Solange on the set of her "Losing You" teaser video.
Here at MTV Style, it's pretty clear that we unabashedly LOVE Solange. Honestly, we can't get enough of her. Sure, she's already a very busy girl, fronting Madewell for fall, sitting front row at New York Fashion Week, blogging outfits for Vogue UK, and you know, being a MOM, but we're always hungry for more, especially when it crosses her immaculate fashion sense with her MUSIC. She's been a kind of go-to DJ for her fair share of fashion parties, but Solange has refrained from making music of her own for the past four or so years. That's why when we caught wind that our MTV Style patron saint would be releasing her first album since 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, we immediately glued our ears to the ground for every subsequent update.
Solange's latest music project is a brand new album called Losing You, brought to the world thanks to a helping production hand from Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange (as if this thing couldn't get any better, AMIRITE???). Our massive, throbbing girl crush on Solange led us smack in the middle of her Losing You teaser video shoot in artist Mickalene Thomas's beautiful Brooklyn studio, enveloped by a detailed set designed by Thomas herself and going all cartoon wolf-eyes for the racks on racks on racks of sartorial deliciousness - Suno and Kenzo and DVF, oh my!
Photo: Courtesy of Wild Belle
Wild Belle first crossed our radar early this year when we caught wind of the Chicago brother-sister duo at SXSW and have remained firmly planted in our iTunes ever since. Elliot and Natalie Bergman have a killer stage presence, ridiculous style, and a funky R&B-meets-blues music backbone that takes them from buzz band to Next Big Thing. After making several Fashion Week appearances this season (including a performance to a packed industry crowd), the band continued their style streak with a brand new video for "It's Too Late," in which Natalie works bellbottoms, crop tops, and platforms with enough slinky '70s swagger to make even the Charlie's Angels jealous. On the cusp of their North American tour, we talked with Natalie about the video's inspiration, her obsession with Burberry, and why Wild Belle keeps fashion in the family.
Die-hard One Direction fans have likely already watched the fab fivesome's "Live While We're Young" music video over and over (and over and over and OVER), too many times to count, after the short's unexpected lo-fi leak earlier today. Well, the 1D dudes decided to go ahead and give the world the high quality version of the first single off their sophomore album, Take Me Home, and it's every bit the adorably raucous music video we expected from the boy band prankstas (especially after those wet and wild on-set snaps). What we didn't expect, though, is that we'd ALSO get a rare glimpse at the dudes with their hair UNSTYLED. I mean, this is the group that came to their VMA rehearsal with stage-ready hair. To see them with sopping wet mops, let alone in a music video we can play and pause and screenshot at our will, is MAY-JOR. Moments like this are few and far between. Knowing this, we've captured them all and put them on the Internet FOR YOU. *wipes away single happy tear* You're so welcome.
Harry Styles in One Direction's "Live While We're Young" music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Syco Music
It's truly a remarkable thing to see the normally pristinely maned Harry Styles with his hair SOAKING WET. What really shocks us is that while it's devoid all its former volume when wet, it still retains its signature windswept qualities. MAGICAL!
Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Music Video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV
Taylor Swift's new track definitely isn't your average bestselling TSwift single- it's even more than that. She's outdone herself yet again, this time delivering the most addictive breakup anthem of the summer, smashing sales records and pretty much EXPLODING the internet with 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.' With a song so epic, you know we can count on our girl to deliver an equally irresistible video. And after waiting for what feels like FOREVER, the pop star finally stopped by MTV tonight to premiere the clip. She told Sway during her MTV First interview that she wanted to keep the video's vibe as "quirky" as the song- this means kitschy apartment decor, dancing animals (otherwise known as her band members), and tons of crazy costume changes. Are you ready for this?!
A still from Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video.
Photo: Courtesy of YG Entertainment
If you've never heard of "Gangnam Style," the K-Pop video by the artist PSY (pronounced like the first syllable of 'psycho' not spelled out like, 'pee ess why') that's DOMINATED Youtube with 74 million views and is currently sitting pretty atop the iTunes charts, you should seriously reconsider your priorities (helpful hint: stop reading so many books! JKJKJK). Anyway, it's a great, noisy, catchy song that features a fun, giddyup dance sequence that's as easily mimicked as the Dougie or the Chicken Noodle Soup. Just go watch it and then read this thing in the Atlantic about its "subversive" themes that soooooorta treats the prospect of a pop song containing a meaningful social message as if Maru the box-jumping cat solved cold fusion. But I digress...
Long story short, there's a lot going on in this video that everyone from CNN to Gawker has covered regarding this "underground rapper" < -- (LOL meanwhile, this is PSY's 6th studio album) so all I want to talk about is the FASHION. Especially since "Gangnam Style" refers to a tiny neighborhood in Korea that prides itself on its bougie boutiques and pretty people. Obviously dude is label mates with 2NE1 and Big Bang on YG because he is DECKED OUT. It's also no surprise that Justin Bieber's team is interested in this middle-aged, South Korean superstar because MAN would those two look cute together. I smell a duet! (...And it smells like kimchi etc etc...)
Sleigh Bells' "End Of The Line" video.
Photo: Mom and Pop Records
For about four minutes this morning we forgot it was Monday. That's because Sleigh Bells decided to drop the video for their new single "End Of The Line" upon the world, and we got to briefly stop what we were doing in favor of a mellowed-out dance party (highly recommended!). Now that that's over with, though, it's back to business- otherwise known as breaking down each and every one of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller's ridiculously awesome outfits in the clip. After watching the video an embarassing number of times already, we've spotted a couple of cases of sartorial deja-vu (Sleigh Bells signatures like Ray Ban wayfayer sunglasses, studded jackets, and sick nail art). But leave it to Derek and Alexis to shake things up this time with gorgeous scenery, cinematic wide shots, and surprisingly moody vibe.
Beyonce performs at the UN in her "I Was Here" music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records
If you're familiar with Beyonce's power ballad "I Was Here" from her album 4, you've probably been hotly anticipating the official music video for this song (not to mention its release as a single!) for quite a while. You probably agree that the emotion-packed track is a clear stand-out from the record, and judging from the Live at the Roseland video (for which I personally have racked up a completely bananas playcount), you had an inkling as to how epic the forthcoming music video might be.
Bey lends the moving song to efforts of World Humanitarian Day (today, August 19!), creating a campaign for world change and action around the song. The video features Beyonce performing at the UN in front of a giant IMAX-like backdrop which played images of humanitarian work around the world and celestial perspectives of Earth. And she did it all in an elegant, stark white Marc Bouwer gown teeming with glitter.
Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" music video wardrobe makes us really want some vests.
Photo: Courtesy of Island Def Jam/Free People
Catch you breath, y'all. Justin Bieber's released another music video off his sophomore Believe album. More than that, the 8 a.m. premiere of "As Long As You Love Me" reveals this is a bonafide "Beat It"-style short film, and finds the 2012 MTV VMA nominee in his SECOND (artificial) beatdown! Along with pulling at our heart-strings as Michael Madsen throws bows with our boy Biebs, Justin's video wardrobe does fall transitional layering WORK and reeeeeeally makes us want to cop a new vest or two (or three). The obvious first choice is a cut-off denim number like this one from Free People ($128.00). However, nearly all of Bieber's outfits in this video involve a waistcoat, so walk with us as we explore some additional options!
Jennifer Lopez in her new "Goin' In" video.
Photo: Island Def Jam/Vevo
If it has glitter on it, then Jennifer Lopez wants it. The pop star's already flaunted her sparkle obsession with her arsenal of shimmery nude bodysuits, but now she's just outdone even herself with bedazzled LIPS (!!) in the new clip for "Goin' In." The video, which features Flo Rida and premiered yesterday on MTV.com, opens with J.Lo decked out in a silk fuschia hooded cape. She's wearing nothing but a bra top underneath, is flanked by white wolves, and starts things off by blowing rhinestones in the air with her hot pink crystallized lips...all before jumping into high gear with her trademark badass dance moves (and even more awesome outfits). Sound insane? It totally is, which is exactly why we love it.
Iggy Azalea in "Beat Down."
Fact: any week where we get not one, but TWO chances to discuss Iggy Azalea is what we like to call a very good week. First we tagged along with the emerging Aussie hip hop star on a Brooklyn nail art adventure, and now we're dissecting her latest music video, look by (obviously) amazing look. She's teamed up with Steve Aoki and Angger Dimas in "Beat Down," a thumping anthem so irresistibly catchy, it's easy to forget the track is about getting serious revenge. And while Iggy might technically be the song's special guest, but if you ask us she's a total scene stealer in the boxing-themed video. With a wardrobe that includes everything from a deceptively angelic-looking yellow dress to a downright deadly provocative tasseled top, this clip calls for a major fashion break down...so let's do it!