Fashion and music go hand in hand. It's an archaic concept, but that's because it's 100% true. Who would Vivienne Westwood be without punk music as a continuous fashion influence? And who would Stephani Germanotta be without the couture costumes that transform her into Lady Gaga? Fashion designers always have and always will reflect musical genres and street styles into their designs and musicians will forever use fashion to create their persona and bring the full entertainment concept to their performances. Musical icons serve as fashion icons, but perhaps no one will ever do this so powerfully as David Bowie, who is credited with pioneering Glam Rock and forever changing the idea that the costume makes the singer. His famous alter-ego, the 70s androgynous alien, Ziggy Stardust, led the way for the Sasha Fierce's of the future. The epitome of Glam Rock, Ziggy Stardust's famous look features the iconic flaming red mullet, lightning bolt face paint, and zany, vibrant, gender-bending costumes.
Cut to present day- with the release of his comeback album, "The Next Day," his first in a decade, and the current exhibit, "David Bowie is-," at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, I'd say this is David Bowie's year! And a perfect excuse to spend the week celebrating his iconic Glam Rock fashion!
Here is a modern and more wearable take from Diane von Furstenberg's Fall 2013 collection, aptly titled "Glam Rock":
All about the look…
The style: flashy, androgynous, bold, shiny, 70s.
Signature Motifs: lightning bolts, geometric prints, glitter, more glitter.
The fabrics: leather, pleather, velvet, sequin-embellished.
The color palette: black, gold, silver, rainbow bright hues.
The accessories: platform boots, heavy glitter makeup, 70s silhouettes, bold jackets.
Find out more about this trend with me all week long! I've got some really spectacular things planned that I can't wait to show you!"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." ~David Bowie