David Bowie Blues – A Fashion Legacy + Throwback Prom

In this month’s Rolling Stone, writer David Fricke calls David Bowie’s new album Blackstar “one of the most aggressively experimental records the singer has ever made.”

Now that we’ve lost this star who shined so bright two days after his 69th birthday (also the release date for his new album), fans are united in tears listening to his parting words:

“Something happened on the day he died/Spirit rose a meter, then stepped aside,” Bowie sings with what sounds like ‘numbed grace.’

“Somebody else took his place and bravely cried: I’m a blackstar.”

While the world grappled with saying “goodbye” to such a transformative artist who made it cool to embrace your inner “freak,” a popular sentiment was shared —

“If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.”

In looking back on David Bowie’s life, it’s apparent that his legacy not only lives on through his words and his music but in the many phases of this original style chameleon.

From the mod space-age metallics of “Space Oddity” to the lightning flash face paint of Aladdin Sane to the oversize shoulders, white shirt collars and monochromatic suiting of “Thin White Duke” to the flame haired Ziggy Stardust, he “embodied the conviction that there was value in constant reinvention” wrote Vanessa Friedman in The New York Times article, “David Bowie’s Fashion Legacy.”

This was never more evident than over the past few days. With each heartfelt tribute, there was an accompanying Bowie image that told a completely different story than the one before it.

I’ve included a few of my favorite Bowie images above and below as well as Bowie-inspired looks on the runway, his “twinsie,” actress Tilda Swinton and Gucci’s latest collection and campaign which is not only loosely inspired by Bowie but is by far my favorite collection of the season.

Take heart in Bowie’s own promise:

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”





Haider Ackermann spring 2016 / Dries Van Noten men’s fall 2011 collection


Seeing Double: David Bowie with Actress Tilda Swinton


2016 Gucci campaign by Photographer Glen Luchford / Styled by Jane How


Gucci 2016 runway looks by designer Alessandro Michele


2016 Gucci campaign by Photographer Glen Luchford / Styled by Jane How


Gucci 2016 runway looks by designer Alessandro Michele


2016 Gucci campaign by Photographer Glen Luchford / Styled by Jane How


Thought you may enjoy this gem –
Bowie with Cher, 1975
Happy Friday!





Wilmington’s Throwback Prom
@ Bakery 105

For all those craving a prom-redo or just an excuse to celebrate with grand abandon, Lanier Property Group delivered with Wilmington’s Throwback Prom, which raised $15k for not just one but TWO wishes for two local Make a Wish children.
Cheers to Throwback Prom!

Who needs a date when you can arrive as 80’s prom triplets? I mean, duh!



L: I decided to go for a late 70’s vibe inspired by Jerry Hall. Hair: Emily Kantor + Makeup: Kristin McLoughlin at Groove Jet Salon
R: Loving these turban twinsies!


The King & Queen of the Prom
Hosts Andrea & Stephanie Lanier of Lanier Property Group


Trainers calls for some serious rug-cutting


L: Carly Brooke Forman and I as 70’s disco queens
R: Jenna and Davey McKnight at Jenna’s first-ever prom!



L: Favorite couple of the night truly throwing it back!
R: Janis of Make a Wish excited to grant two more wishes.


Prom Selfie!


Realtor Elizabeth Boardman (in pink gown in left photo) and Elizabeth Peavy (of LPG)
both looking gorg in vintage dresses from Style Girl Vintage – yayyyyy!


Video Photo Booth


L: Ahhh, time warp! 1980’s prom photobombing 1960’s prom
R: Leave it to Gay Adair to show up in a fake 60’s preggers at the prom look and cigs!


You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby


L: Jason & Carly Forman straight outta the 70’s
R: Detail from Kyle’s ruffled peach prom attire



Prom portrait time at Gay’s house


After-Prom Party.
Not quite the same scene as the real deal, ha!
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from Wilmington’s Throwback Prom,
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at Style Girl Vintage
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at 21 Market Street (2nd floor)

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