While Cara Delevingne and Mossy & Co. may have triumphantly held the field fashion together at Glastonbury, there was a literal sartorial stage to be dealt with, too. You can’t just wear any ol’ thing when performing to a 135,000-strong crowd at one of the world’s most watched festivals, can you?
Rita Ora in red tassels
Enthralling performers of the not-so-distant past – like Stevie Nicks or Cher – started the trend for look-at-me performance ensembles. This kind of super-styling wasn’t just reserved for the likes of Elvis or Mick Jagger and his enviable array of trophy jackets. And it’s no surprise when you think of a small girl in a big space: fringing, giant sleeves, excess sparkle… it’s all just a cunning ploy to be better seen.
Laura Mvula and Jessie Ware
So who took to Glasto’s high profile mic and succeeded in the stage parade? Well, there was Solange Knowles in – what is fast becoming a signature look – a matchy-matchy printed two-piece from Teatum Jones. Her swishy beat-friendly dreads were in full schwing and we liked her use of this season’s petite stiletto: we’re certain that you can pull better shapes in a kitten heel than you can in a towering platform.
Haim's Danielle wearing a BLK DNM gilet
So Solange went high fashion, but there was wacky – Azealia Banks' dinosaur outfit was, um, interesting – and there were classic rock’n’rollers like the Haim girls and their worn-out tees, cut-off denim and strangely attractive gurning faces. And then there was everybody’s current obsession – Jessie Ware – who went for a sombre look in head-to-toe black; there was more than a whiff of the Matrix about it.