A Charli XCX fan at Alexandra Palace, London with branded merch
Photograph: Aiyush Pachnanda

Photos of the Best Fits at Charli XCX’s London Show

The pop star played a sold-out show at Alexandra Palace on Thursday. Here’s what everyone was wearing in the queue.
Daisy Jones
London, GB

If Charli XCX is known for one thing – aside from providing the soundtrack to messy parties everywhere from 2012 to this summer – it’s her fashion sense. Whether she’s wearing knee-high velour fuschia boots like someone who just won a RuPaul’s Drag Race challenge, black lingerie draped in netting like a Jackie Collins character post-seduction, an exact replica of Paris Hilton’s sparkly 21st birthday party outfit, or, simply, cotton pants and a vest, the girl knows how to turn a look. 

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Presumably her fans know how to turn a look, too – otherwise they wouldn’t be very good Charli XCX fans, would they. You can basically tell if someone’s a Charli fan by how much they look as if they fell inside Depop and emerged in some combo of 90s soft grunge meets Y2K socialite meets subtle kink undertones. Crucially, the Charli fan knows how to stay up until 4AM and still look dewy faced the next morning – presumably because they are 21 years old.

Which is why we sent VICE photographer Aiyush Pachnanda down to Alexandra Palace on Thursday the 19th of May, where streams of people were queuing for hours ahead of her sold-out London performance on the Crash tour. Among the screams of excitement and discarded pink gin and tonic cans, there were fishnets, there were corsets, there were pleather harnesses and there were aquamarine nipple tassels. 

Here are some of the best fits of the night (of which there were plenty):

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, one in a durag and one in knee-high pink socks

From left to right: AJ, 20 and Tatiana Limbu, 20.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, one in a corset and one in black

From left to right: Amy Bjorck, 24 and Jasmine Oloya, 24.

Three Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London standing on the grass

From left to right: Anya Naumovic, 22, David Herriotts, 25 and Soren Spenie, 23.

Four Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, standing outside venue

From left to right: Adele Smith, 22, Dylan Smith, 18, Lucia Courtney, 22 and Carina Cheug, 23.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, both in black and white

From left to right: Chris Wheeler, 21 and Bradley Conway, 21.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, both dressed in black

From left to right: Erin Elliott, 19 and Eliijah Smith-Ayton, 19.

Four Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, posing outside venue in purple and blue

From left to right: Gabbi Warne, 22, Diogo Apresentacao, 22, Rowen Webb, 22 and Brandon Wilson, 22.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, both dressed in pink

From left to right: Jacob Cladwell, 22 and Evie Moore, 22.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, dressed in pink and green

From left to right: Jakub Prochaazka, 25 and Anna Repova, 25.

A Charli XCX fan at Alexandra Palace, London, dressed in black fishnet

James Moxom, 24.

A Charli XCX fan at Alexandra Palace, London in a pink dress

Jason Andres, 24.

Three Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, posing outside venue in red and black

From left to right: Kathryn Button, 22, Charlie Button, 22 and Fiona Milnea 22.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, dressed in muted colours

From left to right: Keaton Dekker, 20 and Yasmine Ali, 23.

Two Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, dressed in black

From left to right: Rahul Caines, 23 and Tommy Rydon, 21.

Three Charli XCX fans at Alexandra Palace, London, looking at ground

From left to right: Susannah Clayden, 20, Alex Malec, 20 and Harvey Tibbenham, 20.