• Aretha Franklin's iconic style and beauty looks
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    Aretha Franklin's iconic style and beauty looks

    Aretha Franklin  has died on Thursday at her home in Detroit, she was 76 years old. The prolific singer’s career spans over six decades, rightfully earning her the title “Queen of Soul.” Although music may be her centerpiece, Franklin’s fashion and beauty looks can be heralded as equally iconic. Franklin’s style was extravagant, lavish, and befitting of a superstar. Although one of Franklin’s sartorial choices may not be as popular today — she loved wearing fur . She often wore luxurious fur coats on and off the stage, with intricately embroidered dresses threaded with beads and feathers. Franklin had a penchant for regal jewelry, too: statement jewel earrings, emerald rings, and pearl necklaces. The “Natural Woman” singer was unafraid of bold, bright colors, loud, statement prints, and elaborate hair and makeup looks. In the ‘60s, Franklin often wore beehive hairdos and glossy, nude lips with maxi-length embroidered dresses and caftans. During the ‘70s, she embraced the era’s “flower power” aesthetic, on one occasion in 1975 wearing a dress with an oversized floral print and feathers stitched along the collar and trim. Franklin also sported well-coiffed Afros and neat cornrows . In the ’80s, Franklin saturated her wardrobe with ruffles, tulle and metallics. Maximalism was Franklin’s go-to — and she paired it with glaring haircuts. In the ’90s, she often wore gowns by fashion designer Arnold Scaasi , the same designer who has dressed American First Ladies Hillary Clinton , Barbara Bush , and Mamie Eisenhower. In the aughts, Franklin continued to flaunt her figure and wear glamorous gowns that hugged her curves, rocking them with shoulder-skimming hairstyles before settling into her most recent pixie cut . From her 20s to her 70s, Franklin’s style epitomized her extraordinary talent. She embraced old Hollywood glamour, wearing Oscar-worthy red-carpet gowns that shimmered, and shined on and off stage. More was always better with this diva. Having started her musical career at a time when there wasn’t as much widely-reported scrutiny of a woman’s appearance as it today (think entertainers like Beyoncé , Mariah Carey , or Jennifer Lopez ), Franklin freely and effortlessly experimented with just about every beauty trend. Throughout her 76 years, the “Queen of Soul” has been a force to be reckoned with, earning a myriad of accolades that musicians only dream of. In 1967 at just 25, she released her hit song, “Respect,” which quickly skyrocketed to the top of the music charts. In subsequent years, Franklin continued to produce hit songs such as “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Baby I Love You,” and “Chain of Fools,” which helped define her generation, known as the “Golden Age of Soul.” In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1994, she became the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors at 52 years old. That same year, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, she was selected as one of 14 recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Throughout her decades-long career, the Detroit-born artist has earned 44 Grammy nominations and won 18 of them. To say Aretha Franklin is a legend is an understatement. Ahead, go back in time to see Aretha Franklin’s most iconic fashion and beauty looks. Read More from Yahoo Lifestyle: • Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicate Detroit concert to Aretha Franklin  • Aretha Franklin is reportedly ‘gravely ill’ • How to get 6 first-class airport looks from Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, and more Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • PSA: the Queen matches her umbrellas to her outfits and the photos will make you so happy
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    Ciara Sheppard

    PSA: the Queen matches her umbrellas to her outfits and the photos will make you so happy

    The Queen is a lady of very particular taste and her eye for detail should never go underrated. Whether she’s subtly shading Donald Trump with a brooch , wearing her signature white gloves , or matching a pair of  chic, metallic block heels to her handbag , Her Majesty’s eye for detail knows no limits. But what many may not have noticed is that the Queen’s sartorial prowess steps up a gear when the heavens open. For us, rain means grabbing the first nondescript, black umbrella we can find to make the sprint from flat to tube, but for the Queen, precipitation is no less than an opportunity for style. Yes: when it rains, the Queen showcases her extensive collection of umbrellas, which she ALWAYS matches to her bright outfits. Her Majesty’s favoured brollies are transparent, domed, birdcage styles, which she keeps in an assortment of coloured rims. Just see for yourself and prepare to grin… Follow us on   Instagram  and   Facebook  for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow  @YahooStyleUK .  Read more from Yahoo Style UK : People think the Queen shaded Trump with this subtle outfit accessory The Queen pairs fashion-forward metallic footwear with matching bag at Order of the Garter How the Duchess of Sussex’s Wimbledon outfit gave a diplomatic nod to the tournament

  • Every time Melania Trump has used her clothes to make calculated political statements
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    Kerry Justich

    Every time Melania Trump has used her clothes to make calculated political statements

    In Omarosa Manigault Newman's new tell-all book, "Unhinged," she wrote, "I believe Melania uses style to punish her husband."

  • As Madonna turns 60, we chart her most controversial fashion moments
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    Alison Coldridge

    As Madonna turns 60, we chart her most controversial fashion moments

    *Warning: Some readers may find some of the images in this article NSFW.  You’ve got to give it to Madonna ; she doesn’t give a hoot what people think of her style. The award-winning artist has been longstanding red carpet rebel, working one headline-hitting outfit after another.   Vogue  once called the singer, who turns 60 on 16 August, an “indisputable American icon” – and that’s undeniably true. Over her 30-plus year career, her wardrobe’s become as iconic as her chart-topping hits. Madonna’s look has always been an integral part of her career and has constantly evolved. With each new record/album/tour came a new look and a new Madonna. She’s not only the Queen of Pop – but the Queen of Reinvention. The singer launched her career in the early 80s as the ultimate ‘material girl’ with statement hair accessories, loud colours and even louder make-up. As the decade passed, Madonna became more rebellious. Edgy tulle skirts were paired with crucifixes and layered necklaces reminiscent of a 1930s pin-up. Up next was Madonna’s most sexy era. She teamed up with French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and took to the stage in version one of the bullet bra; one of her most controversial looks to date. By comparison, the naughties were fairly tame for the superstar. A focus on her film career (Madonna scored starring roles in ‘Evita’, ‘Swept Away’, and a cameo in ‘Die Another Day’) and new husband director Guy Ritchie in her life, she toned down her fashion and arrived at red carpet events in fairly sedate looks. But that didn’t mean Madonna was ready to retire her corsets. Aged 50, the singer was still wearing a leotard – a clear sign that she was never going to conform to society’s constraints. In 2016, aged 57, she arrived at the Met Gala wearing a lace look that bared both her breasts and behind. While half the world condemned the singer, the other half applauded her figurative finger-flip to ageism. What’s next for the boundary-pushing icon? Your guess is as good as ours. For now, we’ll content ourselves with looking back at Madonna’s most controversial outfits to date. Follow us on   Instagram  and   Facebook  for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow  @YahooStyleUK . Madonna’s age-shamed yet again: Is it time to give the singer a break? Madonna hits back at her critics in powerful speech about ageism, sexism and misogyny

  • How to get 6 'first-class' airport looks from Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, and more
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    Julie Tong

    How to get 6 'first-class' airport looks from Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, and more

    Cop these A-lister's "first class" airport looks!

  • Nina Dobrev serves 9 winning looks in 2018
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    Julie Tong

    Nina Dobrev serves 9 winning looks in 2018

    See Nina Dobrev's best fashion looks so far in 2018.

  • Best dressed celebrities: August's top A-list fashion moments
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    Best dressed celebrities: August's top A-list fashion moments

    As we try to get our heads around the fact that August is upon us, celebrities far and wide have thrown themselves into the spirit of summer dressing. This month made a seriously stylish start, with Nina Dobrev, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Hudgens rocking Valentino, Mario Dice and Marchesa, respectively, to the premiere of their new film ‘Dog Days’ – instantly making our best dressed list. Things on the style front only improved when  Chloë Grace Moretz  gave a shout out to British fashion wearing Simone Rocha to a screening of her new film ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’. Another highlight came in the form of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta reuniting on the red carpet to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Grease’. For the occasion, the pair worked two on-point business-casual outfits. We also saw a whole host of incredible off-duty summer looks as the stars battled the globe-wide heatwave, from Hailey Baldwin in pretty florals, to  Vanessa Hudgens in velvet (yes, velvet). Elsewhere, Gemma Chan sailed smoothly onto the best dressed list in a strapless, sparkly dress by Oscar de la Renta. And former ‘Gossip Girl’ star Leighton Meester hopped on board the polka dot trend in a brown and black Zimmerman number. Look no further than the best dressed celebrities of the month for much-needed fashion inspo. Follow us on   Instagram  and   Facebook  for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow  @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Best dressed celebrities: July’s top fashion moments  Celebrities in swimwear: 2018 holiday inspiration courtesy of your favourite A-listers Meghan Markle’s style file: Every outfit the Duchess has worn out 

  • Meghan Markle's style file: Every outfit the Duchess of Sussex has worn in public
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    Yahoo Style UK team

    Meghan Markle's style file: Every outfit the Duchess of Sussex has worn in public

    The Duchess of Sussex is pulling out all the fashion stops.

  • Meghan Markle turns 37— here's how she's changed since age 25
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    Julie Tong

    Meghan Markle turns 37— here's how she's changed since age 25

    Meghan Markle's early aughts fashion was a true look.

  • How to get the Kardashians' new Calvin Klein campaign looks for as low as $20
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    Julie Tong

    How to get the Kardashians' new Calvin Klein campaign looks for as low as $20

    Nothing gets between the Kardashians and their Calvins.

  • Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie aren't the first royals to star in a fashion magazine
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    Elizabeth Di Filippo

    Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie aren't the first royals to star in a fashion magazine

    The royal sisters sat down for an exclusive interview with British Vogue for the magazine's coveted September issue.

  • Iconic celebrity wedding and engagement rings
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    Iconic celebrity wedding and engagement rings

    From the Duchess of Cambridge to Karlie Kloss, the most iconic celebrity engagement and wedding rings.

  • These 6 nurses from the same department are pregnant at the same time
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    Korin Miller

    These 6 nurses from the same department are pregnant at the same time

    Six nurses in an outpatient unit at a North Carolina hospital are expecting children between late July and mid-December. The coincidence wasn’t planned, but they’re happy about it.

  • Shop 9 bold and beautiful plus-size swimsuits you can personalize with a custom embroidery
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    Margie Ashcroft

    Shop 9 bold and beautiful plus-size swimsuits you can personalize with a custom embroidery

    The driving inspiration of the line was "fun, happy suits that look gorgeous at the same time" and, of course, that don't look like the "typical" plus-size suits.

  • Princess Charlotte looks exactly like Princess Diana in these photos
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    Sarah Carty

    Princess Charlotte looks exactly like Princess Diana in these photos

    She’s previously been compared to the Queen and her mum, the Duchess of Cambridge , but these photos prove Princess Charlotte also bears a striking resemblance to her late grandmother, Princess Diana. Follow us on   Instagram  and   Facebook  for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow  @YahooStyleUK .  Read more from Yahoo Style UK : Duchess of Sussex wears sleeveless trench dress and trademark messy bun for Nelson Mandela exhibition in London How the Duchess of Sussex’s Wimbledon outfit gave a diplomatic nod to the tournament Donald Trump wasn’t being rude when he met the Queen, says royal expert

  • Paralympian, curvy models, and breastfeeding mom stun in swimsuits as Sports Illustrated doubles down on inclusion
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    Julie Tong

    Paralympian, curvy models, and breastfeeding mom stun in swimsuits as Sports Illustrated doubles down on inclusion

    The brand known for skimpy swimsuits on slender models made major strides in inclusion in a runway show that closed Miami Swim Week.

  • Shop Amber Rose's new body-positive fashion line
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    Margie Ashcroft

    Shop Amber Rose's new body-positive fashion line

    Amber Rose has been making waves in the fast-fashion world this summer, not only with the launch of her collection with Fashion Nova but now the release of her completely size-inclusive edit with online retailer Simply Be. Rose wanted to bring her bold fashion sense to the plus-size market to help empower all women to celebrate and love their bodies. Staking her claim as an advocate for female empowerment and self-love with her annual Slut Walk, she is celebrating body positivity with this super-affordable 25-piece collection that is available now. With a size range of 8 to 28 and a killer price range of $25 to $90, Rose is supplying looks that will help keep us stylish all summer long.

  • Meghan Markle's 24-hour Irish royal tour wardrobe cost more than $50,000
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    Elizabeth Di Filippo

    Meghan Markle's 24-hour Irish royal tour wardrobe cost more than $50,000

    Meghan Markle and her style team are pulling out all the stops for her first official trip to Ireland as a bona fide royal. Despite a jam-packed itinerary, Markle has managed more outfit changes in just about 24 hours than Beyoncé in concert. But it came at a cost — and a pretty significant one. On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed in Dublin just hours after attending celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The newlyweds and their eleven-strong entourage, including Markle’s hairstylist, George Northwood, were primed and ready to work their magic on their Irish fans. ALSO SEE:  Prince Harry playfully scolds toddler for touching Meghan Markle’s hair The Duchess enlisted Northwood to style her tresses for the evening portion of her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. The London-based owner of The George Norwood Salon caters to celebrity clients like model Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Alexa Chung. On the clothing front — the dazzling outfits have been courtesy of high-fashion designers and Markle’s go-to stylist and Canadian BFF, Jessica Mulroney. Mulroney was reportedly in London last week to help her royal pal prepare for her trip to Ireland, which no doubt included tons of fittings and some serious planning for Markle’s many ensembles. In total, the Duchess’s wardrobe for the tour cost more than $50,000 CAD.  Check out our gallery for a lowdown on the running total of all of the Duchess of Sussex’s Ireland looks.

  • A history of Victoria Beckham's superior street style
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    Alison Coldridge

    A history of Victoria Beckham's superior street style

    No one does it better.

  • We can pretty much guarantee that Meghan Markle will wear these gorgeous Givenchy looks
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    Julie Tong

    We can pretty much guarantee that Meghan Markle will wear these gorgeous Givenchy looks

    Givenchy unveiled a dazzling new fall 2018 couture collection that screams royalty.

  • Shop the 6 sexiest plus-size swimsuits from curvy model Hunter McGrady’s line
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    Margie Ashcroft

    Shop the 6 sexiest plus-size swimsuits from curvy model Hunter McGrady’s line

    Hunter McGrady has come out with a 10-piece capsule collection with Playful Promises — the brand that brought you the sold-out Gabi Gregg lingerie line — and every piece is under $75.

  • 6 celebrity-approved sunglasses trends to shop this summer
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    Julie Tong

    6 celebrity-approved sunglasses trends to shop this summer

    Sunglasses may have originally been meant for practical purposes, but they've obviously become just as much — if not more of — a fashion symbol. Shop the trendiest styles now.

  • Shop 10 fashionable items Meghan Markle wore that are back in stock
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    Julie Tong

    Shop 10 fashionable items Meghan Markle wore that are back in stock

    For those who missed out on their chance to copy Meghan Markle's style through their purchasing power, many brands have restocked a few of her favorite fashion items,

  • Gigi Hadid's ugly 'dad sneakers' are actually pretty cool — shop 9 similar styles
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    Julie Tong

    Gigi Hadid's ugly 'dad sneakers' are actually pretty cool — shop 9 similar styles

    Did Gigi Hadid just solidify the "dad sneaker" trend?