05/16/2013 11:00 am ET Updated Jul 16, 2013

Prince Has Ruled In The Style Stakes For Four Freakin' Decades


Every generation thinks they invented sex. But Prince basically did invent sex, certainly as far as the 80s musical landscape was concerned. No nods, no winks, no metaphors. He became a megastar while singing about all matter of deviancy and dressed accordingly, turning the dirty-sexy look into catwalk chic. He'd get bored of himself before anybody else had the chance to. Back then, when he released classic albums every two weeks, he never stopped pioneering, setting fashion trends every time he appeared, then setting fire to them and creating new ones the next time he stepped out the door. Picking up the gauntlet from Bowie, he became pop's greatest shapeshifter. Let's drink him in.