Punk Fashion Comeback: Back to black with Virgin Blak

‘Distorted guitars and hoarse vocals will be the soundtrack for 2013 as heavy rock has its biggest resurgence since the 1990s’, claimed Britain’s The Times newspaper in an article last week.


And following hand in hand will be a notable surge in rock and punk fashion on the street, this uprising could be clearly foreseen throughout 2012, from the catwalk to the high street the fashion mood turned decidedly dark, and in a good way. Punk, Goth and 80s Darkwave fashions are back with a vengeance.

The increase in the amount of metal resounding through the streets and fashion runways last year could be easily seen and heard– literally. The fact is studs, spikes, zips, chains and leathers are no longer just for Bikers. From jackets and handbags to heels and jewelry, adding studs to any clothing item can completely transform it’s look and style.

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 It has often been said that everything in the fashion world is recycled. This is because of the phenomenon that fashion trends are repeated every twenty or thirty years. One of the best examples of this is the 70′s revival in the 90′s, which did not only influence fashion but the different aspects of popular culture as well. If this rule of repeating fashion trends is to be followed, it was always expected that in the first decades of the twenty-first century, it would be 80′s fashion, specifically the punk fashion trend, that would make a comeback, and indeed it has. This comeback, although expected was not anticipated to be as big as it has become, which has made every fashionista scramble to get those distressed tight jeans and pop culture T-shirts and a pair of Chuck Taylors – and here at Virgin Blak we are chock full of all of those!

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Every era is accompanied by a fashion trend and the 80′s are one of them. This is because it was during the 80′s when the world saw very distinct fashion trends. Some of these include the popularity of black and white striped shirts and shirts with floral prints in the 80′s, which recently have also made a comeback, especially among punk rock artists. Another example is the recent popularity of big earrings, belts and other accessories, which were also distinct to the 80?s, which are used to make the people wearing them stand out. In addition to these, all sorts of accessories like jewelry, epaulettes, sunglasses and leather gloves are also making a comeback, which are very effective in adding flair to any outfit.

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 Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to black. Welcome to Virgin Blak.


The Virgin Blak Winter Wardrobe

The fashion world is moving on to what to wear in spring/summer 2013 already but for most of us in the Western World there is still A LOT of Winter left and in Europe the dark days and cold nights haven’t quite reached their most extreme yet. So here is a quick guide to what Virgin Blak has in store for you in line with the latest fashion trends so you can look cool while staying warm.

Leather is huge this Winter:

Fendi, Celine, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Gareth Pugh, Versace, Michael Kors all featured leather heavily in their fall/winter collections earlier this year. The one item of clothing you really should invest in this season is the classic biker jacket, a key wardrobe staple. Leather is also set to make an appearance as detailing either as pockets, collars, lapels, sleeves; and don’t forget accessoriesleather gloves anyone!

     View our Leathers


 Green and Gray are the new black:

These colors featured prominently in the Milan and New York 2012-13 Ready-to-wear runway shows – our top picks have to be the Fur Collar Double Breasted Long Coat and our Zigzag Wool Funnel Collar Coat. Other colours to watch for are blue combined with black, purple, and of course white contrasted with black, a Virgin Blak favorite.

     View our greens & grays



Coats and jackets with epaulettes and statement brass buttons are another fall/winter 2012-13 trend. Military greens like olive and khaki were popular at the Max Mara Italian fashion house and Victoria Beckham this year. Some of the jackets featured in our seasonal sale tick both the military and leather trend boxes.

     View our military coats


 Is Parka the It-Coat of 2012/13 ?:

From the streets to the celebrities. The truth is they’ve been quite common for a while now, I mean we can all still picture Mr. Liam Gallagher rocking the stage in his long green parka while singing with Oasis, back in the day. Hmm, I wonder if we could hold the rock-stars responsible for this fashion come-back? Like it or not the Parka is back with a vengeance, and just as well too, there’s no better coat to fend off the winter chill.

     View our Parka coats



Our pick of the very best snuggly scarves and stylish snoods to see you through the winter months.

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