This weekend has been the best weekend in music this year. Coachella and Governor's Ball were stellar weekends, but this past weekend has trumped them thanks to two festivals going on simultaneously from two corners of the world and the biggest pop event of the year, the MTV Video Music Awards. With music comes high fashion and this weekend has been as much of fashion show as it was concerts and an award show. Here's our review of the weekend in style at the Reading Festival in London, and the Afropunk Festival and the VMAs in Brooklyn.
The Reading Festival was on fire all weekend. We'll admit that we wished we were in London to catch the festival since Eminem, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Tyler, the Creator, Azealia Banks, Chance the Rapper and Major Lazer were performing. Not to mention Green Day practically performed their entire debut album, Dookie, System of a Down and Deftones turned up the crowd as well as Haim and Nine Inch Nails. We'll settle for YouTube videos of their respective sets, but for now let's check out the style. The festival style is what you'd expect it to be - trendy, youthful, and musically inspired. Denim and leather jackets, plaid patterns and band tees came out in full force.
(All photos are from the New York Times, Essence, UK Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, and Just Jared)
Across the pond was the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn. The Afropunk Festival is a celebration of black artists in all musical genres and black people of all walks of life. This year, Chuck D. headlined with performances from Danny Brown, Theophilus London, and Living Colour and the cherry on top was ?uestlove who was in attendance DJ'ing for all those that came to the festival.
The style was much more varied at Afropunk compared to the Reading Festival. Punk rock influences were prevalent as well as the culture of countries in Africa. The ladies stepped out in traditional prints cut into modern dresses and mixed them with today's fashion accessories. The gentleman did the same opting for a punk rock look over the street goth style that has taken over the streets lately. Dresses and head-wraps were huge at the festival thanks in part to the gem at the very bottom, 22-year-old model, Jamie Williams who (from what we've heard) had Twitter on fire over her look and earned best-dressed honors.
Lastly, we had the VMAs. The Video Music Awards were in Brooklyn for the first time in history at the Barclays Center. The red carpet took over two blocks in the residential neighborhood for what was a monster pre-show party with performances by Ariana Grande and Austin Mahone with Grimes on the ones and twos.
The show itself was incredible from start to finish. Lady Gaga opened the show with several outfit changes during her performance of her latest single, Applause, followed by Miley Cyrus who twerked for the crowd and Robin Thicke who later brought Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz on stage for his latest single, Give It 2 U. Kanye West tore up the stage when he performed Blood on the Leaves from his latest album, Yeezus, Drake made sure Nothing Was The Same after his mash-up performance of his latest singles Hold On, We're Going Home and Started From The Bottom. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won multiple awards and had the crowd swaying to his song, Same Love, Bruno Mars killed his performance of Gorilla, and Katy Perry closed the show with her newest single, Roar.
The biggest moment of the night was the 'N Sync reunion in the middle of Justin Timberlake's 20-minute medley performance before receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard award. Last night was a huge night for music- music's biggest stars returned with new singles and the game's big players showed why they're still on top.
Compared to the Reading Festival and Afropunk, the VMAs was very high fashion. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga made their comebacks in style in Emanuel Ungaro and Prabal Gurung respecively. Ciara and Rita Ora caught the most attention for their Givenchy and Alex Vauthier dresses respectively that took the VMAs' style up a notch making it more comparable to the Grammy's. Saint Laurent, Dior Homme and Versace were very popular choices for the men last night as well as wearing all black outfits, black and white, and gold. The weekend has been great for music and fashion and with the last quarter of 2013 approaching, we think it's safe to say that it has been a great year as a whole for music and fashion.