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BST Hyde Park Black Sabbath

Last week’s British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park was like a masterclass in metal with Black Sabbath (yes, Ozzy Osbourne!) headlining, plus a complete set of epic bands who brought a wave of thundering musical nostalgia to everyone there, including myself.

The weather worked in our favour bringing undisturbed sunshine throughout, but black was still the uniform of the day. With my festival essentials in tow – sunnies, Vans, a flannel for the evening, and endless Jack & Coke, it was a case of catching all the headliners, mainly on the Royal Oak stage.

BST Hyde Park

Soundgarden’s set was pretty spesh. They opened with a message to the crowd they were going to play their 1994 album, Superunknown track by track from start to finish, and that they only did this two other times and that this would probably be their last. While this meant, they weren’t going to play anything off their later albums (“Pretty Noose“), we were still treated to 60 minutes of 90’s rock nostalgia, one of epic proportions.

BST Hyde Park Soundgarden

I admit, back then, I hated “Black Hole Sun“. I’m from the States so I’m allowed to say this. I hated Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction too; it was too much, all around, it dominated the airwaves and the music channels. Only now, ten years later can I truly appreciate Kim’s masterful guitar riffs, and Chris’ raspy yet ravishing vocals. Heard live, I absolutely loved “Black Hole Sun”. And I fell even harder in love with “The Day I Tried to Live” – my all time favourite Soundgarden track.

I was most excited to see Faith No More. Dressed in black robes and white collars, Mike Patton spewed lines from “The Exorcist” in between songs – as you do. Their set left a smile on my face. Midlife Crisis“, “We Care Alot“, “Easy“, “Epic” and so. much. more. A part of me wishes I was just getting into this band, discovering them and waiting for their next record, I feel the same about Underoath. There’s something about being in a time when a band is charting and everything they release is new and excites you!

As day turned to night, darkness started to cover Hyde Park, helped by the day’s ultimate headliner, Black Sabbath. Ozzy looked amazing and was in top form. They opened their set with “War Pigs” to an appreciative crowd. A random fact I learned during Black Sabbath’s set: it only takes up to ten seconds to lose one’s shoe in a mosh pit. During the set, I had to find my partner’s missing Vans in the darkness of the field, somehow I found it and the headbanging resumed.

In the end, we were tired, our legs were tired, we were wet from the rain that did eventually come later in the evening but we were only 30 minutes from home and it being a Friday, we still had a whole weekend to look forward to!

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Out of the certain few pieces in my closet that only make sense during Summer, such as, my jersey maxi dresses, backless tshirts, jelly sandals, I tend to be most excited about one particular item, the cah-lassic cotton bandana. Simply for its retro goodness and tough luxe aesthetic, paired with my favourite off duty hairstyle, this is the look that highlights my Summer!

Retro bandana hairstyles

Keeping the rest of your outfit simple, you’d be surprised to know it’s easier to style than you think. I like to match my lipstick to the colour of the bandana I’m wearing (especially red!), but then everything else is kept minimal and modern. Think plain tees, classic camis and skinny jeans – cat flick eyeliner is optional, but they are fun!

WEEKENDER – Clash with leopard, and trust it really works!

Off Duty Style Inspiration

Clockwise from leftTopshop Burnout Joggers £32, Warehouse Bra Top Twin Set £28, Topshop Lipstick in Tease £8, Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag £395, Kate Spade Draw The Line Idiom Bangle $32, Rosa De La Cruz Brown Diamond Star Stud Earring (Single) £335, Vans Era 2 Tone Leopard Trainers £55

DAYTIME – Channel a retro vibe with a button through mini dress and cute flourishes.

Retro Outfit Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Laura Mercier Lip Glace In Daiquiri £19.50Carven Floral Embellished Dress £590Models Own Sticky Fingers Bow Set £5ASOS Little Rock Pointed Flats £22Charlotte Olympia Kitty Perspex Clutch £695

GOING OUT – Skin tight denim and stellar, spiked heels make a strong evening statement.

Off Duty Style

Clockwise from top leftKenzo Tiger Charm Bracelet £120T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Tank £65, Warehouse Superfit Skinny Jeans £48Kurt Geiger Bailey Court Shoes £99, OCC Lip Tar in Queen £11.50, River Island Hannah Bar Ear Cuff £5

There are a fair few ways to tie a bandana headscarf, but I like to have the customary knotted “bunny ear” ends. Starting at one corner of the square, fold your way to the opposite diagonal corner (so that you get a headband on its stretchiest grain, the bias). I tend to fold an inch and a half wide but it all depends on how wide you want your headband to be. Alternatively, you can always twist from one corner to the opposite end for a textured style.

Rihanna Agyness Deyn Bandana Hairsyle

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