Style Crush: Janelle Monae

Songstress, activist and fashionista Janelle Monae stays true to her signature black and white look during Paris Fashion Week.  While she has moved on from 2-piece suits, she now dabbles in dresses and skirts that give her a more feminine touch.  There is no print that is too abstract for the artist and she is definitely not afraid to be bold with solids.  Janelle’s style has evolved so much over the years.  She was often criticized for wearing suits and a bouffant, the attire that soon became known as her uniform.  In 2012, while accepting  an award for Black Girls Rock, Janelle responded to the critics by telling the story of why she wears black and white.

“When I started my musical career, I was a maid.  I used to clean houses. My parents– my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man.  They all wore uniforms.  And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them.” 

Janelle looked outstanding in her monochrome wardrobe, styled by Maeve Reilly.  With all of the glitz and glam of Paris Fashion Week, Janelle continues to pay homage to her parents by wearing black and white with an occasional pop of color.  Take a look at her fashionable moments during Paris Fashion Week.  Which look is your favorite?

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Janelle Monae in Collette- Photo Credit: Instagram/JanelleMonae

 

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Janelle Monae in Philipp Plein- Photo Credit: Instagram/JanelleMonae

 

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Janelle Monae in Giambattista- Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Janelle Monae in Chanel- Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Janelle Monae shows off her monochrome accessories- Photo Credit: Instagram/JanelleMonae
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Janelle Monae at the Akris Spring Show- Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Janelle Monae in Emanuel Ungaro- Photo Credit: Instagram/Stylememaeve
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Janelle Monae at the Sonia Rykiel Show- Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Janelle Monae at the John Galliano Show- Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Marsha Badger

Freelance writer, fashion enthusiast and owner of MarshBar's Closet, Marsha Badger offers her spin on what's trending in the fashion industry. The Brooklyn native specializes in showing you how to look good for less. Specializing in event coverage, celebrity interviews and guidance on how to recreate celebrity looks, Marsha proudly contributes her insight to Kontrol Magazine.