FASHION FLASHBACK/FASTFORWARD: AALIYAH’S INFLUENCE

25 Aug

By now you should know that I am and have always been a fan of Aaliyah, just check out the latest Spotlight post and you will see why. Judging from the countless singers and their styles as of late it’s easy to see that they are fans too. They say “imitation is the highest form of flattery”, so in honor of Aaliyah, let’s take a look at how her style has resurrected in today’s fashions.

1) The pic on the right is a still from Aaliyah’s video “We Need A Resolution”, premiering in May of 2001. Fast-forward to The MTV Video Music Awards 2001 and you will see Britney Spears dancing with a python during her performance of “I’m A Slave For You”.  It hadn’t even been two weeks since her passing and her style was already being mimicked.

Britney Spears & Aaliyah

2) Have you seen Rihanna’s style lately? And not to mention her upcoming collection for The River Island. It’s very easy to see that Bad Gal RiRI is a major fan of the 90’s tomboyish look that Aaliyah made oh so popular.

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 Aaliyah inspired perhaps? Rihanna seen wearing her collection for The River Island set to debut Sept. 12, 2013.

Aaliyah inspired perhaps? Rihanna seen wearing her collection for The River Island set to debut Sept. 12, 2013.

Rocking camouflage in the 'Hot Like Fire' video.

Rocking camouflage in the ‘Hot Like Fire’ video.

Serving it up for the 90's! Very Aaliyah inspired (check out the Versace shades) and some Mary J. Blige is thrown in there too. Rihanna seen her performing at her Diamonds World Tour.

Serving it up for the 90’s! Very Aaliyah inspired (check out the Versace shades) and some Mary J. Blige is thrown in there too. Rihanna seen her performing at her Diamonds World Tour.

3) Supermodel Sessilee Lopez was shot in a high fashion spread last year paying homage to Miss Haughton for The Block Magazine. Check out a few photos from the spread.

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4) Canadian singer Keisha Chante was picked to play Babygirl in a rumored biopic that,thankfully, never came about. ( No offense to Keisha, but I typically hate biopics on deceased celebrities. I feel Hollywood should leave their legacies alone.) Anyway, it’s easy to see why they chose her, they’re not twins, but you would definitely do a double take if you saw Miss Chante.

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Aaliyah & Keisha Chante

Aaliyah & Keisha Chante

There have been countless similarities in style and music from fans to celebrities alike. From makeup tutorials on YouTube to style inspirations on Pinterest and Tumblr, there’s simply not enough time in the day to discuss it all. Fashion is like a boomerang, it always comes back, even the bad ones that you wish would stay gone. However, style is one that some have and others can only mimic. When you got it, you got it. And Aaliyah definitely had it.

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