Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In a Blazer Glory: Why a Classic Workwear Staple Is the Ultimate Festival Headliner

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In a Blazer Glory: Why a Classic Workwear Staple Is the Ultimate Festival Headliner

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Byline: Karen Dacre What to wear

THE urban festival see Victoria Park's All Points East, which got underway on Friday is a complex phenomenon. At least it is as far as getting dressed up is concerned, with live music, festival toilets and the opportunity to sip cider from plastic cups on your way home from work a slightly discombobulating prospect.

Get your head around the desk-tooutdoor dancing concept, though, and the city festival emerges as a field of experimentation for your wardrobe. Certainly, it's more inspiring than the normal festival set-up, with the chance to deviate from the usual floral dress you don't mind getting mud all over with some more metropolitan additions.

At All Points East on Friday, the blazer emerged as a surprise success story. And not just with Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, who, arguably, wears a pink suit better than anyone else on the planet.

Revellers experimented with tailoring, with many relying on a sharp shoulder to add a refined edge to an otherwise breezy off-duty look. Denim shorts were given a grown-up edge by the inclusion of an angular jacket. Pretty summer dresses were subject to the same overhaul.

Admittedly, in some instances the addition of a blazer was a result of circumstance with proceedings kicking off early in Victoria Park, there was no time to stop off for a stomach-lining sandwich, never mind go home and change. But it made for refreshing viewing, at least until the heavens opened and the ill-prepared among us found ourselves dancing in the rain and, indeed, soaked-through blazers.

Saturday brought with it a brighter outlook as well as an appearance from Alexa Chung, who showed up to see her mates The Strokes in the urban festival get-up of which dreams are made. Fusing lessons learned as a seasoned Glastonbury attendee with a decidedly London look, Chung wore jeans and Cubanheeled ankle boots with a corduroy blazer from, wait for it, Mango. …

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