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When, singer, Florence Welch hit the scene in the early 2010’s with her band, The Machine, the fashion world collectively breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Florence Welch fashion crush

There had been almost a starvation for a band with a beautiful, yet fashion forward front woman reminiscent of the days of No Doubt and Blondie. Practically overnight, the fiery red head, who hails from Camberwell, London, England, was scooped up by almost every major fashion house, having performed at the Chanel runway show in 2012 as well as having Gucci design the wardrobe for her 2011 summer tour.  This would subsequently result in a long relationship with the house of Gucci as she has become a muse for Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele.

Florence Welch fashion crush

Despite all of the fashion press, Florence Welch + The Machine were still relatively unknown. Welch had had somewhat of a turbulent childhood, having had the traumatic experience of watching her grandmother commit suicide. By age fourteen she picked up a drinking habit and was known to frequent wild parties. Fortunately, Welch was able to kick the habit, and despite being diagnosed with dyslexia, was able to do well in school.  She would later drop out of the Camberwell College of Arts to focus on her music career. In 2009, Florence and her band, The Machine released their debut album, Lungs, which debuted at number seventeen on the UK charts.  By 2011, they were already creating a buzz in the music world, having had two successful albums.   The latter of which debuted at number one on the UK albums chart.  A song from this album would eventually be used in the soundtrack for Snow White and the Huntsman.  After releasing the single Sweet Nothing with Calvin Harris, Welch would receive her first Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.

Florence Welch fashion crush

In recent years, Welch has had much success apart from her band.  She’s collaborated with Lady Gaga on a song for Gaga’s latest album, and also put her vocals to use on the Wonder Woman soundtrack. You can still find her beasting every red carpet event she attends and as the brand ambassador for Gucci, you can be assured she’ll most likely be the best dressed.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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#FashionCrush- Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani)

Where would the fashion world be without the influence of charismatic and flamboyant rock star Gwen Stefani?
This California bred superstar was introduced to the world in 1992 after she, and her fellow No Doubt bandmates, debuted their first album, No Doubt. From then on No Doubt would produce lots of 90’s hit singles such as Just A Girl, Don’t Speak, and Bath Water. The singles, Hey Baby and Underneath It All from their album, Rock Steady, each scored the group a Grammy.

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Gwen Stefani

Where would the fashion world be without the influence of charismatic and flamboyant rock star Gwen Stefani?

This California bred superstar was introduced to the world in 1992 after she, and her fellow No Doubt bandmates, debuted their first album, No Doubt. From then on No Doubt would produce lots of 90’s hit singles such as Just A Girl, Don’t Speak, and Bath Water. The singles, Hey Baby and Underneath It All from their album, Rock Steady, each scored the group a Grammy.

Gwen Stefani fashion crush

In 2004, Stefani ventured out on her own releasing her first solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby.  This album would produce megahits like Hollaback Girl and Rich Girl featuring Eve. Along with the new album, Gwen also debuted a new look. Her “Harajuku” styled Japanese attire created a sensation, as young girls across America mimicked her every look. Thankfully, in 2004, Stefani decided to debut her fashion line LAMB. Stefani wore many of the looks on her tour as well at various events which garnered the line lots of attention.

Gwen Stefani fashion crush

Though it’s been a while since Stefani first donned those Harajuku skirts, she still delights the world with her unique, yet glamorous style. Nowadays, you can find the mother of three all over the world of media from acting as one of the judges on The Voice to becoming the brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris.

Gwen Stefani fashion crush

Gwen Stefani proved that she could still churn out the hits when she released her third solo album, This is What the Truth Feels Like in 2016. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and produced such hits as Make Me Like You and Used to Love You. In 2018, Stefani scored yet another career high when she started her 25 date residency at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas. This will rightfully place her among the impressive roster of women, such as Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, who have graced the city with their presence and amazing talent.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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#FashionCrush-Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell)

Like a true fashion icon, Pharrell’s style influence can be identified by even the most fashion clueless person. Having revolutionized skateboard fashion in the early 2000’s with his clothing line, Billionaire Boys Club, and his shoe line, Ice Cream it wasn’t long before the powers that be led him to the front rows of every major fashion sho

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Pharrell fashion crush

For as long as I can remember, Pharrell Williams has always been one of the more fashion forward guys in the music industry.

In the early 2000’s, it was hard to find a song on the radio that wasn’t produced or sung by Williams and his power group The Neptunes. Having started it with childhood friend Chad Hugo, The Neptunes were responsible for some of our favorite hits such as Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave for You and Nelly’s Hot in Herre.  After all of that major success, Pharrell along with Chad Hugo and another friend of theirs, Shay Haley,  decided to release their debut album under the group name N.E.R.D.

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As the years went on, Williams became a major force on his own. His addition to the Despicable Me soundtracks would prove to be legendary as it found an unexpected hit in the song Happy. This along with Blurred Lines for Robin Thicke and Get Lucky for Daft Punk solidified his place among the greats in the music industry. Around this time we also began to see his influences in fashion. After debuting that infamous Vivienne Westwood hat, it would, for a time, become his signature piece.

Pharrell fashion crush

Like a true fashion icon, Pharrell’s style influence can be identified by even the most fashion clueless person. Having revolutionized skateboard fashion in the early 2000’s with his clothing line, Billionaire Boys Club, and his shoe line, Ice Cream it wasn’t long before the powers that be led him to the front rows of every major fashion show.

Pharrell fashion crush

These days, William’s is hotter than ever. Having become a fashion muse to Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell has gone down in fashion history as being the first and only man to star in a Chanel handbag campaign. In November of 2017, Williams even collaborated with Chanel and Adidas for a line of sneakers called Pharrell x Chanel x Adidas Hu NMD.  Not too shabby for a guy from Virginia Beach.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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#FashionCrush- Jimi Hendrix

It would be hard for me to try and describe my personal style without mentioning Jimi Hendrix.

The megastar, who ruled the late 1960’s, marched to the beat of his own drum and would become one of the most recognizable public figures the world over.  Hailing from Seattle, the future rock star seemingly always had the musical bug dancing around in his head. After years of using a broom as a pretend guitar, Hendrix purchased his first one at the age of 15 for a hefty $5.  Soon after he formed his first band called the Velvetones, it became apparent that no one be able to hear him over large crowds.  After constant urging, Hendrix’ father purchased his first electric guitar, thus creating a legend in the making

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Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

It would be hard for me to try and describe my personal style without mentioning Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

The megastar, who ruled the late 1960’s, marched to the beat of his own drum and would become one of the most recognizable public figures the world over.  Hailing from Seattle, the future rock star seemingly always had the musical bug dancing around in his head. After years of using a broom as a pretend guitar, Hendrix purchased his first one at the age of 15 for a hefty $5.  Soon after he formed his first band called the Velvetones, it became apparent that no one be able to hear him over large crowds.  After constant urging, Hendrix’ father purchased his first electric guitar, thus creating a legend in the making.

Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

By the late 1960’s, Jimi Hendrix had become world famous thanks in large parts to his onstage antics, such as burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival.  The image of him kneeling at his burning guitar would become one of the most famous and referenced images across the globe. During this time, Hendrix’ style became just as famous as the musician himself.  So much so that it seemed to be a major influence on pop culture. Most people’s typical idea of male fashion in the 1960’s would probably resemble a look or two from Hendrix. His 1969 look from his performance at Woodstock now hangs in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

Nowadays you can spot Jimi Hendrix’ influence everywhere.  Stars like Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd and Wiz Khalifa all seem to have taken a liking to the “Hendrix” way of looking and dressing. It is also true that many of the kids today have adopted his style and don’t even realize it. I’m just grateful to be at an age where I can not only rock his style, but also be able to appreciate where it came from.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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