Check Out Our Modern And Fashionable Take On Ziggy Stardust
Beyonce may have Sasha Fierce, but few alter egos can top David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust back in the ‘70s. The prolific English musician, who created the concept of an androgynous alien rock star to cope with his massive fame, likely didn’t realize that Ziggy Stardust would become the embodiment of the glam rock era. But decades later, Ziggy’s iconic look—the flaming red mullet, lightning bolt face paint, and zany, vibrant, gender-bending costumes—has influenced designers (Jean Paul Gaultier) and celebrities (Lady Gaga) alike. Feeling a little inspired ourselves, we curated all the essentials you need to get Ziggy’s look, albeit in a modern and stylish way. Keep reading today’s Currently Channeling to find out how.
Bowie’s fictional character spawned the 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, often ranked as one of the greatest in the rock genre, in addition to an international tour and documentary. The album chronicles the story of an extraterrestrial being who visits Earth, taking on the persona of the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll star to spread a message of peace and hope. Sadly, fame and excess bring about Ziggy’s downfall.
The Sartorial Story
It’s no surprise that Ziggy’s glitzy flamboyance continues to fascinate stylephiles to this very day. When in character, Bowie constantly pushed sartorial boundaries; one of his most iconic Ziggy costumes was a one-legged jumpsuit, which inspired the colorful crochet version at Jean Paul Gaultier’s S/S 13 show. Though Gaultier saluted the alien rock ‘n’ roller perfectly, a one-legged outfit isn’t easy to master in real life. So we’ve gathered an assortment of Ziggy essentials that not only capture the glam rock ‘70s vibe, but are decidedly wearable too.
Get The Look
Guess Liz Cap-Sleeve Suiting Vest ($108)
Pronounced shoulders were one of Ziggy’s trademarks, so channel the look in Guess’ sharply structured vest. Make it a workwear staple by wearing it with slim, cropped trousers and pointy-toe pumps.
Tucker Cross Front Jumpsuit ($509)
A one-legged look is hard to pull off unless you’re Ziggy, but Tucker’s brightly printed jumpsuit is a stylish alternative that still channels the musician’s aesthetic. Style it with wedge heels for a playful spring outfit.
Mango Touch Star Earrings ($25)
Complete your Ziggy look with a pair of sparkly star earrings. They’re best worn with slicked-back hair (no mullet required) to display their whimsical shape.
Paul Smith for David Bowie The Next Day Print T-Shirt ($145)
To commemorate the first album Bowie’s released in a decade, The Next Day (which debuted two weeks ago), British label Paul Smith designed an official t-shirt. Add edge to the casual graphic tee by wearing it with a leather pencil skirt.
Illamasqua Fundamental Palette ($45)
A lightning bolt painted across your face isn’t exactly practical, but you can recreate Ziggy’s beauty look with Illamasqua’s palette. Richly pigmented colors like deep yellow and purple make a statement on your next night out.
Simone Rocha Metallic Coated Cotton-Blend Pencil Skirt ($570)
Nothing screams extravagance more than a metallic skirt. Temper its notice-me-now gold luster with a silky tank top in monochrome cream or black.
Jeffrey Campbell Brazen Split-Wedge Heels ($120)
Ziggy often rocked out in platform shoes, so replicate the look in Jeffrey Campbell’s chic sandals. You’d have to be from outer space not to love the shoes teamed with your favorite mini skirt and t-shirt.
Frends Taylor Silver Headphones ($199)
If you can’t wait to sing along to “Moonage Daydream” or “Five Years,” we suggest slipping on Frends’ sleek headphones for some Stardust style.
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