The greatest outfits of fashion history: Janelle Monáe in black and white Chanel

There are some really great celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you’re desperately trying to recreate at home. In “Great Outfits in Fashion History,” the editors of Fashionista revisit their all-time favorite obscenes.

While dressing in a black and white color scheme is a fashion classic, no one has quite mastered it quite like Janelle Monáe. She’s made it one of her style signatures, regularly relying on the combo for everything from TV appearances to big red carpets, and it never felt stale.

It’s a real hat trick to make something so reliable feel so fresh, and Monáe’s powers don’t stop there: she also has a way of transcending the labels she wears to that they resemble him more than themselves. Take, for example, the Chanel suit she wore to the brand’s Spring 2011 Haute Couture show – there’s nothing particularly revolutionary about a black suit over a cream button-down shirt, but on Monáe it sparkles with detail. inspired by menswear in the tie, oversized clutch and pointed-toe platforms. The beauty seals the deal, with a statuesque bun, red lip and impossibly thick lashes. Personally, I think the key takeaway is that you can create any style thing, as long as you do it with the confidence that Monáe has always displayed.

Start with these Monáe-inspired costume choices:

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