dudes of all types from around all parts of town. Hi boys! The event will also have great food and drinks, so you really can’t go wrong with this one.
What: Pop-up shops from Co-Star, Dandy Suits, HELM Boots, By George, Howler Brothers, Revival Retail, Sam Hill, STAG, Starling Eyewear, Bonobos and Traveller Denim Co. The design duo behind LAND, Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes, will have a special art installation on display. The Lumiere Photobooth will be set up for snapping pictures. Music by DJ GIVE’R spinning vintage 78s. Food provided by Easy Tiger and Stiles Switch BBQ. Drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka, Dickle Rye, Troublemaker Red Wine, Liberty School White Wine, Pacifico and Topo Chico.
It was my first morning in NYC, and as I made my way to the New York Fashion Week grounds and walked up the steps of the Lincoln Center, I was immediately overwhelmed at all the fashion eye candy. The first person I stopped to photograph was a whacky dressed man wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Only afterwards did I realize I had just photographed Mondo, one of my all time favorite Project Runway designers. This first experience was just a taste of the amazing visual treats that were to come from my 5 day stay in New York, and by the time the trip was over I had certainly become a style diabetic.
Some standout trends that I noticed were huge in New York during Fashion Week were: mirrored sunglasses (I think even the crazy people who beg for money in the subway were wearing these), metallic shoes and accessories, lucite clutches and sheer vinyl bags, head-to-toe white, black and white stripes and checks, head-to-toe matching patterns, and of course the “jacket over the shoulders without putting your arms through the sleeves” look. It’s a fairly well known fact that people in New York hate putting their arms through sleeves, they absolutely hate it. I tried to recreate this look at one point while I was in New York because ya know “when in Rome”, however, I found it hard to function like this (mostly because of my nerves.) How does anyone just walk around with their jacket draped over themselves as if they’re not terrified that it could fall off at any unforeseen moment?! I guess I just can’t live life that imprudently.
Occupation: Project manager at Electric Frenchie
Spotted at: Stubbs
Wearing: vintage flannel from Goodwill, Top Shop floral mini, Doc Martens, Free People socks, vintage sunglasses
Currently listening to: Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite
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