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Thursday, April 30th 2009

killer music, steamy temps, and cool fashion at coachella

The Latest by Kate, Fashion Director


Kate in her Nightcap vest, Tyler Rose bikini, Wayfarers, and Ksubi shorts.

Coachella was a glimpse of what summer will bring: outdoor music, hotter temps, and innovative fashion from cool girls. I had the opportunity to enjoy Paul McCartney's set (it lasted three hours, and he played all my fave Beatles tracks—the night was emotional, being the anniversary of his wife Linda's death). The Killers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocked hard, and a backdrop of the sun setting behind the mountains was ridiculously perfect while soaking in Fleet Foxes’ impressively harmonized ballads.

In the world of fashion highlights, I saw an abundance of maxi dresses, including styles from T-Bags and Mara Hoffman. Denim cutoffs were everywhere, as were crochet tops and dresses in cream, blue, and black. And there was no shortage of brightly colored shades, headbands, and headscarves. Western-inspired fringe bags and boots were huge hits, and tons of girls were rockin’ mini florals, proving they have an edge this season. My favorite look was on USC student, Stephanie (pic below), who effortlessly pulled off the bra trend that's so hot right now! And, I spotted looks from Thayer, Free People, and Rebecca Taylor, all done up with a music-festival-chic twist.

A few of my favorite looks:


Two concert-goers stay cool in mini-dresses.


Denim shorts were abundant, and florals got a little edge.

Check back Monday for trend-spotter Anne Ziegler’s take on another Coachella must-have: the romper.

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