We are SO excited for this year's Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum. The evening is one of our favorite red carpet nights of the entire year, and with this year's theme being punk, we're in heaven. Just imagine the gowns! While we're swimming through visions of pyramid spikes and creatively utilized safety pins, the exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, just keeps getting more and more amazing. Just today, runway-to-retail giant Moda Operandi announced that not only will it be sponsoring the exhibit, but M'O will also be creating an exclusive high fashion capsule collection based on the themes explored within it. Founder Lauren Santo Domingo told WWD that the collection will "offer women the opportunity to capture the spirit of punk with pieces that balance high fashion and rebellion."
We remember Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch.
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It is the end of the era. That Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died today of cancer at the heartbreaking age of 47 is awful news. I’ve read a slew of obituaries and tributes and revisited interviews with the Beasties over the last 25 years and the photos alone are devastating. These guys were such weirdos. Seriously, the swag with which they gave not one shit between them is captivating and wildly empowering. Chromeo tweeted (and I love that A-Trak RT’d it because I know the brothers Macklovitch held the Beastie Boys in high regard and likely discovered them together [or in that order]):
Here’s the thing. I recognize that it’s often inelegant to look to something as inert as clothing or shoes when remembering someone who created decades worth of invaluable art but the significance of their role in how kids use style to signal their fealty to what they loved and what music resonated with them is vital. It’s important to every kid I grew up with while working in New York and has had a hand in how most of us chose our careers. I very much believe it’s what gave me a pass to work at a graffiti magazine as an Korean chick who was born on the other side of the world. Just as it relieved unholy sheepishness or debilitating self-consciousness when I went to work at a rap magazine years later. It's weird but MCA’s death makes you reflect on what the Beasties personally meant to us.
Houston's fashion and music videos throughout her career
Still from Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "I Will Always Love You," "It's Not Right But It's Okay," and "How Will I Know?" music videos.
Photo: Arista Records/Warner Bros.
As a style blogger, it feels weird to write about the passing of Whitney Houston. Like it's not my place or something. Culture critics like Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker and Rich Juzwiak from The Daily have written beautiful, moving pieces about her legacy and the significance of her career, and knowing both of them professionally, I can testify to how heartfelt the eulogies are. After the news of her death broke, MTV aired an hour-long music video special last night, and though part of me wants to chime in about that voice, and what she did for women of color in music, the aspect of Whitney Houston's life that we'll talk about here is her memorable music video style.
From her super '80s, backless, body-con getup in "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to the all-white fur coat and white flip-flops of a G'd up Whitney decrying some philandering scumbag in "Heartbreak Hotel," the fascinating thing about the Jersey-born Guinness Record-holding multi-platinum recording artist is that despite her model body and stunning face she never fell victim to a hypersexualized image. Ever.
It's not that she downplayed her good looks (she was always immaculately turned out) but in revisiting all of her greatest hits, it's notable that she predominantly opted for big-lapel suits, ripped-up boyfriend jeans, oversize leather and denim jackets, knee-length skirts, and a grip of turtlenecks. With the exceptions of her early work like "I Wanna Dance..." and "How Will I Know," Houston rarely played the protagonist of her videos (though I guess she did take a turn as the "other woman" in "Saving All My Love"). She was usually the omniscient narrator, which apparently required some sartorial gravitas. Seriously, take a minute and watch EVERY video and you'll notice she wears a jacket or coat in a great number of them. Whitney Houston never met a matte red lipstick she didn't like (until she discovered an appropriate dark burgundy for "It's Not Right But It's Okay"), and nobody wore a turban or choker better. Nobody. So in honor of a style icon and a game-changer, we bring you Whitney through her music videos.