Fashion blog The Selvy leads us in a journey through the archives of American brand Coach led by the Archivist, Jed. Should you visit the Coach building in Lower Manhattan do not miss the opportunity to seethis true museum. Put on your white gloves in order not to damage the items on display, start the visit led by Jed and check the numerous iconic bags.
The brand regularly digs in this huge archive to look for inspiration or to relaunch iconic models which have made this brand a must-have, not only in the USA but in the whole world as this brand has pursued a relentless expansion plan and its items can now be found in major cities throughout the world. Should you be or visit Lisbon, check the nicely decorated brand’s corner at the department store El Corte Inglés.
David Bowie’s best-selling record until the day he died was launched 35 years ago today. The move to sing for the many not the few did help his career but would cost him his hardcore fan base who would return to him only on occasion after that when he launched three of his more obscure masterpieces like “Outside”, “Heathen” and the haunting “Blackstar”.
By the time you read this it will be already April 14 in Australia, the continent he travelled to in order to film the video clip for the song “Let’s Dance”. It was 1983 and there were more folk dancing to David Bowie than ever before. “Let’s Dance” was the main single from the eponymous album and suddenly the general public discovered this gone global after fourteen albums where he appealed mostly to a crowd that felt motivated to live up to their different music tastes, clothing, sexuality and whatever Bowie stood and stands for, ever since he appeared with his new approach to music and fashion. Assisted by funkmaster Nile Rogers, better known as founding member of Chic and producer of major hits from bands like Sister Sledge the record made its way to the dancefloor. But despite the clear funk influence Bowie did not give up his rock influences having invited Steve Ray Vaughan to add his guitar riffs thereby launching an album with the right funky feel that suited the early 80’s but with a pint of rock here and there. The image, another distinguishing feature of David Bowie seemed to follow the popular spirit of the new Bowie. Wearing immaculate suites in pastel colours and his hair dyed blond Bowie looked rather like an northern-European holidaymaker than the alien he had impersonated in some records.
35 years after being released “Let’s Dance” is still a difficult album to digest for the hardcore Bowie fanbase and did mark a period of some creative decline in the man’s career. The Bowie for the many not the few was not the Bowie the few waited for and he would regain his particular fanbase only after “Outside” which followed the popular “Tonight” and the not so popular “Never let me down” and “Black Tie White Noise”. And he would fail again when he had a go with drum’n and bass with “Earthling”, when he launched the mild album “Hours” and the equally mild “Relity” that preceded “Heathen”, the record that hinted somehow to his new career path. After a long pause he launched “The Next Day” and later his final epos “Blackstar”, where he proved what he has always been – avant-garde, unpredictable and master of reinvention.
Carlos Tomé Sousa