Let’s do a brief meditation exercise, close your eyes and try to imagine you’re in one of the coolest festivals on the planet (maybe even in the universe), and picture images of a desolate desert, mountainous peaks, vast and cosmic skies, harmonious hymns, palm trees, contemporary art, tasty bites and wall-to-wall riots of laughter. What’s the first thing you think of? No, really I want to know. Mine was relaxing in the grass with the sun on my face. How about you? Forging new and lasting memories or experiences is what the essence of Coachella is all about.
When it comes to style for the upcoming festival season, whether it be casual, feminine, boho or edgy, keep it simple. Less is more. You don’t want to look like a walking cliché or look too overdone. If you stick to one outfit formula, I promise you, you will have loads of stares and some haters. Keep walking, smile and dust off your shoulders, ladies!
Reached my quota of the year for the most drunken night ever recorded in recent history, retaining (more like suppressing) no memory of it, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has long been a standing holiday tradition to me and those near and dearest. The current amnesia is starting to decay to recapture the hideous flashbacks of when I was sashaying around in very few layers of clothing in frigid temps holding Jack (my sidekick, Jack Daniels, we go way back). In this instance, however, I had realized I forgot my coat back at the house. Somehow, I managed to defeat the hypothermia with my old man’s fleece sweatshirt, effectively concluding that a statement coat is necessary for an ensemble at all times, especially if your life depends on it. Cue: the most phenomenal cow print vintage faux-fur coat to date, worn with a graphic tee, cropped flares, sock boots, statement bag and a hat. Cool vibes take many forms, including a faceless cowgirl.
If you want a caramel macchiato? You go to Starbucks. You want menswear inspiration? You go to Tilda Swinton. Its that simple. With the exception of Katherine Hepburn of course (love her), until recently, no one does androgynous dressing like Tilda Swinton. Swinton is not just an accomplished actress, her head-turning and polished yet eclectic taste for tailored cut suits often donned on the red carpets of movie premieres, legitimizes her role as style icon. Her definition of personal and eccentric style reflects the rhythm and soul of menswear divided up into tailor-made pants suits accompanied by soft blouses, structured menswear inspired coats or jackets worn to perfection, combat boots for edge, loafers or ladylike pumps, along with the boy haircut punctuated by her timeless sculpted and naked face beauty. It reverberates the notion that gender is merely an illusion. Each gender, man or woman, both attain masculine and feminine qualities. Yin vs. Yang. Boy vs. girl. Gender dressing transcends in the world of style, effectively knocking down stereotypes and intrinsically composing the melody of gender fluidity within our culture amid challenging the norms or standards of beauty. Prince and David Bowie were both trail blazers who built this mantle. Swinton’s non-conformist approach to style resuscitates life into boy clothes. Paying close attention to menswear, it’s my opinion, boy pieces are best interpreted by a woman.
Thank you for your perpetual, dignified and boundless expressionism.
We salute you Tilda!