When Puff Daddy announced the Bad Boy Reunion Tour back in March we all knew it was going to be a huge deal with the superstar studded list of artists that are involved.
Boasting a line up including heavyweights such as Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, DMX and of course Puff Daddy, the reunion tour kicked off it’s two sold out dates at the Barclay’s Center. A reunion tour, especially as big as this always gets us looking back. Bad Boy Records dominated much of the 1990s. Diddy’s label did more than just make a stamp on music. They created a culture that stood out in hip-hop and pictures have emerged to reinforce this.
Sean Combs’ ex-girlfriend, Misa Hylton, a fashion stylist and costume designer was responsible for some of the iconic looks for stars such as Mary J. Blige and Combs. Hylton has now shared some of her personal photos with The New York Times from the ’90s showing these.
Image is important for an artist’s brand. Hylton was definitely essential for the artists that she worked with. She began dating Puffy when she was 15, and started her career with him at Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records. She helped make Combs’ vision reality when she styled Jodeci.
She also went onto dress Mary J. Blige for her first single, “You Remind Me.” Hylton was also the creative vision some of those iconic outfits that Lil’ Kim donned including the single pastie outfit that the rapper turned heads with at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999. The stylist said, “Let’s put it this way: I almost died when Diana [Ross] touched the pastie.”
The reunion tour keeps the legacy of Bad Boy Records alive, educating a younger generation that these artists were the pinnacle of hip hop back in the ‘90s. Hylton’s snapshots also prove that Puffy’s label carved out more than just musical magnificence.
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