The Adelaide Fringe brings out the best in our city. From closed laneways to street sideshows and the glittery Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony duo in the East End – the CBD is electric.
Alongside the eccentricities and festivities, you can’t help notice something brewing in Adelaide’s fashion scene. The vibrancy from performers and Fringe pop-ups infiltrates its way through Adelaidian’s subconscious, down to the tips of their toes.
The license to do as you wish, fashion wise, grants closeted extroverts the chance to slip into the sparkly gem that’s been hiding at the back of their cupboard. Loud prints and bold colours usually make for a clothing clash. But during the Adelaide Fringe, anything goes.
Hoping to catch a glimpse of the Fringe fashion moving through Adelaide’s CBD, South Australian Style headed to Gluttony. La Niña’s storm clouds and cold nights weren’t enough to keep the colourful outfits at bay.
“I’m here for the Fringe, dressed for the Fringe,” says Gluttony-goer Huffy. “When I think of the Fringe, this is the outfit that came to my mind.”
Dressed in a metallic pink jacket and acid wash jeans, Huffy’s vivid 70s-inspired outfit cut through the bodies of people hurrying to performances. A pop of neon yellow was fastened in her hair, contrasting with her bright blue crocodile handbag from Kate Spade.
By the bustling food vendors and the Alpha Box and Dice vintage pop-up bar (and online store) Sometimes Always, a flash of neon green moved past. In a matching skirt suit, paired with a white tank, Reeboks and Prada handbag, Fringe-goer Georgia says the time of year inspired her to whip out her brightest ensemble.
“I decided to put together an outfit that’s really colourful for the Fringe,” she says. “It’s a fun time of year. People are creative and that makes you want to be creative with your outfits.”
Keeping within the vibrant colour theme, Gluttony-goer Chloe sported a black Michael Kors bag stamped with the designer’s name in neon yellow ink. Styled with leather pants and an orange tank top, she looked effortlessly cool while capitalising on the Mad March vibe.
“I picked my outfit based upon wanting a pop of colour,” Chloe says. “The neon orange bounces off the colour of the bag and makes two statement pieces, while the white pants tone it down a bit.”
Searching to score a new piece to add to your Fringe fashion collection? Head to the Found Market at this year’s Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Nestled beside the iconic Pineapple Brothers bar, the row of decked out vintage stores, bespoke jewellery makers and the quirky Dulcie’s Vintage Bus means you’ll find a piece to continue your Fringe fashion long after Mad March wraps up.
Words Zara Richards