It’s been a little over a month since the SNL performance of D’Angelo and the Vangaurd but I cannot get it out of my head – it was simply off the chain!!
Music is a form of art and so is fashion, combine the two and you cannot go wrong… I’m in really love with the outfits worn by D’angelo and The Vanguard in their performance of “Really Love” and “The Charade”.
During the performance of “Really Love” D’angelo chose to wear a black, slightly oversized suit with accessories to complement the Mexican/Spanish guitar playing in the background: a poncho, Fedora hat and fingerless gloves which adds a touch of rockstar appeal.
The sassy looking, female back up singer looked even sassier with her lace and leather LBD. The bias cut of the top section of the dress enhances her curves, adding to her sultry look that so perfectly fits the theme of this beautiful love song.
The outfits chosen for the second performance was also fitting to the message portrayed in the song “The Charade” which makes a powerful statement about the importance of black lives following the gunning down of the recent young black men – Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Apart from D’angelo’s layered look – black leather jacket, trench coat and bandana which seems to be his signature style; the rest of the band’s simple attire-black t-shirt and jeans/pants -was purposed to fade into the background in order to highlight messages such as “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe”. These powerful statements in combination with the outlined body on the floor of the stage personified the message of the song that is spelled out in lyrics such as:
“All we wanted was a chance to talk
‘Stead we only got outlined in chalk
Feet have bled a million miles we’ve walked
Revealing at the end of the day, the charade”
Bravo to D’angelo and The Vanguard!