and silver glitter and all manner of metallics
were the most noticeable trends of the opening
weekend of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival
in Indio, Calif.
the big takeaway from Weekend 1 of the 2018 Coachella
Valley Music and Arts Festival is that glitter goes with
everything — even if you’re not wearing much of
anything. Silver glitter sparkled across bikini-clad
torsos, flecks of pink glimmered from hair parts and
smudges of gold accented cheekbones.
glitter glut went hand in wrist-banded hand with another
of the festival’s most noticeable trends — a
multitude of metallics served up in chain-mail tops,
metal mesh thongs, iridescent silver fanny packs,
pleated pink metallic wings, and full-length sequined
skirts jangling with paillettes the size of Susan B.
Anthony dollars. Also noticed was that women’s hair
was heavy on the metal with thin strands of silvery
metal wire woven into long braids on some and gold leaf
shellacked like a helmet on others.
night, the glimmer of sunlight on polished metal gave
way to a full-on glow — a battery-powered one — as
shaggy faux fur coats twinkled from the inside with soft
red and blue LEDs, and headpieces (a few in the
old-school floral-crown style but most in a cat-ear
silhouette) looked as if they’d been assembled out of
the weekend undeniably belonged to the women, but there
were some noticeable trends among the men in the mix
too. The most ubiquitous was the all-over print camp
shirt that, in addition to riffs on traditional Hawaiian
shirt florals (pineapples, palm fronds, hibiscus
blossoms) included an eye-catching assortment of drink
umbrellas, tiny pink flamingos, and pickles (yes, you
read that right, pickles — as in dill).
festival footwear is always heavy on the sandals (for
women) and slip-on Vans (for men), it appeared as if
every other festival attendee during the first weekend
of Coachella was shod in Vans’ Sk8-Hi lace-up high-top
sneakers (in black with the brand’s signature jazz
stripe in white) or custom-designed Old Skool lace-ups.
to the focus-pulling cornucopia of color and surfeit of
sparkle north of the belt line, it would have been easy
to forget the pants part of the equation (which seemed
to have happened — literally — in at least a few
instances) or simply overlook the sea of bottom-hugging
hotpants, billowy cargo shorts, and frayed denim cutoffs
altogether. There were people paying attention, though
— very close attention. Among them was Jill Guenza,
head of women’s design for Levi Strauss & Co.
like a handful of other labels, holds Coachella-adjacent
events. Guenza started coming to the festival three
years ago and said that what she sees at Coachella
trend-wise — how people are wearing or customizing
their clothes as well as what clothes they’re wearing
— has the potential to influence future seasons.
particularly has leaped from festival field to retail in
the past? "Croptops, fringing and black 501 jean
shorts," Guenza said before heading to the first
day of the 2018 event. And what did she expect to see
trend-wise this time out? "I think jumpsuits are
going to be big," she said, "and high-rise,
straight-leg jeans. The high-rise — the ‘mom jeans’
look — is kind of a surprise. I’m still trying to
get my brain wrapped around that one."
sure enough, after we managed to look past the sparkle
and glitter, we noticed there were plenty of high-rise
denim cutoffs on the field of play. Jumpsuits? Not so
much. But that might have been more a matter of
practicality than anything else. As my traveling
companion pointed out, the jumpsuit comes with some
logistical challenges in a setting like Coachella —
especially if you’re a woman.
can’t think of anything worse than having to navigate
a Porta Potty in a jumpsuit," she said.