David Bowie: the muse of the year 2012

04 January 2012 by

We love this - first Kate Moss for Vogue Paris and now Daphne Guinness in the German edition. It seems that THE thing to do this year is to dress up as David Bowie in an international publication, complete with ginger mullet and starburst makeup.
Set to celebrate his 65th Birthday on Sunday, the iconic musician is being honoured in all sorts of ways as we enter his milestone year – from the very literal fancy dress shoots featuring Moss and Guinness to a whole host of other more subtle offerings.

The coloured trouser suit, for starters, as seen in a series of bright hues on the catwalks at Haider Ackermann’s Spring/Summer 2012 show, is something that Bowie rocked way back in the 70s in a furious shade of powder turquoise.  The cropped top, though a trend left un-embraced by MOST men, was being sported by David decades ago and this season, it’s a trend that has been embraced by Prada and Dolce & Gabbana amongst others.

Patterned trousers are another Bowie wardrobe staple, which he utilized right through his career from Ziggy Stardust through to Labyrinth. This season, they are staple pieces from Salvatore Ferragamo and Peter Som’s offerings for Spring/Summer 2012.

And finally: the hair. Bowie’s unnaturally maroon mullet circa his Ziggy Stardust era is as iconic as that painted starburst, and though we don’t expect to see many exact replicas of Bowie’s mullet, the trend for hair to be dyed in all shades of unnatural, from pastel pink through to deep maroon shows no signs of letting up yet and has been adopted by a plethora of celebs from Fearne Cotton to Rihanna.


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