One thing that keeps me going back to Lolla again and again is the fact that it always feels a little bit like the '90s. The festival organizers are great about throwing us old people a bone and booking bands that could have played — or did play — the legendary Lollapaloozas of yesteryears. Also, the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were playing at the same time as Santigold and Frank Ocean pretty much proves the point that there is something for everybody at this event, which is held in Grant Park in Chicago every August.
Why are major festivals always held during the hottest time of the year? Wouldn't Lolla and Bonnaroo be more enjoyable in October? This year's Lolla was held immediately after the hottest July on record, so it's a miracle that people showed up wearing any kind of clothing at all. Next year, Nakedpalooza? I'm in.
Despite the stifling temperatures, the irrepressible humidity, reckless kids, and the death storm that shut the entire festival down for on Saturday, concertgoers look at festival time as a dirt-paved runway to show off their personal style. But those stylish rock stars took the Red Bull Stage, the Bud Light Stage, or the BMI Stage.
Some of our favorite looks:
Best shirt that could be worn by a hip Disney character: Emily Haines of Metric
Best '90s throwback rock star look: The hot bass player from Dry The River
Best stripes: Dhani Harrison of thenewno2 (Because we just really like looking at Dhani Harrison)
Best bizarre crowd participation costume: Attendees at aforementioned thenewno2 show (I never figured out what these were for, but I LOVE!)
Best sexy maternity dress: First Aid Kit
Best punk Marilyn Monroe hair: Dev
Best shirtless dude over 40: Is it Flea, or Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers? You be the judge, but I vote Kiedis.
Best band synergy: Dum Dum Girls
Best proof of zombie apocalypse: This guy
Best overall look: Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine
Let's turn it on the crowd — here are some of my favorite links for Lolla 2012 street style:
Check out Nashville's Heidi Jewell's awesome shots for Under the Guise and Elle magazine. Here's one of my favorites (and yes, this is First Aid Kit, the same ladies in the sexy maternity dresses above):
Vogue had some great looks, too, although I'd love to know who would bring a Chanel bag to an event where the probability of someone spilling/puking/falling on you is pretty high.
Lest you think that only zero-percent-body-fat teenagers and twentysomethings make the digital style pages, I would just like to point out that even a modestly-dressed woman in her thirties can make the cut. Ahem. Thank you, Tres Awesome and Racked Chicago!