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- English singer and songwriter
Adele was once the girl from Tottenham who favoured baggy black clothes and a thick smudge of kohl eyeliner, an often grungy look which belied her mesmerising voice. Now 33, recently divorced and living in LA, the singer’s image has, like her life, transformed almost beyond recognition.
And there’s no better example of this new haute-Adele than a series of looks which she debuted this week, with the release of her latest video, Oh My God. Overseen by super-stylist Jamie Mizrahi, Adele wears three bespoke designer creations which chime with the ultra-elegant, modern yet ladylike new style that she has been shaping for the past couple of years.
In some way, each outfit nods to the classic tenets of Hollywood glamour while giving the look a 2022 update - it’s a strategy which Adele has been honing ever since she stepped back into the limelight for the launch of her 30 album last year, but which truly comes into its own here.
Here are four ways that Adele is reimagining Golden Age sophistication for now…
The showstopper gown
There’s a major Mae West feel to the crimson gown which Adele chose to wear in the first image teaser for the Oh My God video. It’s undoubtedly the most striking outfit of the lot and plays perfectly into Adele’s love for diva-worthy dresses which convey timeless elegance.
She has worn versions by Schiaparelli and Dior in the past, but this red iteration is the work of Vivienne Westwood, a designer with a genius ability to sculpt and enhance a woman’s curves through draping artistry, as the off-shoulder silhouette and fine tulle sleeves of this gown exemplify.
The statement blouse
There are blouses and then there is this blouse - a demi-couture pussy bow style courtesy of London-based designer Harris Reed. With its extravagant necktie and cascading sleeves, it’s perhaps not the most practical of garments but what it lacks in functionality, it makes up for in feminine impact.
You could imagine Marlene Dietrich pairing this dotted, sheer number with tuxedo trousers. For Adele, it’s a high-waisted skirt and corset which complete the look, along with jewellery from Reed’s recent collaboration with jewellery label Missoma.
The caped creation
Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière designed the floor-sweeping brocade dress and structured white cape which Adele wears in another section of Oh My God, creating a fashion-inflected nod to religious style.
It’s a statuesque ensemble reminiscent of the structured silhouettes loved by Olivia de Havilland in the late 1930s and 1940s while also nodding to today’s rec carpet trend for caped gowns, as seen on Gwyneth Paltrow, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.
The leopard print coat
Beyond her new video, Adele was also pictured earlier this week leaving LA restaurant Giorgio Baldi with her boyfriend Rich Paul.
In true starlet style, the singer didn’t miss an opportunity to showcase some high fashion additions to her wardrobe, wearing a velvet leopard-print coat by Etro and carrying a small version of Balenciaga’s ‘Hourglass’ bag.
An undisputed fashion classic, Adele follows in the coat-steps of Elizabeth Taylor, the Queen and Marilyn Monroe with her leopard cover-up, instantly elevating her otherwise all-black outfit.
Get the haute-Adele look
Off-shoulder dress, £340, Self Portrait (mytheresa.com); Silk blouse, £120, And Other Stories (stories.com); Hourglass bag, £1690, Balenciaga (balenciaga.com); Earrings, £135, Harris Reed x Missoma (missoma.com); Leopard coat, £298, Stand Studio (theoutnet.com)