WIW the day after Bowie...

This is harsh. I'm thinking in lyrics right now so you'll have to forgive the incoherence (brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare).

Once in a while, you loose someone in the public domain who really matters to you. When Alexander McQueen passed, I was upset for days and couldn't look at any fashion for weeks (it's loud and it's tasteless and I've heard it before).

But this, this is worse. I can't think of another artist, designer, musician or icon who's had a deeper, more profound influence on my sense of style than David Bowie. I know I'm not alone in this: if you doubt me, try to imagine what popular culture would look like without him (she opened strange doors we'll never close again).

When the news broke this morning, I didn't need to think about it. I instinctively reached for a sharp shouldered velvet jacket and gold pants, two things I've never put together before which probably wouldn't exist without him. I've always thought they'd be a bit much flash for one outfit, (trying hard to fit among your scheme of things) but today they're just right.

You can probably tell my heart's not in it (your face is a mess) but today is Day 1 of my Bowie challenge. This week, I'm going to dress more like my hero, and I'd love it if you join me, because I know there's more where this came from. With so many faces to choose from, who could fail to be inspired?

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  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    You look great!  I'm moved by your concept of mourning your icon by taking inspiration from his style. I love his music and was shocked to hear of his passing this morning as I didn't even realize he was sick.  So sad.

  • Thin White Duchess replied 3 years ago

    This is all lovely.
    He'd like to get to know us, but he thinks he'll blow our minds.

  • SandyG replied 3 years ago

    Approprio, your post is exactly the blast of courage I need after hearing the news this morning. Such a sad day. I found a post that sums up Bowie's intangibility and restless creativity and must share.

    "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."
    What a wonder. Heaven will be filled with flash and  glam and rocking right about now.

  • UmmLila replied 3 years ago

    I had Bowie in mind this morning, too. Lame tie neck blouse and green velvet jacket. Extra heavy green eye pencil.

  • replied 3 years ago

    Such a sad day...

    Rio, you look amazing. You need to wear those two items again definitely! Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos too.

    UmmLila, ylf!

  • Janet replied 3 years ago

    I'm still reeling from the news. He's truly one of my biggest creative heroes. Thank you for the tribute. You look great.

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    I just learned this from the tv, this very minute. I'm so sad. David Bowie was just amazing.

  • jenanded replied 3 years ago

    Loooove your outfit/s... and yes the inspiration as well. Oh yes more velvet fur gold and out there design!

  • jenanded replied 3 years ago

    Loooove your outfit/s... and yes the inspiration as well. Oh yes more velvet fur gold and out there design!

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    And your idea is a wonderful tribute. Your outfit is lovely and most fitting.

  • La Pedestrienne replied 3 years ago

    what an awesome tribute, approprio! can't wait to see more.

  • catgirl replied 3 years ago

    Perfect glam rock tribute for a sad day.

  • replied 3 years ago

    très belle tenue en hommage 

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    A fabulous and heartfelt tribute - both in outfit and spirit. I wanted to use my K-word rating for your look Liz, but found the choice of word bad taste is this particular context. The world lost a legend yesterday. It's all very, very sad.

     Liz, I love your challenge and will pay my respects with you from the sidelines. Lets Dance. And celebrate a brilliant artist. 


  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    What a beautiful tribute, Liz. I'm still shaken from the news, and don't really have anything wise to add, just that I am nodding along with everything that you and all the other ladies have said.

    Thank you for posting your outfit too, Ummlila.

  • Lyn D. replied 3 years ago

    A great outfit for a great artist!
    Angie- I enjoyed the clip- set in Oz too :)

  • Xtabay replied 3 years ago

    The world is a little less fab now.  He was a true original. 

  • abc replied 3 years ago

    Your pain comes through in your post. I'm so sorry.

    I love your tribute and your challenge.

    Hugs to you.

  • Kaelyn replied 3 years ago

    I'm in the same boat. I was so shocked to hear of his passing, and I immediately cued up some of my favorite songs of his to listen to and searched my closet for a tribute outfit. I love what you've put together, and I imagine that if Bowie could see it, he'd love it, too. This is an awesome tribute.

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    ah ladies, it's good to know I'm not alone. Sorry for the short reply with no shout-outs. I'm still struggling with this. 

    I've just been on the phone to my sister, to whom I owe a huge debt for buying all the records first so I didn't have to. She's choked, same as me. This is probably baffling if you were never a fan, but Bowie was unique. He shaped us. If there's one thing we learned from his life and career, it's to stay engaged and unafraid to be ourselves. 

    UmmLila, you look lovely. I wish I had some green eye shadow and the skills to apply it. Sadly I'm not much good with make-up, otherwise I'd be piling it on too. And of course, it would immediately be smudged with tears. 

  • Cerinda replied 3 years ago

    Ah, Liz, we were so lucky to have him.  Did you see the traveling V&A show?  Remember the title?  David Bowie is Inside.  I'm trying to think that way.  Thanks for the encouragement to glam up and get out there on the street today:  that just felt right.

  • Echo replied 3 years ago

    Thank you for your tribute. I feel shockingly similar, both about Lee and about Bowie. This is completely irrational, as I did not know him personally, but I had tears come to my eyes several times today while thinking of him. I could not dwell on it and still work. But he helped define a generation (or two). All the photos you posted... he was all that and more.

  • Kaelyn replied 3 years ago

    Oh, the fact that you were challenging us to take on the challenge for a week didn't register, but I saw that part when I checked this post again. I'm going to join you!

    There have been several deaths lately that have profoundly impacted me. Robin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, and now David Bowie have hit the hardest. They were all personal heroes of mine for one reason or another. I'm about to pop in Labyrinth while I wait for my roommate to get home from work.

  • donnat replied 3 years ago

    I have been springing tears all day. I like what sandyg said "we Managed to exist at the same time he did " I think he will be remembered with other geniuses from other eras , Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Bowie, he was an amazing talent. (Lennon probably belongs in there too)
    I am going to have to come up with a fitting fashion tribute.

  • Greyscale replied 3 years ago

    I stayed up late listening to Bowie music and watching his videos on youtube, so I overslept. I had meant to wear a tribute outfit. I found my silver leggings and tried every top I could think of but nothing would work and my favorite big-shouldered blazer was too small and I was late to an important meeting so I gave up. I'll try again tomorrow. Thanks for starting this thread.

  • Diana replied 3 years ago

    A wonderful and fitting tribute.

  • Cococat replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful post.

    I'm at work in a boring work dress, but will wear a tribute outfit tomorrow.

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    I spent some time looking at pictures and reading tributes but this was the most touching. He is a star, nothing will change that.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    I have been thinking about him all day. And finally popped over here to invite a "Bowie Challenge." Only to find you're already here with it. Thank you, thank you, for launching this. My tripod's been down and my daughter has had the camera, but I'll get some pics as the week goes on. In the meantime. oh you pretty things

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    Great glam rock outfit, the muted colours and simple shapes put urban grit in the look and make it modern.

    As for Bowie I recognize him for a fashion figure but was never touched by his music, so I have nothing to say in tribute.

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    ...don't you know you're driving your mamas and papas insane?

    Suz, I'm now onto Hunky Dory in my listening marathon, so your timing is just right. SandyG, we were indeed very lucky to share that tiny time window. And Cerinda, I saw the David Bowie Is... exhibition twice in fact. He was so many things. Nice moto, btw :)

    Thanks all for sharing in this. It feels at once deeply personal and quite apropos to the moment. Really looking forward to seeing some more outfits!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Chiming in again to say that we played David Bowie all night at our dinner party. Respects are being paid.

    (Aha, Lyn D. Good to know). 

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Angie, thats awesome! We're hosting a wake tomorrow night. 

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    It felt good, Liz. What will you wear to the wake?

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Probably something a bit Diamond Dogs I think. I'll let you know tomorrow ;)

  • Vickie KY replied 3 years ago

    love the pictures and your style take.

  • mrseccentric replied 3 years ago

    It is so heartening to see these tributes to Mr. Bowie. You all embody his clean, minimal glam aesthetic perfectly and effortlessly; stars shining with grace on a gloomy day. Not one bit surprising for students of Ms. Cox.

    I'm still in rent dress, ashes in my hair, bereft of makeup and jewels. My heart goes out to Mr. Bowie's family and the many artists with whom he collaborated over the decades.

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