In an outrageous rock mashup, MÖtley CrÜe’s Nikki Sixx photographs gender bending, Bowie-inspired looks sure to make your holidays glitter.
By SERENA FRENCH
David Bowie and bad boy band Mötley Crüe may not pop up in the same Pandora shuffle, but the rock innovator and the metal institution have one thing in common — these guys sure know how to play dress up.
Which got us thinking: Who better to capture the comeback of the high-camp, luxe looks of the glam rock era than rocker-turned-lensman Nikki Sixx? This year, the musician, radio host, and co-designer of fashion label Royal Underground debuted a photography book, “This Is Gonna Hurt” (William Morrow), which demonstrated Sixx’s sharp eye for dramatic imagery.
“When the opportunity came to do a fashion shoot for the New York Post, it just felt like another adventure to me,” says Sixx of his first foray into fashion photography. “The concept was something that’s dear to my heart which is a ’70s glam theme.”
Bowie, says Sixx, is an inspiration. The era he came to define, and its unabashedly over the top looks, make for a great subject. “Mixing fashion and music together [is] so important. The shoot was very Bowie-esque. A lot of the tear sheets were from the ’70s, the New York Dolls, Bowie, T-Rex. Amazing stuff. [I was] trying to not have it look just like a fashion shoot, but to have a little more texture to it.”
The results? Sharp suits that glitter like Bowie, and glower like Crüe.
PHOTOS BY NIKKI SIXX
STYLIST: ANAHITA MOUSSAVIAN
HAIR: SHINTARO TERAOKA
MAKEUP: SCOTT MCMAHAN at AGENTOLIVER.COM
MODELS: DORITH/ HOLLYWOOD MODEL MANAGEMENT, MEGHAN/ WILHELMINA MODELS.