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Lizzo is 100% that bitch

December 4, 2019 11:43

I was first introduced to Lizzo in 2018 through her now chart-topping hit single “Truth Hurts”. It felt as though she was speaking to me directly and the song quickly became my new break up anthem. I immediately adored her lyrics about self-love and female empowerment, they inspired me to live my best life. With a combination of Hip Hop, R&N, Gospel, a dash of classical music and a heavy bass beat, her music resonates with anyone looking for a “pick-me-up”. Lizzo preaches about body positivity practically on a daily basis, making all of her listeners feel unique and beautiful.

Lizzo was born as Melissa Jefferson in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Houston,Texas. She grew up mainly surrounded by gospel music. Her interest in music, therefore, began at a young age and flourished when she was first introduced to the flute in elementary school. She quickly fell in love with the classical instrument and dreamt of a career as a successful flutist. After high school, Lizzo earned her degree in music performance and music theory at the University of Houston. In search of a new beginning, she moved her musical talents to Minneapolis where she released her first debut album, Lizzobangers gaining her widespread recognition and a US Tour including dates in the UK. About a year after the album release Lizzo worked with Prince on his album Plectrumelectrum and featured on various tracks by widely-known artists such as Clean Bandit, Bastille, and Bon Iver.

“Cuz I love you”, released April 2019 features a variety of must-haves. Three songs of which are in the Billboard Top 100 with “Truth Hurts” at number one. Lizzo credits a lot of her self-growth to the making of this album. The stories told stem from real issues and events she had to overcome by herself and through the help of therapy. She told the Rolling Stones Magazine, “That was really scary, but going on that journey of being vulnerable with someone who I didn’t know, and then learning how to be vulnerable with people that I do know, gave me the courage to be vulnerable as a vocalist”. The emotion is not only felt in her songs but also her performances. Watching her 2019 VMA performance did not only give me goosebumps but genuinely made me happy. The energy she gives off during her performance is not easy to find and with many years of hard work she projected this energy into her music. She is now with 31 years of age finally being credited for her hard work. “I just felt like I was throwing music into the world and not even making a splash,” she told ELLE Magazine. Now Lizzo’s music is causing some well-deserved waves in the charts, and this is just the beginning.

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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.

The company followed a very restrictive communication policy. The designer can neither be photographed nor interviewed. Only his creations should speak for themselves and the designs should be perceived as the overall performance of the team. That's why the team always shows up in white doctor's coats after the fashion shows - nobody should stand out.

By recycling old fashion, separating, recoloring, reversing seams and zippers, both the origin and the artificial of the art of tailoring are shown. Margiela puts together what doesn't belong together: by hand, jeans turn into skirts, old army socks become pullovers. Baptized by the press as deconstructivism, this current is defined by an abrupt collision of different materials, which at first glance appear inharmonic in the sense of conventional viewing habits. Margiela herself rejects the term "deconstructivism". He resurrected clothes in a new form, he told ELLE in 1991.

Margiela was the unofficial 7th member of "Antwerp 6", a generation of fashion designers who all completed their training at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1980-1981 and shaped the "style of the Belgians". However, it does not belong to the actual group, but it became known in a similar period.

The Japanese "Street Magazine" dedicated two special editions to "Maison Martin Margiela", which were published in book form in 1999. Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga) is a big fan of Maison Martin Margiela.

In July 2014, fashion critic Suzy Menkes exposed Matthieu Blazy via Instagram as Head of Design, after which he deleted his Instagram account and changed his profile in a career network. He left the company on October 1, 2014.

To this day, Margiela pieces, especially in the fashion industry and all fashion lovers, belong to the sanctuaries in every repertoire and archive. Getting vintage pieces from other designers may be possible, but Maison Martin Marginal Archives are a real hunt and that says it all about this art.