4 posts tagged "Punk"
Punk is back with a vengeance. With the Costume Institute’s forthcoming exhibition at the Met, and Moda Operandi’s exclusive punk-themed capsule collection launching May 2, fashion is feting the subculture’s enduring impact. Although some might see the revival more as commodification than celebration, isn’t punk’s anti-fashion just another fashion statement? After all, even the pioneers of punk leveraged irreverent DIY designs to create both community and dissonance. In the spirit of rebellion (and the Met Gala next week), shop our studded and spiked evening wares, from Elie Saab, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and more, below.
1. Elie Saab gown, $6,515, available at www.stylebop.com.
2. Tom Binns earrings, $1,677.59, available at www.farfetch.com.
3. Givenchy cuff, $975, available at www.luisaviaroma.com.
4. Alexander McQueen clutch, $2,325, available at www.farfetch.com.
5. Valentino slingback, $1,295, available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com.
6. Joomi Lim necklace, $495, available at www.matchesfashion.com.
By now, everyone is well versed in the intricacies of punk style—from Mohawks and safety pins to trash-bag dresses and Dr. Martens (and if you’re not, you might want to educate yourself via our Punk Quiz). But this past weekend in North Yorkshire, it was the sci-fi, nineteenth-century-inspired steampunks, rather than the streetwise seventies rebels, who reigned. A curious subculture that fuses Victorian garb with high-tech steam-powered accessories (think everything from handheld lasers to airships), steampunks gathered for a nineteen-year-old biannual festival in Whitby to show off their elaborate duds. We doubt we’ll be seeing any goggles or mechanical limbs at next week’s Met Ball, but those full-fingered rings (above) would make a punchy addition to any punk ensemble—steam or otherwise.
It’s no secret that fashion is having an affair to remember with punk right now, so it’s fitting that vinyl and PVC also made subversive waves on the Fall runways. Donatella Versace ratcheted up the fetish factor with her “Vunk”-themed lineup full of the shiny stuff (left), while Joseph Altuzarra and Jonathan Saunders gave corseted looks a kinky kick by whipping them up in technical poly- and patent leather, respectively. (Speaking of kick, we couldn’t get enough of Karl Lagerfeld’s glossy thigh-high boots.) But slick synthetics weren’t exclusively used in a sexy context this season. The rain-resistant material was a practical yet eye-catching choice for the classic trenches and mackintosh coats that turned up at Burberry Prorsum, Maison Martin Margiela, and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name a few.
Here, our roundup of the best in vinyl, on and off the runway >>
Apparently, we’re not the only ones feeling punk. British designer Philip Colbert of The Rodnik Band is launching a capsule collection for OVS, Italy’s answer to H&M, at its chain of 400 stores this Friday. And in his signature style, he’s written a song and produced a video for it that went live on YouTube this week. “God Dress the Queen!” is based on the Clash’s “London Calling.” Joe Strummer might not have approved of Colbert’s “London clothing” riff, but we’re betting he would’ve gotten a laugh out of his fish-and-chips T-shirt.