Words by Olivia Girling
It is with a heavy heart that today we say goodbye to a true legend and icon in every single sense of the word. Prince was a phenomenal musician, but someone who was known for much more than just Kiss and Purple Rain. For over three decades, he was widely-known for his eclectic work which combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop (to name just a few).
Having written his first song at the age of just seven, Prince hit it big with his eponymous album in 1979 which immediately went platinum. He composed, wrote, arranged, produced and performed the entire album himself (bar a few vocal harmonies) which essentially launched his career and solidified his place in the industry.
Not only was Prince a visionary in the music industry, but his sense of style was always something to applaud - it was never just an outfit that he created; it was an entire spectacle. For instance, take this live performance of Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? in 1982. Note the ribbon tied around the white shirt with an exaggerated straight up collar; note the shoulder pads, the glitter and of course, the drama.
Ask yourself, who else could pull off frills, metallic flower-print suits, a goatee, and a pompadour all at the same time? On paper his fashion choices could seem a little tragic and cringe-worthy, but on Prince, they were nothing more than revolutionary. Can you pull-off matching tie and waistcoat in a large, bright colourful pattern? Can you wear leopard leggings with cowboy boots? That's our challenge to you, and maybe flocks of women will start following you around like they do in the Cream music video. There's always hope!
It's a sad coincidence that his 1987 song Sign O' the
Times includes this very fitting lyric:
"You turn on the telly and every other story is tellin' you somebody died"
So farewell, Purple One. May you keep on dancing in the rain.
Read our style piece on Prince here