Abel vs. The Weeknd on using leather to create a persona.
ABEL TESFAYE is just like many of us. Attempting to put the past behind and go toward a more positive future, the superstar is trying to overcome the damage The Weeknd has caused him during the Canadian singer’s many years of success.
In an exclusive interview with GQ Magazine, The Weeknd, Abel’s persona, is seen wearing what defines his visual art form: well-constructed leather fits. The styling was made by George Cortina, who dressed the singer in a Tom Ford suede trucker jacket, huge fur teddy coats, a Hermès trench coat, and many different heavy-hitter pieces from Hedi Slimane’s Fall 2021 collection for Celine.
Shoes also give it that "The Weeknd pose," made of leather and boasting 2.4’’ heels, these Celine Jacno boots give him all the Prince and Jimi Hendrix vibes he needs.
The outfits contrast with the singer’s true identity. The one he's looking forward to becoming again. The day before the shoot, interviewer Mark Anthony Green met a humbler Abel — one wearing sweatpants that were definitely more functional than fashion.
"I am not dark. My art is dark, and I’ve gone through dark times. I’ve used those dark times as inspiration for my art," he shared.
Abel is the one The Weeknd goes home to every night and he wants to feel as comfortable as he was in those sweatpants. Not that Celine Jacno’s boots weren’t made for him. They are the armor the singer can always come go back to. But maybe he needs to step back and take a moment to look at them from a fresh perspective. And hopefully, the power fits can stay forever on.
Looking inside and understanding the parts of us that need to change so that we can grow as human beings is also a story of success and the singer is ready to take the next step so he can show us how.
JUST IN: Speaking of how leather-oriented The Weeknd's persona is, he's just shared a dominatrix-inspired music video for his new single Take My Breath, with visuals so intense that were even taken out of Imax theater screenings due to concerns over potential seizures. That's the singer's first solo single after After Hours and, according to Abel, the album he's always wanted to make is coming.
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