Coachella is finally upon us! The two-weekend hippie cosplay party music festival is well underway, despite an initial setback yesterday that saw Instagram actually shut down during the event. It was, of course, an unmitigated disaster. If you can’t post your selfies and be photographed for Instagram by Life & Style, why even go to Coachella? Luckily it was up and running again by evening, so none of the rich people had to eat each other, and we were able to check out what everyone was wearing:

Vanessa Hudgens is the queen of Coachella. Her mom worked on this costume for six months. McDonald’s is paying her $15,000 to stand around like this.

Hudgens is the living and breathing incarnation Coachella, and such she’s the best indicator of a year’s big Coachella trends. Last year was full to bursting with flower crowns, crocheted tops, and heart-shaped sunglasses. This year, everyone is wearing bindis. No Fashion Woodstock costume is complete without a little cultural appropriation.

Emmy Rossum and Sarah Hyland both wore the ubiquitous Coachella crowns from 2013, but Hyland wore hers with the bindi. Don’t be too surprised, though. Every petite brunette actress you have ever confused Sarah Hyland with is also wearing a bindi at Coachella right now.

To clarify, the bindi is not just a pretty piece of sexy “exotic” jewelry. According to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed:

“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol … It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.”

And few things say “mercantile greed” like Coachella.

Selena Gomez did it too, which meant she got to be the meat in a Jenner Sister sandwich. This Instagram selfie is a sign that Gomez might be going for Hudgens’ Coachella crown, because next to a bindi, a set of good-looking, slightly less famous friends to stand between is the best accessory a Coachella celebrity can have.

alessandra-ambrosio-coachellaAlessandra Ambrosio bought her two friends at the Coachella accessories shop.

jared-leto-coachellaIs Jared Leto wearing Adam Levine‘s Kmart line?

Paris Hilton brought a trash bag full of flower crowns, and she is not going to share them with any of her friends. (She seems to have at least two flower crowns for every festival day, but did not get the memo about bindis. $100 says she finds herself a bindi by Day 3 of Coachella.)


Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are going to a sexy funeral. Since the picture with Selena Gomez, Kendall has been hooked up with a bindi set of her own. At Coachella, that’s basically the same thing as being knighted.

(Photos: WENN, Instagram)