1234 Shoreditch was this weekend’s Motel destination, offering up an array of female stage sightings on Saturday. The confident front-women of Drop out Venus commanded the stage, strumming her monochrome guitar while wearing her grunged up purple dress (this seasons colour), but the female drummer let her rhythmic skills do the talking sporting a simple black polo neck with old style Levi’s.
Alongside ankle skimming skinnies these high waisted light blue jeans, as seen in in n Thelma and Louise and series 1 and 2 of Friends, were the most worn trouser. TV and Film referencing was frequent thanks to the retro, vintage and throwback fashions saturating the fields. Many toyed with boyish dressing even drawing inspiration from Jay and Silent Bob with backwards caps, beanies and boxy jackets, others toughened up rather straight or girly looks with the addition of Dr Martins and Creepers, not unlike the geek chic we saw sported by Scarlett Johanson in Ghost World.
We saw many girls take inspiration from match-making Cher in Clueless, which surely has to be crowned one of the top movies for fashion inspiration. As well as body-con dresses we saw preppy looks given sex appeal with long socks or fluffy details, and more than a few high pony tails – there was even an interconnected top and shorts combo.
The more daring clothes horses looked to the bright colour pallete and clashing prints of Dion, with the tomboy’s mimicking the pre-makeover Tai. There were numerous sightings of garish floral prints, but most opted for ditsy sized blooms like Winona’s troubled character in Reality Bites.
All old fashioned (or wrong) notions regarding red hair were obliterated – you were definitely in the “in” crowd at 1234 if you were showcasing fiery locks. In fact it would appear that Angela Chase, Clare Danes character in My So Called Life, is the reigning cult style hero of the East London set. We found numerous examples of her trademark plaid…. but sadly we weren’t able to hunt down our own version of Jared Leto!