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Between the Met’s upcoming Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition and the rebellion-infused Fall ’13 runways, it’s no secret that punk is having a major moment. Resurrection New York—the Nolita vintage store known for its highly edited collection of sixties Pucci and seventies Halston—decided to celebrate the revival with What Are You Looking At, an in-store installation featuring pieces from Resurrection’s enviable archive. “The Met has their way—they feature certain things and have a lot of the high-fashion derivatives of punk rock and fashion—but we have our own approach [to punk] that’s really special,” explained Resurrection archivist and manager Maria Ayala. “We thought, This is all happening. Let’s show people where this actually came from.”
The pieces on view range from iconic King’s Road staples (polka-dot mini-crinis, Seditionaries’ Sid Vicious Chaos tees) to rare personal items like a pair of shredded bondage pants that Gaye Advert gave owner Katy Rodriguez in London. A selection of wares are for purchase—a pastel camo Stephen Sprouse blazer, for example—while others, like a Westwood x Keith Haring knit skirt and some original, and very ribald, Boy London T-shirts, are for ogling only. “We actually have a top like that, as well,” commented Ayala in reference to the Haring skirt. “But today, M.I.A. came in and rented it because she’s doing promo pictures for her album. Maybe we’ll see it on her album cover, maybe not. But that’s pretty exciting.”
What Are You Looking At is on view through May 8 at Resurrection New York, 217 Mott Street, New York, NY; (212) 625-1374.
“What symbolizes your past 20 years in fashion?” The founders of Dazed & Confused asked themselves that question a lot in the past year as they prepared for the magazine’s slew of 20th anniversary celebrations, which included blow-out bashes, a commemorative book and exhibition, and 20 different cover shots by the mag’s co-founder Rankin. Now, Dazed & Confused has asked 34 of its longtime friends and collaborators, like Alber Elbaz, Vivenne Westwood, Sarah Burton, and Maison Martin Margiela, to consider the same question. The group’s answers make up a time capsule of sorts—although the items included in this one won’t be saved, but sold at an online auction to benefit Oxfam.
The haul includes everything from classic Gazelle trainers (Kate Moss) to a black obsidian cube (Gareth Pugh) to a white collar and black tie (from Karl Lagerfeld). Staffers and contributors like Tabitha Simmons, Karen Langley, and Gary Card donated memorabilia from early shoots and reminders of times gone by, while Donatella Versace looked even farther back—to the dawn of human civilization, really—with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted lighter. “The ability to make fire has always been a sign of human ingenuity,” she said. “This lighter is a portable fire-maker.” Christopher Kane, instead, chose to look to the future with his choice. “The Aqua Liquid bags from my A/W 11 collection are receiving a lot of attention—it will be interesting to see where they sit in 50 years’ time.”
Dazed & Confused‘s Time Capsule auction runs November 20 through 27 on eBay.