This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute chimed in with its “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition which we covered on our blog earlier in spring.
(The fascination with punk is likely to continue with the film “CBGB,” scheduled to come to theaters in October, with Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry and Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, documenting the story of Hilly Kristal’s legendary New York music venue that nurtured the punk scene beginning in 1973, closed its doors in 2006 and has now become a John Varvatos store.)
Looking at the fall 2013 collections, it’s clear that many designers are still inspired, if not directly by punk pioneers Johnny Rotten (above), Sid Vicious, Iggy Pop, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, then by their rebel spirit. The looks that came down the runways were rallying cries for fierce femininity. Nods to punks, grunge rockers, glam rockers, hippies, bikers and other street-style tribes came in the forms of motorcycle jackets, tie-dye, tartan checks, combat-ready camouflage, chains, spikes and studs.
The best looks were rough, but also refined. Punk and Grunge (Grunk!) with a touch of class. We at Virgin Blak have penned it Street Luxe…or High Fash Trash. Well, whatever you want to call it, we trust you, the VB fans, our darling Darklings know best and know what works best and what doesn’t – we’re just here to supply you with the raw materials, we are the fuel for your fire, we are the Blak Powder for your explosive styles and fierce n’ fiery fashion combinations…