A still from Britney Spears’ ’I Wanna Go’ music video.
All Photos Courtesy of Jive Records
The world loves nothing more than a comeback kid, and no one has a more anticipated renaissance like Miss Britney Spears. Her fans propelled her latest (and seventh) studio album Femme Fatale to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In her music video for I Wanna Go (which was just released yesterday morning) Brit is back to her glowing, loveably goofy self as she pokes fun at her relationship with the media (who? us??), even going a little batcrazy renegade on the paparazzi (familiar much?) with an unexpected weapon.
But our refreshed and redone Brit isn’t here to mess around or sing a couple sweet songs. Nosiree. In fact, for her latest, her fashion is as tough as we’ve ever seen her, with her early aughts sensibilities and a healthy dose of spiky, aggro details.
When we first see our blonde-and-pink Britney, she is headed to some sort of press conference. She’s rearing to battle, and her Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes 120 will carry her into the brawl. We already know that she’s feeling a little angsty, because check that cuff. SAFETY PINS. The most dangerous of office supplies (besides maybe staples). We like the little metal detailing, and it’s clear (to us, at least) that she had a lot of her gear customized.
SECRET MESSAGE SLASHED TEE
You remember her days in the Mickey Mouse Club? She doesn’t. Mickey is DEAD TO HER, and she lets us know with a mouse skull and a shredded tee. We like this self-referential garment better than her sexy school girl or transparent claim that she’s “not that innocent.” Instead, fingerless leather gloves, dark vampy eyeliner and a wallet-chain/belt combo that would make our 8th grade BF jelly tells the paps she is ready to rumble.
GROMMETS AND CHAINS AND SAFETY PINS, OH MY!
There is a reason that pouty teens rely so heavily on heavy metal hardware. Because, letsbehonest, when you are rocking some spikes and major silver accessories, you feel as tough as you look. The slashes are so ’90s deliberate and unnatural they are a total throwback to the days of mega-trashed jeans, but that’s not a problem. Gaga can have her lovely Italian silks. Britney (and her jeans) have been through hell.
HEAVY METAL HARDWARE
Wait. Wait. Hyper-ripped pants, raccoon eyeliner and now Doc Martens? Let’s posit something: Britney has been around for over a decade, right? Is she hitting her pop star adolescence? Is she getting the real teenager-hood she deserves? HOW EXCITING IS THAT? (We also love that these are the old-school 12-eye Docs, instead of the much more butch 18 or 24-eye pairs.)
AVRIL TESTED, BRITNEY APPROVED
Since she is doing the babyteen thing, she took a page from Queen Babyteen herself: Avril Lavigne. Avril survived the young star rigamarole, the divorce nightmare, and IS CANADIAN (JK. We love our beaver-y friends) and she still has a great time throwing caution to the wind.
GIRL SCOUTS’ MOTTO: BE PREPARED
Let’s talk about this jacket. It’s a white jacket (the ultimate rock-and-roll glam color for a coat), but then it is literally lined with HUNDREDS of safety pins. Safety pins not only for the sheer bad-assed effect, but also to give the garment texture to break up the expansive white surface. Lastly, think of a combat boot-clad Britney painstakingly clipping on each one of those safety pins, biting her lip, and hoping that Mom doesn’t get home to see her ruining her good pre-Labor Day coat.
In true Britney form, she doesn’t rock Ray-Bans or Carreras or other easily identifiable shades. Nah. She’s got the on-the-street-corner vibe on lockdown. She got those shades on the way to she shoot and just wore them cuz she could. Red aviators are so Crossroads meets Kill Bill it literally makes us wish someone would release us from our cubicles to go outside (Note: We’d immediately combust, Dracula-style).
This may be Miss Spears’ most fashion-forward look in the video, and it’s pretty cramazing. A lesser stylist would have just left on the epaulets or added a few studs, but what is really going on here is a full metal (shoulder) jacket. Instead of going for the structured, high-shoulders of Ke$ha or Gags, the clips are draped and fluid, providing oddly graceful movement.
OLD SCHOOL GLAMOUR SHOT RIGHT HURR
Ah, here is the softly lit, girlish Britney that stole America’s hearts. She reminds us, that underneath the dye job and the spikes, she is still a soft little angel. (You can tell because her eyeliner is less raccoon-y and has a touch of glitter. Also, the fresh-faced pale lips.) The thing that is best about Britney, sartorially speaking, is that she’s just a real girl, wearing real-girl things… but in expensive video shoots.
STUDDED MICS > NUNCHUCKS
If our pal Christian Siriano has taught us anything about microphones, it is that studs and spikes always get the crowd talking. But Brit has something more sinister in mind, and she uses her embellished electronics to bash pesky photogs in the face.
GIRLY GETAWAY TOP
Here is what makes us feel like this video is priming a for-real-deal comeback: Britney is having fun, and having fun with herself. Aside from the Crossroads 2 reference, we suddenly have a tween Britney, in a little floral bikini, driving into the sunset. Of course, she even cheekily pokes fun at that, having her pal Guillermo Diaz sexily pour milk over himself.
BREAKING: THE BELLYBUTTON RING IS BACK
JUST SO YOU KNOW that this is a true rebellious teen video, the piercing is back. She shed it recently, but you know what? It’s time to start reviving 2001. Someone find me my Mudd jeans.
+ WATCH THE FULL ’I WANNA GO’ MUSIC VIDEO BELOW!!!