The BEST(ival) End to the Season
Chantelle Mallin Fashion blogger
25th Sep 2014
SOB! The summer season is drawing to a close for the Oxfam festival team, not only are we saying goodbye to our jam packed season of festivals for another year but also the last few days of the summer months, it was left to Bestival to ensure our adventures ended with a sparkling and stylish bang - of course, the fun-loving festival didn't disappoint.
As always, the pre-festival preparations began at our northern treasure trove that is Wastesaver, Batley, where our talented and dedicated team of volunteers searched and sorted to pull together an exciting assortment of tropical treats and disco delights perfect for the festivals 'Desert Island Disco' theme, not forgetting some old festival favourites such as wax jackets, tweed and chunky knit jumpers.
5.30AM (!) northern alarms sounded to mark the start of our journey down to the beautiful Isle of Wight, the ferry was boarded and we were soon pitching our tents on the hilly landscape of the festival.
An empty shell greeted us at the Oxfam marquee in the enchanting Magic Meadow, some serious decorating and all round 'jazzing up' was urgently required to ensure our shop was Bestival ready, luckily one of our amazing interns Sophie had got crafty and creatively created an array of desert island disco- esque decorations including good enough to eat fruity bunting and dazzling disco records.
It was soon time to hang and price all our expertly selected stock, tailcoats and top hats hung with pride, the popular sparkle rail outshone itself, wax jackets waited to be snapped up and our 'Bestival Buys' rail, stocking one off vintage, was swooned over by our fashion loving volunteers.
The time came for Bestival to open to the public, thousands swarmed the festival making sure to pop by the Oxfam shop for all their festival essentials and pieces perfect for the highly anticipated 'Disco Saturday' and 'Sequin Sunday'.
It only seemed right that our amazing stock got the recognition it deserved, step up the Oxfam model army and our infamous festival fashion show, each garment was expertly put together and modelled by our fantastic shop staff and campaigners, showcasing our show stopping Bestival gear.
Bestival has to be my favourite festival for fashion and style, wherever you looked, from the mysterious Ambient Forest to the show stopping Port to the world record disco ball smack bang outside the Oxfam shop, the Desert Island Disco theme was being upheld to perfection. There was a flurry of disco wigs and blow up microphones to test out the new addition to the festival shop, our tremendously tropical photo booth, which assisted in capturing the festival goers incredible style and wonderful costume efforts.
The end of season Isle of Wight 'party' lived up to all expectations, the Desert Island Disco theme created an influx of glitter, disco balls, walking mermaids, dancing fruit and old school disco jams courtesy of Nile Rodgers and Chic.
Highlights included the awesome and awe-inspiring Bestival parade, following the path to Solace, the wonderfully creative Thomas Truax's visit to the Oxfam shop, the haunting sounds of London Grammar, the giant inflatable church and the record breaking disco ball and fireworks finale! Roll on next year….
By Chantelle Mallin