Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Grammy Awards and Erykah Badu at the 2014 Met Gala.
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Red carpet millinery is happening for 2014, y'all. Write it down. Pharrell Williams made a big splash with his Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat at the 2014 Grammys, sparking memes and historical explanation pieces a plenty. Now, a few short months later, Erykah Badu hit the 2014 Met Gala red carpet in a big (dare I say, bigger?) hat of her own.
Solange on the cover of 'Essence.'
Photo: Essence Magazine
Hair is officially the biggest accessory for spring, at least in the world of editorial spreads with our favorite female musicians. We kind of called this one after seeing Solange’s angled 'fro in a Harper’s Bazaar feature and V Magazine’s very hairy music issue covers—now Essence magazine has confirmed our inkling with their May 2014 issue dedicated to the topic of natural hair. Fittingly, the magazine tapped Solange, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi—ladies whose hair (and music and style) we’ve always admired—to be the alternate cover stars.
Predictably, they all nailed it. Solange and Badu wore toned-down makeup, all the better to show off their wild curls. In a behind-the-scenes video, we get a closer look at their outfits. For the shoot, Solange stuck with a pastel palette, wearing a reverse-racerback, white lace crop top and mint crocheted skirt on the cover and an ostrich-feather-covered strapless dress and a pink floral jacket inside the issue.
Erykah Badu and Riccardo Tisci for 'V' magazine.
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Erykah Badu’s relationship with Givenchy keeps getting better. Not only did the neo-soul songstress partly inspire the fashion house’s Afrocentric-meets-Japanese spring collection, she was also tapped to star in their campaign. And it’s one of the better ones of the season, with Badu flawlessly modeling some of the collection’s strongest looks, like the off-the-shoulder beaded mask tapestry and the deconstructed tux kimono with a top hat. In a batch of campaign photos Badu posted to her Facebook page, she also mixes pieces from Spring '14 with ones from past seasons and her signature turban.
Honestly, we would have been perfectly happy with the first set of Erykah Badu campaign photos for Givenchy. They're refreshing and statuesque, and though they're few in number, just the fact that EB is fronting this thing is good enough for us. But then (THEN), she posted six new pics on Facebook showing off pieces from the fashion house's Spring/Summer 2014 collection with iconic items from the recent past like the Rottweiler tee, the star collar, and the Pieta print (all magnified by her own natural beauty).
Erykah Badu for Givenchy.
We've been waiting for over a month to see the full range of official ads from Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2014 collection. We knew the campaign was to feature Erykah Badu and some stunning up-and-coming models, and even caught a teaser last month, but the images are here folks, and let's just say they were WELL worth the wait.
The portfolio boasts four fierce black-and-white photos, including Erykah's first epic solo shot. The egdy, patterned poncho could easily be overwhelming, but Miss Badu completely commands the look with a regal stance and unwavering eye contact. The other three B&W photos are equally strong. Asia Chow and Dominik's ads feature muted jackets and structured bags, while Maria Borges and Eboni Riley showcase sequins and bangles galore in their joint frame.
Erykah Badu is the face of Givenchy's spring 2014 campaign.
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Givenchy is continuing its streak of casting famous faces in its campaigns, and for spring 2014, the label has tapped legendary singer-songwriter Erykah Badu! Style.com got an exclusive look at the images and chatted with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci about his decision to cast the singer, who, he says, "is one of the most stylish women [he's] met in [his] life."
Tisci said that he had Erykah on his mind when designing the 2014 spring collection, which will feature a combination of African and Japanese influences. The black-and-white campaign image, shot by Mert & Marcus, features a short-haired Badu in what is essentially a poncho with the shoulders cut out. The beguiling top has no sleeves and no obvious collar, but instead hangs from two thick straps around her neck. On the runway, the bright graphic on the front looks like it's made of sequins, but in the ad, it's completely muted, giving the piece an entirely different feel.