Thursday, September 13, 2012

Spring 2013 Peek into Punk

Talk to a twenty-something with a mohawk, band t-shirt, karabiner with at least 15 keys, and full sleeve and he'll probably be able to tell you which bar sells PBR, or explain that although his band sounds precisely like Fugazi, it's it's own thing man. But he probably won't know who Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown are or think his DIY studded belt belongs in a museum. Until now, but on his own terms, because he will rebel if you force him.

Met Museum & The Costume Institute PUNK: Chaos to Couture

Exciting news broke this week that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the spring 2013 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute will be PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

Of course true punk is the complete opposite of couture fashion and organized displays of deluxe price tags, but designers need to find inspiration somewhere. As Andrew Bolton, Curator in the Costume Institute, put it in his interview with, “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness."

Spring 2013 Peek into Punk

Anna Sui

Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2013 collection (Getty)

Anna Sui draws color inspiration from her days attending Sex Pistol shows. "[the color] sort of made it punk-y in a modern way. What if someone wanted to have fun, they could just bleach the front of their hair a little bit and make it a color,"says Lead Hairstylist, Garren, to Down with the terrible trend that is ombre hair, Sui and her crew think a bold pop of color smack in the middle of your head is the next cool thing.


The Lanvin Punk Spring/Summer 2013

I see a lot of rebellious English schoolboy mixed with a bit of corporate bad ass in Lanvin's 2013 Spring/Summer collection. explains it as "Refined, but a little rough around the edges. Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection was infused with punk, an attitude as well as an aesthetic." The Lanvin punk has a shaved head, hard features and inked skin. But I will tell you, no real punk is going to wear those fancy Birkenstocks looking sandals.

Duckie Brown

Duckie Brown in tartan for Spring/Summer 2013
Although I am unfortunately unimpressed with Duckie Brown's fall collection, the designers are jumping on the punk bandwagon this spring to bring you denim and tartan, true staples in the genre's style. A "mature take on the infamous punk" per, Duckie Brown's vision of punk is about as safe and predicable as other designers' collections I've seen. Which is probably due to the fact the style is so unique to the individual that it tends to be custom made, literally.

Duckie Brown's Beaded Brogue Shoes for Fall 2012
But I will say, I'm dying over the Florsheim by Duckie Brown 2012 Fall/Winter Beaded Brogue Shoe.

The Met's exhibition, which will be on view from May 9 through August 11, 2013, will examine punk’s impact from its birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today. Themed galleries will include “Rebel Heroes,” “The Couturiers Situationists” (focusing on punk’s godparents McLaren and Westwood); “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,” “Punk Couture;” “DIY Style” and “La Mode Destroy."

Now go piss off your parents and fight the system (in style)!

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