Coachella Dreaming

This year marks the first time Coachella has spanned over two weekends, an experience that seems to be working out well and leaving the town of Indio in an extended daze.

Coachella style embraces the quintessential California bohemian-chic, and this year was marked by hints of the past pairing 60s inspired sunglasses, bathing suits and lots of red lipstick with the ripped jeans and boots of the 90s.

Known for the exclusive day pool parties to beat the heat of the festival, these A-list fashion havens are celebrity filled with musicians, models, actresses and the entertainment elite. Fashion retailers are said to keep an eye on the trends of Coachella as a key to what will be the summer’s most sought out looks. Even if you are on the list, it can still be tough to get in.

Lacoste’s L!ve pool party was a favorite and included guests Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Alexander Wang and Florence Welch even Katy Perry showed off her new purple hair. VIPs relaxed in white cabanas, sitting next to a pool filled with partygoers splashing around with blow-up green crocodiles. Lea Michele was spotted in a Lacoste sporty separate over a bathing suit with beautiful nude wedges and Music included a DJ set by Elijah Wood.

Fashion for the pool parties included beautifully crocheted cover-ups and dresses, wide-brim sunhats, round sunglasses, and everything from flower pants suits to vintage inspired bathing suits.  Flat sling sandals and summer wedges were the most popular poolside shoes.

Once the sun goes down everyone heads to the polo grounds for the real reason to be there – spectacular shows. This year was no exception and the biggest surprises included Rhianna joining Calvin Harris in the Sahara tent to sing “We Found Love” and the historic moment when Tupac was resurrected via holograph and shared the main stage with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa.

The evening’s festival fashion took a grungier look as denim-cutoffs and ankle boots seemed to be the choice pieces. Temperatures dropped down to the 50s so cropped motorcycle and bomber style army jackets over sheer layers was a must.

Both Rhianna and Katy Perry rocked the festival decked in 90’s inspired outfits which included ripped tights paired with a bright floral dress and Rhianna was in head to toe denim. Paris Hilton was spotted frolicking in her best hippy-chic attempt that included a braided headband, white bathing suit top and flowing skirt.

The one accessory on everyone- multiple colored wristbands that include a Coachella pass and mark the parties attended, all mixed in with a few of your own bangles to personalize. 

What about the environment?

Over the course of six days, Coachella uses a lot of energy. Consider the environmental impact of having an estimated 80-85,000 people a day at the polo grounds, not to mention the extensive manpower required for the music, creating sets, moving musicians and setting up equipment and lighting.

To help mitigate their environmental impact, The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival partners with the non-profit Global Inheritance on several initiatives that range from “Carpoolchella,” a carpool sweepstakes offering one winning vehicle Coachella tickets for life to many creative projects on site that encourage participation from the fans.

Their exclusive art exhibit “TRASHed: Art of Recycling” supports the work of 50 artists from around the world who have been chosen to design recycling bins to make up an interactive art-walk.

Clean-up efforts also include Recyclosaurus Rex, a 20 ft high, half robot/half dinosaur, who roams the grounds consuming “bottles and cans,” and the 10 for 1 Bottle Exchange campaign giving the opportunity to exchange empty water bottles for a new one, as well as save up points for cash and Coachella swag.

Additionally, in an effort to support more music and mitigate energy costs, 24 DJs had the opportunity to spin with the catch that they had to recruit festival goers to generate energy to power their set using a re-engineered “ energy playground”  that included a swing, hamster wheels, hand cranks, see saws and energy bikes. 

A longtime partner of Coachella, Global Inheritance, also known for its work at the ESPN  X Games and Indy 500, strives to make large scale events more environmentally friendly by raising awareness among attendees.

Natalie Byrne

Natalie M Byrne works with entertainment and media brands to help them advocate for social change. She's also a writer, poet and cultural connoisseur based in Los Angeles. Currently Specialist of Public Affairs and Advocacy for Lifetime Television, she implements media campaigns to support initiatives affecting women and their families by building partnerships with non-profits, political leaders and key members of the media. Most recently, she co-founded a women’s dinner series and is curating a digital platform 'The Influencer' exploring the art of impact. Natalie also serves on the advisory board for The Adventure Project, a nonprofit supporting social entrepreneurship in developing countries.