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Whitney Houston Fashion Perspective
Whitney Houston’s body has been laid to rest, the world still mourns one of the greatest voices – if not the greatest voice ever to hit wax. She was a legend, and her voice was certainly a gift from God. Still, any diva – and she was certainly that, has a wardrobe and fashion perspective that is all her own. Whitney Houston is no different. She was a true fashion plate clad with heels and ready-to-wear for days.
Here is OBVIOUS’ look back at some of Miss Houston’s best fashion moments:
Miss Houston made the 80s looks fresh and chic during a time when that wasn’t always the case. Her music videos showed a slender beautiful youngster with the big voice. But before all of that, she was a beautiful model – and one of the first models of color to grace the cover of Seventeen Magazine.
When Clive Davis discovered her singing in a club with her mother, he knew immediately that he was going to sign her – we’re not surprised. Part of being an artist is having the whole package. He struck gold with Houston who had the voice of a 300 pound church mother and the body of a Milan runway model.
In this video Ms. Houston is wearing a two-toned pink/black body suit with a thick belt and a jacket. The sleeves turned up give her a rocker/chic edge. Her wild hair suits this look along with the smoky makeup that compliments the lighting for the film. It isn’t for everybody, but Ms. Houston pulls this look off without a single glitch.
In “Saving All My Love for You,” she is toned down but in a casual/sexy kind of way. This video called for several different outfit changes, but my absolute favorite is a two piece denim top and dress. This particular trend came back recently. In this video, the top is loose and tied together using a skinny belt, paired with a denim pencil skirt.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is my absolute favorite music video of hers. It was almost the 90s and fashion was fun and carefree. Her accessories were on point – colors galore. This was fun Whitney without the seriousness and controversy that would come later. She looked amazing. It’s hard to say what look meant the most, but the leotards, big hair, and one-sleeves were everything. And of course, her voice was flawless.
The 90s were prime for Whitney. She was still at the height of music and her voice remained flawless. Her music videos were always right on trend. My absolute favorite from the 90s is “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay.” I love the lyrics and can sometimes find myself singing it to myself while looking in the mirror. But more than that, the video was great for style. Whitney is seen wearing a full-length leather dress with pants – very 90s chic.
Whitney Houston struggled with personal troubles that made life in the public a bit of a struggle. Still, like the true diva that she was, her style and fashion sense never faded. She remained sharp even at a time when more attention was brought to her personal life than her career. A true style icon knows how to put on, even when things aren’t going as well as they could. That’s Ms. Houston’s legacy – style even in the midst of adversity, that, and her incredible voice.
“I Look to You” is Whitney’s lead single from her very last studio album. We get the signature vocals that she was known for, but the fashion is absolutely angelic. She looks rested and peaceful.