After a two-year Covid hiatus, Glastonbury returned to Worthy Farm in the UK this past weekend and brought with it five days of covetable festival looks.
Glastonbury is the gold standard music festival, in terms of both fashion and musical performances (sorry Coachella).
Many of our longtime Glasto favourites – like Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller – returned this year, with classic takes on fashion in the festival field (Hunter wellies, Barbour jackets). But this year they were also joined by a new set of partygoers who provided a surprisingly fresh take on festi farmyard fashion.
TikTok star and daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost, Iris hit the paddocks in wonderfully bright outfit that consisted of red cargo trousers, a green and grey sports sweatshirt, pink gumboots, a chunky pearl necklace, cream bug-eyed sunglasses and white ribbon hair bows.
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Wearing a crown of thorns with obvious religious iconography (the same pavé diamond crown he wears on the cover of new album Mr Morale & The Big Stepper, made with Tiffany & Co. and Dave Free), billowing white shirt and high-waisted pants, he was joined on-stage by groups of dancers wearing similar tailoring and sheer red dresses.
Later as his set came to a close his crown of thorns began dripping blood and he repeated the refrain, “They judge you, they judged Christ, godspeed for women’s rights”.
A quintessentially eclectic Glastonbury outfit replete with denim cutoffs, Hunter wellies, long textured tresses, a fur trimmed boho jacket and, of course, a drink cup in hand.
Did Glastonbury even happen if Alexa Chung isn’t spotted in a field wearing a Barbour jacket?
We’ll never know because the ultimate Glasto It girl stuck with her tried and true outfit recipe in 2022, this time pairing it with a blue shift dress and leather boots.
That’s not to say she can’t adapt her look for the modern times – we love that she’s swapped out the plastic cups of yore for a reusable steel drinking receptacle.
Skunk Anansie singer Skin was the first Black woman to headline Glastonbury Festival when the rock band headlined in 1999, and she brought an equally iconic show this weekend when she took to the stage in an inflatable spiked headdress, glittery green cat eye makeup and a neon yellow power suit emblazoned with the words Clit Rock.
Princess Beatrice showed that the royal favourite outfit, the coat dress, even works in a muddy Somerset field, choosing a khaki dress from Zimmerman for her day at the festival.
Beatrice paired dress with a pair of comfy sneakers from Thousand Fell that come with insoles made from recycled yoga mats. The company also offers to recycle the sneakers once you’ve thrashed them to death by say, wearing a pair of white shoes in a muddy paddock with 200,000 other jolly revellers.
Genre blending artist St. Vincent AKA Annie Clark donned a hot-pink custom Gucci x Adidas playsuit to take to the stage for what Observer journalist Dorian Lynskey called a “beautifully conceived spectacle”.
The outfit has drawn comparison to everything from Young Americans era David Bowie to Norma Jennings, the waitress from Twin Peaks, but it’s all unmistakeably Annie too.
Drivers License singer Olivia Rodrigo made her storming Glastonbury debut in a strong look, wearing a playfully Y2K inspired purple outfit custom-made by Chopova Lowena, worn to deliver an equally strong message.
Rodrigo brought Glastonbury stalwart Lily Allen onstage to perform her appropriately angsty anthem F..k You which, in light of the decision to overturn the United States’ constitutional right to abortion, Olivia dedicated “to the five members of the Supreme Court who have shown us that, at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a s..t about freedom. This song goes out to the justices: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh. We hate you.”
Lorde made quite the entrance at her set taking to the Glastonbury stage dressed in a lilac leotard on top of red leggings and sporting freshly bleached blonde hair.
The Kiwi compared the music festival to a theme park, saying “This place is Disneyland. This is the dream. Every artist looks forward to this weekend of the year. So thank you for finding it in your hearts for a little freak from New Zealand.”
She, too, used her Pyramid Stage performance to speak out against the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Chicken Shop Date host Amelia Dimoldenberg looked every inch the part as she strolled through the site carrying her festival essentials in a bum bag from Spanish festival Primavera Sound.
An uncharacteristically dry year meant many Glastonbury goers swapped their gumboots for combat boots – like Daisy Lowe, which really added an extra punch of punk to their looks.
Sienna Miller’s outfits from the late-aughts arguably invented the boho-chic look that still influences the majority of festival looks today, and the Glastonbury regular still pulls off some of the most memorable outfits.
This year, she brought two more great grown up Bohemian ensembles: a striped red coat and trouser pairing that clashed in all the right ways. She also wore a fun brown mini dress from high-street retailer Mango, with clear framed sunglasses and leather ankle boots.
Geographically, England is about as far away from New Zealand as you can get, but Neil Finn kept Aotearoa close to his heart when Crowded House took to the Pyramid Stage, wearing a ‘70s style shirt from Zambesi’s winter 22 collection.
Idles singer Joe Talbot wore a visual reminder of a core Glastonbury principle: When in doubt, wear a poncho.