Let’s do a brief meditation exercise, close your eyes and try to imagine you’re in one of the coolest festivals on the planet (maybe even in the universe), and picture images of a desolate desert, mountainous peaks, vast and cosmic skies, harmonious hymns, palm trees, contemporary art, tasty bites and wall-to-wall riots of laughter. What’s the first thing you think of? No, really I want to know. Mine was relaxing in the grass with the sun on my face. How about you? Forging new and lasting memories or experiences is what the essence of Coachella is all about.
If you want a caramel macchiato? You go to Starbucks. You want menswear inspiration? You go to Tilda Swinton. Its that simple. With the exception of Katherine Hepburn of course (love her), until recently, no one does androgynous dressing like Tilda Swinton. Swinton is not just an accomplished actress, her head-turning and polished yet eclectic taste for tailored cut suits often donned on the red carpets of movie premieres, legitimizes her role as style icon. Her definition of personal and eccentric style reflects the rhythm and soul of menswear divided up into tailor-made pants suits accompanied by soft blouses, structured menswear inspired coats or jackets worn to perfection, combat boots for edge, loafers or ladylike pumps, along with the boy haircut punctuated by her timeless sculpted and naked face beauty. It reverberates the notion that gender is merely an illusion. Each gender, man or woman, both attain masculine and feminine qualities. Yin vs. Yang. Boy vs. girl. Gender dressing transcends in the world of style, effectively knocking down stereotypes and intrinsically composing the melody of gender fluidity within our culture amid challenging the norms or standards of beauty. Prince and David Bowie were both trail blazers who built this mantle. Swinton’s non-conformist approach to style resuscitates life into boy clothes. Paying close attention to menswear, it’s my opinion, boy pieces are best interpreted by a woman.
Thank you for your perpetual, dignified and boundless expressionism.
We salute you Tilda!