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 the 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 took 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 a considerable part of the world discovered the icon 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 dance floors. 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 fan and marked 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”. After that he failed again when trying to have a go with drum’n and bass with “Earthling”, when he launched “Hours” a mild album and “Relity” equally mild, the album that preced “Heathen”, the record that hinted somehow to the path he would follow when he launched “The Next Day” and his final epos “Blackstar”, the record that proved that despite some failed attempts he was still the man he stands for for many – avant-garde, unpredictable and master of reinvention.
Fashion Night Out Lisbon is almost there and Trendenz has a great suggestion for you to start this special night in style. Take to Spazio Dual at Avenida da República for a nice get together and a cocktail and use the opportunity to know the groovy special series Lancia Fashion, a car with beautiful inner seats in beige color, parking sensors, steering wheel in leather and a car key with Swarowski elements. These are just some of the features of this special model. As for the remaining features it is up for you to discover in this Lancia Outlet, a place where you can buy the car of your dreams, have a great lunch and see the work by the resident artists who have their own ateliers at this very same Spazio Dual and whose works are regularly displayed here from the sculptures and jewellery by Valentim Quaresmas to clothes by Os Burgueses and photographs by Ricardo Quaresma, just to name a few. Do come by and you will receive a special offer, which we are obviously not going to tell you what it is and let yourself be driven in a Lancia shuttle downtown where the great action takes place during Fashion Night Out Lisbon.
Valencian fashion designer presented, along with Anecoop Bodegas, the new design for the Reymos 1918 wine, the first “Brut Nature Muscatel”. The design for this limited edition was presented at the Mercedes Benz Madrid Fashion some hours before the show by the very same Montesinos where he, once again, came up with a show of colour, patterns, and cool knitwear. Fashion and wine go often hand in hand in the Madrid Fashion Week: Veteran designer Roberto Verino, the first to show his collections on the first day, has been producing wine for ten years under the name Bodegas Gargalo. The somehow offbeat fashion designer Amaya Arzuaga comes from a wine producing family and uses her fashion shows also to promote her wines. Ion Fiz, a designer from Burgos used in the past the occasion to present wine from his region, and the cool Sara Coleman teamed up this time with Bodegas Muga during the most recent Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week. This is a rather clever strategy for a wine-producing country like Spain and a nice way to promote this country’s wine. Stay tuned for more updates on wine and fashion :).
Lacoste has just announced a capsule collection, LACOSTE L!VE, and invited the American illustrator Micah Lidberg to design a range of clothes and accessories. This capsule collection comprises polo shirts for men and women, along with t-shirts and sneakers. Available in selected shops throughout the world.
Micah Lidberg is a well-known American illustrator who has workd until now for a range of clients from Nike to Visa, through The New York Times, Nylon Magazine or Computer Arts, among others.
With this capsule collection Lacoste thus continues its path of expanding its range of products. Meanwhile stsay stunned for the new collection by Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the Paris based Portuguese fashion designer who took the post of creative director of this French brand.
Underwold teamed up with movie director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire) and wrote the song Isles of Wonder inspired in Caliban’s Dream from Shakespeare’s The Tempest for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony . See below the excerpt from Shakespeare’s that best seems to have set the tone for the song and the show:
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I wakedI cried to dream again.
Some claim the ceremony was somehow parochial. It was indeed a great show of Britishness rather than a show of Worldliness. But then again, occasions like these are there to show the host city’s glory.
20 years ago Barcelona used the Olympics to propel both the region and the Catalan language and relied on the powerful scenic imagery of la Fura dels Baus.
Hitler, dangerously but brilliantly used the art and craft of Leni Riefenstahl to film the Germania dream and the Olympics in Munich in what is until now probably one of the most beautiful images of olympic athletes in motion.
Danny Boyle cleverly used the British imagery and did not forget one of the biggest British legacies – Pop culture. Hey Jude was consensually used to please mothers and grandmothers, but we do have to thank Boyle for having included Bowie’s song Heroes, hoping it will soon replace the boring “We are the champions” in major events.
They went separate ways for 15 years and reunited recently. Lisbon will now have the possibility to see the band live at Optimus Alive Festival on July 13. The band’s gig in the capital of Portugal follows a couple of highly acclaimed concerts particularly in England where, according to Reuters, the band made a successful comeback “leaving the fans wanting more”. The Roses concert in Lisbon happens one year after Primal Scream, another great band from the so called Madchester movement, took to this very same stage and revisited the fabulous Screamadelica album. I wanna adored, I am the ressurection, Fool’s gold or Waterfall are just some of the reasons to attend this gig.
“The Next Day”, the much anticipated and publicised new album by David Bowie is out this week worldwide. It all began with the release of the first single “Where are we now” that brings us to Berlin, to the city where he once lived and recorded three of his best albums and where his creativity was at its […]