I was telling Charles yesterday that I simply couldn't say goodbye to David Bowie. He is not dead for me. He may never walk on earth again but his legacy is out there haunting us until death will tear us all apart. I don't know if I would be able to find the right words to describe how much he means to me (not meant). He has helped me become the boy I am now. I would never ever have had the strength to come out if there hadn't been a Rebel Rebel in my life when I needed one. He has always been there for me and I am deeply thankful for that. I tweeted yesterday that David Jones was dead but Ziggy, Aladdin, The Thin White Duke would live forever. He was singing "Stars are out tonight...they are not dying but live forever!" Black Star, his last album, is out and people have to listen to it. This album is an unexpected gift, definitely a work of art. I don't want to say it's his last-something. It's just a new adventure, a new odyssey he wanted to share with us. I find it very hard to decide which Bowie period I love the most. The Glam-Rock years are perhaps my favorite because of Major Tom/Ziggy/Aladdin who were so eccentric and so fashion-forward. I am also under the spell of the perverse Thin White Duke and his minimal wardrobe inspired by the irreverent night clubbing scene of the Weimar Republic. I was, am and I will always be infatuated with Bowie. His power of attraction is limitless. I don't know if there is one single artist who doesn't consider Bowie as an inspiration. He has broken all the limits. He has created without limits (I just can't use the past tense). He is one of the greatest artists the world has ever known. Thank you so much Mr Jones!
David Bowie aka Halloween Jack singing Rebel Rebel
"You've got your mother in a whirl
She's not sure if you're boy or a girl
Hey, babe your hair are alright
Hey, babe let's go out tonight
You like me and I like it all
We like dancing and we look divine
Your love band when they're playing hard
Your want more and you want it fast
They put you down, they say I'm wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on
Rebel Rebel, you've torn your dress
Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess
Rebel Rebel, how could they know
Hot Tramp, I love you so..."
The Scottish born designer Charles Jeffrey who graduated from Central Saint Martins (CSM) is definitely a Rebel Rebel. He is bringing back the 80's Club kids & Party Harders to the catwalks of the London Fashion Week (LCM). His goal is to follow the steps of such iconoclasts as Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren or Alexander McQueen, putting the underground culture back on the LCM. He is an illustrator, a Dj and a menswear designer launching every month the LOVERBOY party gathering artists, photographs and musicians all of them being a huge inspiration for his collections. As far as I'm concerned I think he is delivering something that is pushing menswear to its limits. He is proving that the London underground clubbing scene known for its excess and its irreverence is still alive. His disruptive casting of hot tramp models is out there to prove that the streets are taking over fashion just like in the good old days. These free spirits are diverse and alive walking to the beats of a badass techno music. These people are here to remind us that life is a never-ending party and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I know that somehow his catwalk is a kind of utopia but sometimes we need a damn good party like LOVERBOY to escape this collapsing-boring world (where even icons are dying...)! When I saw the first models making their appearance on the catwalks I was smiling because I knew that something damn good was happening. The LCM designers are known to be unpredictable but not all are producing daring and fun clothes. Charles Jeffrey is an entertainer and he's so creative. I don't care about the references, what he is doing is unique! All these crazy outfits are coming from his LOVERBOY universe. Think of the 'art' denim, the 'drunk' uniform, the 'cool' bag, the 'hangover' silhouette, the 'warrior' skirt etc...I think Charles Jeffrey is talking about his generation, portraying the heroes of his life and putting them on a pedestal! He is letting them be heroes just for one day! Like it or not it's out there and you can do absolutely nothing about it!
|Pics by Daisy Walker for Dazed Digital|
Words by Yann Sackville-West
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