The Victoria and Albert museum in London recently exhibited an incredible retrospective of the star David Bowie. The overwhelming collection of David Bowie’s style and artifacts was a huge hit and had large advance bookings, making it the museums biggest exhibit. As a tribute to the legendary artist, British store Selfridges is all set to focus on David Bowie for a new pop-up store opening. Selfridges will be working in association with the V&A to sell products that are now only available at the museum’s gift store, that celebrate Bowie’s style from his clothes to beauty products.
The eminent vintage shop Decades has curated a collection that has been inspired by his iconic style. It has featured some Japanese wearable art from Katherine Westphal, sequins from Versace and other vintage pieces. As a part of the collection, there’s also vintage Celine, Alaia, Mugler, Paco Rabanne, Dior and YSL jackets that echo David Bowie’s signature look.
Although Selfridges has set up a great tribute, the recent runway collections also have some things in store for you. Today, with all these looks, everyone can be a little bit Bowie. Whether you wear a Bowie emblazoned tee in homage to the intergalactic style trooper or choose one of his many incarnations, his look can be emulated in numerous ways. Of all his styles, I particularly like the David’s thin white Duke Era and its androgynous look. And the best way to imitate this look is to follow Spring/Summer 13’s skinny tailored look in fancy hues. Take a sneak peek at Lanvin and Givenchy’s collection for clean and sharp looks that definitely scream Bowie! All you need to keep in mind is wearing these well tailored pieces in bright single colors.
In addition, Bowie’s iconic ziggy style is also reflected in collections today. This style was characterized by flaming red mullet, lightning bolt face paint and zany, vibrant, glittery androgynous costumes, especially the most iconic one legged Ziggy jumpsuit. And there’s no surprise that this rock ‘n’ roller glitzy flamboyance continues to fascinate stylephiles and designers even today. The colorful crochet of Jean Paul Gaultier, the dresses at Peter Pilloto and digital prints at Mary Kantrantzou are some pieces that are great to work out this style in a modern and practical manner. All you have to do is put on a printed jumpsuit along with sharp metallic heels and add on tons of bright colored make up, and you’re sorted.
Apart from this, Selfridges has also handpicked items from its design stable from design labels like Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilloto, Rick Owens, Givenchy and many others, to find contemporary looks reflecting Bowie’s iconic aesthetic. And for all the fans of seventies Rock ‘n’ rollin, the look ain’t complete without bold and bright makeup, so Selfridges is also offering master classes and daily makeovers with illamasqua. So, definitely visit this pop up boutique- entitled David Bowie is all yours- at Selfridges Concept store starting April 4th and get your hands on some Bowie style!
The thin white Duke Bowie or Ziggy Bowie, which style are you going to follow?
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