If you didn’t know, “Video Clothes” existed in another form 3 years ago as a blog I did for a class in college. I knew I wanted to write about fashion and music, and the most perfect title, “Video Clothes,” serendipitously came to me the morning the title of my blog-to-be was due. I reviewed the clothes in music videos (get it? It also came from a play on words for a *ahem* video vixen), fell in love with blogging and soon knew I wanted to make this project into something more. It’s taken me quite a while to decide exactly what I wanted to do with this thing, and to get back into blogging, but I’ll never forget my humble beginnings, which is why today, I’ll be ranting/raving about the clothes in this music video and many more in the future.
Now that this history lesson is over with, let’s talk about how this video is the ultimate fashion-girl bait.
The music video for “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea feauring Charli XCX recreates classic cinematic masterpiece, Clueless (1995). If you know fashion, Cher Horowitz is probably your spirit animal, you’ve dreamed of having a computerized closet/outfit maker, and have an affinity for little backpacks, over-the-knee socks and/or plaid skirts, all thanks to this film.
If Cher Horowitz were a rapper from Australia, she’d be Iggy Azalea rapping about being “Fancy,” and that’s what makes this music video so amazing. Add on the fact that it’s shot-for-shot, identical to the original movie, down to the specificities of the outfits, and this is the most genius video that has ever been created. Snaps for Director X. I was gonna screen cap some shots to compare the two side by side, but this lovely gifset I found on Tumblr is WAY better than anything I could have done so, enjoy.
Let me preface this by saying that if you’re looking for any negative comments on the outfits in this video, you won’t find them here and that you need to reevaluate your life choices right now.
Of course, you gotta have the iconic yellow plaid outfit and Di’s *chic* lampshade hat. When you think of Clueless, this is exactly what comes to mind. I need to know where this is from because I’ve been searching for the past 2349309 Halloween’s to make my Cher dreams come true.
Onto another iconic style moment- I definitely owned a pink fluffy pen in elementary school
and definitely pretended I was Cher instead of paying attention in class. While this outfit isn’t a replica of the original, I appreciate the touch of Iggy in the pink and yellow ripped top that prevents the theme from totally overwhelming her own personality and look.
I was a little disappointed they omitted the suck and blow scene, but Iggy’s butterfly hair clips and those two dreadful hair pieces in front that somehow always had to happen with a 90’s updo made up for it, I think. We all did it. Why? I’m not sure if we’ll ever know.
And how could you forget Cher’s infamous Haiti-an’s speech? Did you know that the mispronunciation of Haitian’s was not scripted? Of course you did. Why did I even have to mention it?
Although the point was to recreate the 90’s, the styling isn’t too far off from what you could see on the streets of fashion-forward cities like NYC today. Alexander Wang recently sent some mesh cutouts on the runway akin to the black and white top Di wears on the left. If gym wear actually looked like that, maybe dragging myself to the gym wouldn’t be so bad.
Well, Iggy, you got us. No matter who you are, if you love fashion, you’re a sucker for Clueless. So much so that I’m pretty sure every fashion publication covered this video. Historically, a music video that is well-received within the fashion community, see: George Michael’s “Freedom ’90,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” etc., goes onto defining that time and with the resurgence of the 90’s, Iggy’s “Fancy” is like our favorite hashtag, #tbt, in music video form. Fitting, as Azalea’s debut studio album, which is out April 18, is titled The New Classic. I guess we’re now living in a world where Clueless a relic of the past…and I’m feeling way #old.