Los Angeles band Rilo Kiley was one of more than 130 acts at this year's event, and lead singer and fashionista in her own right Jenny Lewis sported the weekend's favored outfit — a playful romper — before heading to the stage for her Saturday night set.
It took a rumored $4 million to lure Prince to the Empire Polo Fields to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend, and he was but one of 132 scheduled acts at the three-day affair. Despite triple-digit temperatures, an estimated 50,000 diehards showed up each day to hear artists including Portishead, M.I.A., Mark Ronson, Rilo Kiley and The Raconteurs at the SoCal music fest, now in its ninth year. And leave it to easy-breezy West Coasters not to let a little heat get in the way of fashion. A mix of prairie, hippie and grunge styles prevailed during the long weekend, with a dose of Seventies and Eighties attitude in the form of skimpy rompers and bright shades.
Performers hopped coasts and continents to appear at the festival, and the styles they rocked onstage and off mirrored those of their hipster fans. In preparation for her midday slot on Saturday, U.K. import Kate Nash let practicality and comfort guide her wardrobe — a plaid prairie dress from a thrift store cinched with a red patent belt. "It's quite light and it covers everything, so I don't feel weird," she explained postshow. Designer duds were out of the question for Nash, who prefers casual and secondhand finds no matter the occasion. "D&G wanted to dress me for the Brit Awards," Nash said, "but I hope I didn't offend them 'cause I didn't want to wear their stuff. I like wearing vintage stuff more — I think it suits me better and looks original."
Originality wasn't an issue for Uffie, for whom Jeremy Scott whipped up a black-and-white cotton romper especially for her Coachella debut. The Paris-based MySpace queen (104,573 friends and counting), who's signed to the indie label Ed Banger Records, happily placed herself in the hands of the designer, who also came to the festival with one-offs for M.I.A., Santogold and Yelle. "The thing about working with performers," Scott said during his fitting with Uffie on Friday, "is that it's not about me and my ego. So, if Uffie put it on and said, 'It's not right,' I'd be bummed that I messed up but I'd be cool if she had something else to wear."