Less than a month ago, news broke of Prince’s tragic, untimely passing, reportedly the consequence of a prescription drug overdose. In the days following his demise, notable names from the music, fashion and entertainment realms turned to social media to share their condolences and pay their tributes.
It’s no secret that the artist was fearless and unconventional often mixing masculine and feminine elements in sensual, never-before-seen ways, an aesthetic that became his signature — and that has inspired countless runway shows and fashion spreads.
It would have been anyone’s guess that sooner or later, a fashion title would be making posthumous tribute to the legendary musician and they would have been right as rain because Harper’s Bazaar Serbia has beat all other fashion books to the punch!
For its June 2016 issue, the Eastern European edition of Bazaar tapped Chanel Iman to channel the Purple One with a series of covers that harken back to his most iconic looks.
Shot by Joshua Jordan, Iman poses on a motorcycle à la Prince’s “Purple Rain” album cover, in a Victorian-style blouse holding a guitar and dripping in chains, wearing a coat open sans a shirt underneath.
Iman’s hair is styled in a curly bouffant in each image — a funky look that Prince helped to make famous. It’s a sexy and statement-making shoot that the artist’s fans will likely appreciate… and that will probably set off a trend of similar editorials to come in the months ahead.
Browse the covers below, and see the full editorial when the magazine hits newsstands on May 21.