Less than a month ago, news broke of Prince's tragic, untimely passing, reportedly the consequence of a prescription drug overdose. In the days that followed, notable names from the music, fashion and entertainment realms turned to social media to share their condolences — and to tell the world how Prince's inimitable sound and sense of style impacted their lives and careers.
It's no secret that the artist was fearless on the sartorial front, 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. We knew that it was only a matter of time before a fashion title made a posthumous tribute to the legendary musician, and Harper's Bazaar Serbia beat all of the other 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.