Style Inspiration: Prince's Best Looks
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate Prince's life. What can I say about a man who has done it all? I was merely a 5 year-old kid when MTV and Much Music launched a new generation of music video rockstars in Madonna, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and Prince.
They say timing is everything and for Prince timing couldn't be more perfect. After the release of the American rock musical drama movie Purple Rain in 1984, Prince became one of the most successful musicians that topped the charts and put Minneapolis, Minnesota on the international map.
So today to write about Prince Rogers Nelson in the past tense is surreal. Just a year ago on May 19th, I saw him perform on the HitNRun tour with his band 3rdEyeGirl at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto and loved every single minute of it. Prince was amazing! His music inspired me a long time ago, way before the Internet was invented, to become a writer.
Prince's unexpected passing came to the world as a tragic shock on April 21, 2016. Still, I'd like to think he is with us in spirit. Prince's music and legacy continues to live on and I'd like to showcase his best fashion looks throughout the decades, as a way of paying my respects to a talented musical genius who became my main muse over the years.
Above all else, Prince was a gracious man. In April 1986, he told MTV, "I pray every night, and I don't ask for much. I just say, 'Thank you.'" So, Prince, I'd like to thank you for not only sharing your music with the world, but also giving us words to live by.
Prince in the 1980's
Taken in March 1981 during Prince's Dirty Mind Tour, Prince was decked out in a modest vest and white shirt. But this outfit wasn't the original wardrobe choice for Prince. Additionally, on this tour Prince updated his look. After being told by his managers he couldn't go commando and wear spandex pants, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, leggings, high heeled boots, and just bikini brief trunks.
The Purple Highness
Prince's signature look while he performed "Purple Rain" was wearing his long purple trench coat. The Purple Highness loved the colour purple because it was associated with royalty. Now that's fit for a Prince!
The Raspberry Beret Look
"Raspberry Beret" made it to #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1985 and the music video garnered a lot of attention because it emulated an imaginary world. The elaborate outfits that Prince, The Revolution, and his dancers wore were a combination of glittery jackets, fur scarves, and printed suits. The kind you find in a second hand store.
Prince in the 1990's
Prince rang in the 1990's by performing "Gett Off" donning the yellow suit that exposed his butt cheeks on the MTV Video Music Awards. Just when MTV was blowing up with risque and provocative music videos like Madonna's "Justify My Love," he jumped right in with back-to-back hits laced with sexual innuendos in "Cream" and "Sexy MF."
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
In the late 1990's, the artist changed his name to a symbol and was called the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. Why did he do it? Apparently, he and his record label Warner Bros. butted heads about artist integrity. They wanted Prince to go one way, and Prince wanted to go the other. Hence, the name change. On Valentine's Day in 1996, he got married to his first wife, back-up dancer Mayte Garcia, who served as his muse for the hit single "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World."
Prince in the 2000's
In the 2000's, the singer said goodbye to lace and ruffles and sported tailored suits that made him look like a GQ model. Check out his performance on a rainy evening at the 2007 SuperBowl half time show in Miami, Florida.
The Golden Prince
It was one of Prince's last television appearances when he awarded The Weeknd the "R&B Album of The Year'" award at the 2015 American Music Awards last November. Dressed in a gold ensemble, Prince was the "Golden Highness" that night!
What do you think about Prince's passing? Which is your favorite of Prince's best looks? Post your comments about the late Purple Highness and let's move the conversation to Twitter and Facebook with hashtag #Prince.