David Bowie & Fashion’s New British Invasion

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Hello, again.

In the two weeks since I left you, another muse has entered my life.

In case you haven’t noticed, David Bowie’s influence has been everywhere in the fashion world this year. From multiple Ziggy Stardust-inspired Vogue covers, to references up and down the spring and fall runways, the stylishly rebellious pop star is truly having a golden year.

In fact, this April he was one of only five musicians named on the list of TIME Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons. In the eloquent words of author Chris Gayomali, “In many ways, Bowie’s looks epitomize the nature of fashion: always at odds with the present, forever evolving.”

Since I’m forever seeking local inspiration, when I heard that The Wine Therapist (1810 Skillman St., Dallas) would be showing the ‘Sacred David Bowie Art Show’, I headed out to the exhibit’s opening reception on the 21st to stimulate my senses. The tasting room was packed with wine and art lovers alike, sipping wines from all over the world while perusing 18 local artists’ Bowie-inspired paintings and photography. Later in the evening, we rocked out to Dallas-based tribute band, The Thin White Dukes. Trust me, I left that night full to the brim with inspiration.

So bust out your satin box pleats and sharp shoulder jackets, folks, and check out my photos from the show, along with some of my favorite designer looks paired with the classic David Bowie styles that inspired them.

The extreme shapes and bold patterns used by Bowie’s alter-ego ‘Ziggy Stardust’
were major influences for 
Alexander McQueen Resort 2013.

 

More intense shape appreciation from McQueen.
Props to anyone who call pull this look off.

 

It was all about Bowie’s love of color for the Emilio Pucci Resort 2012 collection.

 

 

Everything from Miu Miu’s current fall collection and campaign – 
from the materials used to hair and make up – was heavily inspired by Bowie.

 

Early David Bowie could be detected in the high-waisted, wide-leg trousers from Lanvin’s fall menswear.

 

More color love from Pucci.

 

Jonathan Saunders just showcased his men’s spring 2013 line in London, 
and named the artist as a major influence. I love how the matching-print pantsuit
is such a huge trend
 for both men and women this upcoming season.
(Photo via Haberdasher.net)

 

The exaggerated shoulder is key in many looks for both McQueen and Bowie.

 

The ‘Sacred David Bowie Art Show’ runs through the end of August at The Wine Therapist.
With special thanks to Brandy Collins.

 

 Photos: Top line image via IntoTheFashion.com, David Bowie images via Last.FM, Runway images via Style.com, Wine Therapist images credit Heather Lettieri for DFW Style Daily

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