The idea of Harry reaching for a new legitimacy — whether successfully or not — is one I’m really interested in exploring at the moment. I’ve seen a handful of conversations online that basically amount to “he’s got a guitar now, he’s trying to be something more real than One Direction let him be.” I find that conversation so dull and meaningless. It aligns with a rockist mentality that men writing their own music and playing their own instruments is somehow more fulfilling or valid than a catchy pop hook or beat you can dance to. The most wonderful thing about this record, I think, is that it’s not only in keeping with Harry’s “old stuff,“ but that it is very likely the space he’ll continue to work in for a long time. I can’t imagine him noticing Top 40 trends and peppering them into his work on the next record, or clutching for some new and different sound to appeal to a more quote, unquote legitimate audience. Harry has always defied trends, whether through his personal style — wearing floral suits where his bandmates wore classic black or jeans and t-shirts — or, now, by backing the passion and dedication of the teen-girl fan base where, historically, newly solo ex–boy banders were rabid about distancing themselves from that audience in favor of new, older listeners. Even for all the trendy nostalgia in this record, he also shrugged off his producer’s suggestion to use outdated technology to make it; on the Rolling Stone podcast, Cameron Crowe said Harry was adamant about using the most up-to-date tools today, just as his heroes did in the ’60s and ’70s, rather that backpedaling into analog for analog’s sake. The idea that he’s somehow more “real” now that he’s nervously plucking a guitar (one he’s traveled with for, like, five years) is misguided.
As part of a team of fixers hired to handle a gay scandal in Buckingham Palace, Louis expects Prince Harry to be a lot of things—most notably a royally spoilt brat. Never mind that the very same Prince Harry used to star in quite a number of Louis’ teenage fantasies.
Harry is a prince that is about to be forced into marriage against his will and running away to sea seems like a much better option. Louis is the captain of the infamous pirate ship The Rogue and he has a thing for helping defenseless creatures. Especially when they’re as pretty as this one.
Where Harry’s an openly bisexual prince, Louis is a closeted, famous boy-bander, Zayn mocks everyone and everything, Liam could do with less naked boys on this tour, and Niall might or might not be an Irish lord.
What can’t Harry Styles wear? The former boy bander has shown his playful side in floral suiting from Gucci and slick ensembles from Saint Laurent, and pushed the envelope with daytime dressing in Japanese cult label Blue Blue Japan. And earlier today in New York City, Styles took center stage in Rockefeller Center for his solo music debut on the Today show, sporting a bespoke suit from English tailor Edward Sexton. This isn’t the first time the cool crooner has opted for solid tailoring. However, his choice of color, millennial pink, energized the live audience and took Styles’s wardrobe into Bowie-like territory.
The custom suit featured natty ’70s-inspired elements, including a single button creating the illusion of a nipped waist, while a peaked lapel enhanced strong shoulders. A simple black button-down offset the bright hue and lent a boyish, Johnny Cash–esque spin to the look. The finishing touch? Styles’s famous wavy tresses, tousled like a true rock star.
Summary: Harry has a long-term crush on his bandmate and best friend Louis, who is straight, at least as far as he knows. He also starts falling in love with this guy he met on tumblr. Who also has a crush on his own best mate. Things are about to get complicated.
Or, the one where Harry falls in love twice, Louis is just incredibly sweet and supportive, and Al from tumblr is super nice but also really secretive about his identity - not that Harry can blame him, considering his own blog is run under false pretences, too.
Summary: And suddenly, Niall was angry. He was really, really angry. Because Harry should look like that all the time—so happy and peaceful and free. Louis had a relaxed, lazy smile on his face to match Harry’s, and Niall couldn’t even remember the last time he’d seen Louis look so content. And it wasn’t fair, it wasn’t right.
Because if there were ever two people who deserved a happily ever after, it was Harry and Louis.
Summary:Every few seconds there’s a blinding camera flash, and it’s overwhelming even for Harry so he can’t imagine how Louis feels. All he can do is hold his hand, tight, like they’ve never been allowed to in public before, and let all these middle-aged men with their zoom lenses get a good long look.
Summary: The chaos Zayn left in his wake wouldn’t feel so disastrous if Harry had Louis. But everything between them crashed and burned a long time ago. All Harry is left with is a hopeless longing and a fear that the band’s current disarray will set in for good.
…And then he finds himself stuck on a sixteen hour plane trip with Louis Tomlinson.
This could either be the most awkward flight of Harry’s life, or the beginning of an atonement he’s been dreaming of since 2013.
Canon Compliant AU in which Harry and Louis broke under the strain of it all and now, years on, there’s a chance to put all the pieces back together. Set in early April 2015 all the way through to October. Written in Harry and Louis’ perspectives, alternating every chapter.
Summary: The atmosphere is just…insane. Louis feels like he’s hardly taken a breath since the first note in Clouds, and that feels like hours and hours ago already. Energy ripples over the crowd and it’s a tangible thing - something you can see, feel. They’ve been feeding off it all night. Louis can see it in Liam’s feet, dancing fast and free without a care, and Niall’s huge, toothy grin, which hasn’t left his face since he stepped out with his guitar, and in Harry’s very presence on the stage - always enormous, but he’s truly a force tonight, whipping the fans into a frenzy at every turn.
Louis has been watching the three of them all night. He’s seen how in love with this they all are in these final moments, how carefree and overloaded with joy they’re feeling, and Louis’ heart feels swollen.
Summary: “Boybander Harry Styles spotted leaving West Hollywood joined hand in hand with new beau, Xander Ritz”
His heart drops in his chest as he scrolls down, ignoring the short irrelevant article and looking desperately for a picture. Sure enough, there’s pap shots of Harry and Xander, walking hand in hand, looking drunk and cheerful and together.
And that’s—that’s really not what Louis was expecting at all.
Niall Horan’s Sophisticated Style Shines During His Billboard Cover Shoot With his new single, “Slow Hands” rising on the Billboard Hot 100 and the star of his very own current Billboard cover, Niall Horan, has transitioned from former boy-bander to a solo artist with a new approach to classic style. On the set of his first solo cover shoot with Billboard, photographed by David Needleman at his Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the 23-year-old shows off his sophisticated yet laid back style, proving the days of his boy band image are long gone – with some help from his stylist, Ellie Stidolph. Check out some of the dapper get-ups Horan wore here.
Naturally, the fiery hot takes came rolling in almost immediately, as music writers attempted to reframe the former boy-bander in this new solo context: The Guardian threw some neutral shade at Styles’s plethora of influences, while Rolling Stone crowned him a “true rock and roll prince” and the New Statesman argued that he’s been a rock star all along.
These attempts to label Styles as something go hand in hand with a need to reject the “former boy-bander” label. Referring to him as a “rock star” is somewhat condescending, implying what he’s pursuing is performative rather than artistic. It also extends the false notion that to be considered as an artist, rather than a performer, one must be divorced from “pop” and married to what’s (incorrectly) perceived as a more legitimate genre: rock.
But perhaps Styles wasn’t trying to be anything with this album. Perceiving the record as his frantic attempt to shed his “pop” image disregards what Harry Styles is: a musical homage to what made him Harry Styles, a flamboyant, honest tribute to influences — from Elton John to the Rolling Stones — famous for their own flamboyancy and honesty.
Ironically, that sense of liberation from labels evokes another sort of label, one that may seem comical at first, but makes a strange sort of sense in the context of Styles’s album: Harry Styles is kind of punk.
have you ever shared your views on people labeling other lgbt individuals with "queer" and insisting it be called the "queer" community? and if not, would you be willing to share your thoughts?
I think that “queer” as a term for self- and community-identification with specifically political / radical / anti-assimilationist implications made a lot of sense for a lot of people when it originally started being used for that purpose (although, as with every term that’s ever been used to talk about this, some were more fond of it than others). at this point, though, with the increasing use of “queer” to mean “anything but gay,” emphasising homogenous fluidity & eroding our ability to reckon with the specifics of esp. gay & trans people’s experiences (to the point of including people w/ sexual proclivities that have nothing to do with sexual orientation while simultaneously acting like being gay is somehow inherently assimilationist or regressive), I’m very wary of it–not to mention the absolute ignorance & absurdity of claiming that it’s not used as a slur anymore (& yet there’s still “power” to be had in reclaiming something that’s not even a slur?), plus how it’s been defanged in a lot of ways by being incorporated into the language of the academy (see: the very… varied quality of the works put out under the bander of queer theory). plus using slurs to refer to other people without permission is just bad form in general.
basically a lot has changed in the political climate & in the terminology + conceptualisation of LGBT identity over the past several decades and we have to look at where we are now in order to make these kinds of decisions.
I realised it’s gonna take awhile to write all this, and I have things I have to write for different websites as well, so I’m breaking this into parts. There will also be a lot more dialog in other parts, as this is sorta just a starting off point.
Saturday detention wasn’t something you were used to. Sure you had stayed after school for teacher detentions loads of times, but an actual call home and Saturday detention? You had never gotten into that much trouble before. Then again, you hadn’t pulled a prank quite like this before. Usually you got in trouble for pranks, or for because of your constant stream of jokes, but this time you had gotten trouble for spending your whole class period putting plastic cups all over the hallways.
It was the most hilarious thing you had seen in a long time, the look on people’s faces were priceless, but it didn’t long to figure out that you had done it, and so you received your first Saturday detention. That was how you found yourself in the car outside of the school far too early on a weekend.
You looked over at your mom and frowned. “Oh, don’t be pouty, it’s just one Saturday. And besides, don’t tell me it wasn’t worth it.”
Your frown turned into a smile, and you nodded, “It was worth it!” Your mom was very laid back about the whole ordeal, as she believed that teens were supposed to get in trouble here and there, in fact she had laughed when she had gotten the call. She was relaxed about a lot of things, even you smoking.
You exited the car and made your way to the school. Everyone else was already in the Library when you arrived, as you had taken your sweet time walking down the hallways. Vernon had just entered the room and glared at you as you walked past, taking a seat in the back, behind John Bender. While you weren’t friends you did hang with the same crowd and shared some friends, you knew who he was.
Vernon went into his speech, giving you a look at the very beginning when he appraised everyone for being on time. You pretty much ignored everything until he started passing out papers and talking about the bogus essay. You watched as Bender and Vernon went at it. You actually found it funny, but you only watched as the two went back and forth.
As Vernon left the room Bender turned around to look at you. “That man”, he said, pointing at Vernon, “Is a brownie hound.”
You laughed and rolled your eyes, “Tell me something I don’t know.” A clicking, chopping sort of noise was heard to your right, and you looked over to see the black haired girl who always sat at lunch was chewing on her nails, with her back turned to you. “You know, biting your nails is a nasty habit.” You said almost sarcastically.
She turned around to face you and noticed that everyone else was staring as well. She attention was averted to Bender though, when he spoke. “Keep eating your hand, your not gonna be hungry for lunch. “ His comment resulted in getting her nail spat out in his direction. “I’ve seen you before you know,” Bender said matter-of-factly, but the girl ignored him.
You shook your head and let out a short dry laugh, before going to doodle on your paper, as you defiantly weren’t going to be doing any writing while you were in here. There was only a few moments of silence however before you heard mutterings in the front of the room, and everyone’s attention was turned this time to the geek in green up front who had hooked his pen onto his bottom lip. You watched the silent stare down Bender was giving the kid,wondering what would happen.
Bender just took his scarf off though, and blondie took the pencil off his lip. You were about to lean back in your chair and get comfortable, when you saw that it wasn’t over. The nerd and Bender made to take their jackets off at the same time, resulting in the wimpier of the two to suddenly grow cold. Man, this kid was lame. You could have heard him wrong, but you were pretty sure he said “It’s the shits huh?” What was wrong with him? At least you knew one thing for sure, this day would prove to be entertaining.
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Boy bander no more: Zayn Malik has become the first former One Direction member to nab a Moon Person for a solo project.
Malik, 24, took home the prize for best collaboration at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday for his hit track with Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” His former bandmate Harry Styles was also nominated at the awards show for best collaboration for best visual effects and best pop for “Sign of the Times.”
Neither Malik nor Swift was present to accept the award, though Malik later tweeted.
Though Malik’s first solo album hit streaming services in March 2016, Styles’ new music is more recent: his self-titled debut was released in May.
The other 1D men are also trying their hand at careers as individual artists. Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands” dominated the charts this summer, as did Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down.” Louis Tomlinson also released a single, “Back to You,” with Bebe Rexha.