Saturday 16 December 2017

The low-down on Longitude fashion

As the Marlay Park festival kicks off, Gorpcore is set to replace the Coachella uniform

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Teva sandals, €47, Sports Direct
Stella McCartney
Shorts, €46, Topshop
Bumbag, €29, Urban Outfitters
Anorak, €49.99, H&M
Cap, €27, Patagonia
Kendall Jenner

Meadhbh McGrath

Longitude kicks off in Marlay Park tomorrow, bringing with it the peak of the Irish festival season. But this year, style-conscious festival-goers are bidding farewell to the clichéd Coachella uniform of denim cut-offs, crop tops and flower crowns for something a bit more functional, and a lot more fashion: Gorpcore.

The recently-coined term comes from the acronym "gorp", which stands for "granola, oats, raisins, peanuts", the trail mix popular among hikers. And Gorpcore, by extension, takes its inspiration from the great outdoors - think cagoules, walking sandals, fleece vests, cargo shorts and bumbags. Yes, that much-maligned 90s staple is now a much-lusted-after accessory, as showcased on the catwalk at Kenzo and Stella McCartney.

Gorpcore first emerged as a street style hit last winter, when puffer jackets reigned. It only grew from there: Prada's 2017 cruise collection riffed on hiking gear by giving windbreakers, sandals with socks and nylon backpacks a luxury makeover, adding thermal-imaging map prints and drawstring toggles to dress hems.

A-listers have also picked up on the trend - Rihanna is frequently pictured in oversized puffer coats, while Kendall Jenner and her boyfriend, the rapper A$AP Rocky, are both fans of the look.

Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner

While Gorpcore may not be as glamorous as a standard Alexa Chung festival look, it is practical and comfortable, offering an alternative (and a response) to the flash and excess of much modern fashion. And those embracing the trend generally aren't opting for the high-end Prada iterations but functional outerwear brands like Patagonia, Stone Island, the North Face and Teva.

To avoid going full-force gorp, accent your outfits with select 'camping chic' pieces. Follow Kendall's lead and style a playsuit and sporty vest with a luxe bumbag (for extra street-style points, wear across the body rather than around the waist) or temper a bold printed sweatshirt with a lightweight anorak and hiking boots, á la Cara Delevingne at Glastonbury.

Irish Independent

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