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If George Michael Has Faith, So Do We

March 15, 2016

Have you ever asked yourself what kind of music you could listen to, day and night, not like on and on again, but like if I were to wake you up at 3 a.m., with some music, what music wouldn’t make you, instantly, want to throw a pillow at me?

You would, most probably, throw a pillow at me, anyway, but still, what would that music be? I’ve been asking this myself, for some time now, just to see if the answer is the same and it is. George Michael, all the way.

Same with clothes. There are clothes that you’d throw on yourself and feel good in, on any occasion, under whatever circumstances. Those, usually, are the clothes that define your style.

What image of George Michael comes to mind first? Your mind. Fast, fast, fast. First! Exactly!

The cross earring, the biker jacket and that hair. Would you have said the cross earring only? No, of course not. Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, aka George Michael, born in London, to a Greek father and an English mother, just flashed, before our eyes, and we all took a bow. Those aviators and that intense look just electrified my entire being. Father Figure is one of my all time favourite everything, after all. 

Iconic.

He was so into singing that, to me, he seemed not to have cared, that much, about what he was wearing, but that’s a trick we all crave. When it’s second nature, it feels careless, which, ultimately, feels carefree and that’s where we all want to be. Care, crave, careless, carefree. George Michael feels authentic, on any occasion, under whatever circumstances. Of course he does. He’s an icon. 

For me, it was his music first. I was a kid and I didn’t know who he was, but it was something in his music that just felt good to me. Being a kid is all you need to be, sometimes. Something in his music informed the style icon I was about to adore. The fact that he could pull off anything came from something else, not just an astute sense of style. But that’s the thing, an astute sense of style, I believe, doesn’t come from knowing fashion, it comes from knowing yourself. That something in his music was, in fact, that something in him and it came through his music, thank goodness. A knowing that feels sexy. Might this be magic? 

And then, ta-da, he takes the day of the Freedom shooting off. Of course he does, it’s not called Freedom for nothing. I feel like he could do anything. Still. Today. Somehow. It’s something in him that’s eternal. Is it his freedom?

Freedom,
directed by
David Fincher.

He had to show up in Too Funky (directed by Thierry Mugler), though, just for the world to see what Beyonce‘s bodysuit would look like, 20 years later.

Funky

Faith not only became one of his greatest hits, but propelled the Levi’s 501 to stardom, God bless that day!

Hallelujah!

One More Try is now playing, in the background, and it’s proof that style doesn’t mean clothes only.

Mhm

But then, there he, in Fastlove, all leather.

Ooh

All white in A Different Corner.

The story of Careless Whisper is so bad ass. 

No, you are Amazing, George!

And you sang with Whitney!

If I Told You That

Few men…