Coachella 2015: Lowchella

Date posted: April 14, 2015 | By:

Coachella 2015 in a nutshell?


 Stayed in a beautiful home of a beautiful friend, got to wear the most delicious pieces and jewels, met some of my fashion heroes, drank champagne, attended fashion shows, went nightswimming, and clinked glasses at Liberace’s Palm Springs home. 

Shoes off & twirling, whilst channeling my inner wood nymph, at Coachella parties.

This year’s Coachella was a little different. As many of you know, I lost my beloved Uncle AV last week. So I decided to do a MiniChella or LowChella, as I was calling it.

I left on Saturday morning, and arrived at my talented designer friend, Christopher Kennedy’s, home in Palm Springs, which he shares with his husband, David.

Christopher Kennedy's Living Room - just a taste of how gorgeous this place is!

I literally couldn’t have stayed in a nicer home or hotel. Christopher’s house is the ultimate in livable luxury. In fact, it was just featured as the Christopher Kennedy Showcase Home during Modernism Week in Palm Springs. And while it’s a home – with a backyard that doubles as a golf course, and a pool in the front yard – I definitely felt like I was at the chicest of Palm Springs resorts.

This is Christopher & David's backyard!! HEAVEN.

On Saturday, Christopher and I headed over to the Pandora Jewelry #PandoraStyle VIP house at  Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs.

See how happy this Free People pantsuit makes me? SO happy!

First up? We sat front row at the Plenty by Tracy Reese fashion show at Le Parker Meridien (my fave!!!), and had the pleasure of checking out her tropical getaway-inspired collection. Then, we picked up some Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, mingled with friends, and chillaxed with some delicious popsicles with Minnetonka.

Popsicle o'clock with Christopher Kennedy at Minnetonka


Next up? A wardrobe change, of course! Into the ultimate bohemian Coachella Cinderella dress – Enak Tiered Maxi Dress ($268) and Heather Gardner jewels- and off into the sunset, I went.

This beautiful boho dress is currently available at Anthropologie. Enak Tiered Maxi Dress ($268)

Wee headed over to the PopSugar party at The Viceroy, where I got to catch up with one of my favorite ladies, Mara Ferreira of M Loves M.

Always good to see this girl!

And, then there was a surprise! Christopher, being the BRILLIANT and in-demand designer that he is, told me had re-designed Piazza Di Liberace – LIBERACE’S HOUSE!! I kid you not. And, ohhh, the owners just happened to be throwing a fabulous fête that night. I gathered up my girls, Shana Honeyman and Mad Men costume designer & Shoes Of Prey designer, Janie Bryant, and headed on over.

It was everything and MORE than we had hoped. Christopher – and the owners – had maintained the Liberace luxury we all adore, while transforming the space into the epitome of Christopher’s signature livable luxury.

In the foyer of Piazza Di Liberace, with Shana Honeyman, Janie Bryant & Christopher Kennedy

We were so in awe, that we didn’t want to leave. So we didn’t.

Oh, y'know…just Janie, Shana and I posing with the Statue of Liberty in Liberace's backyard…like ya do.

It’s no surprise that the highlights of Coachella for me were all fashion-related this year.

Having a strawberry lemonade interlude at The Parker *In a Leith romper ℅ Nordstrom

Ask anyone who was at this year’s Coachella, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Coachella has become the new Fashion Week of spring. When I spoke to Tracy Reese and Nanette Lepore at the Pandora brunch on Sunday, at Le Parker Meridien, they both said that “festival season” is a whole new season of design for them to create.

Dishing with Tracy Reese & Nanette Lepore about festival style

And, then the day got even more fashionable and sweeter, when I got to spend the afternoon with fashion icon & Sex & The City costume designer, Patricia Field, and one of my favorite folks, Lara Eudolian of Pretty Connected.

With Pat Field and Lara Eurdolian (in BCBG)

We had a ball sitting front row, while watching the Whit fashion show.

Front row at WHIT

And then the sweetness all got stirred together, when Tracy Reese headed over to our row.

From L to R: (Tracy Reese, Patricia Field, Lara Eurdolian and me) *jewels by Heather Gardner

What had started as a very sad week ended up being one of my favorite weekends – what  with staying with a good friend, making new friends, and getting to meet 4 of my fashion heroes. I couldn’t have wished for better.

Although, I will say that it sounds like a dream I may have once had.

The Lowchella mood *that cuff is Heather Gardner

So long, Palm Springs. I’ll be seeing you again, soon. After all…you know I can’t stay too far away from you…lover.

Bye-bye, Palm Springs…for now

Hair by Ken Paves

Jewels by Heather Gardner



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