Coachella 2018: The looks
Reminiscent of the Pink Friday Nicki Minaj era, SZA stunned in a shockingly pink two-piece ensemble that worked for her set, striking the perfect balance between fun and stylish.
In a Kanye West-inspired political set, BROCKHAMPTON shocked audiences not only by being late to stage, but with the xenophobic slurs printed on the bulletproof vests they wore. This was effective in portraying their activist message, as well as the visually strong yellow fonts being nicely countered by the simple outfits worn by the band members underneath the vests.
In a monochrome white outfit from head to toe, Cardi B left plenty to be desired. Unfortunately, she failed to pull off a departure from the usual bright colours intrinsic to her personal style. This doesn’t take away from her bomb performance, praised as one of the best of the festival.
Portugal. The Man
The six-piece all individually set a nice tone, but together don’t strike the best chord. Leading man John Gourley looks to be a little chilly.
Vince Staples (+ Kendrick Lamar)
The black combatant-type clothing sported by Staples suits his image and set list – understated but not dull. He welcomed Kendrick Lamar to his stage, dressed equally well in a denim shorts and patterned shirt combo.
The weaving of classic and modern styles doesn’t quite strike the right balance for the American rap trio. Fans might have appreciated them more had they not had a multitude of issues and lots of drama surrounding their performance.
The American singer, actor and dancer triple-threat was a breath of fresh air with camo-inspired pants and a simple white crop tee. She needed more air herself, purportedly passing out temporarily after her set.
MØ (+ Charlie XCX)
MØ reminded us all of her 12-year-old-Supré-phase-esque outfit last year with a similarly cringey outfit for this year’s festival, looking as though she threw it together at the last moment. Charli XCX joined her on stage, her gold sequined ensemble a world away from MØ’s style (in the best way).
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler seems to constantly transcend the rules of fashion, in a way that he can make even a high-vis vest and uneven haircut work for him.
Post Malone didn’t fail to disappoint in his custom patterned suit. The flame embellishments on his pant leg and suit jacket were nice nods to Mason Ramsey, the online ‘Walmart Yodelling Kid’ sensation who will reportedly be joining Post Malone on stage at his next show after joining DJ Whethan’s set earlier this week.
With this year’s festival fondly renamed Beychella (and the hashtag trending on Twitter worldwide) it’s fair to say that Mrs. Carter slayed during her career-defining performance. Her cropped golden yellow hoodie and distressed denim shorts, rounded out with fringed knee-high holographic boots, formed a nostalgic and yet iconic image of modern R&B. The effortless style and cohesion of the ensemble paired with Bey’s talent, beauty and charisma demanded the world’s attention and will likely be envied for many Coachellas to come.