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 Bloomingdales.com or the Type Z Elly Animal print romper $28.50 from 6pm.com. Grab a simple cardigan such as the women's cropped lightweight cardigan from Oldnavy.com for $19.94 and slip on the Replay sandals in light gray from Yoox.com 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 Forever21.com for $19.80. Sling the Johnny Loves Rosie cross-body bag from Asos.com 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 ae.com and the Asos lionhead chain belt from Asos.com 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!
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-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Emma Watson at the Mulberry Coachella pool party. Credit: Donato Sardella.