Important note – the 2 lipliners are available only in North America! Therefore, international buyers can buy only 10 pieces (4x lipstick, 4x lipglass, eyeshadow and brozning powder). Also, the international collection has different logo (“Aaliyah Haughton” instead of “Aaliyah”)
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There’s much to gather while watching an Aaliyah music video. Watching is actually an understatement; there’s a state of hypnosis you submit to as she envelops you through sight and sound, tugging at your heartstrings. Between a sequence of sensual, strong movements, infectious instrumentals, and intuitive lyrics that spark emotions of desire, sex, and empowerment, you are enraptured in Aaliyah’s physical presence. Alluring, deep eyes hooded by sparkly or smoky shadow, feather-soft lashes, and arched brows that emote with every high and low note are the elements of sensuality that made Aaliyah’s music and style unforgettable.
The singer, dancer, actress, and style icon left earth almost two decades ago, but her influence in beauty, style, and music echoes vibrantly in today’s pop culture. You can hear her in the sounds of Kelela, FKA twigs and H.E.R, and see her style through in ’90s crop tops and jewelry accents. But her beauty proved to be one of the monumental contributions she shared and thus a capsule for us to honor her memory.
There’s a state of hypnosis one submits to as she envelops you in sight and sound, tugging at your heartstrings.
When I learned that M.A.C., the mega beauty brand behind some of my favorite staples (the Whirl matte lipstick and Spice lip gloss live in my bag rent-free), was planning a collection inspired by the star, I was filled with excitement, despite how overwhelmed I usually feel about today’s never-ending stream of launches. Scrolling through Instagram, I’m showered with countless limited-edition releases or brands creating their version of essentially the same product. Yet Aaliyah for M.A.C. (launching June 21) feels both necessary and overdue. Encapsulating her essence in a collection of eye shadow, lipsticks, and bronzer is the least that can happen, and it’s even more meaningful that this collaboration was birthed by devoted fans.
“Baby Girl” Bronzing Powder — Aaliyah for MAC
When Jennifer Risinger started a petition asking M.A.C. to create an Aaliyah-inspired beauty line, it racked up over 26,000 supporters, including Aaliyah’s glam squad, best friend Missy Elliott, and brother Rashad Haughton. Naturally, this creation wouldn’t have made sense without Rashad spearheading the operation. A living embodiment of a piece of Aaliyah’s soul, Rashad has the same slender swag and noble nonchalance and is just as creative: He’s a writer, screenwriter, director, and actor. He has contributed to some of Aaliyah’s work; he directed the earthy and ethereal “4 Page Letter” video, cowrote and rapped on the eerie yet enthralling song “Death of a Playa,” and added vocals to Aaliyah’s Akasha in Queen of the Damned. Rashad also strolls alongside Aaliyah in the “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” video, smacking gum and stepping in beat to the drowsy ballad.
Aaliyah embodied the best of dueling identities. She showed more than one definition of being a woman, and found harmony between masc and femme auras. “Her initial style was that of a tomboy ingenue — street but sweet,” Rashad says, the sentence rolling off his tongue. Rashad explains that Aaliyah enjoyed expressing her femininity through her face, a way of playing with shades and textures against her baggy jeans and Tims. Yet, alongside her boyish glam, there was also an enticing mystery and futurism to her essence, elements that made her stand out. A steamy jade eye with silver-peacock lipstick offsets her loose metallic threads and boxers in “Are You That Somebody?,” like a hood Storm. A pearl-indigo-sapphire smoky eye stretches to her temple in “Try Again,” paired with glossy nude lips like a heavenly body.
Rashad and the M.A.C. team were determined to embody hues and pigments that felt nostalgic, timeless, and futuristic all at once. “We wanted to create a line where the minimalism is there. You can re-create those archive looks from videos and film, but at the same time, mix, match, experiment, and imagine what Aaliyah’s style would look and feel like in 2018 and the future,” Rashad says. There are heavy reds and purples that anchor us to the earth and glistening metals and crystals that enhance our inner deities. At the nucleus of the collection is the eye shadow palette, Age Ain’t Nothin, where we can truly observe Rashad’s colorful visions taking form: Three neutral browns appear with sparkling rose, gold, amethyst, silver, beige, and onyx. This selection is both classic and idealistic, a playground for makeup lovers and Aaliyah fans to relive their favorite moments and imagine new ones. The earth-tone browns and golds recall Aaliyah’s signature looks, while the onyx and amethyst remind us of “We Need a Resolution” and “Queen of the Damned,” moments when Aaliyah’s makeup crossed the lines between fantasy and reality.
Aaliyah embodied the best of dueling identities. She showed more than one definition of being a woman, and found harmony between masc and femme auras.
I was charmed to learn that Aaliyah also had an affinity for lip gloss. “Lip gloss was one of the things she carried with her every day,” Rashad said. “A fresh, wet look was very important to her.” M.A.C. honored this with four luscious lip glasses: a rich plum (1 in a Million), a sheer, pearlized nude (Brooklyn Born), a shimmery, ecstatic coral (Lili’s Motor City), and a deep, shiny berry (At Your Best You Are…). There’s also a steamy series of lipstick in neutral beige (Try Again), classic red (Hot Like…), smooth black with kaleidoscope shimmer (Street Thing), and deep red (More Than a Woman). M.A.C. is also launching two lip pencils, one pitch-black (Nevermore), the other violet (Follow Your Heart), and a golden bronzing powder to put finishing touches on your face (Baby Girl, the affectionate nickname used by Aaliyah’s friends and family).
Beyond honoring her memory and immortalizing her style and sound, M.A.C.’s Aaliyah line opens the door to a transformative time in self-expression and identity. Rashad and I discussed the resurgence of the Afrofuturism movement in media and culture, the greater and more welcoming spaces for queer identities to flourish, and the widespread importance of intersectional feminism. “There are new visions of African-Americans and Africans, we have gender lines and sexual orientations being opened — people are really coming out and standing up for themselves,” Rashad says. “Women have been speaking up even more. It’s serendipitous that [this beauty line] is coming out during this time. My sister took risks throughout her career, in music and in film. She [said that] you can be whoever you want to be as long as you’re confident and comfortable in your skin.” Being bold with beauty can be an expressive way of breaking down social and cultural barriers, shattering norms, or signifying that you are a part of the resistance.
This makeup line is relevant for all those who grew up with Aaliyah and those who want to know her now. Artistically speaking, this collaboration is even more significant, as Aaliyah’s albums are quite difficult to find online. Her digital discography is essentially unavailable, due to rights and ownership by her uncle and industry rep, Barry Hankerson. Thus, using makeup as a memorial for the star is both clever and strategic, as new fans will be curious to dig up her songs and videos to learn the messages behind the titles of the products, or to revive her style. My hope is that an enthusiasm builds and breaks down the door to her vault of music and that a conversation is reopened on how we can have access to her songs again.
There are new visions of African-Americans and Africans, we have gender lines and sexual orientations being opened — people are really coming out and standing up for themselves.
“When you want to do something that includes everyone, it will be embraced,” Rashad says. “When younger people and people who may not have heard of her go back and listen to her music, they may feel inspired. If people are inspired, they come together. It’s about togetherness and creativity, and I think those things touch everyone on the planet.”
“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Aaliyah!” says Elle Azhdari. The London-based designer is the woman behind The Fan, whose high-end sportswear-inspired pieces have found admirers in Adwoa Aboah, Elsa Hosk, and Theophilus London since launching one year ago. Today, she will unveil her third collection, which happens to be an homage to the princess of R&B, as part of Selfridges’s Music Matters campaign.
After being approached by the British department store, Azhdari went straight with her gut. “Immediately I was like, ‘Let’s do Aaliyah,’” she says. Though this year marks the 16th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah and her enduring style remain timeless. Azhdari has fond memories of watching her on MTV and replicating her outfits as a kid. “She was just wicked. There was nobody like her around—especially for me,” she says. “I’m dark and I was raised in Sweden, where everyone’s pretty much blonde and has blue eyes, so it was quite nice to have that . . . flavor.”
Keeping in line with The Fan’s streetwear aesthetic (and its propensity for limited production—only 50 to 150 pieces were made of each style), the 11-piece collection includes a baseball hat, short- and long-sleeved tees, sweatshirts, hoodies, and a bomber jacket. Each item comes printed with lyrics and airbrushed portraits of Aaliyah. Two new design additions to The Fan’s lineup are an oversize boilersuit, cinched with a “One in a Million” lined belt, and secondhand stonewashed Levi’s jean jackets that Azhdari sandpapered, distressed, and customized herself.
Azhdari may have tapped London DJ Siobhan Bell for the lookbook (“She’s just so badass”), but she insists the clothes are actually unisex—a fact that Aaliyah would have enjoyed. “I’ve always admired that Aaliyah embraced menswear and womenswear,” Azhdari says, citing the ability to seamlessly pair baggy pants and oversize sweatshirts with crop tops and low-slung jeans. “It’s about how you style it with your own personality and make it your own. That’s what she really celebrated and did well.”
The Fan launches October 4 at Selfridges and thefanof.com; prices range from $66 to $1,054.
As of 07/24/2017 Xyrena launched international shipping! It is now available to more than 30 countries all over the world. Finally fans from outside the US have the chance to order the official Aaliyah – Extrait de Parfum (which really is amazing to be honest).
It’s been over a week after 15th anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing, but her presence have been felt long after it. On August 25th, thousands of people all over the world expressed their love for our Baby Girl, including celebrities and her friends, like Beyonce, Da Brat, Ginuwine (who also made some headlines after posting photo of another woman instead of Aaliyah – but we’re forgiving him this time 😉 ), Ludacris, Maxwell, Missy Elliott, Nas, Timbaland and countless others. Vibe did a special called “Aaliyah Week” and interviewed people who worked with Aaliyah on music, videos and photoshoots. BET did a series of tributes on their main page, as well as on social media accounts, including videos from Da Brat, Nick Cannon, T-Boz and others.
MTV and ET shared videos with some unreleased material:
And, like every year, tons of fans and people who worked with Aaliyah shared their memories and unseen photos with her on social media accounts (check Aaliyah Archives site for some), as well as personal tributes, mixtapes, remixes, edits, paintings, graphics etc.
Just two days later, on August 27th, we celebrated 20th anniversary of “One In A Million” album release. Again, number of outlets took their sites to remember and praise this work of Aaliyah. The next day, MTV Video Music Awards took place and Aaliyah’s spirit was visibly felt. Fabolous wore a replica of Aaliyah’s 1996 MTV Rock N’ Jock jersey, duet Lion Babe talked with MTV about their love for Aaliyah (and Lucas wore an Aaliyah t-shirt), RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants recreated VMAs iconic looks and Aaliyah’s 2000 one was wored by Tatianna, and lastly, singer Bebe Rexha discussed her Aaliyah-inspired style with Billboard.
Of course, our Aaliyah.pl Team also prepared something special for you. You can listen and watch this short video with quite rare movie version of Aaliyah’s song “Turn The Page”. The song can be downloaded HERE.
Our gallery is still under construction, so we shared bunch of rare photos on our social media accounts:
With Aaliyah, Anthony, Chris, Douglas, Eric, Gina, Keith and Scott in our hearts,
The Aaliyah.pl Team
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The commercial for Aaliyah by Xyrena official fragrance was nominated for People’s Telly Awards in Best Commercial category! CLICK HERE TO VOTE, by using your Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts, or register on the site. Spread the word and share!
With Aaliyah in our hearts,
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As you can see, we changed layouts for the main site and the gallery, hope you like it! We’re also still working to complete all the sections, you can check the recently added FILMOGRAPHY and watch the VIDEOS from our Youtube account directly on the site.
We also added many new and rare photos to the gallery. If u didn’t have a chance to see the old Aaliyah.com site and its content, we bring you the whole AALIYAH.COM PHOTO SECTION with all the pictures that appeard there through the years.
The new Miscellaneous category was added, where we will upload all the photos related to Aaliyah after her passing.
As we promised, more rare and HQ pics were added to Jonathan Mannion photoshoot, including many NEVER SEEN BEFORE outtakes. More still to come!
And at last, the new official Aaliyah merchandises are available to buy! Aaliyah’s photographer, Eric Johnson, offers 2 T-shirts that contain beautiful unreleased photos from his 2001 photoshoot with BabyGirl.
And Urbanescence Apparel added new phone cases and a T-shirt, including unreleased photo from Christopher Kolk photoshoot, that will be posted exclusively on Aaliyah.pl soon 🙂
With Aaliyah in our hearts,
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On December 25th Timbaland will release his debut mixtape King Stays King which will include unreleased Aaliyah track He Keeps Me Shakin’. The title is no stranger to Aaliyah’s fans, the song was previously remixed and sampled on Quit Hatin’ which was about to be released on posthumous album, but leaked in early 2013. Original He Keeps Me Shakin’ was produced by duo Key Beats and is unfinished – according to its producers, Aaliyah sang only one verse (included on Quit Hatin’) and the hook that is yet unheard to the public. However, most of Aaliyah’s fans already have the song in their vaults, so a little disappointment can be felt amongst the community. Timbaland promised to share unheard music and the hopes were for one of his originally produced tracks (the rumour is that he wanted to publish different song, but didn’t get the clearance from Aaliyah’s label, Blackground). Below you can see the video with the song snippet that Timbo posted on his instagram:
Film zamieszczony przez użytkownika Timbo the King (@timbaland)
The question is if Timbaland change the beat, that was originally produced by Key Beats and how he complete the song, that has only one verse. One sure thing is that we will get an amazing gift on Christmas time 🙂
With Aaliyah in our heart,
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Apart from Xyrena products (the spray and fragrance) the Haughton family also launched some clothing products. Check the cool collection by Urban Outfitters here and take a look at amazing collection done by AaliyahAlways here. Support Aaliyahs legacy and buy the products!
Don’t forget to support the #AaliyahForMAC, you can sign the petition here.
With Aaliyah in our hearts,
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