With the first of two weekends (April 12-14 and April 19-21), of this legendary festival fast approaching we can safely say, festival season is upon us! Bringing us two of our favourite things; music and fashion.
As the first of the big festivals of the year, Coachella is renowned for sparking hot new trends that soon fill the racks from high-end boutiques to department stores. It also attracts some of the world's greatest bands, with this year's line-up including Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
With the event just outside Palm Springs, close to L.A, this is one of the most star studded festivals. Last year's stylish attendees included Katy Perry, Rihanna, Fergie, Emma Watson, Karlie Kloss, Lauren Conrad, Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to name a few. There was enough flesh on display to rival a Victoria's Secret show and they provided a constant stream of the most enviable, hippy-chic outfits you can dream of.
So with guaranteed sightings of the most stylish celebrities I can't wait to see what they choose to wear this year as they dance the nights away under the desert sun. Thanks to its location, Palm Springs sees more than 300 days of sunshine a year, so unlike our festivals closer to home emergency rain gear is out, leaving more room for festival favourites such as breezy dresses, bandeaus, denim cut-offs, crop tops, any items featuring lace, fringe or crochet designs and funky brightly-coloured accessories.
The trends rumoured to be huge this year are loose fitting tank tops, shirts sporting tribal designs, "photo real" graphic t-shirts and very distressed cut-off shorts.
Music festival-inspired style has taken off hugely in the last few years, attracting international retail giants such as H&M, Lacoste, Guess and Forever 21 to launch new lines focused on everything hip, rock and festive.
My favourite this year is Forever 21's Festival Capsule Collection. It's fun, colourful , unique and the campaign is fronted by the gorgeous Sky Ferreira. There are 85 pieces in total comprising all your festival staples mixed with trendier elements such as crochet, bold colours, lace-up details, sheer styles and stud embellishments. It's also completely affordable which is great as we all know how trashed clothes can get at a festival.
So even if you are not lucky enough to have a ticket to Coachella it's time to start planning your summer festivals and your wardrobe.
Here are a few of my favourite looks from last year and the awesome add campaign for Forever 21's new collection. Prepare to be inspired!
Images Forever 21
Written by Rose Humble
This season heralds an invasion of floral styles. From Chanel to the British high street's River Island, floral has been gracefully re-vamped returning once again as a lady's best friend. Some of us grew up seeing floral prominently pasted as curtain pieces and covered on precious dining room tables. Little did we know of the long-age beauty of wearing floral and its adornment qualities. Today, a floral blazer or a floral body-con summer dress easily does wonders for your fashion cred. Its one of those times to dive into your ancient-of-days wardrobe piles and replace the old with the new; or in some cases, pinch one of your mum's hay-days apparels. Another beauty of this new vogue is its recyclable and malleable nature. You don't need to go all out in the town and run up a bill in the name of revamping your wardrobe. Floral is close by most of the time, and its all about how you sport it. Its an invaluable skill to know how to look at what you already have, and make it work for you. Having only witnessed two decades, I regularly take advantage of the forever fluctuating fashion seasons and have managed to re-use and re-style certain article pieces that had previously laid untouched for years.
Take a look at some of those who have mastered their own 'floral come-back' in the most chic and stylish way. Notably, floral on ankara is a breath of fresh air after the techno-wave that drove Africans to wearing symmetrically confined and monotonously (quite boring) geometric patterns. I fondly recollect the traditional floral-cut ankara that my aunties wore when I was growing up; which has now become a unique part of today's African attires.
African floral dress - BHF
Me wearing floral ankara lace with sister, far right & family and friends.
Dolce and Gabbana's debut couture collection - Source Vogue.co.uk
A Dolce and Gabbana's piece from theh debut couture collection - Source Vogue.co.uk
Olivia at the couture fashion week in paris- Haute Couture F/W 2012/2013
Chanel dress at summer show, 2012
Elena wearing 'Buggi Meek' at couture fashion week, 2012
River Island's Black Floral Print Dress
Whether you are old or young, high street or couture, casual or smart, floral is back- and I hope its here to stay!
With fashion weeks well underway around the world, we have seen that one of next season's hottest trend is the floral trend. This month's Lust List features some of the new releases based on the Spring/Summer floral trend.
At Christopher Kane, an explosion of flowers beneath sheer organza signalled a very modern take on the trend, while everyone fell in love with Erdem's signature florals and their grown-up allure. Mismatched flower prints were seen at Mary Katrantzou, Sportmax, Clements Ribeiro and Erdem who all mixed a bouquet of prints and a riot of colour.
Take a look at my Lust List which features staple items that will get you bang on trend.
1. Earrings: Marie-Hélène de Taillac's 22-karat matte-gold chandelier earrings
2. Clutch: Ted Baker Bug Bag
3. Shoes: River Island SS12 Snakeskin Floral Heel
4. Shirt: Topshop SS12 Floral Shirt