Tag: black & white video

a stylized look at “glory” by ryan leslie

i’ve always felt that there is a greater connection between sound & image, beyond what is common knowledge. ryan leslie is an artist that has created a path & broke new ground in the process. allowing the outside world to watch him at work through production videos on youtube, leslie has largely contributed to the digital age of music, redefining the internet hustle for many artists waiting for their chance to enter the music game. in releasing his latest single & video component, ryan introduces a new sound, new image & redefined confidence on “glory”. with lyrical references to pacman & miles davis- leslie mirrors elements of each named character in presenting a hungry rap flow with a moody blues undertone. like every ryan leslie record, the track is self-produced & sees leslie being backed by an operatic male choir on the hook, allowing the feeling of glorified composition to be more clearly felt. visually, the video gives you a taste of what it’s like to be in the presence of a performer like leslie; clips from his european tour & stateside gigs are seen throughout as girls scream & supermodels sear across the screen. stylistically, ryan is inspired by balmain homme- think leather coats, boots, distressed denim, that rugged aesthetic. successfully, a clear vision is translated & adds greater depth of mystery to what leslie has in store for a july 4th release. marking a new era of independence, ryan has come a long way & seen many moments of transition in the process. as an artist that understands that les is more, some of the greatest production work has been birthed through leslie who composes, writes & performs all of his music. to purchase “glory” on itunes, you may do so here.     

video: nowness presents kate moss for balmain

the fashion report: fifty three

the fashion report: fourty-seven

video: a closer look at r’el dade

video: introducing joan smalls

editorialesque » madonna for interview

never has there been a single force in pop culture, music or fashion that has managed to captivate at the level of madonna. at this stage in the game, the image that madonna is projecting is an unstoppable force. while i often find it necessary to explain why a celebrity is seen here on the fashion blog, i feel a certain obligation to madonna. her vuitton ad campaign shot for the SS09 season is the very reason this blog was ever started. therefore, if it weren’t for madonna, my interest would have never evolved up to now. from the stylistic slay that we see here in this set of images shot by mert + marcus, madonna reminds you that she is just as relevant as she was since her burst onto the scene in the 80’s. reigning as the queen of pop, artists & fashion designers alike strive to project images of the ‘madonna caliber’- with unrelenting strenght in music messaging the entire photographic set is utterly & undeniably dope. madonna is the reason pop stars had to step they game up. this is what editorial is all about & the fact that a musical artist whose been in the game this long is 50 years old & still killing hoes is completely astounding. madonna is the baddest bitch. historically & seen here visually we see more than enough to respect that without dispute.

imagesource | tfs