Of the three hoodies featured in the #DKNYStateOfMind campaign—the Risk Takers, the Work Ethic, and the Hustle—it’s the Work Ethic hoodie that musical duo and DKNY’s holiday partners Chloe and Halle keep returning to. Emblazoned on the front is a quote that reads: “Do not be fooled by this hoodie. There is nothing ‘business casual’ about my work ethic.” But really, any of the three sayings could apply to Chloe and Halle. We might not all have the same 24 hours as Beyonce, but the superstar’s work ethic and dedication to her craft have clearly rubbed off on her two protégées. After all, no one has had a busier year than the sister duo.In the midst of an unusual year marked by tragedy—cries for social justice, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and a tumultuous presidential election—Chloe x Halle dropped their sophomore album Ungodly Hour in June. The girls decided to push it back a week to direct attention to the death of George Floyd and countless other Black people. Ungodly Hour signaled a new era for the duo, powered by lead single “Do It,” which saw them experimenting with a melange of sounds and exploring more adult themes than on their debut album The Kids Are Alright. Their once angelic, ethereal imagery was traded in for metal, latex and chains. Who else can sing, “You must got me fucked up,” and make it sound so delicate? Make no mistake: The kids are alright, they’re just grown as hell now.
THE RISK TAKER’S HOODIE
“This year has really taught me how precious growing is,” Chloe told ELLE.com over the phone. “How you have to be uncomfortable to grow and how you can turn some of the lowest moments into some of the greatest. It all depends on your outlook and how you choose to flip it.” The duo’s growth wasn’t only evident in their music, but in the accompanying performances for their new album. Instead of wallowing in sadness when stay-at-home orders forced the artists to rethink how they would present Ungodly Hour to the world, Chloe x Halle introduced the third star of the group that would quickly become the MVP of their quarantine experience: a backyard tennis court. Sans any backup dancers or supporting band, there stood Chloe and Halle belting out their acrobatic vocals in harmony in front of clouds (Today Show), in a rocky forest similar to the video for “Do It” (2020 BET…