Style, what can I say about it? They say that some have it and some don't. I'm not sure I'm the one to be the judge of that, but I do know there are several people that I look at as Style icons. Folks that blaze their own trail and look the part no matter the era, time or season and you gotta love that if you're a fashion/style person.
One of the greatest style icons ever in my opinion would have to be Lenny Kravitz. I once heard someone say that Lenny may be the only man that can wear a women's blouse and still make it come off as masculine. That sort of thing can only be said about a man who is secure in his man hood to do such a thing yet carry himself in a way that makes it totally acceptable for him and impressive. Lenny, at 50 years old puts some twenty year old men to shame with his youth and eye for detail.
His presence and look has been timeless and he's done so in a time when many so called masters of the thread are constantly flaunting themselves and figuring out new ways to try and set trends so that they may stay relevant in the public eye. Lenny does a great job of keeping to himself and keeping a low key life style which to me alludes to the fact that his eye for fashion isn't for the camera's but for himself. Lenny's fashion sense is indeed effortless it seems.
Another individual with an awesome sense of fashion and style is musician and artist Saul Williams. Saul's garb, to me seems to be as electric and hip as his music. William's at times can be seen wearing a myriad of scarves and rings to the likes that I've never seen on anyone else and I can't say that I've ever seen him wear anything that looks "trendy". His outfits like his lyrics come across as pure artistic expression.
Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def is another style icon for me. Why you ask? Because I just enjoy the pure simplicity of his ensembles. I've never seen Bey wear anything that looks over the top of flashy to me. His aesthetic just comes across as simple, clean, yet sharp. Sometimes basic is the way to go! As Miles Davis used to say, "Playing fewer notes makes for better music sometimes."
What can I say about Andre 3000 that I haven't already said in a prior blog post? His individuality and style is fearless and all his own. 3000 manages to own everything that he wears. He remains the only person that I've ever seen wear football shoulder pads, sun glasses, baggy pants, and jocky boots and it just looks right. What can I say, if you carry yourself like you own it then maybe you do!
And last but not least, I bet when I mention this name, half of you will raise an eye brow and the other half will be shocked because you've forgotten about him completely. That man is Sidney Poitier. If there was ever an example of traditional class and style then he is it. Always classy and always cool, Mr. Poitier is a legend on the movie screen and in life.
Anytime I've seen photos of him or seen him on television I've seen nothing but the cleanest, most maticulous and classy presentation. He carries himself in such a dignified that he could probably wear a burlap sack and people would think it's amazing. I'm sure if you asked anyone who knows who he is what they thought about him, they would go on a twenty minute tangent about how great a person he is, just a class act.
These men (I chose men because these are men I wouldn't mind modeling my closet after, hence no women. So ladies please don't be offended) are men that I think have an amazing ability to look impeccable no matter the time or season. They are men who have constructed their own identity through actions, art, or fashion which are all traits that make up style. They do it for themselves and not the camera. To me they transcend those who do it for the limelight. And this is why they are my style icons.