Adele’s style evolution — from rah-rah skirts to Schiaparelli

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Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Gareth Southgate and Boy George all bore witness to one thing as they sat up front for a certain concert at the London Palladium: the sartorial blooming of Adele.

During last night’s broadcast of ‘An Audience With Adele’, anyone not distracted by David Tenant’s red hair or Emma Thompson’s energetic dance moves, will have swooned for the singer’s new look.

Her commandment of the stage was effortless. In the name of her new album, 30, released November 19, she was decked out in a custom Louis Vuitton gown. Off the shoulder with dropped waist and splashed with sparkling crystals — it was spectacular.

The outfit, styled by Jamie Mizrahi, is a continuation of Adele’s refreshed look which has accompanied her first new music in six years. After that Instagram back in May 2020 saw ‘Adele in 100lb weight loss shock’ headlines fly around Britain, and her appearance on Saturday Night Live in October caused whispers of a new album to hit an all-time high, it was her joint November 2021 covers of British and US Vogue that catapulted Adele into a new era. Most notably the huge, emerald Valentino Haute Couture dress Alasdair McLellan photographed her in for Anna Wintour.

But anyone who recalls the Tottenham-born artist on her way up will know it hasn’t always been swathes of crêpe silk and satins. After leaving the BRIT School in 2006, her look has certainly fluctuated, but never lost its quintessential flair.

Catch up on the most iconic looks from her evolution below:

September 2008, Mercury Music Prize

September 2008, Mercury Music Prize (Getty Images)
September 2008, Mercury Music Prize (Getty Images)

This outfit belongs in a fashion history collection (V&A, hope you’re listening). Her black, flounced mini skirt blends into thick black tights which themselves morph into ballet pumps. Call it Noughties greatness. The pink trim cardigan and large daisy earrings don’t scream high fashion, but there was plenty of time for that to come. She was nominated for Album of the Year with her debut ‘19’, but left defeated by Elbow.

February 2009, Grammy Awards

February 2009, Grammy Awards (Getty Images)
February 2009, Grammy Awards (Getty Images)

For her first Grammy award wins, Adele wore a satin, knee length, black dress by Barbara Tfank complete with shimmering brooch. In the singer’s Instagram post announcing the news of her US Vogue cover this year, she wrote “Anna - I remember the first time we met when I was 20 and you dressed me for my first ever Grammys with Barbara Tfank. Thank you to you and thank you to Edward for letting me be a part of this Vogue moment all these years later.”

February 2012, Grammy Awards

February 2012, Grammy Awards (Getty Images)
February 2012, Grammy Awards (Getty Images)

For the 2012 awards, Adele stepped up her game. With a sumptuous red lip and glimmering, beaded gown by Giorgio Armani, she looked sleek and sensational as she collected a record-tying six awards for her 2011 released album ‘21’. It became the best selling album of the 21st century.

February 2013, Grammy Awards

February 2013,  Grammy Awards (AFP via Getty Images)
February 2013, Grammy Awards (AFP via Getty Images)

In what was a controversial choice, Adele veered away from her trusty black frocks and stormed boldly onto the Grammy 2013 red carpet in this Valentino couture floral embroidered gown, with long sleeves and a collar. Reviews were mixed, but critics slammed it as frumpy and carpet-like.

February 2016, the BRIT Awards

February 2016,  The BRIT Awards (Getty Images)
February 2016, The BRIT Awards (Getty Images)

Having arrived in a flowing, burgundy Giambattista Valli number, Adele changed into this glittering Valentino gown which nodded to the Empire State Building. She gave a spell binding performance of ‘When We Were Young’ in it, and took home four BRITs - all in all, not a bad night.

June 2016, Glastonbury Festival

June 2016, Glastonbury Festival (Getty Images)
June 2016, Glastonbury Festival (Getty Images)

For her legendary performance at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, Adele called on Clare Waight Keller - the woman behind Meghan Markle’s wedding dress - who then designed at Chloé, to custom make the buttoned and beaded dress, purportedly the result of over 200 hours.

February 2017, Grammy Awards

February 2017, Grammy Awards (Getty Images)
February 2017, Grammy Awards (Getty Images)

At the 59th annual Grammy Awards, Adele swept the floor winning five prizes with ‘25’ including best album, song and record. For the occasion she wore a silk satin and lace paneled Givenchy gown designed by then creative director Riccardo Tisci.

November 2021, Oprah Interview

November 2021, Oprah Interview (CBS)
November 2021, Oprah Interview (CBS)

Broadcast in the US November 14, Adele opened up about her divorce from Simon Konecki, new boyfriend Rich Paul and her new album. She looked powerful in an all-white suit by American designer Christopher John Rogers, who this month won the coveted American Womenswear Designer of the Year prize at the CFDA Fashion Awards.

November 2021, ‘One Night Special’

November 2021, ‘One Night Special’ (Courtesy of Schiaparelli)
November 2021, ‘One Night Special’ (Courtesy of Schiaparelli)

For the American iteration of ‘An Audience with Adele’, a similarly celeb-studded crowd (we’re talking Lizzo, Leonardo DiCaprio and Selena Gomez ) gathered to get an early listen of her new work. Broadcast November 14, she asked fashion industry favourite Daniel Roseberry of Schiaparelli to dress her, wearing a fishtail silhouette gown and chunky Saturn earrings to match a tattoo on her forearm.

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