Kimbra’s ‘Top of the World’ is that desired combo: a great song paired with a visually impressive and artistic video which makes use of latex. Adding a little context makes the whole experience all the more perfect, especially when this Behind The Scenes video makes it obvious how much thought was put into the choice of costume for each segment of the video. In Kimbra’s words:
One of the more exciting processes of making a video, for me at least, is conceptualising the fashion and the growth of outfits […] I like when the clothes seem an expressive part of giving the audience a way into the lyric further.
It’s telling that latex enters in the final third where Kimbra acts her most emboldened – feeling “like a god” – while social conditioning and limiting beliefs come crashing down around her. How good that must have felt. Take it from Kimbra herself:
Smashing shit up in latex = my favorite part of the new music video.
It’s an oft-held view that besides its visual allure latex offers a sensation which makes the wearer feel super-powered. Often born of this feeling is a desire and need to transgress social constructions and conventions through self-actualisation. I can think of no better choice of costume for the climactic act of a song entitled ‘Top of the World’.