Aretha Franklin has died on Thursday at her home in Detroit, she was 76 years old. The prolific singer’s career spans over six decades, rightfully earning her the title “Queen of Soul.” Although music may be her centerpiece, Franklin’s fashion and beauty looks can be heralded as equally iconic. Franklin’s style was extravagant, lavish, and befitting of a superstar. Although one of Franklin’s sartorial choices may not be as popular today — she loved wearing fur . She often wore luxurious fur coats on and off the stage, with intricately embroidered dresses threaded with beads and feathers. Franklin had a penchant for regal jewelry, too: statement jewel earrings, emerald rings, and pearl necklaces. The “Natural Woman” singer was unafraid of bold, bright colors, loud, statement prints, and elaborate hair and makeup looks. In the ‘60s, Franklin often wore beehive hairdos and glossy, nude lips with maxi-length embroidered dresses and caftans. During the ‘70s, she embraced the era’s “flower power” aesthetic, on one occasion in 1975 wearing a dress with an oversized floral print and feathers stitched along the collar and trim. Franklin also sported well-coiffed Afros and neat cornrows . In the ’80s, Franklin saturated her wardrobe with ruffles, tulle and metallics. Maximalism was Franklin’s go-to — and she paired it with glaring haircuts. In the ’90s, she often wore gowns by fashion designer Arnold Scaasi , the same designer who has dressed American First Ladies Hillary Clinton , Barbara Bush , and Mamie Eisenhower. In the aughts, Franklin continued to flaunt her figure and wear glamorous gowns that hugged her curves, rocking them with shoulder-skimming hairstyles before settling into her most recent pixie cut . From her 20s to her 70s, Franklin’s style epitomized her extraordinary talent. She embraced old Hollywood glamour, wearing Oscar-worthy red-carpet gowns that shimmered, and shined on and off stage. More was always better with this diva. Having started her musical career at a time when there wasn’t as much widely-reported scrutiny of a woman’s appearance as it today (think entertainers like Beyoncé , Mariah Carey , or Jennifer Lopez ), Franklin freely and effortlessly experimented with just about every beauty trend. Throughout her 76 years, the “Queen of Soul” has been a force to be reckoned with, earning a myriad of accolades that musicians only dream of. In 1967 at just 25, she released her hit song, “Respect,” which quickly skyrocketed to the top of the music charts. In subsequent years, Franklin continued to produce hit songs such as “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Baby I Love You,” and “Chain of Fools,” which helped define her generation, known as the “Golden Age of Soul.” In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1994, she became the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors at 52 years old. That same year, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, she was selected as one of 14 recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Throughout her decades-long career, the Detroit-born artist has earned 44 Grammy nominations and won 18 of them. To say Aretha Franklin is a legend is an understatement. Ahead, go back in time to see Aretha Franklin’s most iconic fashion and beauty looks. Read More from Yahoo Lifestyle: • Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicate Detroit concert to Aretha Franklin • Aretha Franklin is reportedly ‘gravely ill’ • How to get 6 first-class airport looks from Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, and more Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
The Queen is a lady of very particular taste and her eye for detail should never go underrated. Whether she’s subtly shading Donald Trump with a brooch , wearing her signature white gloves , or matching a pair of chic, metallic block heels to her handbag , Her Majesty’s eye for detail knows no limits. But what many may not have noticed is that the Queen’s sartorial prowess steps up a gear when the heavens open. For us, rain means grabbing the first nondescript, black umbrella we can find to make the sprint from flat to tube, but for the Queen, precipitation is no less than an opportunity for style. Yes: when it rains, the Queen showcases her extensive collection of umbrellas, which she ALWAYS matches to her bright outfits. Her Majesty’s favoured brollies are transparent, domed, birdcage styles, which she keeps in an assortment of coloured rims. Just see for yourself and prepare to grin… Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK : People think the Queen shaded Trump with this subtle outfit accessory The Queen pairs fashion-forward metallic footwear with matching bag at Order of the Garter How the Duchess of Sussex’s Wimbledon outfit gave a diplomatic nod to the tournament
*Warning: Some readers may find some of the images in this article NSFW. You’ve got to give it to Madonna ; she doesn’t give a hoot what people think of her style. The award-winning artist has been longstanding red carpet rebel, working one headline-hitting outfit after another. Vogue once called the singer, who turns 60 on 16 August, an “indisputable American icon” – and that’s undeniably true. Over her 30-plus year career, her wardrobe’s become as iconic as her chart-topping hits. Madonna’s look has always been an integral part of her career and has constantly evolved. With each new record/album/tour came a new look and a new Madonna. She’s not only the Queen of Pop – but the Queen of Reinvention. The singer launched her career in the early 80s as the ultimate ‘material girl’ with statement hair accessories, loud colours and even louder make-up. As the decade passed, Madonna became more rebellious. Edgy tulle skirts were paired with crucifixes and layered necklaces reminiscent of a 1930s pin-up. Up next was Madonna’s most sexy era. She teamed up with French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and took to the stage in version one of the bullet bra; one of her most controversial looks to date. By comparison, the naughties were fairly tame for the superstar. A focus on her film career (Madonna scored starring roles in ‘Evita’, ‘Swept Away’, and a cameo in ‘Die Another Day’) and new husband director Guy Ritchie in her life, she toned down her fashion and arrived at red carpet events in fairly sedate looks. But that didn’t mean Madonna was ready to retire her corsets. Aged 50, the singer was still wearing a leotard – a clear sign that she was never going to conform to society’s constraints. In 2016, aged 57, she arrived at the Met Gala wearing a lace look that bared both her breasts and behind. While half the world condemned the singer, the other half applauded her figurative finger-flip to ageism. What’s next for the boundary-pushing icon? Your guess is as good as ours. For now, we’ll content ourselves with looking back at Madonna’s most controversial outfits to date. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Madonna’s age-shamed yet again: Is it time to give the singer a break? Madonna hits back at her critics in powerful speech about ageism, sexism and misogyny
Nina Dobrev is our newest celebrity style crush. On Wednesday, the Dog Days star stepped out in NYC rocking an ’80s-style denim jumpsuit, equipped with puffy shoulders, by Ulla Johnson. Dobrev paired the daytime summer look with white slingback block heels, tortoise cat-eye sunglasses, and a chic red Chanel shoulder bag.
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There’s no denying Meghan Markle has always been fashionable. But after becoming a member of the royal family, there’s some fashion items she now completely avoids. Take a look at how her style has changed since officially becoming the Duchess of Sussex. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: From her messy bun to a slick ponytail: The Duchess of Sussex’s greatest hair moments to date Chronicling the Duchess of Sussex’s love affair with the boat neckline Meghan Markle’s style file: Every outfit the Duchess of Sussex has worn in public
If you didn’t know, it’s style icon Jennifer Lopez ‘s 49 birthday. Which has us asking one question: how? This weekend the performer posted an ab-focused selfie showing how the mum of two still holds it down; regularly going to gym and eating healthy meals , Lopez works really hard for her body . Basically a super human, J.Lo doesn’t drink coffee or alcohol and has never smoked . Listing drinking water, a full night’s sleep and daily high intensity workouts as the foundations of her enviable body, the performer’s dedication to fitness and health gives her a rite of passage to wear what she wants, when she wants. Forever a body icon, the New Yorker has always rocked the barely-there look. Some may even say J.Lo created the trend in her infamous green, Versace dress from the Grammy Awards in 2000. A plunging, belly-button exposing neckline, the silk chiffon dress was one of the first of its kind on the red carpet, making the now-49-year-old a trendsetter. Dare we say she looked just as good in 2000 as she does today, eighteen years later? Admittedly the performer has tried various looks over the years, but one thing is certain – we bet she has her birthday suit ready and there’s still a bit of ‘Jenny from the block’ in there. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Bride hilariously pranks groom on wedding day 25 of our favourite looks from Lovebox Festival Why Burberry burned £28.6 million of stock last year
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