Fashion Flashback: David Zablidowsky

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Fashion Reverie looks back at David Zablidowsky. This fashion flashback has been the difficult and most gut wrenching fashion flashback for Fashion Reverie to put together because of David Zablidowsky’s (David Z) untimely death on Friday, July 14, 2017. David was a clean rocker—no alcohol or drugs—who loved fashion. So our hearts at Fashion Reverie are heavy due to his death by a freight trailer truck collision.

David Zablidowsky had been a friend to Fashion Reverie Publications since the launch of fashionreverie.com in 2012.  Fashion Reverie did a fashion editorial with David Z in 2013 and Rubix Cube, a 1980s–tribute band that David Z performed with, performed at Fashion Reverie’s launch party.

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I became friends with David Z when I met he and his brother Paulie Zablidowsky (Paulie Z), both members of the now-defunct metal rock band Z02, on a fashion red carpet in 2010. At the time we all met, the brothers’ reality-based, comedy television show “Z Rock” had been canceled after two seasons on the IFC channel. We became fast friends and I assisted Z02’s publicist get the band on fashion and entertainment red carpets—with appearances at New York Fashion Week (Loris Diran, The Blonds, Elene Cassis, Adrienne Landau, and Malan Breton), Tribeca Film Festival, and a plethora of fashion launches.

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David Z was an expert musician playing not only with Z02, but also playing for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Rubix Cube, and most recently with Adrenaline Mob. David brought energy, passion and great joy to his stage performances. And his expert musician is rare in the music industry these days. David could play anything from metal rock, to R&B, 80’s pop, soul, and classic rock n’ roll. And he told me once that he never had a job outside of performing once he graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in music theory. Rare indeed!!

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After Z02 disbanded, I continued my friendship with Paulie and David and I was struck by how both brothers loved fashion. David particularly loved John Varvatos, Custo Barcelona, Tallia, and DSquared2. “Hey, I love clothes, … Believe it not, I shop a lot at Zara. It is a European look, affordable, and the fit is great. But, I also love G Star, DSquared2, Custo Barcelona, Tallia Orange, Rochambeau, and John Varvatos, who is geared toward rock n’ roll, and his shop in the Bowery is in the area where the old CBGBs is, so you cannot go wrong,” David Z told Fashion Reverie in an exclusive interview in 2013.

When Fashion Reverie styled and photographed David Z, David was wide open and willing to go to places a lot of celebrities are not willing to go. David loved being in front of the camera, and though he was not a fashion model, many of the images in the editorial demonstrated that he had modeling chops.

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David will be missed for his kindness, his joie de vivre, his expert musicianship, his irreverent charm, and his fashion sensibility. He has been taken from us way too early and our condolences go out to his friends and family. Rock on among the other celestial beings, David!!

—William S. Gooch

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