Steal Their Style – Festival No.6 edition!

Keeping secrets has never been our forte, which is why we cannot wait any longer to share our latest news – we’re going to be pitching up in September at the wonderful Festival No. 6!!!

That’s right – we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer season with a whole marquee full of the best in vintage clothing and accessories traders, helping you enjoy your weekend in serious style.

If you haven’t heard of Festival No. 6, it’s an event like no other. Take the gorgeous backdrop of Portmeirion in North Wales, add a bunch of brilliant bands, arts and workshops, top off with a dash of artisan food and drink and then, for good measure, offer some luxury accommodation – what more could you want?

Here at Judy HQ there’s nothing we love more than the pairing of vintage fashion and music (and a cheeky gin or three), which makes this quaint and quirky festival pretty much our spiritual home! To get us all in the mood, we’ve picked out some of the acts we can’t wait to see, with some tips on how to channel their style for the summer season!

o-GRACE-JONES-facebook Grace Jones
Festival No. 6’s headliner and all-round style icon, Grace Jones’s influence stretches far and wide. While some of her crazier outfits might not be quite portaloo-proof, why not experiment with some diva-ish makeup? Grace Jones loves bright colours, and at a festival where anything goes, a loud yellow or blue eyeshadow is sure to help you stand out, 80s style.

Years___Years_new_20140625_2048x1365_01Years and Years
New kids on the block Years and Years have fast earnt a name for themselves as one of the biggest names in modern dance-pop, with a live show to match. While we love their songs ‘King’ and ‘Desire’, we’re more excited by their take on cheerful 90s fashion. Even better, it’s an easy look to recreate – simply throw on a cartoon print sweater or tee over some cut off shorts and add some chunky white trainers – but beware, they might get muddy!

stealing sheepStealing Sheep
Otherwordly and effervescent, Stealing Sheep make music that perfectly matches Festival No.6’s dreamlike setting, a mix of glittery synths and tribal drums. Their look is completely 70s – think floating dresses, waistcoats and clashing patterns. Top off with a good dose of facial glitter, and you’re good to go!

catfish_and_the_bottlemen2Catfish & The Bottlemen
Putting the cocky swagger back into rock’n’roll, Catfish & The Bottlemen seem set for every festival this summer. Their laidback 60s rocker look is low maintenance enough for the field and the tourbus, and can be adapted to suit men and women. Choose high necked striped tees, dark wash pinafores and skinny denim, and don’t even dare to forget your leather jacket and ankle boots – perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier in the evenings.

Will you be joining us at Festival No.6? Check out our events tab for all our upcoming city and festival dates – we;ll be adding more updates soon!

“Art is for everybody” – A tribute to Keith Haring

The late seventies and early eighties – what springs to mind? Florals, flares, garish prints? Big salaries and bigger hair? Pomp, pretence and bubblegum pop? Yes, welcome to the cliche. Yet amongst a plethora of things that were slightly tongue in cheek sits the incredible Keith Haring.

A church-going, cartoon-drawing shy boy from Kutztown, Keith in later years would be called many things: street artist, party boy, charlatan and social pioneer – the artist who turned art on its head. Just looking at Keith’s work produces that sense of the uncanny; crawling babies and dancing dogs, peace signs and patterns, all of which are common place on t-shirts and post cards today.

Friends with Madonna, Grace Jones and graffiti artist LA 2, Keith’s remarkable public artworks (including subway drawings and subway cars to a painting on the Berlin Wall) fanned the flames of his notoriety. With fame came the call of his original idol – Andy Warhol – with whom he became a life-long friend, calling each other every night before bed to ‘gossip like old ladies.’

And so what is the draw to the late Keith Haring despite his incredible propensity for art? It is that for every iota of iconic style lies a remarkable amount of substance; an all round nice guy, Keith used his art to shed light on a growing drug scene and get help for those suffering via ‘crack is whack.’

Diagnosed with HIV and following the the 80s outbreak of AIDS, Keith’s art fought against bureaucracy, the red-tape and shame that prevented help and change. ‘Silence = Death’ Keith said – what more to say than that? Working up until a month before his death, his campaign helped many.

But in spite of all his commitment to social change, it is Keith’s drive to change art itself that gets me. Although Warhol showed the ordinary as art, consumable, reproducible, transactional at best (“good business is the best art” he said) Keith turned ‘art’ accessible; working for the outcast, the downtrodden as well as the well-to-do, he declared that “art is for everybody” (and we couldn’t agree more!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith, for that (and for some bloody great drawings!) we at Judy’s salute you!

Retro regards,

Judy HQ x