Ibiza stylist Renu Kashyap takes us inside her wardrobe after the Ibiza 123 Festival to show us what a stylist’s festival style is!
‘I’ve always had a soft spot for festivals. I guess it has something to do with my not-so-small obsession with the ‘70s and its music – ahh, Woodstock!’ She says wistfully. ‘If I could beam myself back to any decade in the past I would choose a spot right in front of the stage at a concert by The Doors – peeking into Pamela Courson’s (Jim Morrison’s girlfriend) closet is another daydream of mine.’
The annual Burning Man Festival is one of Renu’s favourites. ‘It’s an art festival in the desert of Nevada,’ she explains. ‘One of my best friends is a stylist too, so we stashed our motor home full of racks of crazy, colourful outfits – we were playing dress up three times a day! I like the fact you can’t spot the rich from the poor at Burning Man – absolutely everyone is covered in white dust and wearing colourful outfits. It’s all about expressing creativity.’
‘While it’s not exactly the same thing, the thought of the Ibiza 123 Festival coming to the island really got me excited. I still love dancing in daytime and getting dusty feet, even more than shimmying in a posh club with cocktail dresses and stilettos. Well, each has its Ibiza style moment!’
When the moment came, Renu didn’t actually make it to the festival dance floor (she may have been disappointed in the astro turf covering the dusty ground anyhow) although she did dress up for it! ‘You’ll see me here in a suede fringe top (a bargain vintage find from San Francisco), H&M shorts (oh how I’m still waiting for the day they open in Ibiza), sandals by Lanvin, Philip Lim bag and a classic hat bought inside Dalt Vila’s walls,’ she explains.
With the next Burning Man festival looming on the calendar, Renu loves searching the net and magazines for snapshots of ‘festival girl’ fashion inspiration. ‘Kate Moss is the ambassador for festival fashion of course, with Coachella and Glastonbury spawning the main trends. The best thing is mixing anything and everything to create your own unique look.’
‘I love a mix of the Native American influences that always catch my eye (though I try to stay away from to many fringes and feathers), vintage pieces found in flea markets, colourful prints, mini and maxi dresses. I love things with a story or history that moves me. I hunt for ancient and antique things like jewellery on trips to India and Bali. Vintage… I could go on for hours about that. I owe you that story next time!’