David Bowie Designer Kansai Yamamoto Honored at Louis Vuitton Show

David Bowie performing live onstage at final Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973 in London.
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David Bowie performing live onstage at final Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973 in London. 

The French fashion house paid tribute to the Japanese designer in its new resort collection.

Many designers, stylists and stars have channeled David Bowie's unique and enduring style, but for Louis Vuitton's latest collection, artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière honored the man behind the musician's famous look: Kansai Yamamoto.

The 73-year-old Japanese designer is known for creating some of Bowie's most iconic looks in his Ziggy Stardust era, like the Tokyo Pop vinyl jumpsuit, asymmetric one-shouldered (and one-legged) knitwear and a matching white cape embroidered with Japanese characters. He's added his own touch to the brand's resort 2018 collection, with sequined samurais on dresses as well as a series of handbags decorated with Kabuki and samurai visages peeking out of them.

Ghesquière (a Yamamoto fan himself, as he collects much of the designer's vintage pieces) held the show at the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum in Japan on May 14. Stars like Riley Keough, Michelle Williams and Jennifer Connelly sat front row to take in the collection.

One of the biggest Yamamoto fans at the show seemed to be Tyga, who wore a red-and-black sweatshirt emblazoned with "Kansai" on the front, a piece from the designer's own namesake line. The rapper posed with Yamamoto and in front of a samurai mural at the event's after party.  

Tyga joins Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Nicolas Ghesquière as a special guest for the Louis Vuitton 2018 Cruise Collection Show in Kyoto, Japan on May 14, 2017.Crazy Chris

The collection also included very Bowie-esque beauty looks: Kabuki-style drawn-on eyebrows and winged eyeliner were paired with colorful face paint reminiscent of the musician's own Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane pink-and-red contouring, makeup techniques that he himself took from the traditional Japanese theater tradition.


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