As Taylor Swift revealed that her ninth studio album (Evermore) is being released tonight, she told her fans it would be a “sister album” to her July drop, forklore. And from the peek of her latest music video trailer, it looks like this chapter of the story will still reflect the gentle prairie aesthetic from the folklore period.
The celebrity shared a picture of herself on Thursday morning wearing a cream-colored Zimmerman dress featuring a sheer overlay, delicate lace embroidery and a bow-embellished strap as she teased the arrival of her “Willow.” music video.
Swift rocks her trademark red lipstick in the shot with her hair curled in a French braid with a bridal headpiece by Jennifer Behr ($1,225; jenniferbehr.com). Hand-painted flowers with a Swarovski diamond in the middle feature the “Priscilla” tiara.
In the caption, she announced that at midnight ET, the video would drop at the same time as the song.
“Tonight the story continues, as the music video for “willow” drops at midnight eastern. I’m forever grateful to the following creatives who have helped and guided me to be able to direct my own videos,” Taylor captioned, thanking several crew members.
She added: “Thank you to our medical inspector who made sure every precaution was taken for our safety. I’ll see you guys in the YouTube premiere page chat before midnight to answer some questions 🧙♀”
By now in her songs, music videos and social media updates, the singer’s “Swifties” are specialists at finding (and decoding!) potential hidden messages. But it’s no joke that on Twitter, people are still speculating about the repercussions of her wearing a white dress.
A user tweeted: “me for the next few months #evermorealbum” with the following image.
Since the fall of 2016, Swift has been dating actor Joe Alwyn, which she confirmed in a diary entry from the deluxe version of her Lover song.
Alwyn made a fleeting cameo in her Netflix documentary Miss Americana, in which the Blank Space singer ran into the actor’s arms before they walked backstage during one of her gigs, though the two kept their relationship secret.
During a talk with Paul McCartney, she also opened up about maintaining a “real life” with Alwyn as part of their Musicians on Musicians topic for Rolling Stone’s new cover story.
Swift revealed that the single was one “Peace” in her personal life when debating her song “more rooted” from the folklore soundtrack, which McCartney noted was a track he liked.
She told McCartney during her October talk, “I know you have done a really excellent job of this in your personal life: carving out a human life within a public life, and how scary that can be when you do fall in love and you meet someone, especially if you’ve met someone who has a very grounded, normal way of living,”
“I think that in knowing him and being in the relationship I am in now, I have definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like a real life and less like just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids,” Taylor said.
In addition to a shot of herself sporting a wool Stella McCartney coat and a French braid, Swift first revealed the news of her new album on Thursday.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” Swift posted on Instagram and Twitter. “To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.”
She added, “I’ve never done this before,” “In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning.”
Swift, who recently released a folklore-making Disney+ special, said she “loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales.”
“I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them,” she wrote.
“And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…,” she wrote in another tweet.