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The fashion world collectively freaked out when David Bowie released the video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” with Tilda Swinton and Bowie himself playing an old couple with “a nice life,” (as she says in the supermarket). We can all gasp and shriek once again, because the next Bowie mini-movie is here, and it’s basically a dream (nightmare?) come true.
We were so, so hoping to see Tilda Swinton arrive at last night’s “David Bowie Is” exhibit opening decked out in her Thin White Duke or Ziggy Stardust finest, but alas, the rumors that she would be impersonating the pop star turned out to be false, and the actress turned up on the red carpet at the Victoria and Albert Museum looking, well, like Tilda Swinton. Not that that’s a far cry from Bowie, mind you. See her Haider Ackermann suit, check out the other chic Brits’ getups, and get a peek inside the exhibit after the jump.
There are few people on this earth who cut a more distinctive figure than David Bowie, but if anyone can impersonate the icon, it is, without question, Tilda Swinton. The otherworldly actress has been styled like Bowie in so many fashion spreads we’re beginning to lose count, emulated some of his signature ‘dos, appeared alongside the musician in his most recent music video, and claimed that they share the same “planetary DNA.” Tomorrow, rumor out of London has it that she is going to take this cosmic connection a step further and show up at the gala opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s hotly-anticipated “David Bowie Is” retrospective dressed as the superstar himself.
If you’re not hip to concert etiquette, allow me to introduce the cardinal rule: you can never, and I mean never, go to a show wearing a T-shirt of the band you’re there to see. Even if the “band” is David Bowie and the shirt is this amazing design by Paul Smith. So before hopping an Austin-bound plane, skip the vintage racks of tired, black Metallica tees and stuff your duffle with these South-By-approved styles instead.
When it comes to English icons, David Bowie and Paul Smith are right up near the top of the list. So it stands to reason that the official t-shirts Smith designed for Bowie’s highly anticipated new album, The Next Day, are going to become collector’s items the instant they’re released later this week. Not to mention the fact that they’re just plain cool tees.
Yet more proof that Queen Elizabeth is the coolest royal in all the land.
Kate Moss gave Vogue Paris her Ziggy Stardust best for the magazine’s December cover, and now Daphne Guinness is stepping up to the glam rock plate for the January issue of Vogue Germany. Bowie is a dynamic figure, yes, but honestly, we’re more into the butterfly wallpaper in slide two than anything else.
American Eagle just released a really, really awful song about jeans. In fact, it’s so bad that it reminded us almost instantly of Jenna Rose‘s really, really awful song about jeans. But then we remembered all of those other songs about our favorite kind of legwear that are far better than both AE’s “Denim Song” and Rose’s “My Jeans”.
Herein, we celebrate the most outrageous, show-stopping, and waggish of stage costumes. Thanks to artists like Liberace and David Bowie, our history of wearable spectacles stretches back to the era of glam and back to present day.
There’s a reason that Karl Lagerfeld loves Baptiste Giabiconi so much, and it’s also why he’s the highest ranked male model on our Power Grid. The answer: he’s amazing. And now the 20-year-old Frenchman is now being featured in April’s L’Officiel Hommes China — on their cover and in a 10-page and musically-inspired spread, in which he poses as rock icons like Jim Morrison, David Bowie, and in drag as Lady Gaga.