Think of of punk rock, and the first things that come to mind are sneering teenagers with bad attitudes and blown-out amplifiers, hanging out in somebody's garage thinking up new ways to annoy their parents through raw, abrasive music. In the early 70s angsty adolescents everywhere donned ratty, ripped up t-shirts and leather jackets, and re-invented rock and roll to suit their anything-goes attitude. This Spring, their rebel yell was heard 'round the world – the fashion world, that it is.
Rock and roll-inspired looks blew up the runways: Balmain stayed true to their signature style with fierce, fitted leather jackets (painstakingly punctured with thousands of safety pins) and blazers, worn with distressed denim and leather pants. Jean-Paul Gautier's models wore messy-mullet wigs and Ziggy Stardust-style space-age prints, alongside sharply tailored leather suits and shorts. Another side of punk could be found at Balenciaga, where boyish silhouettes, tuxedo jackets, and graphic houndstooth dresses paired brilliantly with leather moto-jackets, filmy lace and chiffon, and combat boots.
And of course, we can’t murmur the words “punk rock fashion” without mentioning the godmother of it all, Vivienne Westwood. Infamous for her London shop “Sex,” Westwood dressed all the British bands, including poster-children The Sex Pistols, and was a driving force behind the fashion-end of the movement. Her Spring show was an eclectic mix of sculptural dresses, deconstructed hems, and a fabulous cheetah-print suit worn with a graphic-tee and neon heels.
But how do you make such a heavy look Miami-friendly? Because let’s face it: no matter how bad we think we may be, nobody is tough enough to rock a leather look on a stifling, 90 degree day. Even Iggy Pop wears shorts around here. You also want to avoid cliches - you want to incorporate the attitude into your outfits, not look like a poser in a cheap costume (we're looking at you, fishnets and Ramones t-shirt.) After all, this is 2011, not 1977.
© Theyskens' Theory, 7 For All Mankind, Sass and Bide, Burberry, Alexandra BethStart with sleeveless: Theyskens’ Theory Biogo Blouse is reminiscent of classic punk attire – an oxford with the sleeves haphazardly ripped off. This blouse is more glamorous with neat hems, but an irresistible slouchy, boyish quality. We love how the cropped-cut looks just a little off, like it was DIY or you stole it from your younger brother. Wear it with fitted, flat-front shorts and a sleek, shrunken tuxedo jacket a la Balenciaga, or with distressed jeans and a black blazer emblazoned with safety pins, buttons, or thrift-store brooches.
Leather jackets were a must-have for the season, but for Miami’s transitional weather, we prefer a little biker vest. The 7 For All Mankind Washed Leather Motorcycle Vest has all the zipper-detail you love on your moto-jacket, minus the extra weight. Wear it over just about anything – an LBD, simple tank, leggings, or skirt – to instantly add a little badass to your look.
A short, tight graphic skirt is another must-have: we love the Sass and Bide “Feel It” Skirt for its multimedia-appeal. Freeform zigzags mix with gray and white stripes, accented by an exposed industrial zipper running down the front of this mini. Try wearing it with a sliced up band-tee and leather booties, or even the aforementioned blouse and vest.
Another way to incorporate punk–style into your look is through studded accessories. Burberry Studded Leather Platform Sandals have a traditional strappy shape, but are jet black and plastered with silver spikes. Wear them with your oldest, most destroyed denim and a white tee for maximum impact, or to add edge to a girly dress. The Alexandra Beth Leather and Snakeskin Bracelet functions in the same way – the chunky chains and leather wrap look great all on their own, or with an outfit that’s pointedly punk.