Cappel says he knows exactly what he'll be wearing too: "A dark gray shirt with black pinstripe, a sweet vest made by Steam Trunk, possibly a fedora or a cabby-style cap — and lots of sweat."
Street look versus stage look: Jakes said she dresses differently out of the spotlight. "Performers often say a true performer is one that looks pretty plain in regular life," she said. "And since I dress up for a living — I performed at least 150 times last year — it's kind of taken the excitement out of it on a day-to-day basis. When I'm not performing, I don't wear makeup, I wear leggings, a T-shirt and a pair of boots and that's pretty much it. About as bare bones as it gets."
On fan fashion: "It's really sweet," Jakes said. "We get a lot of people in the audience who dress up for our shows with a belly dance element, which is super cool."
The last year has been a good one for the New Orleans to Los Angeles R&B transplant and Odd Future collaborator. Frank Ocean (born Christopher Breaux) started off 2011 under the radar and ended it in the pages of men's style bible GQ as Rookie of the Year (in a three-piece Yves Saint Laurent suit) and L'Uomo Vogue (wearing pieces including a bottle-green velvet Roberto Cavalli suit). This attention came after the success of a self-released download album, "Nostalgia, Ultra," and collaborations with a constellation of musical stars including Jay-Z and Kanye West. (Ocean's voice can be heard on the duo's "Watch the Throne" album, among other places.)
But looking as dapper as Don Draper isn't just a fashion-shoot phenomenon. Ocean routinely takes the stage in crisp three-piece suits, white dress shirts, skinny ties and headbands as crisply folded as a "Mad Men" pocket square.
With her songs "212" and "Bambi" playing on catwalk soundtracks, the foul-mouthed Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has been running with fashion's in-crowd for awhile now, appearing front row at shows such as Mulberry's in London (palling around with Pixie Geldof and Lana Del Rey) and West's in Paris (where she played the after-party). She was hired by Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld to perform at a private dinner and starred in a photo spread in April's GQ.
Banks could hardly have asked for a better springboard than Coachella to acquaint the world with her bawdy bad-girl aesthetic of pigtails, denim cutoffs and striped tops that range from slouchy sweaters to form-fitting shirts. Expect her post-tween meets raunchy sexpot vibe — Mickey Mouse sweaters, Elmo sweat shirts and all — to gain traction as the year progresses.
First Aid Kit
The Swedish folk duo of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, who hail from the Stockholm suburb of Enkede and perform as First Aid Kit, may be all but unknown to U.S. audiences, but they're steeped in Americana. The video for their song "Emmylou" — a tribute to their favorite country musicians including Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, June Carter and Johnny Cash — was shot in Joshua Tree National Park on Parson's birthday. And the album it's on, "Lion's Roar," was recorded in Omaha, Neb.
It's not just the duo's sound that harks back to the folksy America of days gone by. The sisters dress the part too, with a look that's pure ladies of the canyons circa 1974, complete with floral print dresses, flowing tresses, lace shawls, fringe and chunky turquoise jewelry.
And, while the denim shirt dresses, leather jackets and prairie skirts might not be blazing any new trends at Coachella, it's a safe bet to think the singing Swedish sisters will have a look that perfectly captures the spirit.