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You know Frank—he's been writing about menswear, sales, television, new shops, the recession, Lisa Loeb, the Golden Girls and getting blasted for Racked for over a year. Well, we think it's time you got to know him and his quirky-irreverent views on life and fashion even better with his brand new column: Love, Frank. Taking the form of an open letter and always signed with love, Frank will rant about whatever style-related conundrum he encounters in a given week. So buckle your two-toned leather Moschino belts, folks, it's going to be ? Something.
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Dear LA Weekly,
Last week you put together a list of your very favorite supermodel-studded music videos. We saw, we responded—and we obviously respect your choices. To each is own, we always say. But, guys, you missed one.
A major, major one.
You included George Michael's "Freedom," which is epic and obviously deserving of a spot on the list (the song is none too shabby, to boot). So, no complaints on that. And, of course we realize you have to be a little diplomatic about this kind of thing—how many George Michael videos can one short top ten list of supermodel-starring clips really contain?
All that said, the correct answer is—emphatically—two; the other being George Michael's "Too Funky."
In fact, we might've put this one at the tip-top, followed by "Wicked Game." "Freedom" would've still ended up in around fifth place.
(Total sidenote: The song's official title is actually "Freedom! '90.")
And would anyone who actually likes music—or cares about models, probably—have blinked an eye if "Cherry Pie" or "Uptown Girl" were omitted?
(In an ideal world we'd omit Billy Joel from, like, everything.)
Some background: Not a tremendous radio hit but a massive video, a major club jam and blockbuster in Europe, "Too Funky" was released in 1992 as a single and as part of the "Red Hot + Dance" compilation. The compilation—one from a massive series—donated proceeds to AIDS charities. The song is great—kinda disco, kinda new wave, kinda funk, with a sample from the Graduate.
The video, however, is flawless.
Directed by Thierry Mugler (pre-Manfred) and featuring a few of the designer's most iconic looks (Don't you sometimes wish your outfit had side view mirrors so you could openly gawk at people as they pass?), the video is essentially a runway show starring a litany of legendary supermodels (Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjöberg, Estelle Hallyday, Shana Zadrick and Tyra Banks). It's also the most raucous, high-energy, interactive fashion show we've ever seen—someone create something like this. And invite us.
This was back in the early days of George Michael being kind of a weirdo—maybe we should've seen the signs, but we didn't—anyway, the star really only makes a short cameo or two in the video. He plays a videographer or director. Hell, maybe he's playing Thierry (not Manfred).
Either way, it's amazing. And in a sidelong, roundabout way it's sort of relevant now that Thierry Mugler, the brand, just returned from the dead with a menswear collection for fall. Granted, Thierry Mugler, the brand, is now helmed by Nicola Formichetti (who, granted, prefers Lady Gaga to Lady George) and Thierry Mugler, the man, is now a bodybuilding monster who considers himself a part of "Womanity," calls himself Manfred Mugler and does not create clothing (with or without side view mirrors).
Just watch the video (This clip opens with a bonus making of—thanks MTV!):
PS—can we just talk about Evangelista's neck?
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