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Harry Styles has been sitting pretty since the release of his first solo album in 2017, with fans relying on Gucci campaigns for a glimpse of the creative multi-hyphenate – until last night, that is. In a rare (and bold) move, Harry took on both hosting Saturday Night Live and being its musical guest, playing a selection of songs from his second solo album, Fine Line.
This isn’t the first time that you’ll have seen Harry step into varying roles for the show. One Direction were regulars, and in 2017, he showcased his acting credentials with an uncanny Mick Jagger impression before performing some of his first solo work.
Fell asleep before his latest performance aired in the early hours of the morning? This is how it played out.
The Rest Of One Direction Were MIA
SNL always starts with a monologue from the host, introducing both themselves and the tone for the evening, and Harry was quick to comically address his previous dalliances with the show. “SNL and I are taking things to the next level,” he quipped. “And, like all my serious relationships, it’s one night together, and then we’ll never see each other again.” His One Direction past also got a nod, of course. “I’m not in a boy band anymore, I’m in a man band,” he teased, while “playing” at a grand piano. “How crazy would it be if they were here tonight,” he followed up. “Well, they’re not. I love those guys, they’re my brothers... Liam, Louis, Niall and Ringo, that is.”
So, What About The Performances?
This was the first time that Harry has publicly performed any of his new music, giving an insight into the sound (and sashays) to expect from his newly announced tour. For “Lights Up”, Harry was joined by a trumpeter, backing vocalists, and a pianist in addition to his pre-existing band. Wearing bedazzling top-to-toe sequins, he kept close to the microphone for the performance, shaking a little hip in the musical interludes – and, of course, bowing and blowing kisses as the song came to a close. Next came the debut of the much-anticipated “Watermelon Sugar”. While Harry had previously hinted that this track would be in a similar vein to last album’s “Kiwi”, it turned out to be a much slower-paced track than its riotous predecessor.
What Characters Did Harry Play?
Styles started the night as Robin, an intern with a passion for fried chicken sandwiches, before morphing into a 12lb chihuahua given an hour to live as a human. (Yes, really.) After that, all bets were off. Over the course of the next hour, Harry appeared in skits as an Icelandic soon-to-be-father; a funeral DJ; a face-tattooed gang member; a haphazard pilot; a musical theatre star and – most meme-worthy of all – Dylan, a social media manager for a bread company who accidentally merges his personal and professional Instagram accounts.
More Importantly, What Did He Wear?
Naturally, Harry wore Gucci separates while skipping around the SNL set – with a palette incorporating primary colours, neutrals, and neon brights in place of his go-to prints. For his main performance, he also chose a sequined jumpsuit and red suit from Gucci’s spring/summer 2020 collection – but he later mixed things up by pairing a Christopher Kane T-shirt with tailored trousers from the Italian house. His Gucci rings, of course, stayed in place no matter what character he was playing.
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