Mar 3, 2015
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Trend focus: Wear it like Bowie

Mar 3, 2015

The runways are awash with references to the flamboyant glam-rock inspired fashions of the 1970s. Designers in Paris, London, New York and Milan have been sampling some of the star's most iconic genderless looks: from jumpsuits to lurex, fantastically wide lapels and snazzy sequins to mohawks.  

Raf Simons' tribute to Pop's most chamelon-like on the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2015 runway, last September - AFP / François Guillot

Long-standing Bowie fan Saint Laurent head designer Hedi Slimane launched the trend seasons ago, then last year Raf Simons kickstarted the Bowie revival when he unveiled his Spring 2015 Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior. The Dior runway was replete with all-over sequined onesies fit for Ziggy Stardust and outifts in psychedlic prints that would be at home on any of Bowie's arty album sleeves.

At the Vivienne Westwood catwalk show in London last month, models sported bright Bowie-style furry mohawks while face paint was a key runway beauty look at British designer Gareth Pugh's show.

Vivienne Westwood London Fall-Winter 2015/16 - PixelFormula

At Milan Fashion Week, Alessandro Michele channelled the androgynous 70s pretty-boy look as he sent male and female models down the catwalk for his debut F/W 15-16 collection for Gucci.

Selfridges of London is launching its in-store Agender project this month (launching online on March 12), which will feature unisex clothing, a gender-less window display, and art pieces that examine the concept of gender-neutral fashion.

The "David Bowie is" exhibition opens at the Philharmonie de Paris on Thursday March 5th Masayoshi Sukita /The_David_Bowie_Archive_2012

This week as the fourth and final leg of ready-to-wear week arrives in Paris, followers of the star's exuberant stye can enjoy a Bowie fashion fest off the catwalk at the "Bowie is" exhibition, which opens on Tuesday at the cool new Philarmonie de Paris music complex.

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