Hippie is the new hipster in Coachella’s fashion festival

“It’s the curation of artists and diversity of music that worked,” says the chief of The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Steven Kolb. “That’s always been true with music and fashion. Music has always influenced fashion and vice versa…

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So for our industry to harness that was just a natural evolution.” Indeed Coachella shapes today’s fashion much like the Woodstock festival did in the early 1970s. Sort of an outdoor runway, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival which began this Friday for the first of two consecutive weekends in the Southern California desert, is a style destination as much as a musical one.

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This haute spot which boasts an eclectic lineup of musicians (AC/DC, Jack White and Drake are headliners this year) and a high celebrity quotient, plugged into Instagram, started humbly in the grunge days of 1999 and today is the epitome of “festival fashion”.

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Lots of fringe and crochet, with a requisite floral headband or floppy sun hat are some of the elements that inform us on the spring, summer and resort styles du jour. “This year, a couple of new trends emerged, including flash tattoos as eye-makeup and all-white outfits” says Jenn Harris of The Los Angeles Times.

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“There was also plenty of chunky jewelry, mostly silver, body jewels and even some glitter. And the skinny jean was almost obsolete. Girls rocked crop tops with high-waist palazzo pants and bell bottoms instead” she added. So bring on the music and rhyme it with sexy fashion the Coachella way.

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Photos via: Alessandra Ambrosio , Daria Strokous , Rosie Huntington-Whiteley , New York Times Fashion , Style.com