When Music Isn't Enough, Fashion Steps In
    • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

    • Posted by: Piera Lolandes

    We are letting ourselves be inspired by New York Fashion Week and although it's coming to a close, we can't seem to get enough of it. NYFW is always just as crazy as the outfits and styles that come out of it. If you've never been to New York City or experienced the craziness for yourself, don't worry, these videos will make you feel like you're attending the fashion shows in first row. Why, you might be asking? Well, simply because music and fashion have always drawn inspiration from each other, now more so than ever before.

    "Fashion isn't just about trends, it's about expressing yourself, turning heads and owning it." And when it comes to music and the videos created for songs, fashion comes to its aid to help convey the message the video is trying to send out. Also because well, we all can't walk around in our birthday suites. So when the music and lyrics don't suffice, fashion steps in and makes everything more colorful and aesthetically pleasing, or in some cases, weirder in the most creative of ways. The following videos are inspired by the artists' love for fashion, showcase some of the most unique fashion pieces, or are ALL about the fashion. Either way, it's fun to watch and let ourselves be inspired by the fashion showcased here.


    1. "Fashion Killa" by A$AP Rocky


    No stranger to the fashion scene, A$AP Rocky lets his love for fashion be the driving force behind this song. In it, he names almost every well known fashion brand, probably all his favorites. The video itself doesn't show any crazy fashion styles, it's more about the lyrics with this one, but it does feature Rihanna who plays his love interest. I mean come on, Riri is a style icon so this video didn't need anything else really.



    2. "Jenny From The Block" by Jennifer Lopez


    Jenny from the block, aka J.Lo, aka Jennifer Lopez. The woman has many names to go by but one thing that's constant is her impeccable sense of style. What better way to showcase it than in this video playing off on her real life and the paparazzi she deals with on the daily. In it we see some of her most iconic looks - the girl has many - and the effortless way in which she pulls them all off.



    3. "Ni Tu, Ni Yo" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Gente de Zona


    Sticking to the topic of J.Lo and her ability to wear anything and look great, here we have one of her latest videos but this time in Spanish. Whether you understand the lyrics or not, you have to admit that this song is catchy. The video shows Lopez doing several tropical inspired photoshoots in which she gets to wear many different outfits. My personal favorite being the beautiful flow-y yellow dress. The whole video could just be her posing in all the outfits and I wouldn't be mad at it, tbh.



    4. "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga


    When this video first premiered, many were left wondering what it had to do with the actual song. I guess that if you find yourself in a bad romance it's equivalent to being in a nightmare, which I think this video is about. Like many of her videos, this one doesn't make a whole lot of sense but it shows a whole lot of fashion. Mainly a lot of Alexander McQueen pieces, crowns, catsuits, etc. Years later and we still don't understand how she was able to walk in those armadillo shoes but they looked amazing. Fun fact: the song was used in the finale in McQueen's Spring 2010 show.



    5. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera


    Speaking of McQueen and his influence on music artists, here we have the golden voice that is Christina Aguilera in her video for "Fighter." She starts off as a demented ballerina hobbling around and then transforms into a moth-covered, gown-wearing goddess. The gown, of course, is McQueen's "Oyster Dress" which is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you see similarities between McQueen and these videos, it's because there is. McQueen's style was often inspired by the dark aspects of the late designers life.



    6. "Wolves" by Kanye West feat. Sia


    In all honesty, this is more of a video campaign for the fashion brand rather than a music video but it features the rapper's song so.. I guess it counts. Kanye, who is married to the queen of selfies and fashion Kim Kardashian, is close friends with Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing. Probably how this video was created. The video features Kim and many of todays high profiled models wearing the brand's unmistakeable outfits. It's all very shiny even in its black and white format.



    7. "Formation" by Beyonce


    Anything Queen Bey wears is bound to make a statement while looking amazing on her. This video had people shook when it first premiered. The song's message is strong but the outfits are way truly make this video. Even if you haven't laid eyes on this video prior to now, you will recognize Beyonce's outfit with braids and black hat covering her face. It's said that it took 36 stylists to help put the wardrobe together for the video. 36! That's 35 stylists too many in my world. The video shows pieces from names such as Gucci, Fendi, Rosie Assoulin, and Alessandra Rich.



    8. "Suite & Tie" by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z


    Before becoming the "man of the woods," Timberlake used to wear suites and ties. I'm guessing his tie was on too tight and decided to ditch the whole outfit for something more lumber man-like. Regardless of what he chooses to wear, Timberlake is very handsome and tends to look great, in my opinion. In this video you can catch him sporting a designer suite which in case you aren't aware, isn't always the most comfortable outfit for men. Even Jay Z finds it so uncomfortable that he is seen with his outfit undone. But Timberlake makes it work as he sings and dances effortlessly through out the video.



    9. "Kill V. Maim" by Grimes


    I often wonder what is inside Grimes' brain because I'm either left so intrigued by what she creates or totally weirded out and a bit scared. Most of the pieces she wears are intended to make a statement, much like the Versace sweatshirt styled with pink boxing gloves, ski goggles, and fangs. Needless to say, the video is quite engaging as you're sucked in trying to figure out what is going on but you don't quite mind as it is so colorful and entertaining.



    10. "Fashion" by David Bowie


    Leave it up to the man that helped the fashion and music industry evolve and become what it is today by making a video that questions the authoritative nature of fashion by comparing it to fascism. In it, you see many previous fashion trends as he sings of the potential harm in following trends blindly. Clearly the man knew what he was talking about and this is a piece of gold Bowie left behind, one of many.

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