Personalities | Adele | The Look

Adele is in a league of her own when compared to the likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The differences are not limited to their music styles either. An ardent fan of comfortable elegance and the colour black, when Adele’s touring, there’s no need to worry about 11 costume changes and the possibility of a wardrobe malfunction.

She is not your typical, ab-flashing pop princess, yet she has undoubtedly become increasingly glamorous as her fame has spread. At awards ceremonies, with advice from a team of beauty and fashion advisors, she looks as if she was born to walk the red carpet. Her hairstyles keep getting more sophisticated and at the Grammys a new blonde ’do was revealed, part of her most glamorous look yet – the attention to detail was such that even her nails had a ‘Louboutin’ manicure – long shimmering talons, with the underside of the tips painted a bright red as a reflection of the iconic shoes. Adele’s A-list locks are looked after by Mayfair colourist Jo Hansford, whose other clients include the Duchess of Cornwall and Gwyneth Paltrow.

A Designer World

Adele’s style status increased in leaps and bounds when US Vogue editor-in-chief and alleged ice queen Anna Wintour met the singer in 2009. She was summoned for her first major shoot, with the images captured by legendary snapper Annie Leibovitz. Before being called in to meet Wintour, Adele said she was left waiting in a hallway. ‘It was just like The Devil Wears Prada. I was really frightened and I went in and she was so nice.’

At that point, Adele didn’t really have a favourite designer, yet Wintour was quick to point her in the right direction, style-wise. Before long, she was snapped with a series of coveted fashionista accessories – a Jimmy Choo handbag, designer shades and the like. British fashion institution Burberry is a hot favourite of Adele’s, if recent choices are any indication of her look. At the BRIT Awards in 2012, her classy, full-length Burberry gown perfectly reflected the star’s signature style – classic, black and elegant, with sparkle (she also wore a Burberry dress to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards). At the 2012 Grammys, Adele shimmered in a custom-made Giorgio Armani sequined gown, accessorized with a Harry Winston ring, De Beers earrings and Christian Louboutin heels. Bold red lips completed her glamorous look.

‘Even if I did have, you know, a Sports Illustrated body, I’d still wear elegant clothes. I ain’t looking like no “slapper”. Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look.’

Not Bovvered!

Adele definitely breaks the skinny star stereotype. Her seeming nonchalance when it comes to her curvy size-14 figure has attracted much attention. Many see her as a positive role model – a normal-sized woman, who is self-assured and confident. Some articles have referred to her ‘weight issues’, however, and in 2012 Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld raised eyebrows when he...

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Source: Adele: Songbird, by Alice Hudson


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