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Style Icon – Prince

This post is a day overdue. I meant to write the post yesterday but I had no words. I kept staring at the blank screen, hoping the words would flow, but it just didn’t, so I gave up, thought I would just mention the death of Prince, a music and style god, on social media, and that should do. Then I had a rethink, I saw so many inspiration blog posts and articles dedicated to the legend, and I just knew I had to write a post, or leave to regret it. So here is my tribute to Prince…..

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Prince Rogers Nelson first caught my eye with the song Purple Rain. There was something about that track that did it for me, and the music video, with him and his band rocking and rolling with the guitar, and there was the lady in the band crying. It was so moving, I can never forget that music video. I have been loving Prince since then, and Purple Rain, is still one of my favourite tracks today. Apart from his amazing talent as a singer and songwriter, he is also a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and a style icon. His style had no filter, he was stylishly unapologetic with his big hair, frilly lace tops, hip-hugging bell-bottoms, and makeup. However, the best part of his style was that he owned it every time. I found his self confidence very inspiring.

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Speaking of Fashion being Art yesterday; Prince was the definition of Art! He had Art written all over him.

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It is sad to come to terms with the fact that we have lost another legend. He left us way too soon, but I know for a fact that just like Michael Jackson, Prince will never be forgotten. There can never ever be another Prince, but I do see a lot of him in Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monae, and D’Angelo. Prince’s eccentric fashion sense inspired many, and his death will leave a lasting hole in the hearts of millions of people. He will continue to live through his music and we will never forget his amazing fashion sense. He changed the face of fashion and music, 2 of my greatest loves, forever.

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Rest in peace Prince.

 

 

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Style Icon: Jidenna

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The Classic Man aka Jidenna is the Style Icon for the week, and that should come as no surprise because this dude got style. He wows me every time I see him.

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I love the fact that Jidenna is so confident in his skin, he dresses the way he wants, regardless of what is in vogue and he always looks amazing. He has this ‘old school’ vibe I love, and that should come as no surprise since most of his pieces are vintage or custom-made, Whippa Wiley, his manager and creative director, co-designs most of his pices.

Jidenna’s style icons are Malcom X, Ozwald Boateng, and Janelle Monáe, and I can see a lot of their sense of style in him.

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Here is an excerpt from an interview he had with Esquire earlier in the year:

I think that necessity often times dictates creativity. I used to go thrifting because I couldn’t keep up even with the hip hop fashion. A cap is $30, you can get a pair of jeans for like $100, and then some t-shirts cost like $50-60. I got tired of it so I started thrifting. Through thrifting, I found a lot of suits for very, very cheap and I paid tailors to customize them to fit me.

As that evolved, I started designing bespoke suits, but it all came out of not really being able to afford it as a young man and as a broke artist at the time. That’s the beauty of it though, when you don’t have things you make do with what you do have and create something special out of it.

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This dude has his head on his neck as far as music and style is concerned. He is like a breath of fresh air. What do you think of Jidenna as a Style Icon? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

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