Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a soul artist. Today's Re-Issue is SADE, to commemorate her album dropping.
Sade's message as a style icon has always been consistent: smooth, understated sexy with an unflinching dedication to a signature look. She rarely goes without a lick of rouge on her lips and her hair is always pulled back, and when her silhouette emerges from the smoke in "Soldier of Love," the first words that spring to mind are, Damn! This chick is well preserved!! Clearly Sade has not made a pact with the devil, but she did figure out what worked for her fashion-wise early on in her career—long skirts, flamenco flourishes, a cropped top or stunning backless body suit, and every once in a while she still goes hard with a tux. Shape-shifting, stylist-having songstresses of our time, take note. -Chioma Nnadi