SXSW: Best and Worst On-Stage Fashion of the Week

Artists at this year’s South by Southwest wear many different styles of clothes.

Raekwon + Ghostface Killah

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah
Hannah Shulman
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah

While this Wu-Tang duo may be killin’ the music game, they are far from being “Fashion Killahs.” Raekwon wore a pair of patchwork-destroyed denim jorts. While separately, destroyed denim, patchwork denim and jorts hold their own in the fashion trend world, combining these aesthetics makes for a fashion nightmare reminiscent of the early 2000s music star. 

BANNERS

BANNERS
Hannah Shulman
BANNERS

The BANNERS’ style was like its sound, “good but not unique.” The overall look of the band was normcore and basic. However, I don’t really see anything wrong with that, since normcore is a huge trend amongst both women and men and makes fashion much more accessible.

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Anderson .Paak

Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals
Alex Bazeley
Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals

Anderson .Paak, who “exuded pure positive energy as he danced around on stage, singing soulful songs” according to our arts editor, similarly exuded positive and soulful vibes through his amazing jacket. It was evident through Paak’s ensemble that someone who has as much fun similarly likes to have fun with fashion.

Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna
Hannah Shulman
Declan McKenna

The young British artist’s fashion style reflects his age of 17 and juxtaposes his rather mature and complex music style. The retro running shorts and plain white T-shirt paired with classic white high-top converse was an interesting choice but there was no doubt he was comfortable.

Get Inuit

Get Inuit
Hannah Shulman
Get Inuit

This band’s style was as unique as their self-proclaimed genre of “dirty pop.” Every band member’s look featured a graphic T-shirt, which I feel is an underrated aspect of men’s fashion. It can say so much about a man’s style, his interests and his personality, and I appreciated the individuality of this band’s aesthetic both musically and stylistically.

Into It. Over It.

Into It. Over It.
Alex Bazeley
Into It. Over It.

To quote the band’s namesake, I am both into it and over it, and by “it” I mean their style. I’m into it because their looks were pretty basic TopMan straight-off-the-rack pairings, but I’m over it because I’ve seen it so many times before.

A version of this article appeared in the March 21st print edition. Email Gabriella Bower at [email protected]

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