April 15, 2014

Style Recap: Chicest Coachella 2014 Performers

Last week I cast a style forecast for the 10 chicest Coachella 2014 performers of week 1: AlunaGeorge, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Dum Dum Girls, Haim, Jhene Aiko, Kate Nash, Banks, Warpaint, and ZZ Ward.  How accurate were my predictions? Let’s find out.

AlunaGeorge

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Coachella

Forecast: Cropped black sleeveless top with strategic pops of flesh, high-waisted shorts, bold gold statement jewelry.

Reality: Black jacket covers details, but yes to bold statement jewelry, yes to high waisted shorts, yes to black.

Verdict: 90% ACCURATE

Ellie Goulding

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via Mashable

via Paste Magazine

via Paste Magazine

Forecast: Graphic or text tank, black shorts, colorful kicks.

Reality: High waisted black leather shorts, cropped black leather top, black leather jacket a la Matrix, brown & black kicks.

Verdict: 70% ACCURATE.

Lana Del Rey 

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via telegraph.co.uk

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

Forecast: Polished pastel sundress or ripped denim shorts with graphic, vintage inspired tank. Enormous hair.

Reality: Bright floral sundress in pink & orange, camel colored heeled sandals, enormous hair, pout. 

Verdict: 50% ACCURATE.

Dum Dum Girls

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via Flickr

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via Getty

Forecast: All black, patterned tights paired with shorts or dress, winged eyeliner, strategically mussed bedhead.

Reality: All black, patterned tights, sheer tops, pasties, dark lips, winged eyeliner, bedhead.

Verdict: 90% ACCURATE.

Haim

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via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Forecast: Vintage, patterned tops, artfully distressed denim, lady-like flats, 70′s straight center-parted hair.

Reality: Flowing tops, 70′s straight center-parted hair, artfully distressed denim, heavy on black and neutrals.

Verdict: 65% ACCURATE

Jhene Aiko

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via trendrender

Forecast: Flowing bohemian shirt over cuffed denim shorts, pops of bright color/pattern, a few select items of statement jewelry.

Reality: Floor length white dress with slit & stomach cut outs, knit skirt, floral chest detail, delicate up d0.

Verdict: 0% ACCURATE.

Kate Nash

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via desertsun

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via Scott Roth/Invision/AP

Forecast: Eye-catching mod dress under art-pop bright accessories.

Reality: Hot pink silk, lace, and God knows what else dress, pink face jewels & hair, bright accessories.

Verdict: 95% ACCURATE.

Banks

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via zimbio

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via hitfix

Forecast: All black, stick straight hair, form-fitting dress, minimal jewelry.

Reality: All black, stick straight hair, form fitting skirt/dress combo, minimal jewelry, wide brimmed hat.

Verdict: 90% ACCURATE.

 Warpaint

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via oregonlive

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via Heather Kaplan / consequenceofsound

Forecast: Dark denim, fitted tees, converse, and delicate jewelry.

Reality: Medium wash denim, schoolgirl skirt, basic tank top, delicate jewelry.

Verdict: 80% ACCURATE.

ZZ Ward

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via gotceleb

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via zimbio

Forecast: Black hat, black tank, black jeans, pretty blonde waves, natural makeup.

Reality: Black hat, sequined silver romper with plunging neckline, pretty blonde waves, natural makeup.

Verdict: 40% ACCURATE.

While there were some slip ups, I’m pretty impressed by the accuracy of my own style predictions. Personal style stays true… Even at Coachella.

April 14, 2014

Model Monday: Esmeralda Seay Reynolds

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Doe-eyed Nordic waif Esmeralda Seay Reynolds skipped her way down the F/W 2014 Runways and into my heart. A Marc Jacobs girl to the core, Esmeralda recently scored the coveted spot as Miley Cyrus’s sidekick in the new Marc Jacobs Campaign. The gamine stunner strutted F/W 2014 Runways for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Moschino, Fendi, Anna Sui, Giles, Vionnet, Fausto Puglisi, Maison Martin Margiela, and Creatures of The Wind. So what now? One word: Editorial. Advertising and Runway are a fabulous start, but any model worth her size 24 jeans know the real credit comes from appearing in Magazine Editorial spreads. Esmeralda is already poised to make a strong start, with upcoming appearances in hipster publications like Garage, i-D, Fat, and LOVE. All before her 17th birthday.

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Esmeralda Seay Reynolds – full name Esmeralda Tatiana Athena Sahar Seay-Reynolds – might look like an angel, but she sounds like just another gothic-inclined teenage girl. In a recent interview with i-D magazine, Mac Jacob’s latest muse quipped “My parents say Pennsylvania, most other people say Transylvania, but I say where I really came from is Tim Burton’s sketchbook.” Even in her early teens, Esmeralda knew that she wanted to become a model. “I knew that I wanted this, and so I went banging on doors and emailing photos for almost a year non-stop until I found the one that would take me, I was a girl on a mission!”

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

Vogue Germany March 2014 by Mario Testino

 

After signing with Next Models NY and walking her very first show on the Marc Jacobs runway, Esmeralda lived today’s teen dream by modeling alongside Miley Cyrus for her fashion fairy godmother Marc Jacobs’ latest campaign. It turned out to be a bonding moment for the young super-starlets. Esmeralda spilled the details to i-D:

“Actually had no idea prior to the shoot that Miley would be there, nor did I know as much about her as most others to be honest, since I never had cable growing up. Most of what I knew was what I heard people say on the radio, like “she did something at something called the VMA’s and she sings well,” was my basic idea of he. But then, as I was in the studio, doing my math homework – bam! – Miley Cyrus walks up, somehow making a Chanel shirt work as a crop top with a pair of overalls, and was just like, “hey, what’s up, I’m Miley,” and I was just like, “say what?” She turned out to be one of the nicest and also most intelligent people I’ve worked with and I now absolutely “ado-o-o-ore” her music!”

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014

Esmeralda also discussed a less-than-Orthodox Runway mindset:

“I think the most random things when I’m walking the runway in order to try and distract myself, like “what color would I paint a cow if I could?… hmmm… maybe pink or possibly rainbow?” If I actually thought about where I was and the fact that my childhood idols are sitting five feet away watching me, I think I’d start to cry and then my make-up would run and we can’t have that, so rainbow cows it is!”

Like many young models, Esmeralda hopes to eventually make the leap from fashion into acting. Hopefully we’ll be seeing her in Tim Burton’s next fabulous flick!

 

 

April 11, 2014

Coachella Queens: 5 Models Who Rock Coachella

Every girl to look like them, every guy wants to meet them: models who swarm Coachella are music fest royalty and the ultimate target for street style photographers or simply instagram junkies. Models adore Coachella because a. VIP treatment keeps heat/dirt at a manageable level b. it’s a great place to meet their next rock star boyfriend and c. they’re dying to be taken seriously, and what could be more serious than loving all the coolest bands? Here are 5 top models who have rocked out at Coachella.

1. Alex Wek

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via fash-eccentric.com

Sudanese model Alex Wek is a pioneer for  black models and was the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle Magazine.

2. Agness Deyn

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via Getty

British chameleon Agyness Deyn is a Coachella junkie who can be spotted every year, usually with a new look.

3. Arizona Muse

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via thefrontrowview.com

Arizona Muse has graced Vogue covers, Louis Vuitton runways, and inspired Dazed & Confused Magazine to dedicate an entire issue to her.

4.  Behati Prinsloo

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via Vogue.es

Namibian model Behati Prinsloo is a Victoria’s Secret Angel, rumored fiance of Adam Levine, and a big fan of the neon Coachella look.

5. 

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Genderbending model Andrej Pejic wore a denim onesie with Sophie Summer during Coachella 2013

 

 

April 10, 2014

Style Forecast: The 10 Chicest Coachella 2014 Performers

Cali girls rejoice: It’s Coachelllaaaa time! Aka the most divine combination of music, style, and debauchery known to womankind. Fashion and music have been intertwined since the first scruffy musician realized “holy shit, I can date models now”. Sanctimonious downers might whine about Coachella’s fashion forward/obsessed guests, but I say more is more when it comes to creativity of any kind! Why not appreciate music while expressing yourself through style? How does enjoying fashion detract from enjoying music? Let’s embrace Coachella as a gorgeous opportunity to express ourselves, and admire the expression of others. Music festivals are often dominated by male performers, but Coachella 2014 is showcasing some amazingly talented and fabulously chic female performers who express themselves through BOTH music and style.

Here are my style predictions for the 10 Chicest Coachella 2014 Performers: Week 1

AlunaGeorge

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Sound: New wave electronic mixed with dreamy grove pop.

Style: Scandinavian androgyny fused with TopShop trendy.

Forecast: Cropped black sleeveless top with strategic pops of flesh, high-waisted shorts, bold gold statement jewelry.

 

Ellie Goulding

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via msn.com

Sound: Haunting,  distinctive blend of electro-pop and indie folk.

Style: Girly details over grunge shape with pop of metallic hues.

Forecast: Graphic or text tank, black shorts, colorful kicks. 

Lana Del Rey

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via Samir Hussein/Getty Image

Sound: Lush orchestral pop with nostalgia laced vocals and oozing sensuality.

Style: Ultra-feminine Americana with a wide streak of retro and dash of lowbrow sex appeal.

Forecast: Polished pastel sundress or ripped denim shorts with graphic, vintage inspired tank. Enormous hair.

Dum Dum Girls

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via thisisfakediy.co.uk

Sound: Lo-fi pop inspired by 60′s Cali sound.

Style: Gogo meets goth.

Forecast: All black, patterned tights paired with shorts or dress, winged eyeliner, strategically mussed bedhead.

Haim

via TheMusicIntro

via TheMusicIntro

Sound: Indie darling combo of 80′s synth pop, 90′s R&B, and Fleetwood-Mac inspired rock.

Style: Casual tomboy chic blended with the Cali sister’s shared obsession with retro vintage pieces.

Forecast: Vintage, patterned tops, artfully distressed denim, lady-like flats, 70′s straight center-parted hair.

Jhene Aiko

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via inflexwetrust.com

Sound: Dreamy, irreverent, confessional R&B with all star Hip Hop hooks.

Style: Supernatural bohemian meshed with urban minimalism.

Forecast: Flowing bohemian shirt over cuffed denim shorts, pops of bright color/pattern, a few select items of statement jewelry.

Kate Nash

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via aoscubos.com

Sound: Singer-Songwriter, piano driven Brit-pop laced with insightful lyrics.

Style: Rebellious retro pin-up in super bright hues and often accompanied by GaGa worthy accessories.

Forecast: Eye-catching mod dress under art-pop bright accessories.

Banks

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via thisisfakediy.co.uk

Sound: Unexpected but charming combination of dark R&B, quasi-industrial electronica, and indie-pop.

Style: Mostly black & effortlessly feminine with strong influence of her LA upbringing.

Forecast: All black, stick straight hair, form-fitting dress, minimal jewelry.

Warpaint

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via nme

Sound: Jam band indie rock with disembodied vocals and instrumental interplay.

Style: No fuss all muss Cali rock.

Forecast: Dark denim, fitted tees, converse, and delicate jewelry.

ZZ Ward

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via showbams.com

Sound: Bluesy R&B with harmonica riffs that show off ZZ’s ability to belt like Christina.

Style: Another all-black fan who favors simple, tight jeans & tank top combos topped by her signature hat.

Forecast: Black hat, black tank, black jeans, pretty blonde waves, natural makeup.

April 8, 2014

MARINA MONROE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING COACHELLA 2014

THE 10 DO’S AND DON’TS

Coachella is coming and 2014′s pre-festival hype is teetering on the brink of hysteria. America’s most glamorous and least relaxing music festival is a flashing beacon to anyone who longs to be someone. Even for just a day on the Internet.

I go to Coachella every year, and every year I observe intrepid attendees making the same mistakes. You’ve heard the hype; now you need to hear the truth.

Here’s my unfiltered, unadorned wisdom about surviving Coachella with style and dignity.

Ignore at your own risk.

 

1. DON’T Wear Dry Clean Only 

NATURE. You will be venturing into nature, and nature does not give a fuck about suede.

Not one single fuck. By the unspoken laws of this vast, cruel universe we live in, any vacation will inevitably destroy or consume your favorite item of clothing. No amount of musical genius or molly will fill the void left by your lost Celine tote or ripped Missoni dress.

What the desert doesn’t ruin, humanity will stain.

Lux garments are made from delicate materials chosen for form rather than function.  In other words, materials that don’t bounce back from beer spills, sweat stains, dust smudges, cigarette burns, and Skrillex mosh pits.

Read the label of every garment you pack; if it can’t withstand a stringent wash or deep stain treatment, it cannot withstand Coachella. If you absolutely MUST do designer, wear only at night and preferably in the VIP, far from the oozing, careless masses and scorching sun.

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2. DO Coordinate And Communicate 

Attending a crowded outdoor music festival together is a great way to like your friends less.

Before going, or even en route to the festival, have an honest conversation with your companions about what you want from the days ahead.

What band do they HAVE to see? How drunk do they expect to be? What bands do they refuse to watch? Do they want to dance all day? How high is too high? Do they want/expect to get laid?

If so, will they be getting laid while you try to sleep? What is the minimal amount of sleep you need to function? Which after parties are they dying to attend? I strongly recommend starting a Coachella group text to keep track of everyone involved.

 

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3. DON’T Wear High Heels

Coachella is a music festival, not a red carpet. No woman looks stupider than a woman tripping across a muddy field in platform heels. There’s a major difference between being a fashionista and a fashion victim.

You know this, women of America, and yet every year some of you still insist on wearing heels, chirping “beauty is pain” as if that’s a rational reason to spend your exorbitantly expensive music weekend in debilitating agony.

Your street style can’t be captured if your body is horizontal on the grass, sprouting blisters by the minute and emitting subtle moans of agony.

If you see a picture of a celebrity in heels, know that she is not romping around the desert in those babies; she is escorted to a red carpet, walked down the carpet, photographed, and then either seated or leaving.

Do not wear heels, or you will be miserable the entire trip and you will deserve that misery because you wore fucking heels to Coachella. Wear boots. Just. Wear. Boots.

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via DailyMail UK

 

4. DO Plot a Route

Indio is a gorgeous if grueling patch of California dessert that will easily soak up your life force and/or will to live if you do not adequately prepare. Packing is important, and we’ll get to that later, but it’s worth noting that the best way to deal with a huge plot of unknown desert territory is to map out where and how you’ll get around.

Spend an hour reading the Coachella schedule and map, pick the acts you want to see most, and familiarize yourself how to get between stages, bathrooms, and vendors without getting hopelessly lost.

Do not rely on your innate sense of direction as it may not exist after a dozen overpriced vodka sodas.

Christopher Kitahara for MTV Hive

 

5. DO Budget Booze & Food

Tickets to Coachella are just the beginning of an endless stream of festive expense. Hotel rooms, camp gear, and travel costs will eat away at fun money before you even set foot on the Coachella grounds.

Your bag will be searched with varying degrees of thoroughness to prevent any moderately priced drinks and food from entering the premises, and available goods will be marked up by roughly 110%.

Unfortunate? Yes. Frustrating? Of course. But it can’t be helped, and there’s no point depriving yourself of sustenance to make a frugal point.

Calculate how many drinks you’ll need to get acceptable buzzed (or hydrated if you’re one of those), how many meals you’ll need to remain standing, and bring slightly more cash than anticipated.

Christopher Kitahara for MTV Hive

6. DON’T Wear Uncomfortable Clothes

Direct sunlight is unforgiving and no one’s body is perfect from every angle.

Crop tops and denim shorts- the standard Coachella uniform- should be comfortable and not crude. No one can see what size you’re wearing, so wear a size that flatters your body and conceals imperfections.

Just because you can squeeze into a size 25 doesn’t mean you should wear a size 25. One of the biggest mistakes I see women make at Coachella (aside from mixing medication) is wearing tight, thigh grazing shorts that squeeze otherwise lovely bodies into disjointed lumps.

Your Coachella look should say ‘effortless & airy’, not ‘Vegas blackout’.

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via DailyMailUk

7. DO Mind Your Vitals: Hygiene and Phone Battery

The great outdoors are filled with dirt, and the Coachella music festival is filled with dirty people. You will be one them. There’s no way to really avoid getting dirty and you shouldn’t try; it’s futile.

Instead take reasonable steps to avoid looking a hot mess with dry shampoo, perfume samples, and my personal secret: Reviver.

Reviver is a brilliant line of portable, reusable clothing wipes that instantly kill gross smells lingering in your clothing & hair. Perfect for those long, sweaty Coachella days. You can get yours at www.Reviver.com.

Too many concerts and festival experiences are destroyed by dead phone drama, so be hyper-aware of your cell phone use.

Some basic ways to preserve battery:

  • Go to settings and turn your brightness WAY down.
  • Close all of your apps. Any app you’ve ever opened and haven’t closed is running the entire time, even if you’re not using it and draining your battery.
  • Resist the urge to record videos. It’s tempting to tape each performance, but those videos won’t be that interesting, and you’ll be sorry when you can’t find your friends and your battery is dead… Or you’re having an epic time with your favorite singer at an afterparty and can’t even take a photo!

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8. DON’T Over-Accessorize 

I’m looking at you, girl wearing floral crown, fringed vest, tribal tank, studded denim shorts, and several pounds of gold plated jewelry.

Pick one festival or Spring 2014 trend as your outfit focus, and then dress to compliment your figure. Over-accessorizing is perhaps the most prevalent fashion faux pas at music festivals because girls get too excited and try to fit every fad into three outfits.

You’ll look silly and loudly clang with every step. Clanging is not cute. Coco Chanel said to take off one item of jewelry before leaving the house.

I say do a set of jumping jacks before leaving the Coachella campground. If you clatter, you’re wearing too much jewelry. 

 

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9. DO Be True to Your Personal Style

For some reason, Coachella inspires every woman to dress like a bohemian wood sprite, with various degrees of success.

If you genuinely want to take Coachella as an opportunity to channel pop culture’s unrealistic image of ’60’s flower child, by all means go ahead. But if you’re fundamentally a black clad punk or all American prep, do not feel obligated to dress like someone else.

Faux-boho is insincere enough on celebutantes and supermodels, who have stylists and unlimited reserves of money to draw on. Normal girls who feign hippie-chic for festivals often come off as wannabees trying way too hard to be actually cool.

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via NastyGal

10. DON’T Watch Performances Through a Screen

 I love screens. I’m staring at one right now.

But no screen should be the lens through which you view life. The entire point of Coachella is to watch live music. That is why you are here. So whyyyyyyy would you spend the entire duration of your favorite band’s set recording an instagram vid or snapping pics?

Why are you even here? Is there no experience you can enjoy without online validation?

No one wants to see your crappy video or pixilated shot. Musicians detest looking down on a gyrating crown and seeing phones instead of faces.

Live in the present. Put your phone down. Watch the damn band. Enjoy your life in real time.

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That’s my Coachella 2014 Survival Guide! How do you survive Coachella?  Post your tips in the comments below!

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xoxo Marina Monroe