For a while now, we’ve been thinking of Sparkle as “the movie that makes us really sad about Whitney Houston.” We probably weren’t alone, which is why the release of Jordin Sparks’ video for the soundtrack single “Celebrate” was a brilliant move. The movie pays touching homage to Whitney, who plays mother to a 1960s girl group, while also urging us to brush off those sad feelings and get up and dance. By the end, we not only want to go out and see the movie, starring Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter, we want to go shopping and buy all of their dresses first. The video intercuts scenes from the movie with new scenes in which the girls, plus co-stars Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick, Derek Luke and a few others, party in updated but vintage-inspired dresses and suits.
Sparks is flirty and fun in the orange cocktail dress above (with Derek Luke as the perfect accessory!). We love the modern cut mixed with that mod-’60s tailoring and bow in the back.
This animal-print, pleated dress shows off Jordin’s super-svelt figure. Its the most contemporary of the bunch but mixes nicely with the other pieces.
We’ll probably see a lot more of this gown in the movie, but for now, we just want to enjoy Jordin’s gorgeous makeup and the motherly touch of Whitney as she prepares her onscreen daughter for the stage. (Sniff!)
By contrast to that sumptuous red number, here’s Jordin’s relaxed outfit from the beginning of the video. That lacey shirt is perfect for our current heat wave; can we borrow it, Jordin?
Carmen Ejogo’s gown reminds us a lot of Julia Roberts’ 2001 Oscar gown, but Jordin’s is perfection worthy of Mad Men’s Megan Draper.
And sometimes, you just want to celebrate in a concert T. This is another sweet nod to Whitney, and a reminder that Jordin’s voice is so awesome, she doesn’t need any fancy clothing to dress it up.