Best to worst dressed stars at Coachella 2019
Coachella 2019 kicked off on Friday, April 12, where various musical guests graced the stages of the outdoor festival. However, we couldn’t take our eyes off the eccentric and vibrant array of fashion trends seen throughout the multi-weekend event. Since the inaugural festival in 1993, we’ve witnessed so many flashy outfits from our favorite star-studded performers and festival-goers, but judging from all of the trendy festival-ready pieces we spotted, it’s evident the fashion gods really blessed us in 2019.
The sandy dirt acted as the perfect red carpet, and the best-dressed celebrities managed to turn the blazing California desert into their own personal runway — including Katy Perry. She shook things up by opting out of wearing the typical boho-chic style we’re used to seeing and donned a bedazzled jumpsuit instead. Of course, not every famous person hit the mark with their attire. While we appreciated their stylistic efforts, that didn’t save them from landing near the bottom of our list of the best to worst dressed stars at Coachella 2019.
Just call Olivia Culpo the festival’s fashion queen
Olivia Culpo solidified herself as the queen of Coachella when she showed up to the Revolve Party on Sunday, April 14, 2019. The former Miss Universe wore a cozy romper in a mustard shade that looked perfect against the desert backdrop. She paired her one-piece with a brown suede, golden-buckled belt and a pair of nude, mid-calf boots, and rocked a hyper-extended winged eyeliner to frame her chestnut eyes, eyebrows that were sculpted like nobody’s business, warm cinnamon-hued lipstick, and a highlight and contour application that made her facial features pop. Meanwhile, a pair of over-sized shades helped to block the sun’s rays. Culpo also had some fun with a high, braided ponytail — because who wants to deal with their hair getting stuck to their hot and sweaty neck and forehead?
The model-actress’ entire outfit was gorgeous, but was far from surprising to those who keep up with the fashion maven. She previously told Fashionista that she loves “playing with contemporary trends,” adding, “I like to keep exploring, but it’s always pretty dialed back and classic.” While Culpo was certainly one of the best-dressed at the event, she wasn’t there to take the stage, obviously. However, she was reportedly seen backstage hanging out during Russian-German DJ Zedd’s set, according to TMZ. The duo were later seen taking in Ariana Grande’s performance, where Culpo looked very comfy in his arms. Get it, girl.
Katy Perry’s custom jumpsuit was everything
Katy Perry — a.k.a. the future Mrs. Orlando Bloom — set the Coachella stage ablaze when she joined Zedd to perform their chart-topping banger “365,” the Daily Mail reports. The pop star not only showcased her smooth and sultry vocals, but also wowed the crowd with her red AREA NYC jumpsuit and a pair of silver-metallic AREA NYC boots. The custom-made, figure-hugging piece included a bedazzled overlay, of which we were able to get a closer peek, courtesy of a picture shared by her stylist, Jamie Mizrahi. The bustier, with its sweetheart neckline, was the perfect fit and gave us a flash of her midriff — which reminded us we need to hit the gym, like ASAP. It seems like only yesterday we were falling in love with Perry’s ashy gray ‘do, but at this year’s Coachella, she reverted back to blonde hair. Her black-rimmed eyes and red lipstick gave us all sorts of drama, and her enormous circular earrings were TDF. With this look, she effortlessly went from zero to our own hero.
While speaking with Hello! Fashion Monthly in 2015, Perry revealed her on-stage style is nothing like her everyday wardrobe. If you catch her outside, you’ll see her wearing an “Adidas black and white tracksuit,” she told the magazine, noting, “I look like Elton John’s sister in it but it’s my go-to suit.” Should we call her Katy John from now on?
Khalid loves matching sets
Khalid is having quite the 2019. Just days before Billboard dubbed the Georgia native “the first artist to claim the entire top 5 of the Hot R&B Songs chart,” he powered through his Coachella set as Ariana Grande’s opening act and showed festival-goers exactly why he deserves all the praise. He also brought out Billie Eilish to tackle their ballad “Lovely,” according to the publication. Oh, and did we mention he looked like a runway model the entire time? Khalid’s clever co-ord set was the perfect outfit for the outdoor event, thanks to the white palm tree print. He paired his two-piece ensemble with some chunky white sneakers, which he proudly kicked into the air during his high-energy performance.
The Free Spirit artist actually has a thing for co-ords. “For me, jumpsuits I love. I just love matching sets,” Khalid told GQ in 2017. “Tops and bottoms that are the same color are awesome to me, because you can get them in so many different colors — neon colors.” He also proclaimed he’s all about comfort, and doesn’t mind performing in sweatpants from time to time. He explained to the mag, “Once you’re comfortable with the way that you’re dressing, you express yourself a lot more and you’re just able to have a lot more fun.” Nevertheless, we’re glad Khalid left the sweatpants at home and went for the two-piece outfit instead.
Halsey looked pool-ready
It’s evident by now that Halsey is the sexy bikini guru. She’s never passed up the opportunity to flaunt her chiseled bod in some itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny swimwear. At this year’s Coachella, the “Eastside” songstress combined her love for barely-there bikini tops with a set of matching white sweatpants, socks, and sneakers. Her devoted fans no doubt couldn’t get enough of her hair either, which was full of individual box braids and adorned with some flashy head jewelry that PopSugar identified as Sincerely Jules by Scünci Headwrap with Rainbow Stones.
While the music artist kept her outfit cool and casual as she joined Billie Eilish and Khalid on stage (via Alternative Press), we were reminded of how the singer has emerged as a fashion chameleon of sorts. We just never know if Halsey will don a tuxedo-inspired getup or a glam-meets-grunge number inspired by My Chemical Romance. Either way, she always comes to slay and rarely disappoints.
Ella Mai looked like an angel
On the heels of her win for Best R&B Song at the 2019 Grammys, Ella Mai left her ballgown at home and sported an all-white outfit that gave us all the ethereal angel vibes. The singer hit the stage in a white, midriff-baring, crisscross top underneath a white sheer shirt. She paired the look with white track pants that were trimmed in black, white shoes, and a dramatic white, floor-length coat. The highlight was definitely her naturally curly hair, which was covered in shimmery glitter. It shined brightly during the sunset performance of some of her most popular songs, including “Trip” and “Shot Clock,” as reported by Vibe.
In her own opinion, the best part of Mai’s set was when she serenaded the crowd with her slow ballad “Naked.” Since the sun had already set at that point, the singer couldn’t see how far the crowd went back until she asked festival-goers to hold up their cell phone lights. The London native described the scene as “intimate” to Vibe, adding, “That moment sealed it for me.” As Mai continues to prove that she’s a fashion risk-taker, she clearly has some solid vocals to go along with her edgy garb.
Bad Bunny made Louis Vuitton proud
Bad Bunny (born Benito Ocasio) is the splashy and flashy Puerto Rican entertainer who’s known for spanking gender stereotypes in the behind. While on stage, he showed off freshly painted white nails while wearing a Louis Vuitton monogrammed jacket and matching pants, according to Paper magazine. He donned a plain white T-shirt underneath the jacket to keep the focus on the colorful LV logos emblazoned on the print, and completed his look with some lace-up combat boots and a pair of futuristic, iridescent visor sunglasses.
According to Billboard, Bad Bunny had some of his fellow Latin superstars in tow, including J Balvin and Spanish singer Rosalía. While running through some of his most popular songs, he dedicated “Estamos Bien” to the victims of Hurricane Maria. Known to sport avant-garde designs and out-of-this-world pieces, Bad Bunny previously told Billboard, “My style influences my music and everything around me.” He also revealed that he’s had a thing for wearing sunglasses at all hours of the day since he was a little kid. So, that explains the over-sized shades. Needless to say, we’re following the artist’s lead and putting our pinkies in the air — not only because he brought a ton of Latin flavor to Coachella, but because he’s never afraid to crush the status quo in every stylish way possible.
Lil Yachty paid homage to Weezer
During Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange’s Coachella performance on Sunday, April 14, 2019, he brought out the likes of Tei Shi and Lil Yachty for some help on the song “Hope,” according to Rolling Stone. For his part, Lil Yachty (born Miles Parks McCollum) donned a white Weezer T-shirt on stage, which he paired with a black hat with a red logo to cover up his red, beaded hair, as well as blue jeans that had a contrasting dark pocket on one hip. The rapper’s outfit was somewhat refreshing, considering most performers went for eye-blinding hues, but we wish he would have experimented with his look just a teeny bit more. Ultimately, the “Get Dripped” artist’s look left us slightly disappointed, since this was the perfect opportunity for him to reach back into his closet and dust off his “66” attire. (Yes, we hereby demand the return of the paint-splattered jean jacket.)
We have to give Lil Yachty props for staying true to one form of his style aesthetic though: his love for ’90s gear. Considering that was the decade Weezer stepped out onto the music scene, it makes sense that the Georgia emcee would honor the band at the festival. “I like designers and I like the clothing but I don’t really keep up with the trends,” he admitted to Fashionista in 2017. “I wear a lot of my own type s**t.”
J Balvin played it safe
J Balvin (born José Álvaro Osorio Balvín) commanded the stage and put the Coachella crowd in a multilingual trance. Billboard reports that he performed “Con Altura” with Spanish songstress Rosalía and blew our minds with his Spanish-meets-Jamaican Patois jam “Contra La Pared” alongside dancehall artist Sean Paul. Most artists love to go all-out whenever Coachella rolls around, but we feel as if J Balvin may have played it a little too safe when it came to the fashion. While donning a tie-dye vest and shorts combo, a plain white T-shirt, some vibrant Nike running shoes, and white Nike socks, his tamed-down attire seemed a bit out of place among what Billboard described as his “candy-colored, cartoonish dream world onstage, complete with an enormous anime sculpture, a rocking horse-like duck (which he rode across the stage) and inflatable cartoon characters galore.” But at least he jazzed up his look with his leopard-print buzzcut, no?
Since making a name for himself on the music scene, the Colombian reggaeton artist has also gotten more comfortable in the fashion industry. He even sat front row at Chanel’s couture runway show, according to Vogue. “Music is one way of expressing yourself, and fashion is another,” he told the publication in 2017. “One is through song and the other is through attitude.” Next time, bring us a bit more attitude, J Balvin. Don’t let us down!