Flaming red hair, chromatic lipstick, platform leather boots. No, I’m not describing my ultimate dream-alter-ego-super-hero-self who comes about at the strike of midnight and saves the human race—I’m talking about David Bowie.
The musical legend passed away early last week, throwing the world into a kaleidoscopic, glitter-spattered frenzy. Bowie left a legacy that extends far beyond his kinetic, jaunty tunes—he carved his iconic Bowie-lightning bolt smack dab on the face of the fashion industry. Bowie fearlessly worked against the grain and dressed how he wanted to dress; not how everyone thought a rock star should. Bowie was unpredictable. He’d nonchalantly take the stage sporting an eye patch, feather boa, and knitted tights and still manage to have more swag than anyone in the room. Bowie’s eccentric spirit triggered an itch that is still in affect among teenagers around the world today, that is, to allow their inner weirdo to be free, go nuts, and be okay with it.
As our trends continue to transform, Bowie’s influence is noticed time and time again. Long live neon jumpsuits. Long live sequin vests. Long live David Bowie.
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