Burberry pays tribute to David Bowie during fashion week show

A model with "Bowie" written on her hands walks the runway at the Burberry show.
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A model with "Bowie" written on her hands walks the runway at the Burberry show.

The Burberry showcase is the highlight of any London Fashion Week, and with good reason.

Guests and journalists alike can always expect an impressive production, a well-chosen live musician, a roster of international stars just jetting in for the show, a line-up of well-designed clothes and a bit of a twist.

However this year, with the news of singer David Bowie's passing being announced on the same day, the Burberry show also added a nod to the British legend.

A model gets glittered up backstage ahead of the Burberry show.
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A model gets glittered up backstage ahead of the Burberry show.

In honour of Bowie, whose death was reported that morning, some models sported glittery makeup, while one had written "Bowie" across their open palms.

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The model's display was not a planned part of the show, but "her own personal tribute to the musician," her representative told Refinery29.

Bowie's music filled the venue as guests arrived, and models wore Ziggy Stardust-inspired eye makeup. 

"I was just going to put it on one male model and then suddenly they all wanted it," Bailey told The Telegraph, admitting the news affected the atmosphere of the show.

Model Hayett McCarthy debuted the tribute at the end of the catwalk.
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Model Hayett McCarthy debuted the tribute at the end of the catwalk.

"It didn't feel right to do a show that was celebratory today, when the news is so profoundly sad."

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At the Autumn/Winter 2016 menswear presentation, the catwalk crisscrossed the venue in meandering paths that met at the music stand in the middle, where Benjamin Clementine played a sorrowful, heart-stopping live set.

"I wanted there to be more intimacy. There is something very artificial about a runway show and I wanted people to get closer to the clothes," said the label's chief executive officer, Christopher Bailey.

"I wanted the whole mood to be a little more gentle and a little bit more serene."

Guest stars included Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen; musicians Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah and Jack Garratt and Brooklyn Beckham.

 - AAP

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