Photo: @BadGalRiRi on Instagram
Coachella fashion has always been a vessel for some of the most daring looks of the year, and no one takes more advantage of the opportunity than the one and only Bad Gal Riri.
Rihanna won Coachella this year by showing up in a sparkling, crystalline bodysuit designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele for the Fall ’17 runway. She toned down the high-glam by accessorizing with a Gucci tank with “Common sense is not common” scribbled upon it, along with denim cutoffs and Fenty x Puma platform sneakers. Take a look at the inspiring look below:
The suit dazzled when seen moving beneath light, as exemplified in this Twitter video:
Things went from effortless glam to intensely, ominously chic when Rihanna pulled the headpiece of the bodysuit over her head, becoming the first person to be best dressed at Coachella while wearing a diamond-encrusted head sock:
Coachella 2014 sunset with balloon chain and Lightweaver. Photo by Alan Paone via Wikimedia Commons
The passes are in your possession, transportation is nearly settled, you have your outfits and your sunnies packed… Coachella is coming, bbs. But what about the Coachella beauty? Nobody but nobody goes into the desert without a little lip balm…and more importantly, SPF (seriously, slather that sh*t on).
First things first, quickly self-administer a Myers-Briggs personality test, then determine which of the below best fits your needs. Every gal will find her beauty essentials here… so whether you came for AC/DC, Florence + The Machine, or Drake, we’ve got you.
IF YOU’D RATHER BE AT BURNING MAN…
You just want to jam, man. For the girl who smells like patchouli (and maybe a hint of rose), Eminence’s new 3 in 1 cleansing water and Rahua’s body oil are desert lifesavers. And you’d never forget your Aura Spray…
Clockwise from top left: Petal Perfume Oil; Eminence Rice Milk 3-in-1 Cleansing Water; Heritage Store Aura Smudge Spray; Rahua Body Amazon Oil
YOU’RE IN IT FOR THE ‘GRAMS
…and you’re even apt to post a product insta to show your beauty goodies. Brands like Korean cult-fave TonyMoly and the brand new Christopher Kane x NARS collab are surefire ways to bring the double taps.
Clockwise from top left: Tony Moly blueberry lip balm; NARS x Christopher Kane blush; NARS duo eyeshadow in St. Paul De Vence; Mac Ruby Woo lipstick
FOR THE OFF DUTY MODEL
You might be in the California desert but they better believe you know your French pharmacy essentials. Hair messed-to-perfection, cheekbones perfectly highlighted, and lashes quickly lengthened…? Sounds about right.
Clockwise from top left: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè; Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion; Benefit Roller Lash Mascara; RMS Living Luminizer
We’ve already covered the clothes, bags, and shoes you’ll need to enjoy the desert escapades that Coachella has to offer. Up next? Sunglasses. They’re essential in the desert sun for a few reasons:
1) Protection from the sun
2) Protection from the eyes of security
3) Disguising any lack of sleep
4) Disguising any other… altered states
5) Because they look great
Our favorites range from desert sunset reflecting beauties, to brights, to the glitter filled, to the odd pair that may or may not trip out some of your friends (what is that tiny leopard doing on your face, anyway?) Check ’em out above, then click the links below to shop.
Top row from left: Fendi two tone sunglasses; Markus Lupfer glittered acetate sunglasses; The Row Plas sunglasses; Second row from left: Cutler and Gross metal frame sunglasses; Victoria Beckham aviators; Barton Perreira sunglasses; Third row from left: Illesteva sunglasses; Miu Miu glitter acetate sunglasses; Dita Liberty sunglasses; Fourth row from left: Le Specs acetate sunglasses; Anna-Karin Karlsson cat eye sunglasses; Finlay sunglasses + clip on; Bottom row from left: Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses; Stella McCartney sunglasses; Dior reflected sunglasses
If you’re heading to Coachella this weekend, chances are your current activities include intensive wardrobe preparedness practices. Good news: We’ve rounded up the best festival shopping for you. With temperatures in the desert hitting the high 80s, (and an unforgiving sun blaring down just as intensely as music from the speakers) you’re going to want your whole body to breathe. Enter comfortable, effortlessly chic sandals, airy camis and tanks, shorts you can sit in, and the hands-free bags you need to carry all the essentials, from your favorite designers like Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Frame Denim, and more.
Happy shopping, Coachella-goers. Don’t forget the SPF and sunnies.
Above, clockwise from top left: Etro silk crepe camisole; The Row fringed Hunting bag; Etoile Isabel Marant mini dress; T by Alexander Wang silk-twill camisole; Alexander Wang backpack; Michael Michael Kors macrame tank; MSGM floral-applique shorts; Rag & Bone cotton and leather sandals; Stella McCartney denim shoulder bag; NewbarK belt bag; R13 layered distressed denim shorts; Proenza Schouler slingback espadrilles; Pierre Hardy tasseled suede sandals; Antik Batik beaded shoulder bag; Maslin & Co espadrille slides; Frame Denim distressed shorts
Sandy Kim in a sandstorm outfit.
Sometimes during Coachella you really have to take time to rejuvenate at one of the many oasis spots that pop up for the weekend across Palm Desert.
Especially if a sandstorm is threatening to potentially ruin your life. Which is exactly what happened. The gritty winds devoured my camera, and these are the last photos I got before Coachella finally got to me.
Niki Takesh at the Stylebop party
Dev Hynes from Blood Orange
Pool at the Guess hotel party
Karley Sciortino from Slutever
Sandy Kim and boyfriend Colby from DIIV walking in a sandstorm
Angel Haze doing her hair in our house before performing with Bastille
This weekend ninety-one thousand people made the pilgrimage to the desert for Coachella. It’s almost too much to handle. On Thursday and Friday we hit every party we could, starting with Tillys x Dickies desert lounge at the Ace Hotel, then headed to the This Is A Love Song house for an after hours, woke up and chilled at HAIM’s house to meet up with our friend Angel Haze while she got ready for her debut Coachella performance with Bastille, saw emo favs AFI before going to soho house for the Elle party with Ireland Baldwin, then came back to see The Knife’s freaky performance art and Outkast’s return performance. But whether you’re at a chic event, chilling at a pool, or seeing your fav bands, it’s all about who you’re with and who you love.
May Kwok at the Ace Hotel Dickies party
The Kin performing at Dickies x Tilly’s desert lounge
Extreme selfie with the designers of This is a Love Song & Sydney Reising
After Party at This is a Love Song’s Palm Springs house
Our view from our Indio house
Me in our pool
Coachella art installations
Ireland Baldwin and John Tuite sharing a ringpop on our way to the Elle party
David-Simon Dayan and Ireland Baldwin at the Elle party
Crowd at The Knife
Mamie Gummer and Andrew Bevan via Getty Images
A good desert party always includes a pool, a point Marc by Marc Jacobs remembered when throwing Desert Gold, MBMJ’s Coachella fun at the Ace Hotel. Marc by provided the sunglasses in a presentation of the spring/summer collection. Once properly apparel-ed, Mamie Gummer, Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry and Jeremy Gara, Scout Willis, and MBMJ designer Katie Hillier crammed themselves into the photo booths. All guests needed to remember was the swimsuit.
Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast
Sophia Richie and friends