One can always count on pop star Haffi Haff for his relentless dedication to over-the-top fashion, irreverence and a flashy performance. He’s lived through the Eurovision preliminaries himself, having competed at the local level to represent Iceland in the 2009 event with “The Wiggle Wiggle Song” (he was nudged out at second-place by Jóhanna with “Is It True?”). He also has a closet filled with some of the flashiest and brashest fabric you’ll find outside of a John Waters movie! So naturally we had to go to him to help us pick out the best outfits from Iceland’s Eurovision legacy. Here are his top five.
1986: Icy – “Gleðibankinn”
Forgive me, but shoulder-padded, metallic detailed, pseudo tuxedoes and ‘80s hair gives me an instant fashion hard-on. Plus it was our first entry. RESPECT!
2000: August & Telma – “Tell me”
Einar Ágúst almost looked like a cult leader. How much fun is it that he got away with wearing a skirt over pants!? I want that outfit!
2005: Selma –
“If I Had Your Love”
I didn’t understand the drama over Selma’s “If I Had Your Love.” She was stylish and looked presentable to Europe. Not overpowering or overtly sexy. I think that’s very respectable.
2006: SilvÍa Nótt – “Congratulations”
The amount of time and effort that went into making all the costumes over the whole journey really needs to be given credit. She really pulled off showing that much leg, as well as an amazing Marie Antoinette hairstyle. She certainly blew me away! I wanted to BE Silvía Nótt at the height of her fame!
2013: Eyþór Ingi – “Ég á líf”
He is a great representation of the Icelandic man today, strong and sensitive, handsome and not afraid to be a little scruffy, approachable yet stylish. I also wish him the best of luck at this year’s competition. ÁFRAM EYÞÓR!
Intro and quotes compiled by Rebecca Louder.