SPOTLIGHT: AALIYAH – A STYLE ICON THEN & NOW

21 Aug

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This Sunday marks the 12th anniversary of the death of Aaliyah. In honor of Miss Haughton, this edition of Spotlight pays tribute to her stylish influence then and now.

At just 22, Aaliyah had accomplished more than her peers, having successfully managed to transition from music to acting. Her music, which consisted of three albums, was what she was known for, however, her style was not to be missed. Aaliyah had a magical way of innovating trends, which are still very relevant today.  As she matured so did her music and ultimately her style as well. It is so easy to spot her influence in the artists of today, such as DrakeRita Ora, and Rihanna to name a few. I’d like to think that if she were here she’d be a triple threat, in music, acting, and fashion. She is a trendsetter in every sense of the word. Let’s take a look at 3 distinct trademarks that made Aaliyah who she was and what she will always be remembered for.

HAIR OVER THE EYE.

You can’t think of Aaliyah without thinking of her signature trademark. She had the best hair in the music industry, even now, no one’s hair has ever come close! I was always fascinated with how full, healthy, and layered her hair was. And she always kept things interesting by cover her eye, giving a mysterious and sexy vibe without even trying.

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  SUNGLASSES.

Aaliyah was always spotted with a stylish pair of shades, adding more mystery to her private persona.

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MASTER OF MENSWEAR

 What made Aaliyah stand out from other songtresses of the 90’s were her fashions, “street but sweet”  described her music and her style as well.  She had effortlessly mastered the craft of appealing to all sexes, with a crafty ability of wearing tom boyish attire while still remaining sexy and sweet, a feat that not many have been able to carry. She was known for her baggy jeans, mid driff baring tops, bandanas, and boxer briefs. Now, if you have paid any attention to the trends as of late, all of what she was wearing back then is now back in style.

“I stay true to myself and my style and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.” 

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This post is bittersweet for me. I really admired Aaliyah so spotlighting her influence is an easy one, however putting together a montage of her life brings forth sadness. I can’t believe it’s been 12 years. I, as well as all of you, can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. For me and the many people of my generation, her death was hard to grasp. Other than Biggie and Tupac, we had never had a young, female artist die in such a tragic way. It’s a constant reminder that death has no age limit and to cherish the time you have because you never know when that time is up.

One of my all time favorite pictures of her. Taken from the 'We Need A Resolution' video. Stunning!

One of my all time favorite pictures of her. Taken from the ‘We Need A Resolution’ video. Stunning!

A trendsetter in every sense of the word. Aaliyah rocking an ombre hairstyle.

A trendsetter in every sense of the word. Aaliyah rocking an ombre hairstyle.

On August 25th, as you reminisce about Aaliyah, play her music, watch her videos, and search through countless photos of her on the internet, take the time out to say a little prayer for her mother and brother, as well as, the 8 other victim’s families. This day is hard for her fans, but extremely hard for them as well. I leave you with a poem that her brother, Rashad Haughton, dedicated to her.

Written by Rashad Haughton. Courtesy of Aaliyah.com

Written by Rashad Haughton. Courtesy of Aaliyah.com

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3 Responses to “SPOTLIGHT: AALIYAH – A STYLE ICON THEN & NOW”

  1. ronnieg August 22, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Awesome post! And yes, it’s so hard to believe Aaliyah has been gone for 12 years, her music, style and beauty will live on forever. Looking at today’s music, artists like Chris Brown and Drake are still incorporating her music into theirs because she was just that great. RIP Aaliyah Houghton.

    • Miss Monet August 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Yes she was great! Normally there’s always someone in the industry that will remind you of someone else, but there has been no female artist since Aaliyah that even comes close. The world was just not ready for her and sadly we still aren’t. In today’s generation of women it’s celebrated to be a “bad girl” and smoke weed. Women don’t want to be classy anymore. Aaliyah was a class act through and through.

  2. ronnie613 August 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    Reblogged this on Roots Rhythm and Rhyme and commented:
    12 years ago today, we lost an amazing entertainer, Ms. Aaliyah Haughton, who died in a tragic plane crash on August 25, 2001. Today, we remember her and the immense influence she had on pop culture with her great vocal skills and pioneering style. In honor of Ms. Aaliyah, check out a great blog post on Aaliyah’s influence on style by fashion stylist and blogger Erica Monet. RIP Aaliyah.

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