19 posts tagged "David Bowie"
Following his blockbuster V&A exhibition; his first new album in ten years, The Next Day (not to mention a music vid with Tilda Swinton); and being named the best-dressed British man in the history of the world, David Bowie continues his hot streak today, as Louis Vuitton has announced that the legend will star in its new L’Invitation au Voyage Venice accessories campaign. The first segment of the series launched last November and featured Arizona Muse running through Paris’ Louvre Museum (The Mona Lisa made a nice little cameo) before being whisked off in a hot air balloon—Wizard of Oz style. In the second installment, Muse’s balloon lands smack-dab in the center of Venice’s Piazza San Marco. The catwalker ventures into a decadent masked ball, where she meets none other than Mr. Ziggy Stardust himself.
Bowie is much more than just a pretty face for the band. In addition to appearing in the campaign’s print ads, which will roll out on November 10, the musician sings “I’d Rather Be High” in the campaign’s Romain Gavras -directed film, and even tailored the tune to match the short’s enchanting vibe by adding a harpsichord. The full-length movie will premiere on November 7 via the house’s new Louis Vuitton Pass app (available from iTunes and Google Play November 4). However, Vuitton has given us a sneak peek at the L’Invitation au Voyage Venice trailer, which debuts exclusively above.
Fashion academics and historians came together in the October issue of BBC History Magazine to name David Bowie the best dressed Britton of all time. Bowie’s stiff competition included Queen Elizabeth I, 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys, and famed dandy, Beau Brummell. Surprisingly, Ziggy Stardust’s dapper doppelganger (and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” video co-star) Tilda Swinton was not in the running.
Few brands command such a cult following as New York-based Hood By Air. Helmed by Shayne Oliver, the label has acquired such a cool crew of fans that the mighty retailer Selfridges cherry-picked it to be one of the twenty brands featured in the department store’s new men’s contemporary concept floor, which, opening this week, will offer plenty of street, skate, and attitude.
By way of celebration, then, last night the Selfridges parking garage was transformed into a skate-park-cum-nightclub, and on display were pieces from HBA’s Spring ’14 collection with an Anglo twist. The label partnered with British heritage knitwear brand Corgi to create some sumptuous one-offs. “I wanted to collaborate with a brand that was steeped in tradition,” explained Oliver. “The idea was to pull together a contrast between that and our rebellious nature. You know, that old craftsmanship and handmade stuff. That’s something that we lack a little bit in America, and I wanted to work with a brand that represented the opposite of fast fashion. It was a little tribute to our coming to the UK and to Selfridges.” Continue Reading “Hood By Air Hits the UK” »
Considering he’s best known for designing David Bowie’s—or, should we say, Ziggy Stardust’s—iconic striped bodysuit for the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour, it seems fitting that Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto would choose now to make his comeback. Last Friday in Tokyo, WWD reports, Yamamoto, who had seemingly abandoned fashion to “focus on entertainment,” held his first runway show in nearly twenty years. Naturally, it featured a repro of the Bowie suit (the original is currently on display in the V&A’s David Bowie is exhibition, along with a host of other outfits Yamamoto custom-made for the rock star). The designer first launched his range of high-concept, Kabuki-inspired wares in the early 1970s, and became famed for what he referred to as Super Shows. Staged all over the world, including in Moscow’s Red Square, the veritable fash-stravaganzas featured everything from acrobats and dancers to “cape pants” and cartoon-printed clothing. Apparently, Friday’s event wasn’t quite as grand as his previous spectacles (although there were trumpet players and martial artists). Nonetheless, we’re happy to see that Mr. Yamamoto—whose new looks included graffiti-print batwing sweatshirts and drop-crotch comic-strip trousers—is back in action.
Last night in Chelsea, Out magazine threw a bash at the Americano to toast its April David Bowie issue. The party drew a pretty diverse crowd of fans, from Ladyfag—who credits Bowie as inspiring her to “go that extra mile, in twenty pounds of makeup”—to Italo Zucchelli, who said that Bowie’s glam rock was one of the reasons he became a designer. “When I discovered him, my world changed,” the Calvin Klein Collection men’s designer told Style.com.
Bowie himself wasn’t in attendance last night, but his influence was omnipresent. Guests painted lightning bolts across their faces and sipped on Ziggy Stardust-themed cocktails, and Bowie’s longtime friend, drag queen Joey Arias, gave a knockout performance. As the night grew late, Out editor in chief Aaron Hicklin opened up about the challenges of doing a David Bowie issue with no David Bowie (the artist has been famously quiet lately in an attempt to let his new album stand on its own). But instead of seeing it as problem, Hicklin saw it as an opportunity—he ditched the idea of the usual cover shoot and feature, and instead commissioned personal essays on Bowie from Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Jake Shears, Chuck Palahniuk, and more. Said Hicklin, “It was an editor’s dream. I don’t think we would have gotten there if we didn’t have to get there—the journalism had to be much more interesting and creative.” Out‘s new issue is on newsstands now.