Day 2 After Bowie: The Thin White Duke

In the second instalment of bereavement therapy by wardrobe, I chose to emulate my personal favourite Bowie incarnation.

The Thin White Duke is the first Bowie I came to know and still what I think of when I hear his name. Vulnerably aloof and repellently alluring, between California and Europe, blue-eyed soul and krautrock, starring in The Man Who Fell to Earth and recording Station to Station, possibly the album I love the most. 

This is Bowie at his most romantic. The style is minimal, refined, dissipated, shot like Hollywood noir, the cigarette smoke never stale. A white shirt dishevelled, neck suggestively open, black fitted vest and tailored pants, wrapped around a slight, dangerous man ready to whisk you away in the back of a dream car twenty foot long.

It's not the side effects of the cocaine. I'm thinking that it must be love. 

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26 Comments

  • replied 2 years ago

    I love this. The whole post.

  • Roxanna replied 2 years ago

    Your writing just whisks me away into another world. Brilliant and beautiful - what a moving and fitting tribute. 

  • Elizabeth P replied 2 years ago

    What Lisa said.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    POETIC. Everything. 

    Killer to the power of Killer. 

  • Sara L. replied 2 years ago

    Beautifully written and a great outfit.

  • Thin White Duchess replied 2 years ago

    Love this.

  • Xtabay replied 2 years ago

    A lovely and very touching tribute.  His spirit lives on.

  • torontogirl replied 2 years ago

    Very elegant.

  • approprio replied 2 years ago

    aw, thanks for the K to the K Angie! It feels good. Might wear it again but I think the vest needs some alteration ;)

    Thanks so much, ladies. It's very cathartic. Still hoping to see some more outfits from others - anyone else out there?

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Perfect and touching. Long live the Duke.

  • catgirl replied 2 years ago

    Perfect.

  • skylurker replied 2 years ago

    Wow, fantastic look, black&white really suits you well.
    Film noir, yes, the Berlin-Marlene Dietrich side of it.
    "the cigarette smoke never stale" : love this, so evocative and poetic.

  • Diane G replied 2 years ago

    Fabulous! Amazing trousers and very sharp with the vest.

  • Vickie KY replied 2 years ago

    Love!

  • replied 2 years ago

    Vous êtes parfaite

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Your writing is beautifully evocative, and so is your outfit!

  • Cococat replied 2 years ago

    ❤️

  • Kaelyn replied 2 years ago

    I love your writing as much as I love your outfits. Great day two!

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    Perfect.

  • Caro in Oz replied 2 years ago

    My very favourite Bowie period & there are many.

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Amazing. What a tribute. Love love love. 

  • catseye replied 2 years ago

    love this. Your outfit and his.

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    Love! Heart warming, truly.

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    You captured the Bowie magic.

  • Cerinda replied 2 years ago

    Beauty

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    Love.

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