If I say 1977, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and the King’s Road, London SW10, what do you think of? Punk!!! Yes! We’re are talking the same anarchic language my friend. In 1977 the Punk movement suddenly erupted. Its energetic music slapped us in the face and its no-holds-barred “anti-style” style became an inspiration for the fashion world which has endured ever since.
One of the Punk mantras was anarchy, and that transmitted itself not only through the music but through the fashion. It made everything different: hair styles and colours; what you could wear and what you could wear it with; what passed for jewellery and what didn’t; how many piercings you could have have and where you could have them; and, most importantly, what passed for style. Punk changed our fashion thinking forever!
Punk quickly became a subculture that generated a philosophy which has influenced our ideas, our music, our films and above all, our notion of fashion. And when we talk about Punk fashion, one name stands out from all the others – Vivienne Westwood. She was the fashion inspiration behind the movement and more than 40 years later has lost none of her creativity and energy (next time you’re in London, check out her original shop at 430, King’s Road, London SW10).
If you’re still looking for more Punk inspiration after visiting Vivienne in (London) SW10 you should cross the West End and get up to NW1, where you will find the world-famous Camden Town street market. Thanks to its tradition of re-cycled clothing Camden Market was a frequent hang-out for punks in the 70’s and you can still find punk stuff in many of its stalls and shops. What’s your preference? Raw, original punk? Punk-glam? Cow-punk? Or maybe you’d like to adapt some Grunge accessories? What you can’t find here you can’t find anywhere. Take your time, walk around, breathe in the thousands of styles both on sale and also walking past you in the street and create your own look – DIY is a punk style-attitude and this is the place to do it. Hair, make-up, clothes, whatever – it doesn’t have to be dangerous, it just has to be you, which was the original punk philosophy anyway.
Maybe this image of this lovely dress by Alexander McQueen will give you an idea of the very glamorous evolution of the Punk style in Fashion.
And finally the shoes. With a pair of combat boots, Dr Martens Boots or a pair or creepers shoes we can complete the outfit. As you can see in the photo below, Punk will never be boring!
So what are the classic elements of Punk style? Let’s start with tartan (or plaid).
Tartan: you’ll know it as the traditional design of the classic Scottish kilt (as worn on stage by Axel Rose too….). Every Scottish clan has its own version – maybe you can invent yours too?
Do you like my tartan? See you soon,
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