Wooyoungmi's Ode to Bowie
In honour of David Bowie’s enduring influence and glittering personas, Katie Chung’s second lineup for Wooyoungmi offers androgynous romanticism.
She reimagines his sartorial flair for a new generation: disproportioned ‘80s silhouettes, power-shoulders and elongated butterfly collars are all present, whilst crisp tailoring and subtle sportswear nods add a contemporary twist. Paying tribute to his eclecticism, heritage prints like windowpane checks, tartan and stripes feature on relaxed suiting, in hues of grey, turquoise and wine red.
Skinny leather trousers and shirts, shorts and macs, made from retro-futurist pvc, allude to '70s glam rock. Canary yellow is a collection hallmark – it stands out with an exaggerated suit jacket and matching shirt, a reference to Terry O’Neill’s 1974 image of the icon. Balancing nuances of masculinity and femininity – the way Bowie did with numerous self-reinventions – diamante chokers, shimmering lurex tops, metallic-effect shorts and heeled leather boots explore gender ambiguity.
Many have celebrated Bowie’s legacy, but few have been able to capture his style with modern relevance. Here, Wooyoungmi does it with ease and elegance.