Festival Fashion Heats Up At Coachella
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held over two weekends in April in Indio, California, is definitely one festival where you hear as much about the fashion as you do about the music. Actually, I’m being polite – you hear way more about the fashion. In New Zealand and definitely in the UK, even if you’re Kate Moss generally as good as festival wear gets is a boho dress, a pair of daisy dukes and the obligatory gumboots. At Coachella, on the other hand, every day offers up another opportunity to showcase fashion looks that definitely haven’t been put together in the confines of a tent. From the super stylish to the super ‘not in a million years’, the trends are a wonder to behold.
A magnet for celebrities, what social media allows us to see coming out of this festival are attendees arriving in private jets in the style of Kylie Jenner, and a bevvy of young super models, influencers and generally beautiful people cavorting around the Californian desert, with a backdrop of chart topping music. But whilst this event may be more about swilling champagne than gunning cans of beer, the focus on fashion is a great way for us to take these looks and make them mainstream.
Best Foot Forward
Starting from the bottom, footwear for a festival is key. It seems practicalities are not a consideration, so what we see is a catalogue of footwear to add to our Must-Have list. Kendal Jenner tops my chart. Rather than dressing down her outfit of white balloon shorts paired with an unbuttoned white shirt, she opted for sparkly little silver numbers, which translate rather beautifully into ‘do-able’ in the form of Kathryn Wilson Lauren boots. There were no shortage of studded boots (Sara Sampaio) and cowboy styles, both themes channeled by Emporio Italia in the Stud boot and Chaos & Harmony’s Sentiment boot. Put with everything from cutoffs to pretty dresses, these boots are versatile and on trend. Combat boots are another festival favourite – Gerogia Fowler teams hers with a pink polka dot ruffled dress – surely one of the best translations of two trends that we can wear right now.
Kathryn Wilson Lauren Boot $379, Kathryn Wilson Gabriela Boot $399, Chaos & Harmony Sentiment Boots $399, Miss Wilson Ashford Boot $339, Emporio Italia Madix Lace Up Boot $329
A festival isn’t a festival without a good dash of tie-dye, and as luck would have it tie-dye is a massive trend this year. So little surprise it was seen in everything from vest tops to maxi dresses. Fringing, patchwork and shell embellishment are key boho looks, and were heavily represented. The bedazzled body, seen in 2017, was back in force – however if this look is too daring (which unless you have silicon in all the right places it is sure to be) then beads and sequins are the way to go. Floral, tiered dresses, animal prints and jewellery – lots of jewellery, were themes that were rocked by celebrities and fashionistas alike.
Random Fringe Scarf Poncho $149, Coop Sealed With A Bow Dress $269, Trelise Cooper Sky Beauty Dress $799, Cooper Denim Girls Jeans $379, Cooper Put A Sock In It $20, Four Corners Indianna Earrings $49, Blue Scarab Favourite Rings Necklace $55, Blue Scarab Shell Rings Necklace $45
Do It In Denim
Despite the outlandish looks beloved by celebrities, there was also plenty of inspiration on nailing casual chic. Hailey Beiber paired classic denim Levis with a lace bustier and high tops, and it’s hard not to love this look that can be translated easily into our wardrobes. The fact that we know double denim is on trend isn’t always going to make us rush out and steal this style, but when you see it playing out tastefully, that’s often enough of a catalyst. There were representations from every branch of the denim family - flares, Bermuda’s, distressed, white on white – the rule of thumb seems to be, that if you love it, then the world will love it with you.
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Written By Nicky Adams