Rising Style Star: French Singer Sliimy

First things first— Sliimy rhymes with “Jimmy.” Not “grimy.” Not “slimy.” Not “buy me.” Okay, now that that’s out the way… Sliimy, a French-born crooner with a colorful wardrobe and a headful of curls (enter: hair envy), released his debut album Paint Your Face in 2009 under Perez Hilton’s record label. Born Yanis Sahraoui, 22-year-old Sliimy scored his nickname as a kid courtesy of his thin frame (enter: body envy). But, dude has way more than just a difficult-to-pronounce-name and a cool falsetto voice to tout. Check out his style swagger below. Is it just us, or does Sliimy look like he could pass as Prince’s lil’ bro? (Enter: celeb look-alike envy).

ALL BUTTONED UP: Going formal does not mean traditional suits and ties for this fella. When Sliimy dresses up he does it in ruffles, top hats, suede or velvet dinner jackets, leather book bags, and dark specs. Hello, Elvis Costello!

Sliimy at a Le Crazy Horse photo call on Sept. 29 in Paris, at a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac A/W 2011/2012 fashion show on March 8 in Paris, and at a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show on Jan. 20 in Paris.
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PERFORMANCE OUTFITS: On stage, Sliimy flashes gold sequined jackets, rubber bracelets, neck scarves, hand paint (as in he paints his hands), exaggerated collars, and arm tassels. The whole scene is a weird juxtaposition to his folksy sound, but it totally works for him. Can you say: “Je ne sais quoi?”

Sliimy performing at the Rock en Seine music festival on Aug. 30, 2009 in Paris, at the France 2 Live Show ’Fete de la Musique’ on June 21, 2008 in Paris, and at the 25th Victoires de la Musique at Zenith de Paris on March 6, 2010 in Paris.
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BLAZERS AND BOW TIES: In a roundabout kind of way, we think Sliimy helped bring back bow ties. Think about it. The kid was rocking the gentlemanly accessory (with standout blazers) WAAAAAAY back in 2009 before everyone else and their cousin’s friends were.

Sliimy at a photocall in Cannes, France, on Jan. 18, 2009, at the VIP Room Theatre on June 29, 2009 in Paris, and performing at the Eurockneennes Festival at Malsaucy on July 5, 2009 in Belfort, France.
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