Sometimes a single word encapsulates everything you need to know about a trend. Festival is such a word: pounding bass, surprise guest appearances, unlikely collaborations, public meltdowns and on-stage debauchery all happen on the biggest stages of the music world. And since hyperbole is a concept favourited by contemporary culture, the indefatigable concept of the music festival has become a well-oiled vehicle for the carefree lifestyle. The magic of a music festival lies in its lack of societal conformities, breaking the rules and embracing the juxtaposition of different ethnic groups. It’s about declaring independence from the shackles of the status quo.
Remember that era when psychedelic music became the embodiment of the frustration of the youth, when a peace movement emerged during the Vietnam War and floral crowns were the sine qua non of the hippies? Yes the 1960s are one of the most influential and proactive decades in history and subsequently one of the reasons why I was born in the wrong era. I am not saying that the 1960s were all sunshine and lollipops, but the ideology behind this hippie subculture was based upon love, peace and personal freedom. And that's something I admire; you know to be able to create your own identity in a society where you are told so many times what you need to be. And just like the hippies, I am using this newfound happiness to enjoy my own "post-war period" and strive to free myself from the status quo. To be an addition to the world, to add colour to the mundane and have confidence in being unique. So now you know why I wear floral garlands.
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The Purple Haze Girl is a poet and a true free spirit. She wanders the world in airy silhouettes that channel the magic of flower power.
"Our program is cultural revolution through a total assault on culture, which makes use of every tool, every energy and every media we can get our collective hands on... our culture, our art, our music, our books, our posters, our clothing, the way our hair grows long, the way we smoke dope and fuck and eat and sleep-it's all one message- the message is freedom." - John Sinclair (1969)
Melodies by Janis
Forty four years ago, Queen of 60s Janis Joplin, joined the Great Gig in the Sky. The visceral power of her performances at Woodstock, her soulful voice and her fierce ambition catapulted her into the national consciousness. Thank you for the music. Thank you for the blues. And don’t worry about your questions, we haven’t found the answers yet.
Hazed by the catwalk
Reflections from 60s psychedelia were illuminated during this season’s Fashion Week. The dark colours of the modern world disappeared and a haze of exuberant hues unraveled the minds of the creative universe. The Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2015 collection was an ode to sweet Ophelia – a Pre-Raphaelite painting that defined the perception of the hippie fantasy. The Van Noten girls enchanted those around them. The chiffon dresses floated from spaghetti-straps and diaphanous shirts in organza were thrown over silk shorts. But it wasn’t until the end, that Dries inspired an awakening in the audience. The models settled down on the meadow carpet and ended this beautiful piece of music with a silent protest.