Part of Papierdoll’s vintage feature
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, the Punk Rock scene reached its pinnacle. The culture was most embraced in London- headed by the legendary Sex Pistols, and in NYC, led by the equally renowned Ramones. Some type of punctuation in that previous sentence Punk has always been a rebellious movement fueled by politically charged lyrics which is most recently demonstrated by the modern day punk superstars, Green Day. Another defining characteristic of the culture is its unmistakable fashion, or lack there of.
Fashion is something punks rebelled against, by wearing colorful spiked Mohawks, ripped up garments adorned by; spikes, studs, and safety pins, or whatever else would get a ghastly reaction from the straight laced “yuppie establishment.”
There is a certain degree of irony in trying to put Punk influences into the world of fashion. Johnny Ramone and Sid Vicious must be spending their after life haunting the likes of Avril Lavigne, and Ashley Simpson. Wearing a necktie on a t-shirt doesn’t make you and edgy and rebellious, it makes you look like your missing a freshly pressed button down oxford. Now putting a necktie around your waist as a belt is just sexy.
Ties aren’t the only punk influence to infiltrate pop fashion. A toned down version of the Mohawk has been spotted in recent days, from the runway (Hieke Jarick), to the hood (Sean Combs, Apl D Ap, Black Eyed Peas). Spikes, studs, belts, bracelets, even chains have leaked their way out of the underground.
One exception to the anti-fashion punk rule is British designer Vivienne Westwood. Westwood has made a name for herself designing clothes and accessories with punk influences. It’s almost a crime to say she uses punk influences because she actually influenced Punk by fashioning garments for the pivotal Punk band, The New York Dolls in the mid 70’s. The first time the Sex Pistols took the stage, they were draped in clothes from Westwood’s boutique (Seditonaries). Ms Viv is the real deal, and is still going her thing on the runways. This pop punk or “neopunk” style is surely to fizzle shortly due to its authentic shortcomings, so don’t become victim to a passing trend. I guess it’s safe to say in the end Punk got punk’d by pop. Where’s Ashton when you need him?!?