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2012 ➤ Style.com nods to Sade Adu’s fashion legacy

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❚ “JEAN PAUL GAULTIER SENT SADE LOOK-ALIKES down his Spring-Summer runway last month, and Olivier Rousteing borrowed her signature hoops and shoulder pads for his Balmain collection. The up-and-coming British soul star Jessie Ware owes everything to Sade, down to her painted lips and single braid.” So says the prestige fashion website Style.com today in its Beauty Icon spot. “As it turns out, fashion has played no small role in the life of Helen Folasade Adu,” it adds, while sketching her distinctive contribution to music and style.

Best of all, Style.com includes a classic early shot of Sade taken by Shapersofthe80s, long before she became a singer, when she modelled clothes by Melissa Caplan in New York during the now legendary invasion of America by London’s trend-setting Blitz Kids in 1981. Catch our eye-witness report inside:

1981 — Pix of Sade’s Demob designs during the first
Blitz invasion of the US

Jean Paul Gautier, Spring Summer 2013,Sade Adu, fashion,pop music

Jean Paul Gaultier’s take on the Sade style of ponytail and hoop earrings: one of many 80s tributes in his Spring Summer 2013 runway show last month in Paris

1982 — Pix of Sade helping backstage during Steve Strange’s fashion show in Paris

2010 — Shapersofthe80s finds comeback Shard comfy
as ‘Auntie Sade’

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1981 ➤ Ballet on Broadway, leading the British invasion of America, spring 1981

On this day 30 years ago, 21 Blitz Kids, average age 21, took Manhattan by storm. Spandau Ballet provided the new British electropop, the Axiom design collective provided the radical London fashion show, while Tina Turner and Robert de Niro joined the coolest audience in New York City to witness the new sounds and new styles of Swinging London…

 Spandau Ballet, Blitz Kids, Jim Fourratt, Axiom fashion,Sade Adu,British invasion,

First published in the first issue of New Sounds New Styles in July 1981

Click here to read what happened for seven days in May
when the Ballet hit Broadway

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1981 ➤ Ballet on Broadway, leading the British invasion of America, spring 1981

Spandau provided the new British electropop, Axiom the radical London fashion show, while Tina Turner and Robert de Niro joined the coolest audience in Manhattan…

 Spandau Ballet, Blitz Kids, Jim Fourratt, Axiom fashion,Sade Adu,British invasion,

First published in the first issue of New Sounds New Styles in July 1981

Click here to read the full crazy tale of the Ballet on Broadway

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