Is there a fashionista alive who can deny cribbing a look from a music video?WWD tunes into videos from the past, and those nominated this year for an MTV VMA, to find some classic looks.
Pink, "Get the Party Started"
There aren’t many pop divas today who can mix high and low fashion with such aplomb and who have the vocal talent to match their sartorial skills. In "Get the Party Started," Pink sports an Alexander McQueen skirt, Vivienne Westwood and YSL tops, a Chopard diamond bracelet, a Patricia Field cross necklace, dollar-store door-knocker earrings, Giuseppe Zanotti and Cesare Paciotti shoes and Christian Dior shades. "I would love to take credit for it, but a major percentage is hers because she knows what she likes," said stylist Derek Kahn. "She is exactly what a Cyndi Lauper or Madonna were then." While she’s now varying her shocking-pink crop with black and white-blond, her signature look has influenced teens as well as another pink-tressed MTV star, Kelly Osbourne. Of the Dolce & Gabbana shirt Pink wore ripped and twisted around her body in an earlier video, Kahn said, "Very few people have the courage to take a $3,000 blouse and destroy it." MTV veejay Molly Sims added, "A few years ago people were making fun of Pink, but look what a big statement she is making now with her hair."
Avril Lavigne, "Complicated"
The 17-year-old pop princess may have one of the most overplayed songs at the moment, but it’s hard to get tired of such unfettered, youthful style. A far cry from Britney’s oversexed brand of pop, Lavigne’s "real girl" approach (much like her fellow guitar-playing teen nominee, Michelle Branch) makes her more accessible to young fans. Although she’s Canadian, Lavigne wears skater-girl chic to a T, with glam touches like ironed straight hair and kohl-lined eyes. "I just take what she is in real life and step it up," said stylist Trish Summerville. "I’m not a big fan of the fashion show video. She only has two changes. "Interestingly, the baggy pants, ribbed men’s undershirt with exposed black bra straps and black-and-white striped arm sock is the same outfit Gwen Stefani sports in No Doubt’s 1997 video "Excuse Me Mister."
Britney Spears, "I’m a Slave 4 U"
For better or for worse, Britney has made an impact on the way young women dress today, and that’s due in no small part to the iconic looks she shows off in each of her videos, like this year’s nominee, "I’m a Slave 4 U." "The song was so hot that we decided the video should be set on a fantasy island playing on the ‘slave’ reference," said her stylist Kurt. The flowy, slit-sleeved top Kurt and his partner Bart designed for Spears evokes a harem image, and they paired it with a Middle Eastern-inspired belt decorated with "slave" charms. Of course, Britney wouldn’t be Britney without her low-rise jeans, which flatter her form while she burns up the dance floor.
No Doubt, "Hey Baby"
For nearly a decade, Gwen Stefani has been years ahead of the fashion game. Looking over No Doubt’s earlier videos, it’s easy to see what may have inspired Cameron Diaz’s flip-and-feather look and this year’s runway makeup, not to mention teenage girls around the world. As dynamic a performer as she is a dresser, Stefani has gone through looks ranging from the Indian-bindi craze to Old Hollywood glam to nouveau punk. But there’s always a common thread holding together her aesthetic, whether it’s her plaid tie or brightly painted lips. In "Hey Baby," a video that mirrors the Steven Sprouse-inspired graffiti album cover, Stefani wears D&G’s equally graphic black-and-white houndstooth jacket with cropped pants and her now-signature bikini top. Noted stylist Andrea Lieberman, "Gwen is so multidimensional that it’s impossible to show all her sides in just one video." Sims added, "Gwen Stefani by far has the best style out there. She and Madonna are the two best stories. She doesn’t follow a trend, she sets them like Madonna."
Alicia Keys, "A Woman’s Worth"
This New York native is another one with style and musical talent in spades. Whether it’s a leopard print Roberto Cavalli top, Christian Dior Couture’s hooded chiffon sheath, or her own custom-made denim paired with uptown-chic touches like veiled hats and lace gloves, Keys knows what she likes. "We were so excited when we saw Alicia wearing D&G in ‘A Woman’s Worth,’" said Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. "Since then, she has opted to wear pieces from both D&G and Dolce & Gabbana, and the combination of both lines is very representative of her personal style. We love the grace, courage and style with which she is willing to experiment." Even though the young diva hasn’t yet toyed with her trademark cornrows and natural makeup, given the opportunity, we wouldn’t change a thing.Said Sims: "Alicia brought back the cornrows. It's great that she knows what she likes and she speaks to what she likes."
Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
It had all the elements of early-Eighties zeitgeist: catchy ditty, adorable singer, charming narrative and feel-good girl power. Of course, Lauper’s strapless red crinoline dress and spiky orange hair were also hard to miss. She might not have inspired a million look-alikes the way Gwen Stefani does today, but her look wasn’t available at malls nationwide, and vintage shopping wasn’t yet a common practice for the average teen. Although, said rock author and former MTV staffer Michael Shore, "I do think some girls emulated her disheveled thrift-store look because that was accessible."
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts,
"I Love Rock ’n’ Roll"
Joan Jett did what Patti Smith did before her, but she was one of the first rocker chicks to do it on MTV. Her leather pants, studded bracelets and clunky boots have remained a staple in the music world. Likewise, her kohl-rimmed eyes, spiky hair and sexy pout have become beauty basics. Of her signature shag, her songwriting partner Kenny Laguna remembered, "She changed it when she opened a magazine, saw a picture of Nicky Sixx and thought it was her. She decided she’d become a cliché." Even the twentysomething actress Rachael Leigh Cook, who played a rocker in last year’s "Josie and the Pussycats," said, "Joan Jett was like my idol. I always wanted to be a rocker like her, and now I’ve played one."
Madonna, "Material Girl"
It’s hard to say which of Madonna’s early videos best embodies her iconic status even then, but it’s fair to say "Material Girl" was one of the best. With its cheeky play on Marilyn Monroe’s "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Madonna abandoned her black-clad, bow-wearing persona for four minutes of pure, stylish fun — and cemented an eternal image, not to mention a moniker that follows her to this day, even though she’s now the "Material Mom."
Robert Palmer, "Simply Irresistible"
It wasn’t so much Robert Palmer’s look we wanted to emulate in "Simply Irresistible," as much as the beautiful models who grooved behind him with their slicked back hair, lacquered lips and tight minidresses. "City girls were already wearing stretch dresses, high heels and red lips, but after that video, mall girls everywhere were in latex and Lurex!" said MTV’s Shore. The video, directed by the late fashion photographer Terence Donovan, became a paean for pure style over narrative, and influenced a whole genre of videos where musicians looked good while doing nothing in particular — just for the sake of being cool.
Pat Benatar, "Love Is a Battlefield"
Pat Benatar was another of the Eighties’ best-loved rockers — for her fierce voice and signature style. She, too, took the narrative video to new heights, incorporating choreography, drama and style into a few short, memorable minutes. In "Love Is a Battlefield," she became a teenage-runaway-turned-call-girl who rebels against her oppressors and (once again) takes to the streets in song and dance, showing that music and style can conquer all.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion