When Frank Ocean does something, you just want to pay attention. He has a way of taking something basic—a yellow puffer and dad jeans, for instance—and making it a work of art by adding an oversized green Céline bag. Or, he takes a cover of SZA’s ‘The Weekend,’ an already sultry, aching number, and makes it even more spiritual.
Ocean has been more out and about lately, opening up his Instagram account in November, palling around with SZA, and, at Fashion Week looking like an “emotionally unavailable middling Swiss insurance executive with a grey Audi Q4 and a wife who resents him.” The Mammut jacket—worn by outdoorsy dudes who ski or guys in Brooklyn—and the slightly baggy jeans are so understated, that adding the Céline bag (which is unfortunately no longer available to buy) feels like a great tongue-in-cheek flex.
But what is it really about Ocean’s big hunter-green Céline bag that makes it hard to look away? It’s a bag that dares you to say something, and wondering what’s inside (lots of KIND bars?) is a delicious mystery in itself. He’s the master of low-key extravagance, whether it’s Prada turtlenecks or chainmail pants, and the King of Orange, whether it’s his orange shirt at Loewe’s show or Channel Orange.
Ocean is an appealing blend of elusive and bold, going quiet for periods of time only to pop up with a killer unexpected cover and a big-ass bag. In 2016, after laying low for a few years, he resurfaced via a brief cameo on Kanye West’s “Wolves” and a Calvin Klein rave in Bushwick.
Currently, it seems the singer is having fun being seen, coyly pulling up his orange puffer over his face, hanging out with Kid Cudi at the GQ afterparty, and throwing his arm around Raf Simons. We’ll be here for it the whole time, and hopefully listening to the full cover of “The Weekend” sometime in the near future. Pretty please, Frank?
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