#VenetoinChella

The past week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Coachella weekend 2 but not only did I enjoyed myself at the pool parties and danced like crazy all night. I had the honor to interview the mayor of Coachella and he had some interesting facts about the beloved Coachella Music Festival.

Meet Steven Hernandez the mayor of the wonderful city of Coachella.

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Favorite restaruant in Coachella? Taqueria Jaliscos

Vacation spot? Cartajena, Colombia

Guilty pleasure? Raspado

3 things you always have with you? My phone, hand sanitizer, and lip balm

You cannot live without? A good book

Book or movie? Book

Day or night? Morning

White or black? White

Tea or coffee? Just started drinking coffee but I prefer water.

Pop or rock? Pop

Paper or digital? Paper

Sparkling or tap water? We will do sparkling

Black or milk chocolate? Black

Dogs or cats? Dogs

Indoors or outdoors? Out

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise

Wine or beer? Beer

Sweet or salty? Sweet

Burger or salad? Burger

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How did your career begin?

It all Started when I was 20 years old, I was interning for The Riverside County Board of Supervisors at that time.  I was going to UC Riverside and finishing up my degree in English and Political Science and my typical conversations would end up being about politics and changes that needed to happen in Coachella. I graduated and ran for office, I was 23 years old when I got elected here in the city of Coachella. I became one of the youngest in the state of California at that time and then 10 years later I had the privilege to become Mayor of the city.

Any stories from your childhood that you feel that changed you?

Oh yeah, absolutely! I had a very complexed childhood, I was raised by my farmworker grandparents. My mom is schizophrenic bipolar and so having to deal with mental health my father abandoned my brothers and I when we were 4 years old.  When you grow up with that environment you have all this types of experiences and I think it was all those experiences what made me who I am today.

Any fashion icons that inspire you?

Fashion icons? Hmmm, you know guys got to look good and I am a politician so I have to wear a suit. I sometime look at Calvin Klein but actually I am a Brooks Brother kind of guy, because it’s traditional but very trending.

Favorite designer?

Brook Brothers!

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What social network do you most use?

We are doing Facebook, but I like Twitter because you can get information across instantly.

Favorite fashion city?

Fashion city? I honestly thing Vegas right? I will have to say that Coachella has become a big fashion statement city so I am going with Coachella.

If you could go back to a specific time in your life what would it be?

I think the university life is always a fun environment because they aren’t a lot of constrains. You have the ability to challenge your thinking and learning abilities, expanding and being uncomfortable in your thoughts while in the college environment does a lot for your personal growth.  A learning environment where your mind is constantly in stimulation.

Would you encourage your children to take on your footsteps into politics?

I encourage not only my own but everyone’s particularly Latinos to get involve in understanding what’s occurring in their communities. At the local level what happens daily is what eventually forms a nation and once you understand it you are able to help with in.

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How do you see youth being involved with politics?

Youth and politics comes generationally. If you take a look at the youth movement in the 1960s and 1970s they were so engaged to social change from the women’s movement to the Latinos being able to vote. We are at a point where youth is finding their voice through social media and we are pushing issues that are important to everyone such as the coast of education, incarceration, employment and those are issues that are extremely important to the youth.

How do you see the revenue the youth is contributing to Coachella festival?

When you look at the city of Coachella the city benefits very little from it because the festival is not even in the city but on the border and the festival is in Indio. Palm Springs receives the most benefits because it has the hotels, restaurants, and bars people want to go to, what’s unique about Coachella right now is the brand, the name, the lifestyle. We got some projects that we are working on and because of the festival putting us on the map we are going to be able to benefit much more from it in the future.

Where do you see the festival going in the next 5 years?

The festival is right now around 100,000 people and it will grow into 125,000 people in the next five to six years. We are going to continue being the trend setters in the festival world. Coachella has always been the trend setter and I think we will continue to be.

What do you actually think about how people dress for the carnival?

I think it’s great any time you can play dress up, when you look at fashion every generation has a fashion story to tell. It’s kind of neat seeing the fashion statement our generation is making and obviously Coachella is part of it.

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What would be the sound track of your life right now?

I am going to need some help with this one, I have to say that anything that talks about redemption. We all have a story and in my case a redemption song by Bob Marley.

How do you see the influence music has in fashion?

I think they are one in the same, we see artists trying to be fashion designers and designers trying to be musicians. I think what’s really interesting about music and fashion is that it actually represents what that precise generation is saying it really evokes what they’re feeling and expressing throughout lyrics, music and clothes.

Any message you would like to deliver to the younger crowed?

I’ve always found that when we are uncomfortable we grow more. Sometimes we’ve been thought to play it safe, not to challenge ourselves or sometimes we are just scared of being uncomfortable and that can be at work, in education or even in a relationship but is the vulnerabilities that makes us grow and learn. So to all my 20 something, all the hommies out here, the millennials which I am one of them:

Find strength and find comfort in being uncomfortable.

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Here you have it guys a very wise advice from Steven Hernandez the mayor of the great city of Coachella home to our favorite music festival.

Wearing:

Look 1 – Moschino tshirt, Forever21 denim shorts, Chanel backpack, Rayban sunnies, Birkenstock sandals

Look 2- Lacoste tshirt, Hermes scarf, Forever21 denim shorts, Gucci side bag, Chloe sunnies, Roberto Cavalli booties

Look 3- H&M tanktop, Vintage floral shirt, Forever21 denim shorts, Chanel boy bag, Chloe sunnies, Roberto Cavalli booties, Zadig & Voltaire hat

Pics by: Monica Morones

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Mesh it up

New York’s weather is a disaster right now, it’s so hot and humid that the fashionistas are having trouble turning sweat into a trend. And, now that your’s truly has to stay on the Island working all summer, I came up with a couple of ideas to keep you looking stylish, while not boiling with hot layers. For this look, I would say I went a little over the top with a mesh sweater from Forever21. From the moment I first laid eyes on it, I knew it would be a fun little experiment to see how I would eventually style it. I decided to use this mesh sweater that is 100% polyester because its made up of noncellulosic fibers. Petroleum, coal, natural gas, air and water are used to make this fibers. Meaning that chemist working in laboratories produce various combinations of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen to create many of the fabrics we use today. Here, you can see how I layered it with a basic t-shirt from HB designs (a close friend from back home in Mexico) of #Karlito. Considering that the weather is hot as heck, I had no other option than to show some leg with these short shorts from Zara. Keeping the look very minimal with black and white tones. I accessorized with my white and silver Dior reflective sunnies, my Chanel boy bag, and my Fendi key chain of #Karlito that matches the outfit perfectly. On my feet I played it colorful and added my Bernhard Willhelm x Camper color block sandals, just to add a little summer vibe to the whole black and white look. Remember, if it’s hot, mesh it up to look avant-garde, even though the sun is burning your scalp, lol.

El clima de Nueva York es un desastre hoy en día; demasiado caliente y húmedo como para que los fashionistas sufran cada vez que usan alguna tendencia. Ahora que estaré en la isla para trabajar por el verano, me surgieron nuevas ideas para lucir con estilo, sin morir de calor con tantas capas. Para este look, usé un mesh top sobre la camisa blanca Forever21. El primer momento que pusé mis ojos en él, supé que sería un experimento divertido usarlo y adecuarlo a un outfit. Decidí usar un suéter mesh que esta hecho de poliester 100% gracias a sus fibras de noncelulosa. Petróleo, gas natural, aire y agua son usados para crear estas fibras. Lo que significa que la química usada en laboratorios produce diversas combinaciones de carbono, hidrógeno, nitrógeno y oxígeno para crear varias fabricaciones que usamos hoy en día. Aquí pueden apreciar como use distintas capas que estilicé con una t shirt básica de HB designs (un amigo de México) de #Karlito. Considerando que el calor es insoportable, no tuve mas opción que enseñar pierna con mis shorts de Zara, dejando el look sencillo y minimalista con tonos blancos y negros. Accesoricé con mis lentes blancos y plateados de Dior, mi bolsa boy de Chanel y mi llavero de Fendi de #Karlito que va perfecto con el outfit. En mis pies me dejé llevar por el color y me pusé mis sandalias color block de Bernhard Willhelm por Camper, solo para agregar un poco de vibra veraniega a todo el look blanco y negro. Recuerda, si hace calor el mesh up es la opción para crear un look avant garde, aun cuando el sol te queme, jaja.


  
  
  
  

Team Wang

The last pieces to my #AlexanderwangxHM collection are finally in and for this cold weather covering your ears is a must. In this look I am keeping myself warm and comfortable without losing the right amount of cool vibe to rock Manhattan’s freezing streets. Here I am wearing the Wang beanie and sunglass from his recent collaboration with H&M. A black quilted jacket from Micheal Kors to keep me warm, a black tee from Alexander Wang and a Calvin Klein shirt tied around the waist. Keeping the look in dark tones by adding dark indigo denim from Joe Fresh, a pair of black runner 5.0 Nike shoes and my Chanel boy bag. The outfit looked sporty chic and comfortable for this nasty weather that’s seems to be here for the next couple of months, keep warm everybody.

Las últimas piezas de la colección #AlexanderwangxHM están finalmente en mis manos para este clima en el qué cubrirte incluso las orejas es un must. Con este look me mantengo cubierto y cómodo sin perder la vibra cool que rompe el frío de las calles de Manhattan. Como accesorio estoy usando el beani de Wang y los lentes de su reciente colaboración con H&M. La chamarra de pluma de ganzo de Michael Kors para mantenerme caliente, mi camiseta negra de Alxender Wang y una camisa de Calvin Klein amarrada a la cintura complementan el look. Para mantener los tonos obscuros añadí mis jeans índigo de Joe Fresh, mis tenis 5.0 Nike y mi boy bag de Chanel. El outfit es sporty chic y cómodo para este clima tan complicado que aparentemente estará así por los próximos meses, mantenganse calidos.

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