Adele was recently featured on the cover of Vogue, and it’s all anyone in both music and fashion can talk about. The British singer has returned to the limelight in a big way, not only with her brand new music, but also her style.
At 25, Adele has come a long way in her seven years of singing. Her Vogue cover story took a short stroll down memory lane as it discussed how far she has come since she was 19 years old and producing her first album. It also points out how much different Adele is at 25 than she was at 19. Not only does she get far more attention now than she did then, but she’s also matured quite a bit. Her speech is less “dirty” and her thoughts have turned to more meaningful things. Just like every 19-year-old does, she’s grown up.
Along with growing up, she’s also beginning to appear differently to her fans. Not only is she still one of the top singers on all the charts, but she’s also becoming a fashion icon of sorts. The biggest reason is no doubt her confidence in herself compared to when she was a teen.
“I was just shocked that all of a sudden I was 25!” Adele told Vogue writer Hamish Bowles. “But actually I like myself more than ever. I feel so comfortable in my own skin. I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with.”
There are a couple of things that have influenced this new, more comfortable Adele. First of all, her family. At 21, she met her boyfriend Simon Konecki, who is now the CEO of Drop4Drop, a company seeking to provide cleaner and more sustainable drinking water for disadvantaged areas. They have since had a son, Angelo, who is three. Because of their influence, everything has changed, she said. “I can’t have any other junk in my head to worry about as well,” she explained in the Vogue interview. “Angelo, meanwhile, ‘makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.'”
This is the reason she took so much time off before creating her album 25. She wanted to spend her son’s first three years by his side, and when she came back, she was a new woman. Her fashion sense had changed, and she had dropped quite a bit of weight, fueling a sudden addiction for shopping.
“I was trying to get some stamina for my tour,” she stated. “So I lost a bit of weight. Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes—which is a really big problem for me!”
Even though she spends a lot of her time shopping, she is still famous for her custom dresses that she helps long-time stylist Gaelle Paul design. They commission dresses from designers including Armani, Christopher Bailey, and Valentino. Adele says that Christopher Bailey in particular “has been really hands-on ever since I started showing an interest in fashion.”
With the help of Paul and these iconic fashion designers, Adele has begun to shape her own personal style that people are beginning to take notice of. Fans might remember her Jenny Packham dress she wore on the night she won an Academy Award. That dress is now on display in her dressing room, and it stands as an icon of her style.
Vogue describes her style as “a strong, iconic fashion image that owes a debt to the concert gowns on the covers of the Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald CDs Adele found in the two-for-one bargain box at her local HMV when she was fourteen—and that have influenced both her music and her style ever since. Adele happily calls them her ‘June Carter clothes.'”
With a combination of her fashion choices and growing popularity in the music industry, Adele has learned what it means to be powerful.
“I used to define power by age: Respecting your elders and authority figures like teachers… That’s kind of (expletive), really. I define power now as having the confidence to make your own decisions and not be swayed by other people.”
Based on this interview, and likely many more to come in the future, it’s clear that Adele will be making more of a name of herself in the style department. This particular Vogue cover featuring Adele has given fans a little more insight into the new and improved Adele and everything she stands for.
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