Have Bloggers Destroyed the True Purpose of Coachella?

Being an avid Youtube and Instagram user, I have noticed the increased hype over Coachella this year with popular fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Hype may even be putting it lightly… I think the term obsession may be more appropriate. While Coachella has always been viewed as an event to show off the best of festival fashion, it has been taken to a whole new level this year. I keep asking myself, why is this?

My favorite fashion bloggers like Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat and Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad have been documenting their last few months spent preparing for Coachella. Yes, months. There have been constant Instagram stories and snapchats of them receiving packages in the mail from companies as well as their various visits to brand showrooms in preparation for their finest festival-inspired looks. From what I can recall of the past years, there has never been this much obsession over what to wear and what types of statements are to be made.

(pictures via @weworewhat on Instagram)

Being a fashionista myself, I absolutely recognize all of the fun that goes into preparing your looks for music festivals. It gives you a chance to dress in ways you may not typically dress in your everyday life. I mean who doesn’t love the glitter, boho dresses, and cowgirl-themed accessories? Coachella gives you a chance to be someone new and embrace the gypsy fashion while listening to some of your favorite bands in the middle of the desert. However, I can’t help but wonder if Coachella has now become more of a brand investment rather than a fun source of self-expression.

We all know that fashion bloggers get paid by brands to wear their clothing and post pictures of them wearing it. It is also no question that Coachella fashion gets A LOT of attention and A LOT of searches. This makes me wonder if Coachella is just an excuse for fashion bloggers to get increased exposure from social media and magazine articles, which is why bloggers are spending so much time preparing for it. The more preparation, the crazier the looks, the more exposure, the more money bloggers are paid by brands.

(pictures via @chiaraferragni on Instagram)

Not only has this festival turned into a business venture for fashion bloggers, but it has become hard work for all of the brands involved as well. If you work for a popular bohemian fashion brand you can forget about enjoying the music at Coachella. Countless months are spent planning parties, looks, press events, showroom invites, and more. I mean, I thought music festivals were a fun place to enjoy music, but have you once heard a blogger talk about what artists were going to be there or who they couldn’t wait to hear live? I know I haven’t. All the talk is simply about wearing which look which day and getting this shot, in that location. I have mentioned this before, but life should be about enjoying the moment rather than planning it. We don’t want to see posed picture, we want to see people genuinely enjoying themselves.

While I am excited to not only hear the live performances from Coachella this weekend, I am also looking forward to all of the Instagram posts of what everyone is wearing. However, some of the magic for me will be lost. Just knowing all of the business that has gone behind an event that is supposed to be so fun, carefree, and effortless, loses Coachella’s sense of purpose for me. What do you think about the evolution of Coachella and its attendees? Let me know by leaving me a comment!

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Coachella Comes to the City Streets

We all know Coachella marks the beginning of every music and fashion lover’s favorite time of the year, festival season! Unfortunately, Coachella takes place on the coast opposite of where I and the other 8.5 million New Yorkers are. Aside from stalking the snapchat stories and plethora of Instagram posts, I was able to channel the same carefree festival vibes by spending Coachella day 3 in Greenwich Village.

I started my day off by oh so casually running into Nick Jonas while crossing the street. Looks like there are actually celebrities who weren’t at Coachella! Who knew!? Since it was my best friend’s birthday we decided to do brunch on the streets of Soho. After enjoying salmon eggs benedict, we soaked in the sun rays and walked around the streets. While exploring we stumbled upon this collage of pop art posters. What blogger can resist a photoshoot in front of an intriguing background like this one?

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Lets be real, us here on the East Coast were thrilled to once against experience the 70 degree weather Mother Nature blessed us with on Sunday. It might not be the 90 degree heat waves that festivalgoers are experiencing, but hey, it’s close enough, right? I thought it was the perfect occasion to break out the new t-shirt I bought from Aritzia a few weeks back. I didn’t realize it would take weeks for spring weather to finally return to us, causing this shirt to be sitting in its shopping bag for too long. This shirt is casual yet still gives me  a chance to show off my favorite bralettes that all us girls know we buy way too many of.

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Is a Coachella-inspired outfit really complete without some coin jewelry and fringed accessories? Nope. I added this necklace for a bohemian flair that was still appropriate for brunch and shopping on a typical Sunday. However, if you’re going to a festival, the more the better! Can you really achieve that full Vanessa Hudgens look if you don’t pile on the jewelry?

Not only is this backpack carefree and cute, but it is extremely functional for those fashion bloggers/students/interns on the go. I hate having to lug my laptop, camera, wallet, and a book around in a purse when I am running from place to place. I am able to easily carry all of the things I need without putting stress on my shoulders. This doesn’t sound too glamorous but I promise that backpacks are a lifesaver, and now they are on-trend too!

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With Coachella weekend 1 being finished, we can all look forward to the looks that weekend 2 has in store. Weekend 1 has shown bloggers wearing the typical festival trends such as fringe, coin jewelry, crochet clothing pieces, and cowboy boots. It has also given us some ideas on how to style popular spring pieces such as bandanas, chokers, and monokinis for the music festivals that we will be hitting up later this spring and summer. Until weekend 2…

 

Architecture as Fashion

In the fashion industry designers are inspired by all different mediums in their surroundings, whether it is a painting, a song, an individual’s street style, or a building. Architecture is a prominent inspiration for different types of art because it is an art in itself. I have always had an eye for beautiful buildings, analyzing just how that artist envisioned that structure on paper or the entire process of engineering that went into creating it. It is both a science and an art form.

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When I was exploring Riviera Maya, Mexico I was instantly drawn to the color and style of this church. It may have been because yellow is my favorite color and instantly pulls me back to the walls of my childhood bedroom, but there is something about it that is so visually pleasing, instantly soothing and inspiring the soul. Before I visited Mexico this was exactly what I pictured a traditional building to look like.

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The vibes I got when I was around this building were the same vibes I imagine avid festival-goers feeling at Coachella. They are in the middle of the desert, surrounded by their favorite music and people with the same care-free, fun spirits as themselves. I was in a brand new country, taking in the difference of culture, surrounded by others who were also vacationing to escape the busy reality of their everyday lives.

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For this reason, I am obsessed with anything relating to music festivals. Festivals connect people in the same way vacations and culture do. I stalked every hashtag on all social media sites referencing anything Coachella-related last spring in the hopes that it would feel like I was enjoying the experience with the festival-goers. My favorite singer, Lana Del Rey, performed, so naturally I was inclined to this serious stalk session. It is hard to put my love for Lana Del Rey into words; if you are my friend, you know how much I admire and adore her and her music.

After her performance I began actively searching for the outfit she wore during her set, a 70s-inspired, tropical floral mini dress, similar to the dress she wore in her Shades of Cool music video. I was so desperate to find a dress similar to this that I made my own. I went to my local Goodwill and searched to find the perfect bright, vintage floral print. Of course the dress made out of this fabric was four sizes too big with a long boxy cut and shoulder pads. I created my own dress pattern and used the cut-up scraps of this dress to create my Lana-inspired mini dress.

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Of course, fast forward a few months later, I find this dress at the Forever 21 in Soho. It is the exact same cut as the dress I fell in love with and spent so much time sewing myself. And for a small price tag of $27…The moment I bought it I knew I had to wear it to Mexico.

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I paired the dress with my favorite chunky, wooden heels from Nastygal to make it seem as if I was a model stepping out of a vintage photograph. To make the look more modern, since we obviously are no longer in the 70s, I added this gold, beaded body chain. Pairing this under any shirt or dress that shows skin is instant sex appeal (1970s Fifty Shades of Grey?). There’s nothing sexier than a chain draping over an exposed slice of skin.

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Let the colors of Mexico and vintage floral print inspire your next festival outfits. With whatever you wear, as long as it expresses who you are as a person and inspires you just as the music does, you can’t go wrong. I will hopefully be attending Governor’s Ball this summer in New York City, showing you more indie, bohemian fashion.