FKA twigs debut album LP1

LP1 | FKA twigs Debut Album Cover

Listening to FKA twigs feels like blissfully drifting into a pulsing sea of twisted silk. With tantalizingly fresh music and a stage persona composed of equal parts grace and quirk, dosage this British up-and-comer enraptures her audiences. She is more plainly multifaceted than most female artists manage to get away with in any genre.

Twigs’ power is not merely a product of her sound. Though she is more instinctive than calculated, pilule she is completely a product of her own vision. Aesthetics are as essential an element to projecting her enigmatic persona as her deceptively gentle voice.

The cover of twigs’ debut album, LP1, is a close-up of her childlike face. Her hair twisted forward into two braided buns, and her face is boldly smeared with color. The effect is haunting and engaging—she does embrace a certain girlishness, but with a dark ferocity that cannot be ignored. Those unforgettable contradictions are to be found everywhere in her music and in her style.

In an interview with New York Magazine, twigs highlighted her love of texture in every aspect of her work. The attention to texture is evident in her videos. In Water Me, twigs’ face appears eerily in front of a green screen. The soft, curly thickness of her black hair juxtaposed against the smooth gold of her earrings is striking. Comically large, diamond-like tears fall from her wide, doll-like eyes as her crimson lips barely part to mouth the lyrics.

Twigs does not dress to hide her lithe dancers’ body; her style reflects a sensuality and comfort in her own skin that is too truthful to be salacious. This is a no small feat; female artists are criticized constantly for their display of skin as much as they are pressured to strip down. What elevates twigs from this sexist critique is that her aesthetic genuinely emanates from her personal vision. Furthermore, the contrasts that she so instinctively creates in her videos and performances showcase the complexity of a grown woman. Twigs’ visual presence proves that a woman is not one thing or another; she can be anything and everything all at once.

-Naakai Addy

 

Let’s be honest, the holidays are for shopping and gift sets at this time of the year are amazing. Whether you’re browsing around for a loved one, friend, or maybe even finding something for yourself, the deals and limited editions should not be missed. For this special season, Viral Fashion composes the top 8 best beauty sets for the holidays. Believe us, we’re not judging you if you decide to keep a few for yourself.

Ole Henriksen The Whole Truth Vitamin C Kit | Proper skin care comes in a little orange box with Ole Henriksen. This Vitamin C kit includes a serum to prevent the appearance of aging, a brightening crème, and an eye cream to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t forget to add the wrapping paper and bow.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Mango Holiday Gift Set | We can never mention enough how important it is to take care of your skin daily. With this holiday gift set, you can finally experience the infamous Clarisonic brush. Do your skin a favor and make this necessary investment. Pair it with Ole Henriksen and you’ll have your full orange facial kit.

Sephora Favorites Leading Man Fragrance Sampler For Him | This is absolutely why we love Sephora – for these awesome sampler sets. Even if you don’t know your guy’s ideal fragrance, you can give him the option of finding something new without being scent-imposing.

Bumble and Bumble Bb. Stylist Edition Kit | ‘Tis the season to have perfect hair! The Stylists Edition Kit contains a finishing spray, surf spray, texture, and thickening hair spray. Come on, you don’t want your friends to have bad hair, right?

Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette | What better way is there to experiment with new lip color than during the holidays? Oh yeah, give your friends some too.

The Art of Shaving: The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave | An awesome gift for any guy – a luxury shaving starter kit. You can’t go wrong with high-quality badger hair.

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara Set | The must-haves for your lashes. Every girl would loves to flutter her own. Hey, it even comes with an eye makeup remover and will perfectly fit in a stocking. Sweet.

MAC Keepsake Studio Brush Kit | Every woman needs a nice set of makeup brushes. More sanitary, efficient, and a better way to ensure her face is absolutely flawless, there are no exceptions. MAC’s ‘Keepsakes’ includes the essentials. Do not look back to the days when your beauty application was never as effortless.

-Brooke Leigh Howard
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