Style check: Festival chic

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 11:34am

Last weekend's Clockenflap music and arts festival brought top acts such as Azealia Banks, Primal Scream and Klaxons to the blustery shores of West Kowloon. Each year this event gets better, musically, but also for people watching.

The fashion on show proved that Hong Kong can do casual chic as well as the trussed-up looks of SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong. There were a few dolled-up women in towering stilettos, but for the most part it was alternative fashion's day out.

Belvedere Red, which sponsored the VIP tent, ran its own fashion showcase over the two days. Scouts were sent around the festival, photographing stylish dressers to be pinned onto the board near the entrance of the venue.

Military knee-high boots and winter layers were the order of the day at Clockenflap, the scouts say. People channelled 1970s bohemia with all the wide-rimmed floppy hats and patterned shirts on display.

Predictably, band T-shirts were everywhere, but studs, skulls and spikes also proved popular. Worn faded denim and, yes, even double denims was on show. Some got into the spirit with loud and proud prints, with Native American as the big theme. And, this being Hong Kong, there were, of course, a few Chanel bags, too.

A fun-packed, stylish weekend it was, proving that we can do laid-back festival style without dressing like emo 16-year-olds.