Coachella is fast becoming the new fashion “runway”, and this year has sparked much debate with the use of bindis. The Hindu tradition has brought on discussions about cultural appropriation after celebrities have been spotted flaunting the head pieces. Accessorizing seems to be the big fashion statement this year from Coachella, along with a few other trends to look out for. Here is what you missed when it comes to Coachella fashion.
Although Gwen Stefani set the trend back in the 90’s, it has been resurfacing lately. Just recently Selena Gomez took some heat for wearing one during a her Bollywood video “Come and Get It”, and now she has been spotted wearing the Hindu tradition again. She even caught the unfavorable attention of Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, after the 2013 MTV Music Awards. Luckily for her, she was not the only one. Many celebrities broke out the bindis for Coachella, including Vanessa Hudgens, Kylie Jenner, and Sarah Hyland.
A lot of people on social media have since criticized celebrities for wearing the bindis, and continue to accuse these bindi wearing celebrities of “cultural appropriation”. Not everyone sees it that way, though. Hindu woman, Anjali Joshi, wrote a piece on her personal evaluation of the use of the bindi, but also used information gathered from informal research. She believes that Hindu women have already transitioned the bindi from something traditional into a beautiful bedazzled forehead. After quizzing Hindu women, she could not find anyone that knew the tradition behind the bindi. For that reason, she is fine with non-Hindu’s embracing the head gear.
Floral headpieces and prints
Another bold statement made at Coachella was floral headpieces. These aren’t the usual headbands with a flower you find on your everyday person, but rather life-size flowers worn like a crown. Emmy Rossum and Sarah Hyland posed for an Instagram photo sporting the head pieces.
Other celebrities like Paris Hilton and Katy Perry were wearing dresses with in-your-face floral prints. Paris even paired hers with a floral crown.
Crocheted clothes and semi-sheers
The crocheted tops almost bring back a ’70’s feel. Coachella goers were spotted in lots of crocheted clothing, but also semi-sheers. The semi-sheers slipped over anything from swimming suits, like Amber Rose wore, to crop tops and shorts with the crocheted sheer over top, seen on Selena Gomez.
Along with these fashions to look out for in 2014, celebrities were staying cool in big, floppy hats, and sunglasses. Footwear focused on boots, booties, and chunky heels.