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Fine Tuned: Olivia Somerlyn On Her Ethereal Wardrobe in the “Parachute” Music Video

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.

Watch Somerlyn’s video below, and find out which tunes are currently on our radar here!

 

Solange Knowles’ Summer Wardrobe Staple? Wearable Produce!

Few things say “summer” like a bevy of tropical fruit—and we’re not just talking about it from an edible perspective. When it comes to warm-weather dressing, brighter is always better, and prints reign supreme over solids. So when the two sartorially combine in the form of wearable produce, it’s pretty much a fashion ace. And few people demonstrate the wearability of fruit prints with more ease than Solange Knowles. The singer and former Destiny’s Child member has been spotted on more than one occasion sporting the tasty trend—most recently at Q&Q’s U.S. launch event at Open House Gallery (above, right), where she seamlessly paired two Christopher Kane separates with a crystal-crusted lemon wedge handbag by Kate Spade. “I don’t know what my obsession is with fruits this season,” Knowles told InStyle.com of her statement-making accessory. “Yellow is my favorite color to wear. If it was a banana, I’d be wearing it.”

But Knowles doesn’t limit herself to the sunny hue, of course. A champion of mixed prints, she’s paired nearly every color of the rainbow in her bold, risk-taking ensembles. Her go-to trend this year, as last (above, left at Coachella 2013), promises to be a veritable fruit cocktail, harking back to 2011, when Prada and Stella McCartney both showed bold citrusy prints in their spring collections. The trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon: “Melody Ehsani made some really adorable watermelon earrings that I just got,” Knowles said. “I also just got a pineapple ring, and I saw this other lemon dress at Opening Ceremony. My mom [Tina] was actually with me when I saw it and said, ‘If you buy one more thing with the fruit, this is just going to be embarrassing for you.’” Our verdict? Keep the fruit coming.

Sweeten Up Your Spring Wardrobe with These 22 Pastel Finds

Pastel is the ultimate springtime shade. From buttercup and petal pink to pistachio and powdery blue, these soft colors usher in the new season with sophisticated ease. Not to mention, they are a refreshing departure from winter’s usually moody tones.

Pastels are destined to play with equally soft colors but the trick to bringing out the dreamy undertones is to mix in unexpected fabrics. Metallics work wonderfully with pastels: There is something so charming-yet-cool about teaming a futuristic finish with a sherbet shade. Also, pastels will stand out just as well when paired with a creamy white hue. This combination is a foolproof approach to updating an on-trend all-white look.

If pastels are too sweet for your taste, juxtapose them with something edgy. Think: a combat boot or hardware-heavy accessories. Or, go for a tough-chic piece doused in a pastel shade, like the Zara moto jacket shown above. Playing with textures and details is another way to up the ante. The rose-colored Rebecca Taylor top shown above has a mixed media feel while the Marni dress is undeniably sweet thanks to its ultra-fem bow.

For a beauty look, opt for a pastel lip. Our favorite is Nars’ Velvet Matte lip pencil. It’s easy to swipe on (much less intimidating than red and orange!) and just as easy to pull off—soft pinks are a no-fail in the makeup department since the color is universally flattering.

We went on a quest to find the dreamiest pastel pieces and put all of our favorites here in one place. Click through the gallery to shop 22 sweet treats—accessories and beauty products included!