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Earthgang featuring Tiana Major9 “Collide” -  Soul Train Awards 2019

January 22, 2020 14:44

The artist duo Earthgang and soul singer Tiana Major9 performed together at BET’s Soul Train Awards 2019. They released “Collide” together on October 10th following a music video with both Tiana Major9 and Olu, one of the two members of Earthgang. The song is also featured on the soundtrack for the new upcoming movie “Queen and Slim”, which hits the theaters in the US on November 27th. The visuals in the music video for “Collide” are simple but plentiful for the song. What made the video significant were not only the elegant yet urban outfits but also the chemistry between Olu and Tiana.

Their performance together at the Soul Train Awards was absolutely incredible. WowGr8, the second member of Earthgang, gave an inspiring monologue about love and strength between two black beings in the corrupt America of today. The performance then followed Olu’s and Tiana’s live rendition of “Collide”. Tiana in an all white two piece suit and Olu in all red. The stage was covered in flowers and hubcaps, a reference to the music video that featured the duo in a car out in the fields. The energy between Olu and Tiana gave me chills. The two together are almost electric. Whether they are friends or more than that they definitely have love for each other. Olu mentioned in an instagram post, “We just went in to do what we love and to have fun. We ended up with a timeless song!!! So blessed to bless others”. This song and performance both shows the passion and emotion that went into the creation of this song. Earthgang and Tiana Major9 moved the audience with their soulful performance.

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The employees in the boutiques, in the design studio and in the backstage area at fashion shows wear white lab coats, as was common in the ateliers of the great couturiers, e.g. Christian Dior, and is still common today. The fashion shows for the high-priced fashion sometimes took place in the context of the Paris Prêt-à-porter shows in unconventional locations, up to shabby surroundings (construction site, metro station, dining room of the Salvation Army etc.). The boutiques are kept in plain white and gray. Margiela originally selected unspectacular locations such as a residential area in Tokyo and did not publish the addresses of the boutiques in order to require the customer to make an effort to find the store at all. The first Margiela store opened in Tokyo in 2000 and the first European boutique was inaugurated in Brussels in 2002. In 2008, a boutique opened in a basement on the edge of Munich's Maximilianstrasse. This was followed by participation in numerous exhibitions, including "Radical Fashion", which was shown in 2001 at the V&A Museum in London. In 2010 there were 36 own stores worldwide.  In 2015 there were over 50 stores worldwide, including boutiques, that only carry the MM6 collection.

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