Fashion Freakouts at Ultra Music Festival 2011
|Notice the fanny pack? This lovely lady was inquiring as to where the press entrance was located.|
For years it seemed like no one dressed as ridiculously as we did in the '90s. But apparently, we were just old and out of the loop. The legions of little ravers at the Ultra Music Festival weren't thinking of how they'll feel looking back. These little drug-addled weirdos are a group of dance fanatics, united by thread or yarn or furry Shetland pony leg warmers.
We've gathered a few of our favorite fashion sightings from the three day ecstasy... um... electronic music fest. The girl wearing the graffiti "I'm in Ultra Bitch" shirt and the guy in the baseball cap made of glow sticks didn't make the cut. But these colorful folks in their "intriguing" ensembles did.
This psychedelic mama has been wearing this ensemble since 1995, which is kind of neat if you just look at it and don't think about it. Tie dye is classic. Clogs are comfy and Dutch timeless. It's really only that large pocket in the front of the skirt that gives her 15-year-old look away. That is an OG rave skirt.
The Shetland pony look was the big thing at Ultra this year. Not sure where you can purchase these, but they come in every color of the rainbow. You know, to match perfectly with your tutu and thong. Another essential: Backpacks ... 'Cause they're great for storing things you don't want to lose, like drugs and your youth.
This buff babe took the concept of furry calves to the next level and covered every inch of her legs with Care Bear flesh. In the 85-degree heat, these pants are nothing but yeast-makers. She looks lovely, though, with the ribbons in her hair. And the high tops add a hip edge to the beast look.
This tattoo's gotta be ten years old. It's definitely a '90s original. Bet there's even a fairy in there or magically colored mushrooms. The beaded bracelets are so DIY, and thus, of the moment. It's nice how the color of her garb complements her tat.
Yarn's really big on the hair scene. At first, it looked like this was her hair and her hair is just rough and puffy. But no, it's yarn.
These are good girls. While all the other sluts were prancing around in thongs and fishnets, these little ladies politely put suggestive stars on nude body suits. Look naked. But don't be naked. So smart, so classy.
The peace sign was IN at Ultra. Everyone was flashing it at the camera. This guy has a look that's a little all over the place. He's got the Miss Lady Kier glasses and the belly dancer skirt. Kooky but fun.
Animal backpacks were everywhere. That and animal hats and stuff. Suppose it adds a touch of childhood to the face-slap that is the rest of her outfit. There's just so much look here. Tim Gunn would not approve.
Nothing to say here. It's a pink gorilla.
This kid was just the cutest find of the festival. Look at the little suspenders. They say, I'm topless, but sensible. The star pin and fishnet sleeves sing "Liza," while the scarf screams "old French lady."
Summary: Looking good is important at a sweaty, dusty, foul engagement like Ultra. And all these people said something with their outfits. They said, "I am out of touch with contemporary couture." Subcultures are more interesting than the mainstream, this one just happens to be a bit more colorful than the rest. Rave on, sweet ravers. Rave on.
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