Prince’s Style Remembered

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“A strong spirit transcends rules”
–Prince Rogers Nelson, (1958 – 2016)

It’s rare that a superstar has the ability to influence not only fans, but also impact the fashion world, beauty realm, and music industry; but Prince did it all. As the world continues to mourn the loss of legendary musician, Prince, it is important to celebrate all that he accomplished in his time and appreciate the legacy he has left behind.

A powerful musician, Prince was the sole recorder of his music. As his lyrics captivated fans throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, the star challenged gender boundaries, disputed fashion limits, and inspired trends for years to come with his electric style. Truly walking to the beat of his own drum, Prince’s androgynous personal style echoed on and off stage with (with the help of costume designer Marie France), frilly shirts, platform boots, tight but flowing curls, military jackets, head-to-toe bold colored suits.  It is no doubt that Prince had a direct influence on popular fashion designers and style houses including Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, and Matthew Williamson. Of course, that’s not all, Prince also managed to influence the personal style of Beyonce, Dev Hynes, Florence Welch, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and more!

Stylist to the stars Kat Typaldos gave media a statement regarding Prince’s passing, Typaldos said “Prince was so fluid as an artist from a gender perspective, a music perspective and a wardrobe perspective. He wasn’t afraid of taking risks — that’s where the sexiness comes from. He just had the confidence and swag to do whatever he wanted. That’s the Prince attitude, the David Bowie attitude. They weren’t subscribing to trends. They acted instinctively, and there’s something about that that people really respond to. There was a fearlessness in how Prince presented himself to the world.” We truly could not have said it better ourselves.

In celebration of the forever-lasting mark, Prince has left on the fashion world, this article recollects the very instances of his inspiration.

Prince’s Purple Rain X Fashion Designer Jean Paul Gaultier
The iconic image that resides in fan’s minds is Prince in the purple suit, which he downed on his 2011 Welcome to America Tour. His plum colored getup didn’t just get the attention of the audience, but it clearly grasped the attention of the fashion world. Just months later, in 2012, Jean Paul Gaultier model Erin O’Connor graced the catwalk in a design vary similar to Prince’s purple signature suit, even featuring the flared pants.

Prince’s Frilly Blouses X Boy Band One Direction
Yes indeed, Price’s iconic style has inspired many of today’s most popular musicians and boy bands. One Direction band member Harry Styles had girls swooning when he sported a black suit with a frilly, flashy blouse, a Prince classic.

Prince’s Bright and Bold Colors X Icon Beyonce
Who else to pay homage to Prince than Queen Bey, herself? The chart-topping, pop icon seems to be inspired by many of Prince’s mid-to-late 80’s looks, as she frequently sports head-to-toe bright colored suits. One of the best was her sunny yellow pantsuit paired with silver studded heels.

Crossover Country Styles

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What’s your favorite music genre?

Don’t you just loathe that question? Does TaylorSwift-Dreake-Adelle-MikePosner-MeganTrainor-TheWeekend-P!nk-FlordiaGeorgiaLine qualify as an answer?

If you’re like the majority of music consuming individuals today, you may find that that your favorite playlists are not just composed of a mix of artists, but they are consequently made up with songs from varying genres. Believe it or not, this dilemma is not a new one; fans have found their music preferences crossing over from genre to genre for decades. Mix tapes and burned CD’s certainly solved this problem in the mid to late 1900’s, but the process of actually “mixing” and “burning” was quite the time-consuming hassle. Of course, it wasn’t until Shawn Fanning, John Fanning and Sean Parker, founded Napster in 1998 that users were not only able to share and stream music, but were also capable of creating customized playlists, made of as many artists and genres as the user pleased. Time and technology progressed which subsequently gave us music services like iTunes Radio, Spotify, and Pandora, that synchronize with the music we enjoy and create playlists customized to each one of us.

Okay, so music consumers got their way, and are able to switch from genre to genre as they please, but what about artists? Just like us, they enjoy more than one genre. However, due to contracts and their fan base (amongst other factors), artists are often forced to stay within their genre. But, as you might imagine by the title of this article, not all artists limit themselves to just one genre. Taylor Swift is a perfect example of a country music artist who also excels in the pop music genre, though, Taylor is not the only country star to mingle with multiple genres. Bellow is a list of country music artists who excel in another genre. What’s interesting is most of these artists started in started in other genres such as alternative rock or pop and ventured over to the country music scene later in their career.

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Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
The New-Jersey-based American Rock boy band had incorporated country sounds here and there with previous tunes, but it wasn’t until their duet with Jennifer Nettles went to number 1 on the country charts that fans had believed the band could indeed crossover. After WSYCGH, the band maintained a country presence through various collaborations.

Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Many don’t know Darius started out as part of the less than popular soft rock/pop band Hootie & the Blowfish. Although his first shot at music wasn’t too successful (with the exception of a few chat topping pop songs), Darius has found home in the country music genre.

Jewel, “Stay Here”
Jewel had attempted a rather unsuccessful crossover from her original genre of folk-pop music to disco tunes. Thankfully, the talented artist made a comeback when she earned a spot on the Valentines Day soundtrack, which is seen as her successful crossover to the country music genre.

Sheryl Crow, “Easy”
Sheryl’s crossover from pop music to country music seemed effortless with her chart toping tune which, by the way, also encouraged strictly-pop listeners to venture to the country side.