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12 Festival Looks From Rocking the Daisies 2016

We caught up with some of the most stylish people at Rocking the Daisies 2016 on the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, South Africa.

The 2016 Rocking the Daisies was bigger than any of the previous ones. Held at the Cloof Wine Estate in the Western Cape, the eleventh edition of the festival featured ten stages (including a hip-hop stage for the first time), with performances from Hugh Masekela, Mac Miller, Foster the People, AKA, Nakhane Touré, Moonchild Sanelly, Christian Tiger School, Card on Spokes, DJ Lag, Nasty C, Youngsta and many more.

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And while a majority of punters still cruised around in their luminous PT shorts and vests, there is an ever-growing cabal of people who come dressed all fresh. We caught up with some of the most stylish people walking the dusty stretches between stages this year.

Text by Scone Malone

Photos by Candy Chaplin

Photo by Candy Chaplin.

Name: Mmabatho Thobejane

Age: 22

Favourite act: Hugh Masekela

Style inspiration: “I just like things [that are] comfortable, but also pretty. Something practical and also beautiful."

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Name: Sean Kamati

Age: 27

Favourite act: Nakhane Touré, Hugh Masekela, More chill

Style inspiration: “I just recently got into festivals, and I just don't want to wear boring clothes. Not that anything I wear is boring, but this is fun you know?"

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Name: Lazola Solani

Age: 24

Favourite act: Hugh Masekela

Style inspiration: “I like to fuse African styles with other modern styles. I am Xhosa so I wear my beads, Kenyan and Nigerian wares, seriously hippy pants, fuse it together in a comfortable way."

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Name: Sebbi Ashipala

Age: 28

Favourite act: Kidnap Kid, Foster the People

Style inspiration: “I love Pokemon, and wearing this makes it easy for my homies to find me!"

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Name: Sibulele Mabusela

Age: 24

Favourite act: Foster the People

Style inspiration: “Saw the jacket, just had to do it, inspired. And then got the shades from Superbalist."

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Name: Raquel Paganini

Age: 22

Favourite act: Mac Miller

Style inspiration: “I just buy what I like, mix it up. I'm the type of person who'll rather buy ten items for R10 each than one for R100. Dress differently every day."

Photo by Candy Chaplin.

Name: Margot Slabbert

Age: 26

Favourite act: Hugh Masekela, Pierre-Estienne and Astrafunk and the Space Cats

Style inspiration: “Everything that I wear is second hand, dress, hat, everything. Except my underwear and watch haha!"

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Name: Yasmin Ezzideen

Age: 25

Favourite act: Jews for Techno

Style inspiration: “The Earth. It's my inspiration for everything."

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Name: Carmen Life

Age: 25

Favourite act: Hugh Masekela, Astrafunk and the Space Cats

Style inspiration: “It's my grandma's dress that I use as a cape!"

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Name: Michaela Crowe

Age: 21

Favourite act: Youngsta, Nasty C, Foster the People

Style inspiration: “I just wear whatever makes me feel comfortable. I like thrift stores and hand-me-downs, not spend too much money and create my own style."

Photo by Candy Chaplin.

Name: Mishka van Schalkwyk

Age: 18

Favourite act: Nasty C

Style inspiration: “Can I be honest with you? I Didn't want anything but me greens, you know what I mean?"

Photo by Candy Chaplin.

Name: Emmanuel Wayne Masisan

Age: 19

Favourite act: Mac Miller, Grassy Spark, The Fishwives

Style inspiration: “I used to be unhappy, decided to change, and to me these colours represent happiness. It's my outward representation of my inner happiness."

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