Jorja Smith ‘s “Be Honest” Champions Upcoming Designers

Jamaican-British songstress Jorja Smith recently released her first piece of new music since her 2018 debut album Lost & Found. Featuring Nigerian artist Burna Boy, the song Be Honest is this year’s answer to Wild Thoughts – a feel-good summer tune which draws on steamy dancehall vibes and is the perfect soundtrack to London’s upcoming Notting Hill carnival. Aside from the incredibly catchy song, the video includes an eclectic mix of noughties-inspired outfits, all created by Smith’s long-time stylist Leah Abbott. And what’s more exciting is that every look seems to combine fashion classics like Dior and Chanel alongside upcoming brands, giving a valuable platform to new designers on the scene. Below, we break down every look that Jorja wears in the video:

LOOK ONE

White Swimming Costume – Louisa Ballou. The 26 year-old designer is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martin’s and is fast becoming one-to-watch as her tropical printed swimwear has already been spotted on Bella Hadid and Kali Uchis.
Block Heel Sandals – Jacquemus (read about Jacquemus’ defining designer moments here)
Perspex Visor – Dior

LOOK TWO

Pink and Green Dress with Diamante Straps – Maisie Wilen. After working for his fashion label Yeezy and catching the eye of the man himself, Kanye West invested in the designer and made her his protegee. It is no surprise then that her designs have been sported by Kim Kardashian-West, the Jenner sisters and Winnie Harlow. In Be Honest, Jorja Smith wears look 13 from the pre-Spring 2020 collection.
Large Flower Earrings – JIWINAIA. Jewellery and accessories designer Marisa Jiwi Seok is another Central Saint Martin’s graduate. Born in Seoul and raised in Milan, all her designs are handmade and are currently stocked at Dover Street Market.

LOOK THREE

Pink Dress – RifeandStride. Freelance stylist and costume designer Jade Moore has been trading as RifeandStride for more than five years. Moore explains that her artistic approach comes by “putting together costumes and looks using pulled, sourced and hired items from all over London, often piecing them alongside my ever growing collection.” She has designed custom pieces for Smith several times and has worked with Zayn Malik, Universal Music and Kurupt FM, to name a few.
Drop Earrings – SAFSAFU. The jewellery brand has made waves for their playful statement jewellery and has been featured in ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. Smith wears the pictured “Rainbow Cotton Candy” earrings.

LOOK FOUR

Blue Scarf (worn as top) – Vintage Chanel. The scarf was sourced from Oliver’s Archive, a Bristol based store specialising in authentic vintage designer and streetwear.
White Jumpsuit (worn as trousers) – Miaou. The Instagram it-brand was started by Alexia Elkhaim after the designer found the perfect pair of jeans at a Parisienne vintage store and wanted to recreate the figure-flattering style for her friends. Her designs have since been worn by Charli Howard, Ashley Graham and Bella Hadid.

LOOK FIVE

Bikini – Vintage Dior. The bikini taps into the undying logomania and Y2K 2000s trends and was sourced from Ruder than the Rest, a Leeds based vintage retail outlet.
Earrings – Steph Metal Jewellery. Birthed in 2017, Stephy Clark designs jewellery and accessories in London which are manufactured in the UK. Clark also houses a wide selection of unique vintage jewellery sourced from all across the globe. In the video, Jorja Smith wears the “Laura Hoops” in gold.

Which is your favourite look from the Be Honest music video? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

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Credits:

Music Video directed by Amber Grace Johnson, filmed at Rye Lane Market and Peckham Liberal Club.

Behind the Scenes Photographs taken by assistant stylist Lily McMurray.

Other Images: Moda Operandi, Fashion Eyewear, SAFSAFU, Miaou, Oliver’s Archive, Vogue

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