“Fashionz” according to Ab Soto (featuring House of Field stylist Leo Gugu) Just to get reaction?
The fabulous and one-of-a-kind Leo Gugu recently had the opportunity to be a part of musical artist Ab Soto’s new music video, “Fashionz”. Ab Soto met Leo at the Tuesday night party “Westgay” at The Westway and he was so impressed with Leo’s look and personality that he asked him to be a part of his video, which features several other club kids, drag, and butch queens werqing their own personal style and movement for the camera.
I personally think that Ab Soto is being sarcastic when he says in the main hook of the song, “Fashion: just to get reaction. Fashion: is the main attraction. Fashion: camera, lights, action.” It sounds to me like he’s poking fun at the world of fashion and how serious some people take it. In the verse, he goes on to say:
“Having money and style are two different things. That’s not fashionz.”
“Being an uptight, label-whore, caddy queen. That’s not fashionz.”
Then, towards the end, he let’s us in on the true message of the song:
“Wearing your confidence from head to toe. That’s fashionz.”
“Upsetting the trends 24 hours a day. That’s fashionz.”
“Breaking the rules no matter what they say. That’s fashionz.”
“Marching to the drum of your own beat. That’s fashionz.”
“Fashion plus personality. That’s fashionality.”
FASHIONALITY. Hell yeah. I think I just found a new favorite word! Let’s all start using that from now on, ok great!
Leo Gugu backstage with recording artist Ab Soto during the filming of “Fashionz”.
I completely agree with his views about fashion, especially what he says about confidence. No matter what you are wearing, whether you got it at Saks, a sample sale, a vintage store in Brooklyn, or a garage sale, if you wear it with complete confidence and give it your own personal twist and attitude, it will be fashionable to you. “Fashion” isn’t about wearing top name designers or keeping up with the latest trends. It’s about being original, unique, and most importantly YOU. That’s what I like about Ab Soto, and I think why he asked Leo Gugu to be a part of the video with him. It’s because they exude such great confidence and personality and it shines through in their personal style. Some people might look at how they dress and think, “What the hell?” and think it’s a bit crazy…or beyond their realm of what they consider to be “fashion”. But, I think that what their style says to the world is, “Well, fuck all you uptight bitches that care so much about name brands and just looking good. We like to express ourselves and have FUN while doing it!”
And THAT’S #fashionz !
Oh, and hey gurl, hey! What do ya know: In the video, Ab Soto is wearing Daniel Palillo, and JoyRich, two brands that we LOVE here at the House of Field and always have pieces of theirs in stock. Werq!
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