Quintessential Coachella style has gotten a bit of a bad reputation since the festival first started in 1999. Consider the cultural hyper-saturation of the flower crown and the decidedly unadventurous pairing of crop top and cutoff jeans, and the Coachella look that first came to represent so-called “festival-girl style” across the world is now looking somewhat staid.
This year, however, artists rejected those sartorial clichés altogether, both on and off the stage. Beyoncé’s epic roster of custom Balmain outfits set the tone for performance style, while Rihanna upended all the expected festival tropes in a dramatic all-beige Y/Project ensemble from the sidelines. Perfume Genius also went for the boundary-pushing Parisian-via-Belgium brand, performing in a silver paisley print suit from their Spring 2018 collection. In contrast to their more minimal Y/Project looks, Sudan Archives went for something a bit more colorful and complex with her bright red Abdel El Tayeb dress, which featured gilded thread woven into it. And last but not least, Cardi B conjured up TLC with the white jumpsuit that she wore onstage which found its counterpoint in Kehlani’s gold Kappa pants. Take a look through the slideshow of looks above and you’ll find that there might be some hope for Coachella style after all.