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Top Festival Style Icons From Across The Decades

Festival season is upon us; a time of balmy evenings spent listening to the very best music with even better company. And so too comes festival dressing, an extension of self-expression that this creative and relaxed atmosphere offers. Whether it be psychedelic Woodstock or A-list Coachella that inspires you, here at Maxwell – Scott our festival style icons all share one trait: their own personal twist on festival wear…

Kate Bosworth
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Under the Californian sun, Kate Bosworth assertively dresses for Coachella like no other. She perfectly marries everyday garments whilst accessorizing with artisanal-inspired pieces, such as a standout embroidered jacket, for the ideal blend of sleek style and a festival edge. A little western mixed with LA chic, Kate has spent years honing her own personal festival aesthetic. Her love for the festival, which she has been going to since 2009, is clearly evident each time. Polished and yet personal, Kate remains the queen of Coachella.

Cher
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Cher is an icon in a number of ways but this 1967 image from The Sanremo POP Festival proves that her festival style icon status is a certainty too. In an full ensemble of shimmering wonder there is no better reference than this. Festival dressing is most certainly a time for experimentation and a touch of creativity – update this sequined look with a more refined but equally fabulous lamé dress which will sparkle in the sunlight and glisten in evening lights. As Cher shows, nothing is better than a festival evening of dancing the night away in a truly dazzling number.

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Daisy Lowe
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There is nothing more that this English rose enjoys than a floral dress come festival season, proving that this quaint print can be made cool. Daisy’s festival style always has an edge of ease to it, with light layers and simple shapes meaning that her looks consistently have a relaxed quality. With this, her bright and happy-go-lucky personality inevitably shines through. The key to festival style: keeping it relaxed is often the most powerful way to go.

Execute easy festival styling with the Palermo bucket bag…

Mick Jagger
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Mike Jagger is a titan of music and his flamboyant look in Hyde Park for a performance in 1969 does this status justice. The billowing sleeve now a mainstay at every festival far and wide, Jagger offers androgynous inspiration. For the modern man, nothing says extravagant, jagger-esque festival fashion than a full ensemble of impractical white. The contemporary take on the look should include a touch more tailoring but maintain all of the drama with the colour palette.

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Alexa Chung
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With her signature Victoriana high-neck, Alexa Chung executes her very own interpretation of festival style. Taking a few structured pieces and adding an undone finish that is uniquely hers, Alexa is at the top of every festival style icons list. She consistently manages to create looks which utterly express her laid back festival aesthetic. If ever in doubt, Alexa Chung will always be the very best inspiration for the perfect festival look.

Contrast the relaxed setting with a structured accessory à la Chung with the MedollaM saddle bag

Jimi Hendrix
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No one manages to be more expressive in their festival wear than the ever-creative Jimi Hendrix. His experimental nature with colour and print means that his style remains the perfect reference for sunny days spent at a festival. A patterned shirt with a light wash jean works as the perfect modern day nod to this most influential of guitarists. Simply be brave and bright in your outfit, the festival is of course the perfect environment in which to try.

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley
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The true essence of boho fashion is imbued within the festival style of Rosie Huntington Whiteley. She is quite simply a master of laid back festival wear. With an intricate detail or a touch of embroidery, Rosie’s festival style manages to be both distinctly beautiful and suitable for festival conditions. A mix which is so very hard to get right.

 

Stevie Nicks
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During her days with Fleetwood Mac, and then even more so in her solo career, Stevie Nicks developed a very personal performance aesthetic. Her floating sleeves in themselves have earnt a place in the music hall of fame. Give this look a fresh edge with a blouse with the most dramatic of sleeves, and a complementary floaty skirt, in order to capture the ethereal beauty that Stevie encapsulated. A flower in the hair and rock-and-roll attitude are, then, the final touches in paying homage to this music idol.

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Solange Knowles
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Bold, bright and beautiful is the best way in which to describe the last of our fashion style icons. Solange Knowles most certainly knows how to make a statement. With a stunning mix of striking colours and patterns, Knowles aptly captures the sheer joy of festival season. Clashing combinations and dashes of white allow each of her festival looks to truly sing. She is consistently fearless with her use of colour, rendering her a darling of the fashion and festival worlds.

Take inspiration from Solange’s use of colour with the petrol Lucca crossbody