Thursday, 5 July 2012

Music Video Inspiration: Where Have You Been [Rihanna]

The first time we saw this video, we were like "ooohmaigawsh! she's practically naked"! I guess you could say the opening scene (where she emerged from swampy waters as an almost-nude crocodile?) offended our sensibilities quite a bit. But that notwithstanding, the fashion in the video is amazing! Styled by fashion editor, Mel Ottenberg (stylist and fashion editor at Purple magazine) , the video is an ode to tribal-chic edginess, if there ever was such a thing! From the croc-skin pasties, body paint, leather trousers, pink harems, zebra swimsuit, printed scarves, embellished body suits and metallic dresses, the fashion in this video (which includes several custom creations from Adam Selman)  packs a tribal, voodoo-evoking punch that is impossible to ignore!


Fashion
Crocodile Pasties, Crocodile Necklace and Lace-Up Leather Pants
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 Roberto Cavalli Zebra-Print Swimsuit, Shemagh Headscarf and Pink Harem Pants
 Emilio Pucci (S/S '12) Skull Lace-Detail Embellished Bodysuit and Gold Hoop Earrings
 Ripped Black Glitter Dress
Owl Nest Look: Silver Metallic Bodysuit and Tribal Necklace
Red Satin Sheath Dress
                           
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Make-Up
The extraordinary makeup was done by uber-talented makeup artist, Kabuki (artistic Director for Myface cosmetics). Kabuki has an impeccable pedigree and has worked with such incredible  megastars as Madonna, Michael Jackson and Katy Perry. He brought his insane talent to the fore here with exotic desert-and-swamp ready makeup featuring smoldering eyes, metallic eyeshadow, truckloads of shimmer (for the glowing skin), painted gold symbols and lots of animal inspirations!
Kabuki touching up Rihanna's makeup{Source}
 

Our Artsy Finds
We really couldn't leave you drooling without helping somewhat, could we? Here are some incredible (and workable) look-alike pieces we unearthed:
GOTTEX Zebra Plunge One-Piece Swimsuit
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Zebra Monokini with Custom Ring
$99.00 etsy.com
Chain Accent Pink Harem Pants
US$30.00 yesstyle.com
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Animal African Scarf
$32 - topshop.com
 Mango African Print Circular Scarf, Lime
$28 - johnlewis.com
Manik Mercian Anippe Necklace
Indego Africa Fabric Wrap Bracelet
Melissa Odabash Arizona crocodile-print swimsuit 
$170 (£108) - net-a-porter.com
  •                                                 Connexion Lace-up stretch-leather skinny pants  

                                                      £683 - net-a-porter.com

Heidi Daus "Crocodile Hei-Dee" Crystal-Accented Necklace
$289.95 hsn.com
Alice Vandy Black Lace Bodysuit
$100.00 - $200.00-  svpply.com
 Blue Nile Large Hoop Earrings in 14k Rose Gold
 $180 - bluenile.com
 Chamak by Priya Kakkar Ten-Piece Wood-Bead Bangle Set
$65 - cusp.com

Zara Martin For Made Exclusive To Asos Set Of 3 Rings
$25 - asos.com
Metallic Blingtones
 Wynona Silver Sequin Bustier
$80.00 nastygal.com
20pc Nickel Free Silver Tone African Neck Rings
$19.99 ebay.com
Silver Sequin Rhinestone Bra Top
$35.99 ioffer.com


Vintage Hmong Silver Torque Neck Ring


Hoola Bronzing Powder

£23.50 - debenhams.com

         
 MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Sequin Raw Edge Dress
$195 - my-wardrobe.com
 Religion Prd72 Black Sequin Racer Back Dress
 $83 - coggles.com

 Matches Cotton Sleeveless Dress

£184.00 skyliving.sky.com

 Elvira Sazesh Crystal Necklace

$150.50 -Bottica.com


ROSANTICA Beads necklace

$615 - farfetch.com
Moonbeam Illuminating Highligter

£18.50 debenhams


Watch the video here:

We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. What are your favorite looks from the music video? Would you be wearing any looks inspired by the "Where Have You Been" music video? We look forward to hearing from you. Kisses...

49 comments:

  1. Very good post! ^^ i am going to watch the video right away ^^

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    1. Thanks, hun! It is definitely worth a watch - plus the choreography is incredible!

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  2. it is a great video! and I liked your inspiration!:) kisses!

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    1. follow you back dear (the 79th) Kisses and have a nice day!

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  3. rihanna is a crazy girl but I love her! Thanx for sharing this great post

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    1. Yeah, she sure is crazy! But she's got some crazy talent as well...

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  4. This is such a well thought out, researched post with amazing pictures! We agree, the fashion in this video is beyond amazing and the make-up is beautiful and dramatic. So love those pink harem pants and red dress. Great job!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot, girls! So glad you agree!!!

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  5. Gah! I love this. I do music video inspiration on my blog too. I love it because it combines my two loves (fashion and music!). Your inspirations are lovely. I can't wait to see more (:
    Also I'm super excited to follow you and I hope you'll return the favor so we can stay in touch.

    xx Amber
    http://amberleetea.blogspot.com

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    1. Gee, thanks so much Amber! We love music a lot too and believe everything - all art, music, fashion - everything is connected!

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  6. So cute post! I love that song!

    XO

    C

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    1. Thanks a lot, Celeste! It's a great song-Gets to you, even when you don't want it to.

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    1. Thanks, Valentina! Will check your blog out now!!!

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  8. thank you so much for the comment on my blog and for following me :) I'm following you now! This is a great blog
    I like this post and I like all the things you have chosen especially the harem pants , the afro scarfs and the afro fabric bracelets, I want to make them

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    1. Thanks a lot! We were glad to. Can't wait to see you put your creative spin on these pieces, especially the harem pants!

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  9. hi pretty! nice blog! :-) I hope we can follow each others blog :-) I'd be glad ;-) please let me know :-) xoxo

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  10. Hi doll, really great and well-researched post, you've assembled Rihanna's video style so well, with the perfect real-life looks to match. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Sam! Have a great weekend!

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  11. I love your blog, I will follow you, if you will pass by us kiss kiss
    www.justgoshopping.net

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  12. Beautiful! :)

    http://liberty-walk-sara.blogspot.com/

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  13. me encanta tu blog, adoro rihana!!!

    te invito a visitar el mio :)

    http://alwaysparadize.blogspot.com.es/2012/07/con-volantes-y-bisuteria.html

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    1. Thanks a lot! We adore Rihanna too. Will check your blog out asap!

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  14. Great post dear! Love rihanna!!
    By the way, maybe you want to follow each other on bloglovin and gfc???????let me know it!
    xoxo

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    1. So do we, hun. So do we. Thanks a lot and have a great weekend!

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  15. i have mad love for riri

    http://www.sazistopsecret.blogspot.com/

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    1. We know, babes! We see a lot of your outfit posts, inspired by her edgy style :)

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  16. She certainly does like to push the boundaries haha.
    I love this closer look you took into the video though!

    Trendy Teal

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    1. Thanks a lot, hun! The video is amazing!

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  17. Love your blog!I'm following you right now on Bloglovin and GFC! Hope you can follow me back! :)
    Kisses, AngelaMia
    http://itisap4ssion.blogspot.it

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  18. i love the emilio pucci lace dress, so beautiful:) and her make up always looks stunning <3

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    1. Yes, it is a beautiful, beautiful dress! If we could own one item from the video, it'd be that dress! True about the always flawless make up too.

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  19. Hi :) love your blog! New follower* Hope you can follow my baby blog back :) Kisses

    http://thefrench-fries.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Thanks a lot, Carolina! We'd be glad to return the favour! Have a great week!!!

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  20. heeey you have a really nice blog :)
    would love if we follow each other to keep in touch :) greetings !!!
    www.yuliekendra.com

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    1. Thanks a lot, Yulie! We'd love to!

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  21. I'm in love with the song and the video!!! Thanks for the info!! Now i love it more :)

    http://mytigermx.blogspot.mx

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    1. So are we, Sebastian! So are we. Thanks for checking in and you are most welcome! Thots...

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  22. Who the hell said she doesn't have boobs, she does!

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    1. Now, that's funny! She sure got boobs!

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