With all due respect to Richard Curtis, there's much more to Notting Hill than lovesick, floppy-haired yuppies. Exhibit A: The annual Notting Hill Carnival, a dizzying spectacle of hip-shaking music, dancers decked out in feathered headgear, and generous portions of jerk chicken and rum cocktails, all in celebration of West Indian culture.
The two-day street party kicks off this Sunday and Monday, August 25 and 26, with countless after-parties guaranteed to keep the celebrating going 'til dawn. And, since those feathers, sequins, and sexy bustiers are best left to the performers themselves (or not — 'atta girl!), we've rounded up some stylish, colour-saturated, and super-festive ensembles that will keep the festivities buzzing wherever you end up.