New Music Roundup 7/8/17

 

Happy Saturday! This week was pretty long and stressful. I’m so happy I conquered this week and all of its challenges. Maybe your week had challenges as well, so let’s celebrate the weekend with some music!

Here are 7 new tracks that I’m currently enjoying:

1. Lorde-“Perfect Places”

I recently reviewed Lorde’s new album Melodrama, and “Perfect Places” was one of the standouts. Its explosive chorus and honest lyrics have been playing in my head on repeat.

2. Paramore-Drake “Passionfruit” Cover

 

This cover manages to incorporate two things I love: Paramore and Drake’s song “Passionfruit,”which made my round up a couple of months ago. Whenever artist make the rounds and go to the bbc live lounge, I always get pretty excited because they always perform a cover. I would have never expected Paramore to cover a Drake song, but then again their sound has evolved quite a bit. I was so pleased by this unlikely cover.

3. Bryson Tiller- “Sorry Not Sorry”

Sometimes I love really biting lyrics that cut deep and aren’t even remotely nice. I think songs that have these types of lyrics are really honest. Such is the case with Tiller’s “Sorry Not Sorry.” The greatness doesn’t stop with his words though-the beat is also pretty sick. I know this song is a year old, but it’s new to me, so that’s why it’s on this list.

4. Childish Gambino-“Redbone”

I remember hearing “3005” a couple years ago, and it was a song that I enjoyed listening to. When I first heard “Redbone,” I never would have thought that the artist performing it was the same man behind “3005”-Childish Gambino. “Redbone” is a smooth jam, with raspy vocals and a throwback feel. I love jamming out to this track on car rides or when I’m just chilling.

5. Lorde-“Supercut”

Another track from Lorde’s Melodrama has made this list. “Supercut” is such a bop. The production is so full and polished. Lorde’s vocals are emotive, and the lyrics are-you guessed it-honest. I think Lorde is great for pop music. “Supercut” has all the makings of a great pop song, but it is so much smarter than most pop we hear today. It somehow manages to make you want to dance but also cry. Keep doing what you’re doing Lorde.

6. Coldplay- ” A L I E N S”

It’s funny because Coldplay are my favorite band, and probably artist, but they have never made my new music roundup up until this point. This is probably because they haven’t released new music since I started this series. “Aliens” is a brilliant track, not only sonically, but thematically. The music is urgent, spacy electronic sounds are weaved throughout, and Coldplay even get a little experimental with the phrasing and vocal delivery. One of the reasons I love Coldplay so much is because they are so worldy. “Aliens” outlines the story of aliens fleeing their home planet and then wanting to return home. It seems pretty simple but it’s actually a metaphor for the ongoing refugee crisis-like the aliens Coldplay describes, refugees have been forced out of their mother countries. Not only is aliens socially conscious, but it’s also pleasing to the ear. Brian Eno co-wrote and co-produced the track. He was one of the architects behind Coldplay’s acclaimed album Viva La Vida.  I hope he works with Coldplay more in the future. This song is evidence that Eno and Coldplay truly bring out the best in each other.

7. Paramore-“Forgiveness”

The last track on this round up is “Forgiveness” by Paramore. “Forgiveness” is featured on their new album After Laughter. I was initially lukewarm to this track, but I’ve been listening to After Laughter a lot lately, and it has really grown on me. The track is a heartbreaker-but it’s honest( if you couldn’t tell already, I like my music honest). Due to the new developments going on within the band, the song also has so much more context than it had before. Hayley Williams’s vocals shine, the guitars are sensitive, and the backing vocals add a fullness and vulnerability that I didn’t detect until now. It also gives off major 80s vibes, which is always a good thing. This song has been, and probably will remain,on repeat for a long time.

 

That’s it for this round up! Have a good weekend!

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Lorde-“Melodrama” Album Review

So many artists dream of having a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. To reach this achievement, an artist might make sure their song has the best hook, catchiest melodies, and coolest video. All of these components sound like the makings of a great hit right? Wrong, just ask Lorde.

 

Back in 2013, New Zealand native Lorde burst on to the scene with her smash hit “Royals” at the tender age of sixteen. The single quickly rose to number one and stayed there for quite some time. The success of “Royals” is interesting. While it had a catchy hook, it featured, at that point, a relatively unknown artist and, it did not have a glamorous video. What I find the most funny about “Royals” is that it rose to the number one spot on Billboard by, for lack of a better word, roasting numbers 2-100. “Royals” is an extremely clever song, and I’m not sure a lot of top 40 listeners ever realized this, myself included( until I did my research). The song is critical of excess and celebrity culture, so while it sounded great to the ear, it also had deeper meaning.

I was never a big fan of “Royals” when it first came out. I found it annoying, and I thought Lorde was kind of strange and stuck up.  I think at this point I misunderstood her. It wasn’t until I heard her next single, “Team,” that I began to look into Lorde more. From there, I delved into her debut album Pure Heroine, and now I can say that not only is it one of the best debut albums I have ever heard, but it is also one of my favorite albums ever. Pure Heroine was a masterpiece, and listening to it made me realize that I actually understood Lorde quite a bit. The album had excellent social commentary, honesty, and just enough teenage angst( remember, Lorde was 16 when she wrote it), but it was also so smart and mature. In the following years, I always thought “How is Lorde ever going to top this. What will she do next?” She had set the bar so high.

Well, now its 2017, and Lorde is back with her new album Melodrama. I had high hopes for this album. Let’s see what I thought of it in my track by track review.

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1. “Green Light”

“Green Light”, the first single, was a great way for Lorde to kick start her new era. I  liked the song from the start because it’s such a bop. The beginning is a bit slow for me, but soon the groovy piano takes over, and from there “Green Light” shines. As far as lyrics go, I really like the ones in this song. We all know what it’s like to wait for the green light-literally and figuratively.

2. “Sober”

“Sober” is a well produced and performed track. Lorde’s artistry is on full display throughout. The track sounds kind of sinister and frantic. “What will we do when we’re sober?” she asks throughout.

3. “Homemade Dynamite”

Again, I have to praise Lorde’s vocals and the overall production of this track. “Homemade Dynamite” tells the story of a party that got a little too crazy. Perhaps the greatest standout in this track is the flute-sounding riff that repeats throughout. The song gets a little bit repetitive, but overall “Homemade Dynamite” is a solid song.

4. “The Louvre”

I like how atmospheric “The Louvre” is. Lorde’s vocals in this song are some of my favorite of hers on the album. I like the subtle  guitar on  the verses leading up to the chorus. This kind of instrumentation wasn’t seen a lot on Pure Heroine. The lyrics are also stand outs, as they show Lorde’s personality. “They’ll hang us in the Louvre, Down the back, but who cares-still the Louvre” and “Megaphone to my chest , Broadcast the boom boom boom boom and make ’em all dance for it” are two stand out lyrical phrases.

5. “Liability”

“Liability” was the second track released from Melodrama.  It is a sweet little piano ballad, with lyrics that I can relate too as they outline the feeling of being a burden. I initially really liked the track. It even made one of my new music roundups.  However, as I listen to it in the context of the album, it’s kind of a low point for me. It’s a little bit too slow, and there isn’t enough going on . Up until this point, the album has really nice, colorful production, and then everything kind of slows to a stop once it reaches “Liability”. I’m not saying it’s bad by any means, but I wish there were more to it.

6. “Hard Feelings/Loveless”

“Hard Feelings/Loveless” is a weird track (or I guess two tracks) for me. The first track “Hard Feelings” is an atmospheric spilling of emotions. The production is good, and so are the vocals. However, I get kind of bored with it quickly. The second track “Loveless” is my favorite track in this 2-in-1 song. Melodrama is a bit more emotional than Pure Heroine, and I can’t lie, I kind of missed Lorde’s snarky attitude from her debut. “Loveless” gave me this attitude that I craved. Her lyrics are biting and she deems our generation as L-O-V-E-L-E-S-S. The one problem I have with “Loveless” is that there isn’t more of it! I would have preferred Lorde to build on “Loveless” rather than combine it with “Hard Feelings.” That would have been a great song.

7.  “Sober II (Melodrama)

To start off, I want to say that I like the melancholy feel to this song and the strings throughout. However, it is kind of slow, until the beat drops at about a minute in. That is when the song truly reaches its full potential. The fluff at the beginning seems kind of unnecessary.

8. “Writer in the Dark”

I don’t have much to say about “Writer in the Dark.” It definitely isn’t my favorite song on the album, but Lorde’s vocals really shine.

9. “Supercut”

“Supercut” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It  has such a light feeling. I’m probably getting repetitive by now, but the production and the vocals were pristine-again. My favorite lines are when Lorde repeats “In your car, the radio up.” Not bad for what fans are calling Melodrama’s “Ribs.”

10.” Liability (Reprise)”

This song is best described as a filler. It kind of sounds like “Hard Feelings” because of the chill tempo and atmospheric sound. Overall, while it’s not bad quality, I find it pretty boring.

11. “Perfect Places”

I did not like “Perfect Places” when I first heard it. I though it sounded like generic pop, but after several listens, my opinion has changed. Lorde saved the best song for last. I love the lyrics. “I’m 19 and I’m on fire” and “I can’t stand to be alone” are stand outs for me. I applaud this song for being the only song apart from “Green Light” that is memorable. I find myself humming it and remembering it the best. The other songs are good, but they don’t have quite the same staying power that this ones has. With “Perfect Places” I never have to ask myself “What did that song sound like again?” Lorde is the queen of closers.

 

I applaud Lorde. So many artists breakout with great debuts and then fall victim to sophomore slumps. Lorde had such high expectations to meet, and I think she did a great job with Melodrama. I always knew Lorde would be around for a while, but this release has validated that she is not a one hit  or one album wonder. Melodrama is not imperfect, but I love how it showcases Lorde’s raw talent and uniqueness. Her strangeness is her hallmark, and I think it’s so refreshing.

I couldn’t relate to Melodrama as much as I could relate to Pure Heroine, but I’m not surprised by this-Lorde is now 20 and I am still a teenager. She’s less angsty, and she’s experienced more life. With that being said, Pure Heroine will always hold a special place in my heart, but I’m happy to make room for Melodrama.

My rating: 7/10

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A Growing Issue In Reality TV

Reality TV is terribly flawed. Whether it’s the manufactured plot lines, the scripted dialog, or the lack of overall merit, reality TV is a form of cheap entertainment that continues to make big money.

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I would be lying if I said I never watched reality TV. I get bored sometimes, and the antics of some of the individuals on these shows are laughable, even if they are completely fake.

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One form of reality TV that I thoroughly enjoy are those that are in a competition format. These are the American Idol and Survivor type shows. For a while I thought, “Wow, networks have finally delivered reality TV with some truth and merit.” I was wrong. While these type of programs are generally less scripted, they are still, for lack of a better word, rigged. Sob stories are to thank for this issue.

The dreaded sob story. We all know when they are coming. Sad music might begin, the contestant in question gets silent when they are asked what inspires them or something along those lines, and then suddenly the tears begin to fall as the person in question delves into a story about how life has smacked them in the face. I’m sick of sob stories. I think this clip just about sums up how I feel about them.

 

Maybe that clip made you laugh, maybe it didn’t. Maybe I sound like an insensitive jerk, but I’ll plead my case.

In recent years, I’ve noticed a pattern. Reality TV judges tend to pick winners who either have the best journey or the best sob story over actual talent or skill. If these contestants don’t win the show, they usually still get pretty far because of how “moving” or “inspiring” they are. This method would work if the show was called America’s Best Sob Story and not America’s Got Talent. In some cases the person with the most talent and best sob story are successful, but I think that’s pretty rare. In most cases the person who wins is about 75% sob story and 25% unbelievable talent.

On Season 14 of Project Runway, Ashley Nell Tipton had struggled with self-image issues and bullying for her entire life. A talented designer, she was one of four contestants to make it to New York Fashion Week. Tipton was inspired by her own background, so she designed a plus size collection. I appreciated her ambition; the fashion world simply does not cater to the plus size demographic and it’s unfair. However, from a fashion stand point alone, not a social one, her collection was relatively pedestrian and borderline cheesy. I mean she glued details on to some of the dresses she made. That isn’t high fashion by any stretch of the imagination. The judges loved her collection, and she went on to win the show. Their decision was, as usual, inconsistent with public opinion. There is no doubt in my mind that Project Runway wanted to appear socially conscious, so they picked Tipton over three better executed final collections. Tipton was a great designer, but not good enough to win it all. In this case, the journey and emotions had won instead of actual skill.

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These were a few of  Tipton’s designs.

 

In the 2015 season of MasterChef, much of the same happened. Derrick was a front runner for the entire season. He was a young guy who cooked for recreation and wanted to go somewhere with it. Claudia also loved to cook, but she came in hot with the sob story. She was a single mom who needed to win the $250,000 to support herself and daughter. When the finale rolled around, Derrick was clearly the better cook. Of course, I could only see the food, but the way the judges responded to each contestant’s dishes proved to me that they favored Derrick. Derek was experimental, Claudia played it safe. Of course Claudia mentioned just how much she needed to win frequently, and the judges fell for it. I was utterly shocked when they crowned her as MasterChef. I’m thinking the producers didn’t want to seem like jerks for not letting a single mom win. ( I am in no way discrediting single moms either, it is just that MasterChef is a cooking competition) Again, Claudia was a great cook, but her sob story gave her way too much leverage.

 

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NBC has a new show out called World of Dance. There was one contestant who delivered a great performance. When the judges asked him what the inspiration behind his dance was, he referenced his parents’ divorce and then proceeded to burst into tears. I think the guy would have gone through regardless of his story, but it most definitely inflated his scores, and made the judges go soft.

My parents are divorced, and divorce definitely takes a toll on families, but one things for sure: my parents’ divorce won’t increase my chances of getting into a college. Why should it then, increase someone’s chances of winning a competition?

Which brings me to my next point. A sob story is not worth a million dollars or some other multitude of money. Heck, if it was, we’d all be a million dollars richer. We’ve all have some sort of sob story because life is not kind to anyone. Let’s be real. I’m not discrediting some of the life experiences that people have gone through. I get it-life is hard.  However, we do not all have million dollar talent, and that is what these shows are supposed to be measuring.

The use of  sob stories is pretty manipulative to be honest. If an act, designer, or cook can’t fully intrigue judges with their skills, they whip out all of the tears and dramatics.

If I didn’t already scare you away with my cynicism, here is some more. I’m not sure how credible some of these stories are in the first place.

In case you’ve never seen this Spongebob episode, it is later revealed that the guy with the “glass bones” is a total scam. In a world of deception across the board, who can we really trust? I’m sure most people wouldn’t lie about their circumstances, because some are truly horrible and tear-inducing, but I’m also sure quite a few would. It’s all food for thought I guess.

It just drives me crazy that anyone should get farther in life due to anything that isn’t based off of merit or hard work. But now that I think of it, that’s all reality TV is isn’t it? It definitely required a lot of blood sweat and tears for the Kardashians to get where they are right? Definitely.

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New Music Roundup 6/2/17

Happy Friday! I thought it was a good time to share some of my favorite tracks right now. Enjoy!

Lady Gaga-“The Cure”

I’ve never been much of a Gaga fan, but “The Cure” doesn’t disappoint. It’s really catchy and it’s probably one of the best pop tracks on the radio right now.

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo, and Lil Wayne-“I’m the One”

I’m really liking this track and the summer vibes it gives off. The beat is good, I like Bieber’s delivery on the chorus, and the verses from each rapper go well with the song even if there isn’t much to them. I definitely see this song becoming one of the big hits of the summer.

Miley Cyrus-“Malibu”

I never thought we would see Miley Cyrus in this way ever again. She seems to be taking a new musical and personal direction. When I first heard Malibu I wasn’t feeling it. I thought it flowed kind of funny, but it has become a bit of a slow burner for me. I thinks it’s calming, catchy, and emotional(as far as radio goes). The track is perfect for summer, and I’m excited to see where Miley goes with her music.

Russ-“Losin’ Control”

I had never heard of Russ up until this point. I just realized his track Losin’ Control has been out for a year, but it is just now getting airplay, so it’s new to me. Losin’ Control is a great R&B track. It’s atmospheric and the vocal performance is great.  If you haven’t  listened to Losin’ Control I would check it out!

 

Thats all for this round up. I hope you have a great weekend!

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Paramore-After Laughter Review

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Paramore are one of my favorite bands. In my opinion, they have never released a bad album. Paramore’s roots are mostly focused in the alternative rock/ pop-punk scene, but they have slowly moved away from that sound. In fact, their last album, Paramore (2013), saw the band slowly making a transition into a more pop oriented, new wave type of sound. Some examples of this would be their top 10 hit “Ain’t it Fun” and the power-pop/ pop rock anthem “Still Into You.” Despite the self-titled album’s poppier sound, Paramore still included plenty of alternative tracks such as “Part II,” “Now,” and “Anklebiters.”

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The bands newest release After Laughter is different from their previous releases in the way that their old pop punk sound is essentially absent. However, Paramore still manages to sound like themselves, angsty lyrics and all. After Laughter is a tribute to 80’s synth pop and new wave. So yes, Paramore made a pop record, but I see nothing wrong with this. Pop music has become synonymous with bad music and this really confounds me. Anyway, bands evolve and change. I can’t expect Paramore to make the same music all of the time. There sound is different, but  Paramore still sounds alternative. The songs on After Laughter are poppy, but they are not your average pop songs that you would hear on the radio. And I can’t forget, there are still guitars and actual instruments. Many might say Paramore sold out on “After Laughter,” but I think they sound sharper and  more polished than ever before, while still maintaining their identity. Introductions aside, here is my track by track review of Paramore’s 5th studio album After Laughter.

1. Hard Times

“Hard Times” was the first single released from After Laughter. I really like this song. I think Hayley Williams does a fantastic job on vocals and the instrumentation is cool, interesting, and feet-tapping inducing. The song sounds theatrical to me and that’s what I love about it. Lyrically, I relate to it pretty well. I mean we all go through “Hard Times ” right?

2. Rose-Colored Boy

“Rose-Colored Boy” showcases on full display the 80s sound that Paramore was going for. It has become a favorite track from the album by fans and critics alike. For this reason, I found it strange that I was lukewarm to the song initially. I wasn’t a fan of the cheerleader sounding chants at the beginning of the song, and it almost sounded too throwback for me. However, after several listens, my opinion has changed. “Rose-Colored Boy” is not my favorite track on the album, but it is pretty darn good. It is catchy, and the lyrics are great, as they outline that it is hard to be positive all of the time. Who knows? Maybe “Rose-Colored Boy” will grow on me even more.

3. Told You So

“Told You So” is such a gem. I seriously think it is one of my favorite Paramore songs. The guitar riff and the bass line running through the song is electric. The lyrics are great.  This song is just wow. I really can’t put words to how much I love it.

4. Forgiveness

“Forgiveness” is a sweet little song, even though it’s also a heartbreaker. Hayley Williams delivers a soulful performance over sensitive guitars. There isn’t a lot to the track but I like it nonetheless. The 80s vibes are pretty strong in this one, and it evokes a lot of nostalgia.

5. Fake Happy

“Fake Happy” has themes similar to “Rose-Colored Boy.” We aren’t always going to be happy all of the time, so why pretend that we are? I like the lyrical content of this song-it’s honest-and Hayley Williams truly delivers on vocals. “I bet everybody here is fake happy too.”

6. 26

“26” isn’t a bad song by any means, but it just doesn’t move me like I would want it to. One of  After Laughter’s two ballads, 26 just isn’t memorable enough for me. I think as far as ballads go, Paramore has done better in the past. Nonetheless “26” is still a good song even though it fell a bit flat for me.

7. Pool

“Pool” has to be one of my favorite songs on the album. The lyrics, the vocals, the instrumentation-it’s all terrific. I love the glossy production and the bell/ chime sounds throughout.  I also love the pool metaphor.

8. Grudges

It’s funny because a lot of my favorite songs from the album are clustered together on the track listing. “Grudges” just makes me feel good, and sounds so terrifically 80s. That’s all there is to say.

9. Caught in the Middle

“Caught in the Middle” is fire. This track has perhaps the catchiest hook on the album. I love the guitars and the reggae feel. Hayley Williams’s vocal performance is pristine and I could not relate to the lyrics any more. The “I don’t need no help, I can sabotage me by myself” bridge really resonates with me and communicates how we all can be pretty self destructive.

10. Idle Worship

“Idle Worship” is probably the track that sounds most like the “old Paramore,” whatever that means. While I love Hayley’s theatrical and disjointed vocal performance, “Idle Worship” is kind of like “26” in the way that I don’t find it very memorable, but I like its message to not put people onto pedestals.

11. No Friend

“No Friend” is the worst song on the album. I’m not really sure what Paramore was going for here, or maybe I just don’t get it, but this track was kind of a let down for me. The instrumentation and the singing on it are very sub par(It should be noted that Hayley Williams isn’t singing on this track, which makes sense because she always sounds amazing). Essentially, “No Friend” just doesn’t fit with the album.

12. Tell Me How

“Tell Me How” is After Laughter’s closer. I like the song. I think it is a stronger ballad than “26,” mostly because it has more layers and a more emotive performance by Williams. It is a beautiful song, but it is also a bit unmemorable for me like some of the other tracks on this record.

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Overall, Paramore delivered a very solid album. I’m not quite sure how it stands amongst the rest of their albums at this point, but I definitely liked a lot of what was happening on After Laughter. If I had any complaints it would be that some of the songs weren’t very memorable and that I feel like the 80s throwback tribute has been overdone. I mean so many artists are making throwback music at this point in time. What was very clever about this record is that a lot of the songs were actually pretty sad, but they were disguised as happy songs. I guess that’s the way to do it right? Turn bad situations into good ones. Find beauty in pain.

My Rating: 7/10

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New Music Round Up 5/5/17

It’s finally Friday! I thought I’d celebrate with a new music round up. Below are four new (or newish) songs that I am currently enjoying.

Told You So” – Paramore

Paramore strikes again! Their song “Hard Times” made my last list, and I must say that I’m pretty surprised that they released another single in such a short span of time. I am by no means complaining though. “Told You So” might be even better than “Hard Times.” It has the same throwback sound as their first single, and I am just loving it. I can’t wait for Paramore’s new album!

“Humble”- Kendrick Lamar 

“Humble” is just a great jam. It’s so catchy and I love the lyrics.  We live in a world that lacks a lot of humility, and this is what Kendrick tries to communicate. He managed to create a song that is catchy but also has a message. I’m jamming out to this right now.

 

“Sign of the Times”-Harry Styles

I don’t think anyone expected Harry Styles to take the musical direction that he did. “Sign of the Times” is a far cry from anything One Direction had ever done. It is an alternative song through and through, despite the fact that it’s getting top 40 air play. The lyrics are good, the vocals are good, and the instrumentation is good. It runs a little bit too long for me, but overall it’s a good song, and I like that Styles didn’t play it safe.

“Passionfruit”-Drake

Drake is really overexposed right now. I feel like he’s always releasing music and sometimes there is just too much Drake. Despite this, I really like “Passionfruit.” It’s atmospheric and it has a good beat. If Drake continues making songs like this I don’t think I’ll care if he’s overexposed. Ok maybe I will, but not as much.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed! 🙂

 

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My Top 5 Favorite Looks from the Met Gala 2017

Yesterday was the first Monday in May. If you’re new here, or to the fashion world in general, I’ll explain why yesterday was so significant. The fashion world has its own holiday of sorts and it occurs every year on the first Monday in May. This day is marked  by an invitation-only event  held in New York  City called the Met Gala. The Met Gala is essentially a gathering of celebrities and public figures who walk down a red(or I guess beige in this case) carpet in order to get their picture taken, promote themselves, promote the designer they are wearing, and then proceed to party it up. In doing so, these celebrities provide funding for a brand new fashion exhibit (usually in the theme of the particular year’s gala) that is showcased at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art( hence the “Met” in Met Gala).

The Met Gala celebrates fashion, and the celebrities in attendance celebrate how beautiful and rich they are, as us commoners drool over their “perfection.” I won’t lie, sometimes I become one of these droolies before I begin to actually rationalize that the Met Gala is equivalent to a high school prom in the way that it is one big photo opportunity. I mean walking down a red carpet can’t be that fun, right?

I’ve been following the Gala for years now. Despite its excess and superficial nature, I eat it up every year. I love fashion, and this event showcases some of the best statements of the year. I mean that is every celebrities goal: to make the biggest statement(Rihanna usually wins this honor. Egg dress anyone?). So, who made the biggest statement this year? Time to find out. Below are my top 5 favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala.

 

5. Priyanka Chopra in Ralp Lauren

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I thought this was an interesting take on a trench coat. It’s really big and in your face which is the point. I’m just wondering how she was able to go to the bathroom in that thing-I mean look at the train!

4. Selena Gomez in Coach

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I don’t know what the theme for this year’s Gala was, and I probably won’t find out. Truthfully, I don’t really care about who sticks to the theme, so much as I care about who looks good and makes a statement. Selena Gomez did not disappoint. I love the simplicity of the gown. It is is feminine, sweet, and perfect for spring. Perhaps the real star of the whole ensemble is Gomez’s makeup. I mean it’s just stunning.

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3. Zendaya in Dolce and Gabana

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I don’t think I’d be caught dead in a parrot dress, but then again I’m not Zendaya. She really makes this look work. I think the wig adds an extra theatrical touch, and this was one of the best ensembles of the night for me.

2. Gisele Bundchen in Stella McCartney

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Okay, so Gisele looked amazing. Her dress is simple, sleek, and has just a touch of shimmer. What I love most about this look is how elegant it is. It is not trying too hard, it’s put together well, and it is truly timeless.

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Tom Brady (wearing Tom Ford) came along too. I forgot to mention that the coupled co-hosted the event this year. Not only does Brady win on the football field, but he also wins the red carpet. Go Pats!

1. Rihanna in Comme de Garcon

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So, I guess nothing has really changed. Rihanna won the Met Gala-again. Would I ever wear this? Probably not. As far as avante-garde fashion goes, however, this is a 10/10. Rihanna owns every look that she wears. This concoction is chic. I love the floral elements, the pink, and its geometric shape. The Met Gala is about going all out and bringing your A game. Rihanna does this without trying too hard. What a feat.

So there you have it. My top 5 looks from the 2017 Met Gala. If you want, you can check out my list from last year. A certain gossip girl took the crown….

Until next year!

Couturely Sound ❤

“A girl should always be two things: classy and fabulous.”