Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Wednesday 6th September: Notting Hill Carnival 2107 - how to dress

This year's festival featured unprecedented glorious hot sun from start to finish.  It actually felt like being in the tropical climate of Trinidad Carnival where I began celebrations earlier this year.  Before we knew that the English weather would bless us with this heatwave weekend in the midst of rain and wind, I wrote a guide of how to dress for the Evening Standard:

"Dressing for Notting Hill Carnival as a spectator is a dichotomy between wearing your best garms to enter the spirit of joyful abandon but nothing you'd want to obliterate because that is a guarantee. Throughout the day your body will be a canvas for rain, paint, talcum powder, chocolate, rum, beer, hot sauce and potentially worse should you fall down a kerb. FACT.
I get a cheap mesh body suit in the Summer sales and customise it with rhinestones, tassels and feathers. Use the same crystals to glue motifs onto your plastic cup / hipflask for drinking on the road. Tie your hair up with a bandana for preservation and this should be your flag of heritage if you have it. Accessorize with door-knocker hoops, a whistle and horn from street traders or soundsystems handing them out. Fill a fanny pack with wet-wipes, hand sanitiser, blister plasters, lipstick and glitter. Sew pom-pom fringe onto the tops of fish-net pop-socks and pull out your brightest creps that you don't mind defacing. I have a special pair just for Jouvet, they look like Margiela paint splatter trainers circa early 00's. Lastly but most importantly top-off with a waterproof. Luckily there's a flood of iridescent macs on the market to match your sequin sheen. "

Here are snaps from my look this year which had green ribbon decorations in my hair for the Grenfell Tower campaign request to wear green for the weekend as mark of respect.  
Special thanks to Most Wanted Wines for the " Last Of The Summer Wine* " care package of a rainbow backpack, battery charger, glitter makeup and wine sachets for a bacchanal!

(*form of dance, involves gyration of hips, can be slow or fast must always be sexy. performed to mainly west indian music like reggae, calypso and soca.)

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