Street Style in the Desert: Coachella 2012
Coachella has closed. And with it ends the picture parade of floppy hats and flat Californian stomachs that gets beamed around a green eyed world, over for another year. If you didn’t make it, what did you miss? Well, the annual fashion five star party that seems to be rising aloft from the festival polo lawns of ‘just-outside-Palm-Springs’ is the poolside brunch hosted by Mulberry. This year if you’re cool, young Hollywood and you weren’t seen there then you needed a great excuse (shooting a movie perhaps) as Brit Its Emma Watson (on break from filming with Sofia Coppola) and Lily Collins cosied up and discussed the biz while Arizona Muse and Dree Hemingway listened to a set from Wild Belle. But this was the second of their parties – the night before at the fire pit party Kate Bosworth had joined a chic set that included embryonic supe Cara Delevingne and Sky Ferreira. It’s not at every barbecue that Kasabian walks on to do a set though is it?
But Coachella is about the music, right? Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg unleashed a holographic Tupac on stage which became the topical musical talking point of the week. That and Katy Perry’s new boyfriend; so keen was she to join Florence and the Machine’s entourage she hung off the arm of new boyfriend and Machine guitarist, Robert Ackroyd all weekend. “Back home, festivals always feel like an endurance test, it’s about surviving the rain and the mud,” sighed Florence Welch of the Machine in a refreshingly warm breeze later wearing a particularly fetching Swarovski-encrusted Hannah Martin catsuit on stage. For fashion, full make up, swimwear, high heels, boots, floppy hats and breezy sundresses were the form – and the mavens, including Rihanna (spiky Daisy Duke shorts) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in denim cut-offs and billowy shirt and Kirsten Stewart (tiny shorts, grey vest, low key baseball cap) were each sure to give it their own idiosyncratic and totally cool desert twist, paving the way for a summer of music festivals and poolside parties.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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