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Though most festivalgoers consumed themselves with the “street” style in Indio, we shouldn’t forget whom we actually dashed to the desert to see. Pharrell’s hat, Lorde’s take on normcore, and André 3000′s on-trend beauty embrace were just a few of the style statements we saw at Coachella. Here, some of the most notable sartorial choices from the Coachella music festival:
British singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry kicked off day one of Coachella in an embroidered floral tux combo from Kim Jones’ Fall ’13 Louis Vuitton collection.
One half of the electrofunk duo Chrome paired Saint Laurent’s Sumi Ink Club moto jacket in the best way possible, with ripped jeans.
Beyonce’s stylish sis Solange wore a red-hot runway look from Max Mara Spring ’14 for weekend one and Azede Jean-Pierre Spring ’14 during weekend two.
Crop tops are completely unavoidable when it comes to festival attire, but when Kid Cudi showed up in a cropped sweatshirt (on both weekends), he had us feeling all sorts of nineties nostalgia à la Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Props to the “Pursuit of Happiness” singer for showing the ladies how it’s done.
Not seeing Pharrell in his Vivienne Westwood hat is like not seeing flower crowns at Coachella. When we weren’t ogling the music mogul’s impressive guest roster, the “Happy” singer’s Technicolor-adorned denim cutoffs caught our attention—a sure sign that the singer is clearly up on the trends.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s feminine sartorial choices always seem to complement her lullaby-like melodies, but the songstress opted for bolder statements of dress during both weekends of the festival. The “Video Games” singer wore vibrant minidresses replete with blown-out floral prints—a look that channeled go-go girl meets flower child.
Dum Dum Girls
The Dum Dum Girls kept true to their vampy aesthetic and wore all black e’rything. The desert heat did not prevent the all-female rock band from avoiding dark ensembles—they just wore less fabric, like mesh tops and nipple pasties.
Seventeen-year-old singer Lorde, who usually opts for a more gothic style of dress, kept it casual for her performances, showing up in an all-white sports-bra-and-baggy-pants combo during weekend one, and a loose-fitting suit with white leotard during weekend two.
Outkast don’t mess around when it comes to beauty trends. Singer André 3000 nailed two of the season’s mane moments when he returned to the stage (for weekend two) in a braided, platinum wig.
Krewella singer Jahan Yousaf repped her roots in a black muscle tee that read “Hug Me, I’m Paki,” which she paired with liquid-looking, leatherlike leggings and Adidas high-tops.
Joshua Hodges of the electronica band STRFKR took us from the California desert to a deserted island. The Oregon-born front man gave us all sorts of Gilligan’s Island vibes in a sunshine yellow shirt and straw basket-weave hat.
One of the most talked about fashion moments of Coachella’s first weekend didn’t belong to Pharrell, Beyoncé, or Jay Z. Kid Cudi had that honor when the rapper stepped on stage in an athletic red crop top with cutoff jean shorts, exposed BAPE briefs, and a gold bolo tie necklace, no less, providing the Internet with days of fodder. Some got angry, others were just confused, and a few went as far as to predict that Cudi’s provocative top is destined to spark a trend.
Those in the latter group aren’t far off. Crop tops for men have been gaining steam on the runway over the past few years. Just as the midriff-baring top went high fashion for women—receiving an update from designers like Proenza Schouler, Prada, and Topshop—younger eccentrics and established brands alike are reimagining it for men. Four years ago in Milan, flamboyant label Frankie Morello showed two versions of the abs-flashing top, one graphic tee reminiscent of Wham!’s namesake crop top and a knitted take that left less to the imagination. That same year, Calvin Klein sent out cutoff outerwear and cropped T-shirts stamped with the brand’s name. Copenhagen maximalist Astrid Andersen followed suit the next year with her own cheeky cropped muscle tee. Since Andersen started experimenting with it more over the past two seasons, other designers like Hood by Air, J.W. Anderson, and Sibling have been chiming in with their own renditions, taking the crop top from the Muscle Beach days to the catwalk.
The male crop top has an even longer history in pop culture, being championed by everyone from Prince to Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But it’s been on hiatus for nearly a decade, until Kid Cudi brought it back this past weekend. Whether the rapper is channeling a throwback look or a runway trend, it’s an indication that mainstream rap is continuing to evolve to become sartorially more inclusive—Kanye West weaving high-fashion references into his verses; A$AP Rocky embracing forward-looking, androgynous looks; and some even embracing womenswear, like Atlanta upstart Young Thug in his leopard peplum dress. Coachella, it seems, has become the premier location for rappers to take big style risks—remember when Ye wore a Céline shirt on the very same stage three years ago? Cudi, who was once signed to West’s label, GOOD Music, is now breaking down hip-hop’s rigidly masculine boundaries in his own way.
Surface to Air has a long history of working with rock star collaborators, including the likes of Justice, Kings of Leon, and Kid Cudi. The French brand’s latest guest designer? Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon. Her 12-piece collection of sexy but wearable silk dresses and leather jackets, available in all three of the brand’s stores this month, was inspired by her artwork and musical influences (like French singer Catherine Ribeiro). In this Style.com exclusive video, directed by Jérémie Rozan and shot by Kenneth Cappello, Gordon shows off the new threads in front of installations by Olaf Breuning.
Surface to Air has spent years honing its Gallic cool (and rock star collaborations with the likes of Justice, Kings of Leon, Kim Gordon, and Kid Cudi), selling to boutiques worldwide and opening its own flagships in Paris and Brazil. The brand finally lands a home of its own in New York with its first U.S. flagship, opening tomorrow (after tonight’s opening bash, naturally). Its new home? Mercer Street—”still a discreet part of Soho, and still developing,” according to womenswear creative director Dorothée Loermann. The label promises NYC-exclusive product to come, as well as more collaborations. On Loermann’s wish list: “SoKo, Coco Summer, or Charlotte Qvale.”
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In fashion, what is essential is visible to the eye. However, fashion’s dentist—Bernard Touati—believes the opposite is true. (Root canals, we guess, are pretty essential to take care of). T profiled the French dentist who will “see Diane von Furstenberg on Yom Kippur if the film director Danièle Thompson asks him to, and Madonna can come in in a pinch.” [T]
Supermodel Adriana Lima’s 21-month-old daughter can already speak Serbian, Portuguese, and English. However, she only speaks English to their Maltese. [Page Six]
The Paris-based “multidisciplinary creative group” Surface to Air is coming up for a breather in New York next month. Founded in 2000 by Jérémie Rozan, the consulting laboratory is set to open a store on Mercer Street in September, featuring its “cool minimalist sportswear.” In addition to the clothing line, they produce creative campaigns, music videos, gallery shows, and have a restaurant and nightclub in Brazil. [NYT]
It seems fitting that Brooklyn Industries is outfitting Hotel Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s first full-service boutique. The 64-room hotel is set to open its doors at the end of the month. Staffers will be ready and waiting to help, wearing their Industries dresses, pants, shorts, and blazers. [WWD]