Fashion of Coachella: Who’s wearing what at the music and arts festival?

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: from left, Mini Duh, Jonathan Ayele, Andres Felizzola, Haley Friedman, Em
Minji Suhm, left, Jonathan Ayele, Andres Felizzola, Haley Friedman, Emily Marczyk and Grace Feldman show off their sense of style during the second day of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
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Palm trees, dust and sun might be part of the quintessential backdrop for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. However, during the past 20 years, the festival itself has in many ways morphed into a live fashion show where the grounds become a runway of sorts.

People from around the globe come to Coachella for the music and stay for the fun — but delight in the fashion. To capture the effervescent festival fashion, we made our way through the crowds, and here’s what we found.


INDIO, CA-April 12, 2019: David Gatdula at the Coachella music festival during day 1 on the Empire P
David Gatdula.
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David Gatdula, a 27-year-old fashion merchandising student from San Francisco, used the word “monochromatic” to describe his look.

“I love the color pink,” he said. “And I will be doing different monochromatic looks each day of the festival.”

INDIO, CA-April 12, 2019: Coachella Music Festival during day 1 on the Empire Polo grounds in Indi
Bria Williams.
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Bria Williams, a food industry worker from Pomona, wore a sheer pink bodysuit with floral detailing and distressed denim pants.

A first-time attendee, Williams, 22, said she found inspiration for her outfit by checking out previous Coachella looks on social media.

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INDIO, CA-April 12, 2019: Kathleen McNutt, Nikolas Painter and Michelle Meyer at the Coachella musi
Nikolas Painter and Kathleen McNatt.
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Dallas turned up at Coachella, but this wasn’t stereotypical Texas fashion — as in big hair and cowboy boots.

Nikolas Painter, 21, who works for Apple, said he was drawn to the “geometric pattern of the pants and loved the bright color.” Also, he said, “Growing up, I listened to a lot of punk and goth music, and I have found that has influenced my style.”

Kathleen McNatt, 21, who works for the NHL, said her mesh pants were part of her daily life and that her main priority when putting together her outfit was to find something “comfortable, lightweight and that had my favorite color — black.”

Together the looks of this Dallas duo appeared to bring a smile to the faces of onlookers.


INDIO, CA-April 12, 2019:Alana Hutchinson at the Coachella music festival during day 1 on the Empire
Alana Hutchinson.
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Alana Hutchinson, a 25-year-old events manager from Los Angeles, wore a rainbow-colored crochet crop top and shorts set from Wild Fox.

She said, “I found this set at a sample sale and was so excited to get it because I saw that [model and actress] Alessandra Ambrósio had worn the same shorts last year and thought that was so cool.”

INDIO, CA-April 12, 2019: Daniel Ritz at the Coachella Music Festival during day 1 on the Empire Po
Daniel Ritz.
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Daniel Ritz, a 29-year-old stylist from Las Vegas, wore an all-white look with red detailing that he said was influenced by his high school reunion. Asked to describe his look, he kept his answer short: “Just fun.”

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: Houston, TX resident Keisha Gallien rocks her boho-vibe during day 2 at t
Keisha Gallien.
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Keisha Gallien, who works in the oil and gas industry in Texas, rocked a boho-vibe style.

Gallien, 35, and her friends dubbed her dress, “the wedding dress.” The Houston resident said her look was inspired by Coachella culture and vintage costumes.


INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: UK resident Sophie Hannah rocks what she calls her ‘neon queen’ outfit du
Sophie Hannah.
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Sophie Hannah, a 28-year-old fashion and beauty blogger from the U.K., wore a “neon queen” look.

“I like to have a theme for every festival I attend, and this year I was really loving the neon trend,” she said.

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: Emily Marczyk rocks the white boots during day 2 of the Coachella Music F
Emily Marczyk.
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Emily Marcyzk, a FIDM student from Orange County, got her outfit from retailers such as Dolls Kill and PrettyLittleThing.

Marcyzk, 19, said she and her friends adopted a “year of the cowboy” theme. She put her own spin on the Western clothing trend by going with a “space cowboy” look.

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: Glendale resident Olivia Leones during day 2 at the Coachella Music Festi
Olivia Leones.
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Olivia Leones, a 25-year-old social media professional from Glendale, wore a nude-colored fringe bodysuit, pink fanny pack and anime-inspired face mask.

Leones said she was influenced by a look that Coachella headliner Ariana Grande recently wore in New York. “I am also really interested in anime and Asian culture, which helped shaped my look today,” she said.

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: Andres Felizzola displays his sense of style during day 2 at the Coachell
Andrés Felizzola.
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Andrés Felizzola, a 22-year-old student studying fashion design and sustainability at Orange Coast College, said he thrifted his entire outfits from Savers. “You just gotta have the right eye, you know?” said the Orange County resident.

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: Mariana Dalla, from Brazil, shows off her style during day 2 at the Coach
Mariana Dalla.
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Mariana Dalla, a 34-year-old fashion influencer from Brazil, wore an outfit with plenty of interesting details to gaze at — from double belts to a vest with a cape-like silhouette and bohemian jewelry.

“I love the boho look for Coachella, and I like to mix different aesthetics — such as sequins and sparkles paired with Western accents like my cowboy boots,” Dalla said.

INDIO, CA-April 13, 2019: Chicago resident Danielle Rene rocks her Boho-chic vibe during day 2 at th
Danielle Rene.
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Danielle Rene, a 23-year-old actress and model from Chicago, wore a desert-chic look with jeweled sunglasses, a crochet crop top and an ornate headband.

Asked what her favorite part of her look was, Rene said, “The fact my outfit is comfortable is definitely my favorite part.”

INDIO, CA-April 14, 2019: Roger Jacobo, 28 shows off his style at the Coachella Music Festival durin
Roger Jacobo.
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Roger Jacobo, a cosmetic surgery assistant from Coachella, Calif., went for a pop of color to set himself apart form the crowd. Asked what he liked most about his look, he said his hot pink hat.

Also, Jacobo, 28, said he wore his “fresh” outfit specifically for reggaeton singer Bad Bunny’s performance.

INDIO, CA-April 14, 2019: Ashley Bowen, 26 from Alaska shows off her style at the Coachella Music Fe
Ashley Bowen.
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Ashley Bowen, a 26-year-old model-actress from Alaska, wore a cohesive Coachella look with a prismatic-colored jumpsuit and shimmery bronze eyeshadow and turquoise tassel earrings to match.

Bowen said she was inspired by the sunset and on-trend neon colors for her look. “I just feel really free and open when I am wearing this jumpsuit,” she said.

INDIO, CA-April 14, 2019: San Francisco resident, Jordan Murray, 24 shows off her style at the Coach
Jordan Murray.
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Jordan Murray, who works in the car-sharing industry, exuded a Rosie the Riveter vibe with her red bandanna and denim overalls. The first-time Coachella attendee, who’s from San Francisco, described her look as “sexy and comfy.”

Murray, 24, said her shirt from fashion brand For Love & Lemons was a “save-up kind of purchase.”

INDIO, CA-April 14, 2019: Nico Christilaw, 24 from San Diego shows off his style at the Coachella M
Nico Christilaw.
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Nico Christilaw, an entrepreneur from San Diego, appeared as if he walked out of a graphic-arts painting.

Asked about his personal style, Christilaw, 24, said, “My outfit shows who I am. I am never going to copy anyone. You have to be yourself and love yourself. If you show your true colors, everyone is going to respect you.”