Elton John has graced the world’s stage with over 50 years of music, musings and eclectic style inspiration. Before embarking on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour this fall, he sat down with V Magazine to discuss his influence on fashion and his upcoming tour costumes.
For the farewell tour costumes, which are exclusively designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, the 71-year-old happily referenced his style throughout his career. “I’ve kept an archive of my stage costumes from the very beginning of my career and thought it would be fun to open up my little treasure chest with Alessandro and his design team,” he told V.
“Seeing how Alessandro reinterpreted key looks for today’s world has unearthed an exhilarating rush of emotions. I can’t believe how sartorially crazy I was, particularly in the ’70s!”
John — who first made his debut on Billboard’s music charts in 1970 — also discussed how influential the spirit of the ’70s is to today’s fashion. “I feel so blessed to have been a songwriter and performer in the ’70s. It was a decade with an unprecedented explosion of creativity in music, fashion, and filmmaking,” he said in the interview.
In addition to the tour fashion, John and Michele have collaborated for a Gucci capsule collection inspired by John’s 1971 single “Levon” — which peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The capsule features tote bags, T-shirts and sweatshirts with the single’s vinyl artwork.
Not present in the capsule collection are glasses — an Elton John staple. “I’m proud of the part I played in moving eyewear from function to fashion,” John told V. He said that his assortment of oversized, rhinestone glasses, while expressive, were actually an attempt to hide his “extreme shyness.”