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Between Coachellas, Snoop Dogg livens up the Levi's Haus

Snoop Dogg
On Tuesday night, Coachella headliner Snoop Dogg seemed to be making the most of his between-festival down time, taking in the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' "Marley" (a new documentary about musician Bob Marley) at Arclight Hollywood, followed by hosting an intimate house party in the shadow of the Chateau Marmont for Levi's in celebration (which we think means in charitable support) of his Snoop Youth Football League

In between DJ duties and rapping out some crowd favorites (including "Gin and Juice"), his Snoopness, clad in an oversized blue T-shirt emblazoned with some Snoop-centric artwork, a crocheted cap in the reggae-favored stripes of red, black, green and yellow and sunglasses with a crystal Adidas logo in one corner, obligingly posed for photos with party guests (including Paris Hilton) and did his best to fill the room with his particular brand of combustible enthusiasm.

"We're gonna be doing this every week here at the Levi's Haus," the top Dogg told the crowd at one point -- which we're guessing was news to the Levi Strauss & Co. folks who use the Selma Avenue space as a VIP space/entertainment industry networking hub. (Formerly a private residence, it's been dubbed the Levi's Haus -- with a spelling that evokes the namesake founder's German heritage).

Levi's slate of invite-only, Coachella-hammocked events continues Wednesday night with a party scheduled to include performances by DJ Cheapshot and Odd Future.


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 Photos: Among those in the Haus for Levi's invite-only party were (from left) DJ Snoop Dogg himself, pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and reality TV actress Jamie Chung. Credit: Eric Charbonneau/WireImage 

Frugal Fashion: Emma Watson's pool party style at Coachella

Emma Watson

There was no shortage of parties during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Celebrities from around the world were spotted partying it up in the desert during the first three days of the fest, including Emma Watson, Lily Collins and Josh Hutcherson. Some of the hottest soirees this year were hosted by fashion brands.  A|X Armani Exchange hosted the third annual neon carnival, Guess threw a pool bash and Mulberry hosted a monster-themed pool party at the Parker Palm Springs.

"Harry Potter" series star Watson attended the Mulberry party, keeping with the monster animal theme in the brand's fuzzy tiger playsuit animal print romper, simple black cardigan and the “Leo” sandal in elephant by Joie. She accessorized with the Mulberry mini Lily crossbody bag with tassels in oak, an animal tooth necklace and a gold and black belt.


A comfortable romper is a Coachella staple and a dependable go-to item when the weather heats up in the summer. For a romper in a fun animal print try the Aqua Romper button back abstract animal printed for $78 from or the Type Z Elly Animal print romper $28.50 from Grab a simple cardigan such as the women's cropped lightweight cardigan from for $19.94 and slip on the Replay sandals in light gray from for $89 to complete the pool party look.


Watson's floppy brown hat is a must for parties under the sun. For a similar hat, get the Fringe bow floppy hat from for $19.80. Sling the Johnny Loves Rosie cross-body bag from for $47.27 over your shoulder for a lightweight bag to carry the essentials. Continue to play with the animal theme with the American Eagle Outfitters tooth necklace for $12.50 from and the  Asos lionhead chain belt from for $27.27.

Watson's pool party ensemble can easily be re-created for those Coachella-bound for Round 2 this weekend. Just don't forget the sunscreen!

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.


Mulberry throws a monster pool party for Coachella

At Coachella festival, music and fashion are a natural fit

Coachella 2012: A|X Armani Exchange, T-Mobile host neon carnival

-- Jenn Harris

Photo: Emma Watson at the Mulberry Coachella pool party. Credit: Donato Sardella.

Coachella 2012: A|X Armani Exchange, T-Mobile host neon carnival


A|X Armani Exchange and T-Mobile kicked off the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with the third annual neon carnival party. The desert carnival, whose attendees included Usher, Gerard Butler and "The Hunger Games' " Josh Hutcherson, celebrated the launch of the A|X new color pop watches and T-Mobile's new HTC One S phone.

"Music is a big part of the brand's DNA," said Patrick Doddy, senior vice president of Armani Exchange, about  the brand's decision to host an event at Coachella. "Music crosses all borders and reaches a young generation that embraces the urban lifestyle and nightlife, while expressing themselves through music plus personal style."

Celebrity attendees Kellan Lutz, Emma Roberts and Camilla Belle were all seen sporting the color pop watch in very berry red. Jessica Szohr, who wore a gold jumpsuit and contrast stitch pink sweater, both by A|X, chose the watch in bumble-gum pink.

Guests clad in colored denim and tank tops bobbed their heads to the music, played carnival games and hopped on the rides, including a giant Ferris wheel.


Roberts, who wore denim cutoff shorts and a straw hat, was spotted with Chord Overstreet as they playfully nudged each other on the bumper cars. Paris Hilton was also in attendance, sporting a giant pair of shades, a bikini top and multicolored long maxi rocking out on the black and white checkered dance floor.

The A|X Armani Exchange color pop watch is available for $100 at select Armani Exchange stores and at in May.

-- Jenn Harris


Mulberry throws a monster pool party for Coachella

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Photos at top:  Emma Roberts, left, Camilla Belle and Jessica Szohr at the A|X Armani Exchange- and T-Mobile-hosted neon carnival during the first weekend of Coachella 2012. Credit: Seth Browarnik/

Lower photo, from left: Emma Roberts and "Glee's" Chord Overstreet play bumper cars at the carnival. Credit: Seth Browarnik /

Mulberry throws a monster pool party for Coachella

Mulberry party
British luxury brand Mulberry threw a poolside party and barbecue at the Parker Palm Springs on Saturday, with creative director Emma Hill hosting a slew of Coachella-bound bold-face names, including actresses Lily Collins, Kate Bosworth, Emma Watson, "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant, L.A.-based fashion designer Corey Lynn Calter and jewelry designer Suzanne Felsen.

Collins, a Coachella newbie, was happy for the break. "Last month, I was on 23 planes in 20 days," between the press tour for her film "Mirror Mirror" and shooting the indie film "Writers" in North Carolina, she said. "So I'm just excited to be hanging out with my friends."

Janie Bryant in Karen Walker sunglassesBryant was another newcomer to the Coachella scene. "I usually go to Stagecoach," said the Tennesee native, referring to the country-themed music festival that also takes place in Indio in springtime. Bryant was wearing oversized bubble gum pink sunglasses, a 1980s print playsuit and an aquamarine ring designed by pal Felsen. So what do Stagecoach festival goers wear? "A rebel flag bikini and cowboy boots," Bryant said. "Well ... not me personally."

The Mulberry event was themed around monsters. The entrance was flanked by humongous, hard plastic monster paws. Outsized inflatable creatures floated in the pool and populated the lawn. Even the lounge chairs had become creature comforts covered with beach towels bearing a hairy monster pelt print and dotted with tiny, monster-shaped pillows that proved popular props for those being photographed poolside.

But there was a method to the monster madness since it reflected the inspiration of the brand's fall and winter 2012 collection -- Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," as well as Spike Jonze's movie adaptation of it.

Mulberry party
"I almost bawled my eyes out when I saw that film," Hill said earlier in the day, taking me through the fur, boucle, lace and tweed fall samples of the collection, which proved to be popular choices with Mulberry's celeb fans on the chilly first day and night of the Coachella festival, when they hosted an after-party at the Parker again with a performance by Kasabian.

Some standout pieces included a leather-and-lace bustier dress with tie-dye panels, a flame-colored tweed coat, a tribal-meets-Art Deco zigzag beaded flight jacket, sparkly tiger print sweaters, shaggy fur vests and monster-print sweatshirts, all in a grunge color palette of black, gray, orange and army green.

The Del Rey bag, inspired by songstress Lana Del Rey, spawned a waiting list as soon as it came down the runway at London Fashion Week in February. For fall, it comes in an immensely chic iridescent goldish green snakeprint leather, and some versions have a turtle shaped lock. The Maisie is another new bag, with trompe l'oeil details on the front and shearling or snakeskin sides. In addition, old friends the Alexa and Lily bags have been updated with chunky chain handles, tassels and studding.

Mulberry will open its first West Coast store June 16 on Grand Street in San Francisco. And an L.A. store is in the works too.


Mulberry's foxy Coachella pool party

A Mulberry menagerie makes merry at the Marmont

At Coachella festival, music and fashion are a natural fit

-- Booth Moore 

Photos, from top: At left, actress Lily Collins and Mulberry creative director Emma Hill; right, Wild Belle's brother-and-sister act Natalie and Elliot Bergman were among those attending Mulberry's monster-themed pool party at the Parker Palm Springs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Credit: Donato Sardella.

"Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant sips a drink poolside. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times.

Harley Viera-Newton, from left; Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor; Emma Watson. Credit: Donato Sardella.

Stella McCartney hosts star-studded premiere of dad's video

McCartney Debut
Last Friday, as the first night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival unspooled in Indio, a lower-key but equally as impressive convergence of music and fashion took place at the West Hollywood Stella McCartney boutique, where a constellation of celebrities turned out for the premiere of Paul McCartney's music video "My Valentine" from his most recent album "Kisses on the Bottom."

Pamela Anderson posed for photographs on the red carpet, following on the heels of Jane Fonda, who stepped into the store to join the likes of Ed Ruscha, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow and Woody Harrelson, who milled about and chatted amiably while team McCartney — Paul (accompanied by wife Nancy Shevell) and fashion designer-daughter Stella shook hands and greeted celebri-fans gathered to watch the video.

It was a rare moment indeed to watch A-list celebrities act like star-struck teens in front of the musician. "I'm such a fan — obviously," said a wide-eyed Zooey Deschanel as she shook Paul's hand. Following that, a proud mother introduced her 8-year-old daughter to Sir Paul, saying: "She can play all your songs on the piano!" as Ginnifer Goodwin looked on.

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Alpha: Gear for Gents to pop up in Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Even though West Hollywood men's boutique Alpha: Gear for Gents  hasn't officially closed its doors yet (the bricks-and-mortar side of the business was set to shutter April 1, a date that was later pushed until this weekend), owner Darren Gold has already found a new -- albeit temporary -- place to showcase his wares: Palm Springs.

Alpha will be among a handful of pop-up stores that will be part of new retail incubator space Raymond Lawrence opening at 830 North Palm Canyon Drive on April 19 -- just in time to catch the crowds headed to the area for the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

"Think Fred Segal Center in the desert with Alpha as one of the store-in-stores," said Gold, who announced last month that he was closing his standalone store but at the same time vowed the Alpha brand would continue in some form.

Gold said his Palm Springs outpost would be just under 300 square feet (by comparison, his current Alpha Gear for Gents LogoMelrose Avenue space is roughly 1,000 square feet) and have a tight focus on men's shoes, clothes, grooming products and accessories like sunglasses and jewelry.

"I’m committed there for six months," Gold said. "But if it works, it could end up being more of a store-in-store  -- on an ongoing basis -- instead of a temporary pop-up."

Other businesses and brands in the retail mix, which will be clustered in a former Design Within Reach store in Palm Springs' Uptown Design District, include apparel labels Crate of California, LASC and Made 2 Measure Fashion, home furnishing outfitters Art Style Innovation, Soup Home and Slip, and a grab bag that includes everything from a newsstand (Fit to Print) to a real estate broker (the Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate Group). (Raymond Lawrence is the brainchild of co-founders Larry Abel and Raymond McCallister.)

Raymond Lawrence will host a grand opening event, benefiting the AIDS Assistance Program, on April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m., just as the Trina Turk boutique across the street is throwing a bash to celebrate that brand's 10th anniversary -- and the crowds roll through town en route to Coachella's second weekend. 

"Coachella definitely put the whole desert more on the map with fashion people," says Gold. "It's like Sundance -- the word 'Sundance' now means so much more than just those few days. Everyone from L.A. and everywhere else will be out there to see what's happening."

"I talked to someone yesterday who said she's going out there and not even going to the festival at all. There are so many things going on around it now -– the houses and the parties -– that you can go there and do all that other branded stuff without even setting foot in the actual festival. ...The whole Coachella thing is insane." 


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs in 2003. A retail incubator called Raymond Lawrence is set to open at 830 N. Palm Canyon Drive on April 19. Credit: Kevin P. Casey / Los Angeles Times.

Details, Kaleidoscope to help men shop Coachella style

Coachella Style 2011
Yes, one part of the Coachella convergence of music and style is about pairing bands with brands (a topic Times fashion critic Booth Moore wrote about for Sunday's Image section). But the other big part of it is the opportunity for fashion folks to observe what the festival crowd is wearing.

Street style photographs (perhaps "field style" is more accurate) of festival fashions now routinely make their way to service-oriented "get the look" articles in fashion glossies and style blogs, many of which end up running long after the event (or in advance of the following year's).

But this year Conde Nast men's magazine Details, in partnership with shopping app Kaleidoscope, plans to dramatically shorten that turnaround time to 72 hours, serving up a shoppable gallery of five to 10 men's looks from Coachella's first weekend (April 13 to 15) to the magazine's website by that Sunday night. According to a Details representative, the gallery will grow by an additional look each day during the following week that will capture the stylish either at the festival or one of the many Coachella-adjacent parties. Another handful of images, culled from the festival's second weekend, will make for a total of 20 to 25 shoppable looks. 

What Kaleidoscope brings to the table is technology that analyzes the images, breaks them down by garment (i.e. poncho, striped cardigan, war bonnet, five-pocket jeans and the like) and suggests where -- from a list of Details' retail partners that includes Mr. Porter, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks -- the item (or a very similar one) can be purchased. To get a feel for how the technology works,you can test drive a demo version of the company's mobile app, which is currently only available for Android devices, at Kaleidoscope's website.

According to Details' announcement, this is the first time any magazine has used Kaleidoscope's technology. "We are piloting this at Coachella," said the publication's editor-in-chief, Dan Peres. "But hope to scale the model to be used in in many different ways.” Peres also noted that the technology fits with the Details readership, which research indicates is "socially savvy and hyper-engaged."

"They are 105% more likely than the average man to post on social networking sites and four times more likely to Tweet brand recommendations, like a brand on Facebook, and recommend a product online,” Peres said.

If it works as described, the combination of Kaleidoscope's technology, Details' festival fashion photos, the retail partners' ability to deliver in-stock goods, and the two-weekend Coachella schedule could result in a kind of micro trend where what's worn in weekend one can directly influence what's purchased for -- and worn to -- weekend two.

Throw in the fact that both weekends will have the same lineup of musical acts and it looks like we're in for a massive case of déjà vu in the desert.  


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Photos: Details magazine and Kaleidoscope are teaming up to make festival looks -- though not necessarily the ones on display at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival -- easily shoppable through an online gallery. Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times.

Music and fashion meet at Coachella

Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performs during "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" in  2010
Fashion has become a big part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which starts Friday.

So big, in fact, that brands from around the globe will descend on California for both weekends of the festival -- and the week in between -- to court performers and their fans. 

The relationship between fashion and music is a symbiotic one, L.A. Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore explains in a story in Sunday's Image section. For the fashion labels, a star's endorsement draws other customers. For a band, playing at fashion events can earn enough money to pay for a tour.

And for fans, copying the clothes their idols wear has been part of the fun since music festivals began. Reporter Adam Tschorn singled out five fashion-conscious acts that are scheduled to perform at Coachella and describes their signature styles in Sunday's Image too. Grace Potter, shown here, of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is one of them. She told Tschorn that she has loved fashion since she was a kid and that as a performer it's important to be ready for " our 'big moments in the sun' -- our TV moments, our big, onstage Coachella moments." We can't wait to see what she'll be wearing. 

Tickets sold out in January, but if you're planning to attend this or any other music festival this spring or summer, check out our photo gallery for inspiration on what to pack to look just right.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is scheduled April 13-15 and April 20-22.


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Photo: Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performs during "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" in  2010. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for VH1.


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