Just over a week ago a little music festival called Coachella was all anyone is Southern California could talk about. Since we couldn't be there ourselves, we were able to live vicariously through our favorite New Yorker by way of California, Teresa Guy, who held it down on the front lines of music and fashion.
Photo Credit: Laura June Kirsch
The 2012 Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival marked the first year that the annual gathering of the young, hip and half naked, was extended to a 2 separate weekends. The Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA were invaded by 20-somethings in mass, to enjoy the hottest up and coming acts, most talked about reunions and of course to strut their stuff in the season’s most noticeable trends. Coachella is world-renowned for not only it’s stellar line-ups but also as a fashionista’s haven. Bohemian mainstays of floppy hats, fringe and feathers were out in full force, but this year brought an onslaught of neon, metallic and lace. The every popular high-low dresses and skirts were easy to spot as well as rompers, high-waisted shorts and crop tops aplenty. See snaps of some of the festival’s most fashionable and my breakdown of the most memorable sets.
Breakbot Possibly the earliest I have ever arrived at any Coachella was to catch the disco-fav Breakbot. The Ed Banger Records darling had the early crowd rocking steadily with a throwback style calling on the likes of the Bee Gees and early Michael Jackson. Although I’m not generally a proponent of kids at Coachella, the set was really set off by the insatiable love of one 5 year old, with some of the best dance moves I saw all weekend.
GIRLS The San Francisco based indie rock group brought warm fuzzy vibes to the afternoon time slot. Their beefed up live show featured the addition of 3 soulful backing vocalists and a whole lot of energy to keep fans warm while the temperatures dropped. With singer Chris Owens crooning about following his heart and lusting for love over mic stands and keyboards lined in flowers, you couldn’t help but feel it too.
M83 In almost cinematic perfection and to a crowd spilling out of all sides of the MohaveTent, M83 brought forth one of my favorite sets of the festival. Those present enjoyed the sweeping landscapes of mastermind Anthony Gonzalez’s most recent release, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Crowd favorite “Midnight City” had people dancing with their neighbors, sharing the love and remarking on the album like perfection of the live performance.
Azealia Banks The 212’s hottest hip-hop heiress definitely brought the heat to the Gobi Tent. One of the most buzzed about artist of 2012 and a personal favorite of Karl Lagerfeld, Azealia didn’t disappoint. Her tongue-twisting flow had audience members breaking it down while trying to keep up. Clad in matching black and white striped bustier top and form fitting high waisted pants, she looked banging while asking the crowd “Who’s fucking tonight?!” Her high energy set was capped off by her 2011 hit “212” which she transitioned into Prodigy’s “Firestarter” for an epic finish to a memorable set.