PUNK. I mean, is there really anything else to say about the grass roots 70’s explosion, it’s reggae influence, London Vs NY, new wave and everything else that prompted, followed and surrounded it?
Icons like Sid and Nancy, Vivienne and Malcolm, Joey Ramone and Siouxsie all deserve LIKE A THOUSAND (anti) fashspiration columns each.
Such is the sartorial influence of dressing like an outsider that today (YAWN, everyone knows already) Topshop will sell you a ‘woah that’s radical man’ punk T-shirt to state your anarchic allegiance.
At the higher end, the nonconformist ‘fuck-em’ spirit of punk never really dies; it just gets reimagined every season for Fashion Eds to write about. Naturally, now this irony can now be embraced by anyone who likes expensive shoes (AKA Le Blow, voila!)
Be warned. The best punk-influenced shows from AW13 (at various levels of being ridiculously derivative) will shortly bring a fresh PUNK EXPLOSION (again) to your wardrobe. They include Givenchy (black lips, mohair, florals, bikers, oversized tailoring), Saint Laurent (plaid, leopard, loose long knits and fur) and Versace (collars, studs, stripped down attitude).
At base level, true punk style encompasses lo-fi DIY, politicism, buckles, leather, checks, stripes,tartan, pleats, kilts, print clashes, PVC, deconstructed or ill-fitting tailoring and general controversy (think nipples, graffiti, slogans).
‘New’ grown-up punk styling (i.e the punk that modern editorials will try and sell you) is a more refined interpretation on this. A clean, more luxurious, wearable take, if you will. And if that description doesn’t make you gag, refer below to our 2013 modern punk shopping edit immediately…
Silk check dress, £150, Boutique at Topshop
2. Safety first
Simple safety pin earrings, $140, Tom Binns
3. Shoes for stomping
The Clomper, £715, Vivienne Westwood
4. The shape of punk to come
Vinyl-trimmed cotton cardigan by Toga, £680, Net-A-Porter
5. Judy is a (well-dressed) punk
Check print trousers, £39.99, Zara
6. God save the tee
Shredded top by Raquel Allegra, £220, Net-A-Porter