Turns out, the shades that we hide behind when running errands without makeup or avoiding paparazzi (real or imagined) are still effective for standing out in a crowd. Case in point: Coachella. In that sea of youthful seraphim taking fashion risks, there were any number of startling new frames.
Beyond the basic cat eye or aviator, designs are getting increasingly playful. Glitter, patterns, sweeping angles, tinted lenses—all appear on the new styles. These aren’t simply utilitarian sun shields but rather statement pieces worn front and center, on your face.
Here are some of our favorite new ones, as seen on Coachella festivalgoers.
Concentric Cat Eye
Festival images by Kristin Yamada
Actress Kiernan Shipka slid on a pair of these frames, with circular lenses enveloped in a wiry cat eye. The interlocking geometric shapes create a striking outline, yet it doesn’t threaten to overpower the face.
Shop our picks:
MARC JACOBS 56mm cat eye sunglasses | Fendi 53mm sunglasses
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SHOP: Rails Anya check chambray shift dress
Cotton is definitely the fabric of our lives during the summer months. No other textile wears quite as well in the heat and comes in so many varieties. One of cotton’s most common fashion constructions is denim, a summer staple in the form of cutoffs and, in recent seasons, the form of anything. But the problem with denim is that it can really heat up.
Perhaps you’ve already met chambray, denim’s lightweight doppelgänger. Denim is rugged and heavy (usually) on account of its diagonal weave. Like most other cloths, chambray is plainly woven, or done in a crisscross method, making it airier. Both denim and chambray are made with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. Because of denim’s diagonal weave, it exposes two times the amount of colored yarn than chambray. This is why denim usually has a white backing—its weft is the unexposed white yarn. Chambray, because it is evenly woven, is a blend of the colored and white yarns—hence its lighter overall shade.
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L.A. blogger and lifestyle expert Olivia Lopez knows how to pack for any destination. Her blog, Lust for Life, is an enviable chronicle of her adventures in the world. Saturated photos of Lopez stylishly negotiating the streets of Miami during Art Basel, the cobbled roads in Portugal and the beaches of Costa Rica provide premium travel-style inspiration.
We caught up with Lopez after she returned from Coachella to ask her about festival dressing—she endorses the Hunter boot method of battling the terrain—and her native L.A.
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Your schedule is already packed—you’re so popular. The invites keep coming. Another music festival just announced its lineup, which looks pretty great. Plus you have to make time for the beach, backyard barbecues and rooftop cocktails. This summer is going to be amazing, and exhausting.
To help psych you up for it and set the mood at your many events and outings, we’ve curated four playlists with Spotify. Turn them on while you get ready. Crank them up in the car on your way to meet friends. Play them while you celebrate in the sun. These are jams to keep your energy high all summer long.
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Like the most devoted groupie, Nordstrom has hit the road this festival season to see our favorite bands. But we don’t travel light. In tow is our mobile Pod, a roving relaxation chamber complete with recharging stations, beauty samples, comfy chairs and aura photographer Radiant Human.
Images by Jessa Carter
If you’re also festival bound, be sure to drop by to hang out amid our mirrored rooms, shop summer styles and get your photo taken. There will be good vibes and great energy.
PICS OF OUR POD AND TOUR DATES: READ MORE
Our global fashion reporter Kristin Yamada braved the heat, the fringe (it can hurt a person) and the body stickers to bring you shots of sunny fun on the festival scene.
Injecting some Latin style into your warm-weather wardrobe combines many of the trends we’re seeing in fashion now. Romantic ruffles? Check. Lovely lace? Got it. Floral prints? Bouquets of them. Bare shoulders? Hello. Add bohemian elements like fringe, tasseled ties and embroidery, and these Spanish-inspired looks evoke a playful prettiness that transcends borders and seasons.
Here are several of our favorite outfits that incorporate spring 2016’s most inclusive style element.
SHOP: Wayf floral midi dress | Free People Touch the Sky wrap platform sandal
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These are the people we can’t wait to see hit the pavement at Paris Fashion Week. Expect them to pull out all the stops for the last leg of runway shows.
Emmanuelle Alt is the epitome of French chic with one of the most understated, yet exclusive styles of anyone out there. Making a name for herself under Carine Roitfeld, the editor-in-chief of French Vogue has perfected the art of styling jeans with sky-high heels, well-tailored outerwear and the perfect tee. With an underlying boyish vibe, Alt knows what works for her and exudes confidence in the most basic arsenal of leather motos, tailored blazers and casual tees.
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The Smiths are taking the world by storm. 2015 was a breakout year for Calvin Klein models Lucky Blue and Pyper America, and now Daisy Clementine’s star is on the rise. As the lead guitarist of the Smith family band, The Atomics, and a model for Vogue Italia, the LA-via-Salt Lake City dweller is working hard, keeping cool and having fun.
We learned more about Daisy and her talented siblings, whose bond is just the first thing that makes them exceptional.
You were scouted and signed by NEXT at age 14—just five years ago! Was modeling a surprise or something you had prepared for?
Modeling is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I can remember being four or five years old and telling everyone I was going to grow up to be a model one day. I used to bring magazines into the bathroom with me and practice the models’ poses in the mirror!
What has happened since?
I moved to Los Angeles with my family a couple of months after I graduated high school in the summer of 2013. Since moving here, I’ve been modeling full time as well as working on music for my family band, The Atomics. I’ve been able to travel to some really amazing places and meet creative and interesting people. I absolutely love living in Los Angeles. The weather is always so nice and I get to do what I have always dreamed of doing here.
DAISY’S STYLE AND MUSICAL INFLUENCES: READ MORE
Found where your band is playing? Have your course charted? Know what you’re packing?
Festival season is upon us, and we’re already in a swivet. The whole scene can be such a scene. And yet, we can’t stay away. So we’re bringing a bit of serenity with us and inviting you to unwind too.
Stop by our Pod (a roaming relaxation room) at festivals across the country to recharge your phone, capture the moment in a photo booth, fix your festival face (we’ll have some beauty samples on hand in our kaleidoscopic mirrored room) and generally chill away from the fray. We’ll also have Radiant Human taking aura photographs—yeah, bet you don’t have one of these on your Instagram yet.
Here’s where you can find us. Check back for more updates on our schedule and information about what all will be happening in the Pod.
SXSW – Austin – March 17-19
Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis – April 29-May 1
Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta – May 13-15
BottleRock – Napa – May 27-29