Modern Punk Spirit

I don't know what's up right now but I'm just aching to wear a pair of studded flatforms with a sleek black dress, slicked back hair and metallic eyeliner. While images of 1980s London punks in acid neon plaid are wonderful, I'm loving the idea of the minimalist modern punk. The idea of "punk" in general, I think, has taken on a new meaning in recent years. Understandably, OG punks are up in arms when the culture is threatened---like when someone says Fall Out Boy is punk or whatever---but I truly think punk has always been more than the cliche mohawk.

It isn't necessarily nihilism or anarchy (unless you want it to be), the punk spirit is rage against heteronomy by whatever method fits the individual. It isn't just about Johnny Rotten, it's about Kierkegaard and Sartre and Patti Smith and Elle Woods

So yes, you can be punk while wearing head-to-toe pink and carrying a chihuahua so long as you don't let anyone tell you otherwise and you march your pink self up Capitol Hill to save your dog's mom and her dog friends like the bad bitch you are. 

For this edit, I stuck to the classic studs and leather aesthetic but paired those elements with sleek, minimalist pieces from brands like Frame Denim, Elizabeth and James, and Proenza Schouler. I love the idea of those frayed Proenza kick-flare trousers with a cut-out tunic and amped up utility boots. Even better, a black slip dress and ear cuff paired with Alex Wang's new studded platform sandals. If you wanna be a little less expected, shred up an old cable knit sweater and pair it with leather and metallics. If you're into boho punk, throw a leather jacket over your lacy white dress with a pair of floral platform brogues from McQueen. 

Side note: If you want to see punk rock spirit on a runway, check out the Ashish show from SS16.

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Modern Punk Spirit

Ashish SS16 Ready-to-Wear

Ashish SS16 Ready-to-Wear