Apr 12, 2012 08:30 AM EDT
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is underway and along with music, fashion is the next big thing on everyone's mind there. Let's take a look at some of the standouts who would be performing at the event over the next week and hear what their take is on Fashion:
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: The leggy singer, Grace Potter has been known for her fringed, sparkly min-dresses inspired from the 60s. Here are her favorites.
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Style icon: "My style icons growing up tended to be men, so it was Mick Jagger in the leotards, bell bottoms and suspenders and David Bowie - especially his outfits from the movie 'Labyrinth.' You can see influences of that in what I wear today. Some days I want to be Mick Jagger, some days I want to be Bianca Jagger, but either way there's definitely a lot of '70s influence running through what I like to wear."
Fashion influences: "As a kid, I was obsessed with fashion, and I basically worked with whatever was in the shed - my parents had all their old, crazy, '60s and '70s hippie clothes in trash bags in a shed by our house. Every couple of months, I'd dig into that and go through every article of clothing and invent crazy outfits."
Favorite brands: "Balenciaga is huge for me. I love Balmain, and Miu Miu has some fabulous shoes right now. Every once in a while I like to incorporate something a little more refined, like a piece from Prada or Lanvin. Lanvin moves really beautifully onstage and I love the textures they're using right now. I love Gucci, but a lot of times it doesn't fit me properly, so I have to get it specifically tailored. And Issa of London has some really amazing dresses, so when it does come time for me to wear a [full, floor-length] gown, there are a few things I'm impressed with. Isabel Marant makes some nice, nonfussy dresses and little chiffon floaty shirts, and ALC is killing it right now. I love their silk pieces because they're light enough for summer but they're this luscious, buttery silk."
Beats Antique: The Oakland-based world fusion-electronic music troika Beats Antique mashes up genres including hip-hop, Afro-beat, Middle Eastern belly dance and jazz. The group consists of David Satori, Tommy Cappel and Zoe Jakes, the latter of whom accompanies the music with a unique blend of tribal fusion belly dance during each performance.
Style icons: "Everything I learned I learned from trannies," Jakes said. "Because they're brilliant and I love them and they have the best styling and makeup advice - the best makeup artists are always trannies - so pretty much all of my secrets come from them. I'm usually performing on a stage with an incredible amount of light so everything has to be really extreme and exaggerated, the heavy eyeliner and the really long false eyelashes."
Fashion influences: "The people who have shaped me as an artist are other tribal fusion belly dancers Rachel Brice and Katarina Burda. I was also into the whole vaudeville scene, which has really affected my aesthetic."
Favorite stores: "I use EBay a lot. Sometimes I'll find something I really like at a fabric store and just buy it and hold onto it until I have a concept. The only other place I really shop is All Saints. They've got a great aesthetic, and I really love their clothes."
Tommy Cappel: Beats Antique's drummer, Tommy Cappel shared his personal thoughts on fashion and what works for him
Favorite Brand and Stores: "David [Satori] and I both get our outfits from a vast community of seamstresses and clothing designers. I wear stuff by a group called Steam Trunk [in San Francisco] and S&G [boutique] in L.A., and we have a group of artist friends that own a store in San Francisco called Five & Diamond."
Coachella wardrobe: "I've had it planned for weeks," Jakes said. "The costumes are going to need to come off and go on very quickly because of all the costume changes - I usually change costumes six to eight times in a show - so I need to get them on and off within two or three minutes tops. For Coachella, we'll be having guest dancer Auberon Shull joining us, and we've got some mermaid tails. I think there's a flamenco skirt in there somewhere. There will be my heavily beaded antique costumes made from old, old, turn-of-the-century Egyptian fabrics, and I always wear a lot of old tribal silver jewelry. There will also be some antlers in there somewhere, as well as some feather fans and a few masks."
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