It’s been a while since I last wrote about Christina Aguilera’s style. She’s recording her upcoming album, so she’s recently been under the radar. In the last few days she has been spotted in Great Britain, gearing up for tonight’s performance: she was among the artists who took part into Michael Forever, a tribute concert for Michael Jackson held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
I still don’t know which turn her style will take when she presents her new album, but it seems like she’s alternating sexy and skimpy outfits with more ladylike and refined ensemble: what she wore at the concert proves it. She performed two songs by Jackson – Smile and Dirty Diana. Smile has a very interesting story behind: it’s in the tracklist of Jackson’s double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, released in 1995, but it was originally the instrumental theme of Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, Modern Times (1936). The music was composed by Chaplin himself, while the lyrics were added in 1954. On the other hand, Dirty Diana is part of the tracklist of the album Bad, released in 1988. The second song has definitely a rock vibe, so Christina wore a sexy outfit while performing it, which included a corseted bodysuit, a corset belt and a gorgeous leather jacket.
I love her jacket. This is an Amen piece: it’s made of leather, and the tulle sleeves are embroidered with silver crystals. She paired the outfit with fishnets and black boots just below the knee. I like this outfit on her, because it emphasizes her curves, but I’m still so annoyed by her hair: I don’t think such a wild hairdo – loose hair flying all over – is suitable for a rock performance. Christina, if you don’t want to bring hair metal style back (and I know it’s not your goal), please do something with your hair!
More about the hair disaster: she’s clearly wearing extensions, which she should totally get rid of. What about a new haircut and hair-colour, honey?
On the contrary, this same backcombed, Dolly Parton-ish hairstyle was amazing when she wore a different outfit to sing Smile. This ensemble is quintessential Christina: body-hugging but not skin-tight, provocative but not skimpy, kind of ladylike but with a twist. She wore a low-cut blue dress, embellished with golden beaded cuffs and a corset belt with gold metal buckle and chains.
Her dress is an Alexander McQueen creation: it’s made of wool jersey and is embellished with gold chain epaulets and cuffs.
Her belt is by McQueen, too: it’s made of black nappa leather with antique gold embossed buckle. I haven’t found a full-figure picture yet, but it seems like she wore her trusty Christian Louboutin Maggie pumps.
She’s so beautiful in this picture. As you can see, her make-up is dramatic and I love it: she strangely didn’t wear any jewellery, so in this case there was no need to keep the make-up simple. She opted for trademark red lips, heavy smokey eyes with falsies and black nail polish. I don’t want to comment on her glowy cheeks, because you know I’ve got a soft spot for them (she always wears amazing blushes and highlighters; the effect never fails to wow me).
Before closing the post, let me set matters straight: I know somebody will surely comment “She’s so fat”, while watching these pictures. Some time ago, I read some nasty comments about her weight: people were saying she’s not marketable anymore, because of those extra pounds. I don’t even want to start commenting the wickedness of using such an adjective while talking of a person; you might reply saying she’s a product in the show business, after all, but there’s much more than that behind Christina. She’s a talented singer, a respected artist, a multi-faceted woman, and she’s clearly proven she can take unpopular choices to express herself. Do you really think being “marketable” is important to her? I don’t care the reason why she’s gained weight, but I think she’s showing women being self-confident is possible, even when your body changes. Some say she should cover herself up and not wearing skimpy clothes and I ask you: “Why should she do such a thing?”. Covering herself up to hide her extra pounds? Why are people still convinced you must be skinny to be successful? And, most of all, why do people think a woman should cover herself up if she’s not a 0 size? It’s easy to talk about self-expression, but the truth is that people are always ready to point their finger at the one who doesn’t conform to the rule. How shallow.