Thursday, August 25, 2011

30 Day Style Icon Challenge: AALIYAH

How fitting for my #1 Style Icon to be on the 10th anniversary of her untimely passing. And in my humble opinion, she’s still a style visionary to this day…


When Aaliyah debuted in 1994, I was immediately intrigued by her style. The sleek hair, the dark shades and lips (it was at this moment that my fascination with super dark lipstick began lol), and tomboyish clothing that surely didn't cover up what a cutey patootey she was. Her age was a mystery, but obviously she was a teenager. And she wasn’t one of those sugar pop sickeningly sweet artists. She was down-to-earth, mature, and pretty but rough around the edges.

I could relate to this girl.

The next time she resurfaced, it was 2 years later. She had definitely grown up, oozing sexuality in her style, movements, and music but keeping that "round the way" tomboy quality that her fans came to associate her with. It was my sophomore year in high school and I too was finding a sense of sexy. Oh boy did I become obsessed with all things midriff! (And I probably still would be if I weren't post two kids. lol!)  I had her style down to a science complete with baggy pants and swoop of hair over the eye. Gosh I wish I had a photo of me doing my best impersonation.

By the time her final album came out in 2001, Aaliyah was a movie star. She began to make bolder choices with her hair, makeup, and fashion choices, introducing glamour into the mix.



Her image, her style, her music were so important to me growing up. I clung to her like we had a personal bond. And when she passed, I was at a loss. She remains an important icon defining what it means to be edgy and sweet, sexy and classy, bold and mysterious. RIP Aaliyah



30 Day Style Icon Challenge via Pearls and Peacocks

I love blog challenges. You know, when a blogger posts about a certain topic or topics for a set period of time. Often, I find myself thinking "oooh, I'm gonna do this one". But I'm such a sometimey blogger that I don't complete the task. But this one, I think I can dig...

My girl Eclectic Ivy from fashion blog Pearls and Peacocks created this challenge highlighting 30 icons who have influenced your style and/or you just love their style, period. So far she's profiled Sex and the City stylist Patricia Fields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kourtney Kardashian, Audrey Hepburn, and even the Rat Pack. Can't wait to see who's next!

Electic Ivy writes:
"My mission is to find 30 people who have influenced my style. 30 people who I absolutely adore their style. 30 people who have swag (for lack of a better word). Some may be models. some may be designers. Some may be actresses. Some may be new some maybe old. That's not the point. The point is to learn more about those dolls/gents that ooze style! To express why I  love them  and help refine my definition of style. The bonus where applicable is to mimic a part of their style. The limitations are to choose only 12 photos that showcase the depth of their style. (why? because I get photo happy)."
Thanks Girl! This is gonna be awesome! Now I don't promise to make these posts everyday (you know me) or even to get through all 30 but I'll do my best ;-)