When Bruno Mars hits the stage at the Frank Erwin Center Aug. 14, the fans can count on two things: great entertainment and fashionable ensembles! Just as Mars incorporates the influences of Doo-Wop and Motown into his songs, he also laces his attire with fads of the past. From his signature pompadour to the more recent afro-like curly hairstyle, Mars is not afraid to appropriate fashions of the past into his own fresh new style. With his classic and fabulous music and fashion, it’s no wonder why he’s caught the attention of numerous magazines including GQ, Billboard and Rolling Stone. Although Mars’ talents are in the limelight now, he’s had a unique sense of style since childhood, and is always looking for inspiration for both his music and wardrobe.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Mars grew up as Peter Hernandez, the son of a Puerto Rican Jewish percussionist from Brooklyn and a singer and dancer from the Philippines. His family ran a Vegas-style musical revue featuring Motown hits, Doo-Wop medleys and celebrity impersonations for the enthusiastic crowds of Waikiki Beach. Mars began his musical career there as a toddler, performing as an Elvis Presley impersonator on stage. In 1989, his mom created a toddler-size version of Elvis’ gold lamé suit (circa mid-1960s), fixed his hair into an oversized pompadour coif, and Mars quickly became the youngest Elvis impersonator at just four years old. Even in pre-school, Mars packed more style than most adults.
Fast forward to today, and Mars can be seen on the covers of GQ, Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines! GQ’s style bible issue that comes out each spring featured the stylish Mars on the April 2013 cover who provided his own fashion tips and advice from casual wear to formal attire. He was also featured in Playboy (modeling spring’s brightest fashions), InStyle (Man of Style feature) and was a special guest at this year’s Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show.
Whether rocking a tux, a plain flannel shirt, or his signature hairstyles, Mars always looks dapper. Besides the pompadour and curly hairstyle, Mars’ other trademark is his fedora. He acquired the signature hat about six months before his career took off. In the April 2013 GQ Magazine cover story, Mars describes how he and a friend stopped at a casino shop and picked up the gray fedora that joined him as he launched his pop career. Mars explained how he had recently cut his hair and found it “weird walking around with less weight on [his] head than [he] was used to,” which led to the fedora purchase. He also admitted to InStyle Magazine that having curly hair is a pain, which is the reason why he wears so many hats.
Mars often looks to the past, either classic or unorthodox, to create his look. “I’ve always had a thing for pawnshop gold,” Mars told InStyle Magazine recently. “Not like gold that you can get in the mall. To me that doesn’t tell a story. I want to see pirate gold, like coin rings and pendants.”
Don’t miss this opportunity to see what interesting garb and gear Bruno Mars will wear on stage when he performs with special guest Ellie Goulding at the Frank Erwin Center Aug. 14.
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