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Fashion News: Dressing for Coachella

April 13, 2012 |  8:46 am





Minnetonka sandal
Heading out to the desert today for the beginning of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival? Be sure to take a look at our Essentials for ideas on what to pack. A sandal like the Minnetonka Nicki shown here is just one good option. Think loose airy clothes for day, warm outerwear for cool nights and tons of sunscreen. (And maybe some raingear, given this morning's weather in Southern California.) Then add whatever attitude suits you.  

Famed British hat designer Philip Treacy has had quite a twelvemonth. From the much-debated fascinator he made for Princess Beatrice to wear to the royal wedding last year to the helmet headpiece Madonna wore to sing at the Super Bowl, his designs have been drawing even more than the usual global attention. His latest collection goes online Friday at [Telegraph]

Speaking of attention, singer Melody Thornton, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, dressed to stun at the Third Annual Elle Women in Music event in Hollywood on Wednesday. Either that or she simply forgot to wear undergarments. In any event, once the spotlight hit her, her dress became transparent, leaving nothing  -- nothing! -- to the imagination. Some are calling it a wardrobe malfunction. But I find it hard to imagine that an experienced performer wouldn't know what was going to happen. Malice aforethought, I bet. [Huffington Post, with photos it labels NSFW -- not safe for work]

O Land
Other things that made the Elle event memorable were the performances of "three of today's most dynamic music talents," says Ellen Olivier at Society News LA. She was referring to O Land, shown performing here, Jessie J. and Ellie Goulding. The event launched the magazine's "Women in Music" May issue. [Society News LA] 

J. Crew's Jenna Lyons hosted a party Wednesday night for the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award recipients, including winner Joseph Altuzarra and runners-up Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind and Pamela Love. All the honorees have designed capsule collections for J. Crew, which will go on sale next week. [The Cut] 

Among the items Daphne Guinness plans to auction off at Christie's in June are "a strapless bubble dress by French couturier Christian Lacroix; a white silk mini dress by London Fashion Week designer Christopher Kane; a silver minidress by her late friend Alexander McQueen; and a selection of the heel-less shoes ... by Norita Tatehana," according to the Telegraph, which got an early peek at the goods. The auction is expected to raise about $160,000 for the Isabella Blow Foundation. [Telegraph]

Celebrity scents of the day: Kate Walsh of "Private Practice" launched her "Boyfriend" fragrance. [WWD]  And Madonna officially launched her first scent, "Truth or Dare," with an event in Macy's at Herald Square in NYC Thursday night. [WWD]

Fashionista has put together a list of its top 10 schools for aspiring fashion journalists, marketers and public relations representatives. [Fashionista]


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Top photo:  The Minnetonka Nicki sandal would be a good choice for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Credit: Minnetonka

Middle photo: Madonna adjusts headdress, designed by Philip Treacy, at this year's Super Bowl. Credit:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

 Lower photo: O Land performs at the Third Annual Elle Women in Music event, launching the magazine's "Women in Music" May issue. Credit:  John Shearer/ WireImage