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The best fashion at Coachella 2023

Two people pose for a fashion portrait in front of a sculpture of pink globes.
Jon Andre Parrilla, 23, left, and Jeffrey Perez, 24, of Connecticut, wanted their Coachella outfits to be extravagant and flowy.
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival‘s brand is built upon showstopping performances like Bad Bunny’s Friday night headlining set or much-talked-about moments like the Blink-182 reunion in the Sahara Tent.

But one aspect of the festival that you can only experience on the grounds is the showstopping fashion, sometimes quite literally, as festivalgoers stop, drop and pose for a selfie.

For two weekends, the lush green field at the Empire Polo Club becomes a catwalk for festivalgoers. The giant colorful art installations and the festival’s signature Ferris wheel with the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance provide scenic backdrops for fashionable festivalgoers to create their own set of digital souvenirs.

During the day it’s not uncommon to see friend groups in matching loud prints or perhaps dressed up as characters. Where’s Waldo? Often at Coachella.

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Bad Bunny headlines opening night of Coachella, which will also feature sets from alt-rock favorites Blink-182, Blondie, Gorillaz and the Chemical Brothers.

April 15, 2023

While many festivalgoers opt for the comfort of T-shirts, tank tops and shorts, others look at the festival as an opportunity to show off their own handiwork.

Big, bright colors are still in, as is showing skin — Coachella is in the desert, after all.

Take a look at some of the most memorable outfits we came across at the festival, and the inspiration behind them.

We’ll be updating this gallery throughout the weekend, so check back for more fashion from the field.

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Shauna Brohier, 23, a fashion designer from Australia who focuses on club and festival wear, crafted her Coachella outfit out of blue mesh and stretch fabric with a geometric pattern.
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Shauna Brohier, 23, is attending the festival for the first time.
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Fashion designer Shauna Brohier, 23, traveled from Sydney to attend Coachella for the first time.

“I do festival and clubbing wear so I wanted to promote myself and my own outfits. I just love this outfit,” she said.

The top, cut in a halter style, featured an aqua mesh material paired with a colorful stretch print with geometric shapes and long pink fringe — with sequins — hanging below the bust.

She was looking forward to seeing Frank Ocean and Burna Boy at the festival.

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A Coachella attendee in a red snakeskin jumpsuit.
Walter Calvillo, 31, of Mexico City poses for a portrait on Friday wearing an outfit that took him three weeks to make.
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Walter Calvillo, 31, traveled from Mexico City for his first Coachella trip with fashion on his mind.

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Last year he attended the Tomorrowland festival and decided, “This year is for Coachella.”

He handmade his outfit for Friday, spending three weeks hand-sewing the sparkles onto the sleeveless red snakeskin-patterned jumpsuit. He also attached crystals to his hat.

A woman in a green patterned jacket and pants poses with one elbow up near her face
Sara Wilcox, 25, of Las Vegas wears a green outfit that was inspired by Friday’s rap performers.
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Sara Wilcox, 25, of Las Vegas selected her green checkerboard-patterned jacket and pants to show off street style that matched the tone of some of the big performances on Friday.

“I was thinking Pusha T, Metro [Boomin] and Bad Bunny. I was going for a street style type of look.”

She described it as “colorful but chill.”

And, she said, it kept her covered from the sun during the day and warm during the cool, windy night.

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Zion Harris, 22, wearing “a fun summer vibe” at Coachella on Friday.
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Zion Harris, 22, from Los Angeles is a dancer who will perform on the main stage Saturday. For opening day, Harris opted for an outfit pairing a woman’s sheer dress with some denim shorts.
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“My inspiration today was just a fun summer vibe. I mixed a woman’s see-through dress with some blue jean shorts and I made it fashion,” said 22-year-old Zion Harris of Los Angeles.

Harris is a dancer and will perform with Rosalía on the festival’s main stage Saturday.

Blackpink headlines Day 2 of Coachella 2023, which also features performances from boygenius, Rosalía, Charli XCX, Eric Prydz and the Breeders.

April 16, 2023

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Kade Jones, 26, of Los Angeles wears a rhinestone chain top he made himself.
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Kade Jones’ Coachella look was inspired by Versace. The 26-year-old from Los Angeles crafted his own top made of loose chains in a halter style.

It took him 24 hours and he used crystal beads and rhinestone chains. Jones made a second one for a friend.

For 20-plus years, the Sahara Tent has hosted the top names in dance music and provided some A-list artists their signature Coachella moments.

April 9, 2023

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Desjonae Hixon, 25, of San Diego wears a funky and colorful style at Coachella on Friday.
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A woman poses wearing a colorful furry rainbow coat, pink and red crocheted hat and white sunglasses with pink lenses
Desjonae Hixon poses for a portrait at Coachella.
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“My fit today is just fun-inspired,” said Desjonae Hixon, 25, of San Diego.

She wore a colorful furry coat on the first night of Coachella, paired with white rectangular-framed sunglasses with pink lenses and a crocheted pink hat.

She described it as “funky, fresh, rainbow because I’m gay as f—. You just have to be out and loud and proud.”

Two men pose in front of a pink ball sculpture
Jon Andre Parrilla, 23, left, and Jeffrey Perez, 24, right, of Connecticut, wanted their Coachella outfits to be extravagant and flowy.
(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

Jon Andre Parrilla, 23, and Jeffrey Perez, 24, both of Connecticut, sported a Coachella look inspired by what Parrilla described as “extravagant, flowy, liberating desert vibes.”

“Fashion is our favorite form of self-expression and I love Coachella because you can live up to your fullest potential without any judgment,” Parrilla said.

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Raeya Necochea, 25, of Walnut Creek, walks into her first Coachella festival on weekend one on April 14, 2023.
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Raeya Necochea, 25, of Walnut Creek, sported a cow-print ensemble for the first day of the festival.

“I wanted an outfit that accentuated who I am as a bold and outgoing woman. The cow print, boots, blinged-out hat and red lips to match just felt right,” she said.

Man of mystery Frank Ocean closes out Weekend 1 with his first show since 2019. Björk, Kali Uchis, Glorilla, Sudan Archives and Weyes Blood rounded out Sunday.

April 16, 2023

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Josh Hallquist, 31, of Los Angeles, changed into his mirrored one-piece suit once he arrived on the grounds of Coachella on Sunday.
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Josh Hallquist had a costume change planned once he arrived at Coachella on Sunday.

The 31-year-old from Los Angeles ditched his shorts and T-shirt for a full bodysuit covered in mirrors in geometric shapes.

“I was not about to sit on a shuttle, sweating away,” Hallquist said.

Frank Ocean and Hallquist’s friends were among the reasons to attend the festival.

“I like music, I like to serve a look.”

A woman poses in a silvery dress
Kayley O’Neal, 18, of San Diego, “wanted to get away from the denim, the flowers, the fringe and the lace” often seen at Coachella, instead opting for a metallic dress on Sunday.
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Kayley O’Neal has attended Coachella with her mom since 2017. Now 18, the San Diego resident enjoyed the freedom of being able to do more of the things she wanted to do at the fest, such as being in the mosh pit and meeting new people with similar music interests.

“I wanted to bring something unique, trendy and appeasing to the eye. I wanted to get away from the denim, the flowers, the fringe and the lace so I went with a metallic, ‘out of this world look,’” she said about her silver metallic dress.

One of the things she loved about the festival?

“Bonding with my mom and making new memories.”

For the gifted singer’s first concert since 2017, he ceded the stage for much of his set to a DJ and performed somewhat hidden inside a chamber.

April 17, 2023

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Derek Muhammad, left, 25, and Miles Woods, 29, pose for a portrait at Coachella on Sunday.
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Pop culture inspired the Coachella outfits of festival attendees Derek Muhammad and Miles Woods.

Muhammad, a 25-year-old from Atlanta, said “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is one of his favorite movies and the film features Stephanie Hsu wearing pearls in a pivotal scene of the movie.

“I’m like, ‘Hell yeah, I can rock pearls.’”

Muhammad’s top was made of strings of different sizes, with a crucifix in the middle.

Meanwhile, Woods’ Coachella look included silvery spiky nails inspired by X-Men character Lady Deathstrike.

“I just love how she was fierce and just fought against Wolverine. That’s what I try to embody every day.”

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The 29-year-old from Glendale also sported a T-shirt-turned-halter-top that denounced racism and a pair of zebra-print pants.

A man wearing a flower shirt and sunglasses poses with his hands behind his head
Jesus Mendoza wearing a flower shirt at Coachella on Sunday.
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Jesus Mendoza wanted to blend elements from three different areas in his Coachella style.

The 23-year-old wore a flower and palm-print shirt “full of South Beach Miami swagger” with a pair of black leather pants featuring a Western style cross stitch as a nod to “the desert environment of Coachella.”

Mendoza also incorporated “the urban style of Los Angeles based on the leather material on the pants and silver hardware scattered from my Givenchy shoe buckles to my jewelry.”

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