Most stylish music videos 2014
By Matt Glazebrook, 20 December 2014
Pop music's most memorable contributions to the 2014 style game were probably Beyoncé's collection of nerd chic sweatshirts in her lo-fi 7/11 video and the gold chain bikini and micro shorts that Nicki Minaj donned for Anaconda. But that doesn't mean that menswear didn't get a look in. The following are five of our favourite music promos of year – and, unsurprisingly, they all feature dudes in extremely enviable outfits. Wrap your eyes and ears around 'em below.
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa's Groundhog Day-inspired breakthrough video tells the story of a night out where everything that can go wrong – from spiked drinks to flying fists – does go wrong, over and over and over again. One thing that Mensa gets right every time, however, is his outfit. A slim-fit black leather jacket worn over a bright and party-ready graphic tee is a bulletproof going out getup, whether you're dodging vomit, avoiding bouncers, or bopping to your own ace hip-hop-meets-deep-house beats.
Danish rockers Iceage handily marry the sound of their tune The Lord's Favourite to the styling in the video. So ramshackle, rowdy country-punk comes clad in vintage Western shirts with shiny snappers, 50s-style Hawaiian shirts, white tees, plain casual slacks and one pair of very dusty work boots. Throw in champagne with dice in it, film noir lighting and a heavily tattooed cross-dresser and you've got a brilliantly realised slice of sleazy, rockabilly cool.
Rapper Childish Gambino – aka actor Donald Glover – is a man who knows his way around a tropical print. Here, his choice of a retro yellow, short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt (paired with short shorts and some old-school running kicks) is not only an absolute holiday win, but also perfectly matches the video's mood of sultry island melancholy, endless summer nights and horrible mutant alien slaughter. Well, maybe not the last part.
In which annoyingly young and talented Atlanta songwriter Raury leads a gang of mates around a bleached-out American suburbia, clad in all manner of desirable gear. The general vibe is a grungy streetwear – buffalo checks, utility jackets, hoodies – which mirrors the mood of elegantly wasted teenage nostalgia. But Raury saves the best outfit all for himself – worker boots, ripped white skinny jeans, a wide-brim straw hat and an absolutely brilliant Aztec-patterned coat. Want.
There's a lot going on in this video. Sexy ladies, a tight-pants-wearing old bartender, members of Haim, an ageing Napoleon Dynamite, choreographed dancing and a big old bar fight. And then there's the tune, which moves away from Chromeo's occasionally aseptic 80s electro pastiche for something warmer and more romantically nostalgic, like a funkier version of The Commodores' Night Shift. But we're most excited about singer Dave 1's leather biker jacket, worn with the compulsory rockstar sunglasses and the not-at-all-compulsory leather trousers.