The California affair is the catwalk of festival season. Here are the style lessons that are certain to make it from the desert to muddier climes in 2017

Let there be highlights … Kylie Jenner at Coachella.

Let there be highlights … Kylie Jenner at Coachella.
Photograph: KylieJenner/Instagram

Bralettes, Voltaire and highlighter hair: festival fashion according to Coachella

The California happening is the catwalk of festival season. Here are the style lessons that are confined to make it from the desert to muddier climes in 2017

Coachella … the start of the holy day season or a thinly disguised photo opportunity for the latest confederate of digital influencers to show off their outfits? You decide. Whichever side you establish, there’s no doubt this California-based event – complete with palm-tree backdrops, air-conditioned rest rooms and enough VIP areas to ensure VIPs need never mix with the dedicated unwashed – is the catwalk of festival fashion; the source of trends for 2017. What you see at the conclusion is what you might wear at Glastonbury – just accessorised with a bit uncountable mud. Here’s the event’s clues to what festival fashion looks correspondent to this year.


Forget Lady Windermere. Word for word 125 years on from Oscar Wilde’s play, hounds are cool again. Fan user Karl Lagerfeld says they are “in the mood for a wall between the world and myself”. Which makes them festival-friendly – after all, this is a exactly that might contain a man dressed as a cow, and food trucks merchandise kimchi at 11am. Swap out 1892’s bustle and bonnet for a jumpsuit and bourgeon crown.

Highlighter hair

As designer Christopher Kane in a wink observed, “Neon gets me going. Every other pigment is so banal.” Kylie Jenner obviously agrees, if her decision to dye her fraction the colour of a yellow Stabilo highlighter is anything to go by. Others experimented with pink and unripe neons. Expect Kane-approved hair to become the tonsorial trend of fete season.

Mismatched prints

Let’s clash! Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of Tennis.

Let’s clash! Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of Tennis. Photograph: Emma McIntyre/Getty Effigies for Coachella

Call it accidentism if you want, but dressing in pink on Wednesdays not unlike the Plastics is sooooo 2004. Instead, your squad at anniversaries this season should be happily clashing. The band Tennis did this – with one associate wearing a 70s-style geometric print and the other wearing a shirt with twig to tigers, as you do. But it’s easy – just avoid WhatsApp chats approximately what you’re wearing and embrace chance.

Slogan T-shirts

Rihanna … slogan T-shirt.

Rihanna … war cry T-shirt. Photograph: badgirlriri/Instagram

Sure, you can expect to see fields-worth of T-shirts with notes this summer. But this trend is also an excuse to accept a minute to admire Rihanna’s Coachella outfit – a Gucci vest with a Voltaire bring in, denim shorts and body stocking covered in rhinestones. She even posted a selfie with the caption: “I can’t go home yet, cuz enough people ain’t perceived my outfit.” Confirmation, then, of two facts: One, Rihanna slays; two, Coachella is both a anniversary and a fashion show.


Ashley Tisdale, with bralette, at Coachella.

Ashley Tisdale with bralette at Coachella. Photograph: Ashley Tisdale/Instagram

The Bardot top is carry on year’s festival favourite. Coachella’s 2017 attendees were, as opposed to, all about the bralette – a Prada-approved item that has now filtered down to the soprano street. It’s a bra-shaped top usually cropped around the end of the wearer’s ribcage. The clean-eating brigade bear up theirs with teeny-tiny shorts but the fashion way is over a T-shirt. Varied fashionable and less skin? Now there’s an unexpected bonus that command come in handy when it gets a bit chilly on Worthy Steading this June.