Stella Maxwell: ‘Festivals aren’t about being too cool for school’

Stella Maxwell wants festivalgoers to focus more on the music, and less on looking cool.The Belgian model always looks flawless on the Victoria’s Secret runway, but festival fashion isn’t her priority when she goes to Coachella, which kicks off on Frid…

Stella Maxwell wants festivalgoers to focus more on the music, and less on looking cool.

The Belgian model always looks flawless on the Victoria’s Secret runway, but festival fashion isn’t her priority when she goes to Coachella, which kicks off on Friday in California (13Apr18).

“Coachella is to have fun with your friends and dance to some good music,” the 27-year-old explained to WWD. “There is so much to see and do. Please don’t get caught up in hanging out in the ‘too cool for school’ vibe. This is about being at a festival and really enjoying music and communing with the artists that have worked so hard to get there.”

Although Stella believes the atmosphere is the most important thing, she doesn’t skimp when it comes to dressing for the occasion, and would advise all attendees to: “Look cool, look stylish but also feel comfortable and feel safe.”

While her fellow Angel Lais Ribeiro, who was chosen to wear the $2 million (£1.4 million) Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra at the brand’s Shanghai show last November, advisers Coachella newbies to “try the food”.

“The food line-up is just as insane as the music,” the 27-year-old insisted. “(And) definitely try to say hydrated during the day and make sure to bring something that will keep you warm at night. It’s crazy how the weather changes from day to night.”

This year, The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem are headlining the festival, which takes place over two weekends.

Music lover Jasmine Tookes was also quizzed by WWD, and admitted the first trip to the festival can be “overwhelming” due to the vast number of acts on the bill.

“Really study that music line-up,” she suggested. “It can be overwhelming your first time at Coachella because there are so many performers to see and they’re all so amazing, you want to make sure you don’t miss any you really love.”

She also named the Neon Carnival after-party as her biggest must-do, which was a sentiment echoed shared by Sara Sampaio.

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