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20 posts tagged "David Bowie"

The Beyoncé Method

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David Bowie, Beyonce, Angel Haze, Lorde

By now, you’ve surely heard that Beyoncé broke the Internet on Friday when, without warning, she released her new self-titled album. Naturally, mania ensued following the unprecedented arrival of Queen Bey’s fourteen tracks and seventeen videos on iTunes. But she’s not the only pop star who’s carried out a musical sneak attack of late. Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite new talent, Lorde, dropped a surprise track, “No Better,” via iTunes on Friday (though Mrs. Carter kind of stole her thunder), and this morning rapper Angel Haze shocked her label when she unexpectedly leaked her entire debut album, Dirty Gold, on SoundCloud. The record was set for a March release. No doubt, this “Beyoncé Method” has gotten fans’ (and the music industry’s) attention. But perhaps we can’t give Bey all the credit—remember when David Bowie shocked us all by debuting his first single in a decade, “Where Are We Now?” via iTunes way back in January? After over forty years on the scene, Ziggy Stardust is still the “Queen Bitch.”

Photos: Getty Images (David Bowie, Beyonce, Lorde); BFAnyc.com (Angel Haze)

David Bowie, Arizona Muse, and a Big Balloon

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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.

David Bowie is Britain’s Best Dressed—Ever

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David BowieFashion 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.

Photo: RexUSA

Hood By Air Hits the UK

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Selfridges Host Hood By Air for London Collections: Men

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” »

Kansai’s Comeback

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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.

Photo: Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973 by Masayoshi Sukita, © Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012 via www.vam.ac.uk