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The Time Prince Rented a Nightclub Just for Him and Donatella Versace and More Fashion Memories of The Purple One

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On Thursday morning, legendary musician Prince was found dead at his Minneapolis estate, Paisley Park at 57 years old. Just like his otherworldly influence on the music industry, his one-of-a-kind aesthetic transcended into fashion with his gender-bending pioneering sense of style. The high-waisted pants, billowy shirts, heeled booties, sequin jumpsuits all proved nothing was too provocative for Prince. And that inimitable sense of style made him many friends in the fashion world. Below, the most touching, personal tributes from industry insiders.

Donatella Versace pays tribute to Prince
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Designer Donatella Versace called Prince one of her closest friends in an Instagram tribute and recalled the time Prince rented out a nightclub … just for the two of them.

“I will always remember when he rented a club, only for him and me. We listened to his music and spoke about the young generation. The young people were so important to Prince. They have to follow the example he set, to believe in their heart, respect their own soul and never trade their own individuality. It is what made Prince outstanding and relevant forever. I will always love him.”

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Designer Jeremy Scott’s favorite Prince moment was his butt-exposing canary-yellow outfit during a performance at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. “If all he had only ever done was to wear these yellow butt out pants that alone would have been enough for him to be a legend in my book.”

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Naomi Campbell wrote on Instagram that she never missed a show, and praised him: “You were a genius.”

Fashion photographer Mario Testino shared a black-and-white snapshot from his archives:

GOOD BYE PRINCE! ADIOS PRINCE!

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And another famous fashion photographer, Steven Klein, remembered the time he photographed the legend. “The first musician I ever shot was Prince. Had the privilege to work with him twice. He was one of the most pure artist who never compromised in a world full of compromises.”

What do you love most about Prince’s style? Share in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil