The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released 20 years ago. I remember the day it dropped. I was 12. My father purchased the CD for me, along with a copy of Teen People where Lauryn graced the cover in a classic white ribbed turtleneck, diamond stud earrings and a smile.
From the album’s cover art – a wooden desk with Lauryn’s face carved out in pencil, to the ring of the school bell in the Intro – I knew I was about to be schooled. In a world full of poppy girl tunes like Destiny Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” (which were also chart toppers in 1998-99), Lauryn’s lyrics were like a breath of fresh air. Her pain was real. Her struggle was undeniable. And her journey to define herself and love herself was familiar. The Miseducation is still one of the best albums to date and all of its tracks are still in heavy rotation.
I believe angels sing when fashion and music collide. So I was super excited to learn that Lauryn is commemorating this milestone in Woolrich’s first fashion campaign entitled, American Soul Since 1830. With the help of Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenburg, Lauryn designed sui generis pieces (mostly coats) featuring collages of her and her album cover.
The colors are vivid! The accessories are phenomenal! The coats are just in time for the cold winter months! I am in LOVE with the bling on the shoulders, and you can’t go wrong with classic buffalo plaid. Pieces start at $1,500 and can be purchased at woolrich.com. #GOALS
The campaign’s trailer was shot in the same spot as Lauryn’s Doo Wop (That Thing) video in 1998. Check out the acoustic version of Ex-Factor 🤤 as Lauryn explores New York City’s Washington Heights.