Flair from '70s fashion finds its way to stores.
Dries Van Noten; Gucci; Celine; Chloe
t was only a matter of time before Coachella's colorful, do-it-yourself-inspired, fun festival style grooved its way into high fashion.
The Dries Van Noten collection that's currently in stores is a kaleidoscopic take on the haute hippie trend, with rainbow stripes, bandanna paisleys, frayed silk chiffon, brocades and more splashed onto maxi-skirts, fringe tops, surfer shorts and pajama pants. And denim has gone luxe at Gucci, Chloé and Louis Vuitton, with 1970s-inspired flares and sundresses that are both relaxed and refined.
Closer to home, several labels are using denim as a canvas for artistic expression. Erin Feniger started hand-painting jeans after being inspired by Venice artists and their paint-splattered clothing, and has since moved her Rialto Jean Project studio to New York's South Street Seaport, an up-and-coming fashion destination. Her one-of-a-kind painted styles also sell online and at Barneys New York.
Rialto Jean Project
L.A.'s Bliss & Mischief, created by Hillary Justin, offers vintage jeans with original embroidery inspired by flowers, cactuses and other Western motifs. And the spring collection by Mother, the denim label founded in 2010 by Tim Kaeding and Lela Tillem Becker, features trippy-looking flowers and landscape scenes embroidered onto denim jackets and cuffed denim shorts.
Bliss & Mischief
You can also tap into the free spirit of the spring season with a spritz of Bella Freud's new fragrance, an elegant rose-saffron-frankincense-blond-wood mix called 1970. Or slip on Maison Margiela's sweet-looking daisy ring for flower power.
Maison Martin Margiela
Cyrille Robin / Aurellie Bidermann
Agomstino Osio / Prada
Laurent Bremaud / Louis Vuitton
Rob Sydor / Will Leather Goods