Coachella: The Fest Dressed List

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From first glance of the glitter, facial embellishments, cutoffs paired with crop tops and fringe, it might be hard to tell if you’ve arrived at Coachella in year 2018 or at Burning Man.

But while it was The Weekend, Beyoncé and Eminem (not to mention Cardi B, Kygo and Haim, just to name a few) that drew the masses to Indio, California for two weekends in a row, the resulting fashion statements at Coachella left an undeniable Fest Dressed List.

First up on our festival trend-spotting list…

Drink the Lemonade

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Regardless of what they were wearing, Beyoncé fans were treated to a historical and cultural treat as the queen’s back up musicians and dancers performed a historically-black-college-themed set including a drum line, majorettes and step-dancing. As a shout-out to Beyoncé’s album Lemonade, all performers were dressed in bright yellow.

And they weren’t the only ones. Festival goers served their own brand of lemonade in anticipation of seeing their queen…

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Let’s Face It

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We’ve seen the cutoff Levi’s before. We’ve seen the headbands, feathers, and festival fringe. But where does a Coachella-goer take it from these staples? Simple. Add embellishments to the face.

From sunnies to beads, gems to decals, masks to chain mail, Coachella attendees “gave good face.”

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I almost forgot to add glitter—but festival goers certainly didn’t…

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I mean facial glitter was everywhere

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Rainbow-a-rama

Gone are the grey days of winter, and hello to the bright days of festival season and our third top trend!

Coachella attendees took this bright shift seriously, and every color of the rainbow was represented in fest-wear. As the perfect back drop for the colorful concert goers, a seven-story observation tower with windows in all colors of the rainbow called Spectra, showed up in Instagram post after Instagram post.

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Concert goers were works of art themselves in head-to-toe ROYGBIV.

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And as if all of the colors of the rainbow just simply weren’t enough, many added sequins, floral motifs, and the ever-practical fanny packs.

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Receiving gold stars on our trend report were those who combined two of our top trends. Note the rainbow-colored face mask here:

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What do you consider the most memorable lewks from Coachella? What have we missed? And what are your thoughts on the shift from traditional boho chic festival wear to the more costume-y, Burning Man-esque feel that this year’s Coachella took on? Be sure to share in the comments below.

 

 

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.

  • https://www.harmonyballpendant.com Harmony Ball

    A very nice blog Kara with some wonderful images – pity not all of us can go to such fascinating events as Coachella (lucky lady) – it seems there were some exciting fashion statements!

    ~Harmony
    http://www.harmonyball.net.au