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PopSyd: Coach‘hella’ fashion

16 April 2014 By Sydney Adamson, Associate Arts Director No Comments

If you’ve read any of my previous columns, then you’ll know that I’m super into music and that I’m always down to talk fashion.

That combination is one of reasons that I sit and wait patiently each spring to see photographs of the crazy fashion everyone and anyone sports at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Coachella is a popular two-weekend festival that takes place in the desert and kicks off the beginning of the entire festival season. This year’s celebration of music and art began on Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Me drooling over Coachella fashion commenced at about 11:01 a.m. Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Coachella but don’t worry, one day I will…one day. If only to stop and stare at the amazing effort and attention the attendees put into their ensembles. This year, I have generally been impressed with the photos I have seen of Coachella style. Well, except for celebrities Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, that is.

Gomez is continuing to wear bindis as a fashion statement as she did in many of her “Come and Get It” performances, and Hudgens even Instagrammed a picture of the mark her bindi left on her forehead after a day at the festival with the caption “#bindimarks.”

Kylie Jenner was also seen with a bindi on, while Kendall Jenner took it a step further by wearing a nath. A nath is an ornamental piece of jewelry (a large, decorative nose ring) that represents martial symbolic value for South Asian brides. So to wear this piece of jewelry in such a casual manner is inappropriate, in my opinion.

What I do love about Coachella fashion, though, is how much it varies from person to person. While there are definite consistencies like lace, florals (flower crowns are still a big deal at the fest), and high-waisted shorts, from the photos I perused there was not one festivalgoer who seemed as if they didn’t belong.

One attendee chose to wear tan, knee high, lace up gladiator sandals with a metal embellished clutch and a floral mini, dress while another young woman toned it down with a white eyelet romper and a stitched, burlap cross body bag.

The performers fit right in fashion-wise as well. Take Kate Nash, for example. The singer/songwriter sported hot pink hair, heavily bejeweled eye make up, black flatform shoes with a layered pink chiffon dress fit for a rock and roll fairy princess. Meanwhile, 30 Seconds to Mars front man and Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto rocked dark jeans, combat boots, a graphic tee and a Hawaiian shirt that only a dad would love… and someone like Leto could pull off. Some keep it simple, some like it crazy. To each their own.


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