To say that music and fashion often go hand in hand is something of an understatement. Whether it’s a runway show featuring the latest tunes or a recording artist wearing the latest clothes straight off of said runway, cialis 40mg the relationship between the two is as tight as it is complex. No where is this more true than in music videos, breast which allow artists and their creative collaborators the chance to put an image to the song. From the dawn of the Music Video Age on MTV, ed fashion has played an integral role in shaping the look of music and musicians, and at their best music videos have managed to combine sound, story and style with incredible — and sometimes iconic — results. Thinking on that, we at Viral Fashion began looking at videos past and present, obsessing over our faaaaavorite fashionable music videos and compiling a list of 12. It wasn’t easy, and it’s by no means an exhaustive collection, but it’s ours and we love it.

BLONDIE | HEART OF GLASS
Directed by Stanley Dorfman

It’s no secret that Blondie’s Debbie Harry is one of the most stylish and stunning woman in the history of rock and roll. From the layered platinum blonde bed hair to the edgy, über-cool clothes she wore it’s fair to say that Harry’s icy brand of punk-inflected glamour remains unparalleled. In the video for the band’s 1979 hit “Heart Of Glass” Harry was at her slinky, sinuous best in an asymmetric grey and silver dress by her friend and collaborator Stephen Sprouse. Throwing the focus on Harry’s trademark pout and sexy delivery, the video couldn’t be more simple, but it’s a case where less truly is more.

MICHAEL JACKSON | BILLIE JEAN
Directed by Steve Barron

You can pretty much take your pick of any number of incarnations that the King Of Pop went through in his decades-spanning career, but for our money he was at his stylish best in his video for “Billie Jean.” Donning a black leather suit, pink shirt, red bow tie and black and white cap toe shoes, Jackson dances and croons his way through city streets, illuminating the sidewalk as he does. The look is pure 80s, equal parts leather clad swagger a lá Billy Idol or Axel Rose and uptight geekiness reminiscent of Pee Wee Herman. If it sounds weird on paper, it works perfectly on screen. Trust.

ROBERT PALMER | ADDICTED TO LOVE
Directed by Terence Donovan

When famed British fashion photographer Terence Donovan and sharply suited singer Robert Palmer teamed up in 1986 to film a music video for Palmer’s single “Addicted To Love” neither could possibly have known how iconic that video would become. The reason? Five LBD-clad fashion models with lacquered hair, glossy red pouts, smokier than smokey eyes and legs for days posing as Palmer’s band. Oh, and did we mention that the LBD’s in question were Alaïa? We dare anyone to proclaim that the 80s were awful in the face of such dangerous levels of fierceness.

GEORGE MICHAEL | FREEDOM ’90
Directed by David Fincher

When you really stop to think about it, George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” doesn’t actually have very much going on in the fashion department. Sure, it’s got style and atmosphere to spare thanks to its cinematography, set design and direction from David Fincher — but clothing wise it’s pretty bare bones. An oversized, hole-y sweater here, a black bra there, a bed sheet and some boots are really all there is in the way of wardrobe. Then again when said garments are worn by some of the most famous supermodels of all time — that would be Linda, Naomi, Christy, Cindy and Tatiana, no last names required — the fashion quotient reaches critical mass. Lip synching and serving face as only supermodels can, “Freedom ’90” is pretty much as good as it gets. God what we wouldn’t give to be that hole-y sweater.

NIRVANA | SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Directed by Samuel Bayer

Influential doesn’t even begin to describe a video like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Aside from airing in heavy rotation on MTV upon its release, it gave an image to the grunge rock scene and inspired a movement among disenchanted youths. Twenty some-odd years later and you can still peep flannel shirts worn tied at the waist, destroyed jeans and artfully disheveled hair walking the streets of any urban jungle. Sure, grunge may have started as an anti-fashion statement, but angst has never been more stylish than it is here. Can you really blame anyone for wanting in?

MADONNA | TAKE A BOW
Directed by Michael Haussman

Take any music video out of Madonna’s enviable oeuvre and you can pretty much guarantee that it’s got style to spare. In fact, it’s nearly impossible (though we did manage it) to pick just one or two as her most stylish. A dark horse that may initially go overlooked is 1994’s “Take A Bow”, Madge’s 40s-tinged ode to doomed romance. Styled exclusively in John Galliano’s spring collection of nipped waist skirt suits, corsetry, slip dresses and one seriously sexy kimono, Madonna has never looked more haute than she does here. Twenty years later and we still can’t take our eyes off of that veil.

FIONA APPLE | CRIMINAL
Directed by Mark Romanek

Released at the peak of fashion’s Heroin Chic phase, the video for Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” is a moody, voyeuristic — and yet strangely sexy — glimpse into the mid 90s seen through a Calvin Klein-infused lens. Peeping in on Apple and her cast of cohorts in a series of seedy tableaus, the clip has a seriously erotic undercurrent that’s due to more than just the clingy, transparent knitwear, crop tops and lingerie she’s seen sporting throughout. It’s pervy, it’s chic, it’s everything we loved (and miss) about the 90s.

 

LIL KIM | HOW MANY LICKS
Directed by Francis Lawrence

We have a theory: Lil Kim is to rap what Cher is to pop and rock. Go ahead, tell us we’re wrong. Nearly naked, crystal bedecked outfits? Check. Boss ass furs? Check. A multi-hued/shaped/styled assortment of wigs? Check. Swagger to spare? Check. She’s a style original in the rap game, taking high fashion and wearing it like some fabulously bad ass Vegas showgirl with a streetwise, ghetto FABULOUS flair. All of her signature style comes together as only Kim could do it in 2000’s “How Many Licks”, a pop-y, porny, candy-and-latex-body-paint-coated ode to — what else? — how badly you want Lil Kim and her killer Chanel earrings. Nicki, Katy, Miley…sit back and learn.

JENNIFER LOPEZ | PLAY
Directed by Francis Lawrence

Oh how we miss this J.Lo, the one who married Park Avenue with Pimp Daddy and worked it like nobody’s business. Sure, she’s always had it going on, but for some reason her 2001 video for “Play” sticks out as a perfect summation not only of her own look at the time, but of music video style circa the early-Oughts; it’s brash, luxurious and kinda tacky, but it’s all in good fun. Oh and lest we forget, it is GLAM GLAM GLAM. Whether she’s boarding that imaginary spaceship/airplane in beige-on-beige fur, bootie shorts and fingerless gloves or breaking it down in a disco ‘fro, leather bustier and culottes (don’t even judge, they’re fab) the fashion is a perfect 10. Be sure to keep an eye out for the embroidered Dolce & Gabbana boots or Hermes’ Collier de Chien cuff in case there’s any doubt.

 

GWEN STEFANI | WHAT YOU WATING FOR?
Directed by Francis Lawrence

From the moment she burst onto the scene in a crop top, dickies and a bindi singing about what it’s like to be just a girl, Gwen Stefani has been one of the most consistently stylish performers around, mixing elements like Chola, Pin-Up, Anime and Punk to seamless effect. When it came time to launch her solo career, however, she dialed up the fashion cred to meteoric levels, as evidenced by the Alice In Wonderland-inspired video for debut single “What You Waiting For.” In it, she’s decked to the nines in Christian Dior Haute Couture designed by John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen just to name a few. Throw in some Japanese street style courtesy of her Harajuku Girls and the result is an hallucinogenic fashion-filled poptacular.

LADY GAGA | PAPARAZZI
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund

Two words; Vintage Mugler. Okay fine, truth be told we could write an entire essay explaining the reasons why Lady Gaga’s epic 2009 music video for her single “Paparazzi” has forever earned a place in our fashionable little hearts, but we never did like essays. Between the ornate decor, the chicly outfitted murder victims (an homage to photographer Guy Bourdin), one Dolce & Gabbana molded metal corset dress, Jeremy Scott’s “Minnie Mouse” sunglasses and a wickedly tongue-in-cheek performance by Gaga channeling her inner Norma Desmond, the whole video plays out like an eight minute long moving fashion editorial the likes of which Interview or W could only dream of. And lest we forget, VINTAGE MUGLER. That’s all.

 

BEYONCÉ | WHO RUN THE WORLD
Directed by Francis Lawrence

The synopsis of this video for Bey’s 2011 feminist anthem could simply be ‘Beyoncé wears couture, kicks ass, runs world’. For those keeping a tally of the various designers worn by Queen B on her mission to fight the man, it includes Alexander McQueen, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Gareth Pugh and Jean Paul Gaultier, among other assorted pieces and accoutrements. Far from runway-ready Beyoncé plays the part of rebel/warrior queen, leading her post-apocalyptic clique into battle with the help of some ferocious accessories, but her primary weapon — as always — is her hair. Lord help the man who gets in her way when she’s whipping it.

– Justin Friedman