Because his looks were so out there
In the 70s and 80s, Elton dared to wear anything, long before Bjork and his friends Madonna and Lady Gaga. Some of his outfits outdid even the flamboyance of Boy George, David Bowie, Liberace and Elvis in his Vegas years. The musician turned the stages of his concerts into veritable catwalks where improvising on the piano wasn’t his only skill. Tinted glasses, embroidered jackets, mad headpieces, crucifix earrings, frippery inspired by the musketeers, toreador outfits, fur, hats dripping with crystal, military gloves, geometric prints, a pink Mohican, multicolour feathers, shimmering suits, nothing was too beautiful, too crazy or too queer. The singer-songwriter didn’t hide his sense of humour either with cabaret and carnival garb (he even dressed like Minnie Mouse in the 70s and as a duck in 1983). These maxi glam rock looks have since inspired another exuberant character, Alessandro Michele, who made the musician his muse at the last Gucci runway show. Loud colours and unadulterated embellishment make us feel good on rainy days.