David Bowie

The song went on forever and the style will too

There's no doubt in my mind that you will have already seen this news; legend, icon and king of reinvention David Bowie has died (and I'm still teary).

There will be purist fans who make clever digs at those of us who have shared one of his many images captioned with a poignant set of lyrics or used the RIP hashtag, but my Insta feed this morning just confirms what a big deal Bowie was and will continue to be. 

Born in Brixton, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist released his first ablum in 1967 and his last just under a week ago. He was reinventing himself long before Madonna came on the scene and played perfectly with gender fluid ideas bringing his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust to life. It was this iconic character that inspired two of Kate Moss' appearances as Bowie in Vogue as well as that shoot with Tilda Swinton for Vogue Italia - if you've not seen either reincarnation, I suggest you get your Google on. 

I'll leave you to your own reflections, but first, a few of my favourite Bowie moments...

Ziggy Stardust, 1973

The lightning bolt, the shock of red hair, the spandex the swagger. Stardust owned androgyny and the stage too.

Station to Station, 1976

This transitional album experimented with funk and soul and brought us a very dapper Thin White Duke, Bowie's sexiest and most smoldering invention (in my opinion).

Under Pressure, 1981

Oh yeah, there was that time that Bowie teamed up with Queen to bring the world this little piece of music history...

That Suit, 1986

Power dressing at its most powerful, I have nothing more to say.

The Labyrinth, 1986

I know I'm older than the rest of the SF team but srsly I can't believe it when people tell me they haven't seen this film, it's EPIC, made even more so by David's swoon-worthy portrayal of the Goblin King!