The world lost THE fashion icon of our time today. David Bowie was many, many things. Musician, Rock Star, fashion influencer, producer, artist, actor, gender-bender, icon, creator, writer, dancer, dreamer, father, husband, friend, activist, mentor, LEGEND. And so, so much more. Since the late sixties the icon of all icons completely transformed fashion, art, music, creative expression and gender fluidity, and he managed to do it all without losing himself even one iota to the massive celebrity that stigmatizes such an illustrious creature almost incessantly. Bowie remained private, unassuming, kind and humble until his ultra bright star faded into eternity.
Like the undeniable union of glam and rock, Bowie would find a lasting partnership with fashion's queen herself, and original supermodel, Iman. What a complimentary pair they made for one another. Fashion royalty wrapped in utter enigmatic style, art, glitz and grace and finished in pure gold. Full lifetimes can exist without one ever imagining nor realizing the untouchable lengths of exquisitely original art given to us by these two, separately yet parallel. At 69, the very same numerical year the artist debuted his first hit with "Space Oddity", Bowie says goodbye to his unforgettable journey here on earth for his next adventure beyond. I, for one, will remember him for all of the things and accomplishments listed above. But his finest role to me, is that of the coolest, most original and purest fashion heroes I'll ever witness again.
Before any other pop, rockstar, or artist attempted shock & awe fashion with an elaborate stage presence and crazy-creative ensembles to match, Bowie had already solidified everything they'd hoped to prove and so much more. Ziggy Stardust personas and glittered bodysuits aside, the artist was able to brilliantly and compatibly transition between one uniquely honed style after another unlike those before and after him. Just when we got to know Mod-Bowie he'd introduce us to Hippy-Bowie before giving us Glam-Bowie followed by Soul-Bowie, Berlin-Bowie, New Romantic-Bowie, and finally Modern-Bowie--none of which was merely "settling" into a specific look. Each identity was a full commitment to a supremely painted character like no other, mind you. What's more, it was nothing short of a natural embodiment.
David Bowie, may your star glimmer even brighter for your next act. It was purely an honor sharing the same soil with you for years, and I thank you for giving us all the best show of our entire lives with plenty of your gifts to satiate us in your absence. You will forever be remembered, and continuously missed.