Olivia Somerlyn may have a wealth of videos posted to her YouTube channel (and over 6,000 subscribers to boot), but only one of them is an actual music video. And for her first time creating a piece of visual art, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter took to it with uncharted enthusiasm: Not only did she design and style her own wardrobe, but she directed the whole shoot and brought on former tour mate Nick Jonas as a producer. “I wanted the wardrobe to represent the meaning behind the song,” she told InStyle.
The meaning is obvious after hearing the first refrain (brought to life after the youngest Jonas hummed the melody during a recording session). “It’s about attachment—when you’re being pulled into something and have no control,” Somerlyn said. And her wardrobe was meant to explicitly echo just that. “I wanted to wear something billowy and all-consuming,” she added. “It symbolizes how I’m completely trapped by this external force.” To create the ethereal number, the Cali native sketched how the front and sides would look using an actual parachute for design inspiration. For added flare, she adorned her nightgown-esque sheath with rose gold jewelry by Sara Weinstock.
At the end of the video, Somerlyn ultimately lets go off of her metaphorical cloth canopy (but not before being ushered above the Mojave Desert in a harness powered by an extremely large rig–the same one used by Katy Perry in her music video for “Roar”), which was yet another first for the singer. Given the profound legwork, we expect this one will be her most-clicked-on post to date.
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