Port Eliot: Fashion's Favourite Festival
After three years of my mum banging on about Port Eliot festival, I finally sacrificed Secret Garden Party which happens on the same weekend and made the arrangements.
Each year mum had returned with mystical stories of top fashion designers running workshops and partying the night away, Kate Winslet reading stories to enchanted children and a secret disco hidden in the woods. And each year I just thought it sounded too good to be true; for a little village in 'Cornwall's Forgotten Corner', just a few miles from my family home to play host to such an extravaganza only my fashion dreams are made of.
I was wrong obviously and that's why I'm sat here now telling you all about it.
I have already posted a gallery of pictures of some amazing street style spotted at the festival. Click on the link to see them.
Port Eliot festival started life as a literature festival aptly named the Port Eliot Lit Fest, dropping the 'Lit Fest' bit a couple of years ago as it developed more into 'an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, laughter, exploration, and - above all - fun'. The fashion crowd have taken to the festival like bloggers to a goodie bag. The audience served as a who's who of the fashion and media world as I bumped into fellow fashion bloggers, colleagues and industry peers.
Here's what I encountered this year. I get the feeling everyone who attends comes home with different stories of fabulous festival adventures, but here's my take on Port Eliot - fashion's favourite festival.
Me AKA Jess Markwood at Port Eliot festival wearing pink. Lots of pink.
In hindsight perhaps the tights were a step too far, but that's what you get for dressing in a field without a mirror!
Mary Katrantzou and Alex Fury, editor of Love magazine, speaking at Port Eliot festival about her prints. Mary fell in love with Port Eliot festival a couple of years ago and was inspired to create this triptych of print dresses from photographs she took at the festival the previous year.
Luella Bartley was running a workshop all weekend in the 'Wardrobe Department' at the festival. Festival goers were illustrating pictures inspired by their direct surroundings which Luella was piecing together to form a book.
Legendary Milliner Stephen Jones was also found in the 'Wardrobe Department' working on a series of 'Hair Masterpieces' with Bumble and bumble's Editorial Stylist Neil Moodie sketching visions for people's hair. The sketch would then be taken over to Neil who would turn the vision into a reality adding his own creative twist to each person's hair. Bumble and bumble, the cult hair care brand also had a pop up salon at the festival for any punters who fancied a quick wash and blow-dry.
Barbara Hulanicki could also be found at the festival this year upcycling rubbish and old carrier bags, using them to re-style festival goers.
Louise Gray also put in an appearance using Topshop Makeup to recreate her runway looks from her Spring Summer 2012 show on anyone daring enough.
The Fashion Dolls Tea Party picture taken by Michael-Bowles
One of my favourite fashion moments from the festival had to be discovering The Fashion Dolls Tea Party in the Port Eliot house. Co-curated by Sarah Mower and Alex Fury and designed by Michael Howells The Fashion Dolls Tea Party was a collection of loads of big name fashion designers' dolls. The likes of Donatella Versace, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Sarah Burton and Giles Deacon lent their dolls for the display. Some of these were dolls the designers owned when they were children and others were dolls dressed in tiny paper replicas of their designs from their recent collections.
Here's a few final pictures from the festival I just had to include.
Thank you to Bumble and bumble for inviting me to cover the festival this year. Sorry Secret, but I now have new fave fest!
Sadly Port Eliot's organisers are taking a rest next year, but I'm promised the festival will be back with a bang in 2014. I, for one cannot wait!