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April 20 2014

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The Secrets to Building a Coachella-Worthy Flower Crown

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There’s a fine line when it comes to the flower crown, a Coachella accessory staple, in that it can quickly tread into wedding territory. While we wouldn’t mind looking like the lost member of Kate Moss’ bridal party, finding a non-tacky wreath that is designed for festive weekends or a desert concert is harder than you’d think. Enter Crowns by Christy, a gem recently uncovered at the opening of the Annick Goutal boutique, where editors donned these springy creations. Founder Christy Meisner started crafting these flora hair accessories with blooms from her backyard and—in true beauty MacGyver form—dental floss. “It can work, but string doesn’t hold as well as wire,” she said. Alongside her best friend and crafting partner in crime, Audrey Plaisance, she’s expanded the project and is now taking personal orders through Instagram. (Honestly, half the reason people wear a flower crown in the first place is to share it on social media.) “We grew up sewing our outfits for school dances, learning to knit, and trying to make our own patterns out of newspaper,” she quipped. Here, Meisner shares her tricks of the trade:

Shop Right: “For fresh flowers, I shop everywhere from the Chelsea Flower District to Whole Foods to my local bodega—they have great fillers—and in the summertime, any backyard that is available at the moment.”

Embrace Filler: “Baby’s breath has a bad reputation, but when weaved into a flower crown, it’s total perfection.”

Ace Your Base: “Thin florist wire is the base of my crowns, real or faux. It allows you to bend anything into the shape you want.”

Act Fast: “Fresh flower crowns are like Cinderella: They only last until midnight, so you really have to make them and wear them on the same day.”

Fake It: “Faux flowers are a good alternative, but choosing the right ones are key. You want something pliable that you can easily insert wire through—anything with a plastic center is tough. For the tiny flowers, I usually opt for paper because they hold their shape, and for larger varieties I use silk.” Her favorite shops for premium picks: Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies and PANY Floral.

Kendall Jenner’s New (Bewildering) Bling

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LACOSTE Beautiful Desert Pool Party - Day 2

We’re all for experimenting with your beauty look, and Coachella always inspires a few hits and misses. (Suffice it to say, everyone has their own interpretation of “festival style.”) As for Kendall Jenner’s newest piercing? We don’t quite know what to think. Is it a repurposed earring? An homage to Indian wedding ceremonies? Or has Jenner simply gained a new sense of confidence after walking some of the top shows of Fall ’14? We may never know for sure. All jokes aside, we have to admit: We’re really just wondering how uncomfortable this must have been.

Photo: Getty

Flower Child: Supersize Your Coachella Crown

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NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ARTS "TriBeCa Ball" Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels

If you’re lucky enough to be soaking up some Coachella sun right now, we’re going to assume you’ve already seen your fair share of flower crowns—they’ve become something of a music festival staple. While we’ve been on board with the trend ever since Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda presentation, the models at this week’s Tribeca Ball took the idea to new heights. Their larger-than-life blooms (both real and silk) have us dreaming about over-the-top DIY varieties for Coachella and beyond. (We’re thinking peonies, roses, and hydrangeas would work nicely.) The added bonus? An oversize arrangement means you don’t have to worry about your hair underneath.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com

Diane Kruger’s Festival Style is Worth Celebrating

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Diane Kruger has proven to be someone who rarely makes a beauty or style misstep. That’s clearly why luxury beauty superpower Chanel recently scooped her up as the very first face for its skincare line. And it was business as usual for Kruger at this weekend’s Coachella festival, where, amid the ombré-haired, cutoff-wearing masses, she was, with her matte tomato lipstick and barely there black mascara, a true desert rose. Well played, Miss Kruger. Don’t you agree?

Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images