More than four decades since the Ramones 1-2-3-4-ed their way from Queens to the Bowery, and Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren brought safety-pin chic to the Kings Road, punk fashion is firmly back, setting the agenda for fall. Forget the studs-and-mohawks dress-up cliché — punk for FW17 is about incorporating key late-'70s details and timeless pieces into wearable, layered get-ups.
HOW TO WEAR PUNK FOR FW17
By Matt Glazebrook, September 18, 2017
This powerfully patterned get-up feels closest to something Johnny Rotten might have worn in 1977. Inspired by fetish gear, Westwood produced skinny-fit "bondage pants" — with zips, straps and assorted other hardware attached — in her and McLaren’s Chelsea boutique SEX, and they soon became de rigueur at the edgier end of the punk scene. These tartan pants are a wearable everyday take on the scene staple, while an eyelet belt brings bonus heavy metal.
Keep the patterns clashing with a purple Breton-striped tee and layer an oversized burgundy cardigan with mustard piping on top, for a look that says "I wanna destroy… but also stay cozy on chilly fall evenings."
While the UK punk scene burned brightly but briefly (with most of the major groups having disbanded or moved on from the three-chord template by 1979), in the US it trucked on throughout the '80s, spawning hardcore, pop-punk and grunge off-shoots. This subtler get-up tips its hat Seattle-wards, with a classic plaid shirt over a washed black tee at its core.
Black Vans Old Skools are skate-punk standard bearers, and a nod to the California punk underground that spawned the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and The Offspring. Slim-fit black jeans tie the whole look together, and will take you from mall to mosh pit in style.
DIY, my darling
From the moment The Clash started stenciling slogans onto their jean jackets, DIY-style customization has been a core part of the punk aesthetic. This denim cover-up does the hard work for you, coming pre-accessorized with skull patches, but feel free to embellish with your scribbles, statements or carefully selected pin badges for a more individual take.
Fuzzy, mohair sweaters are another late-'70s-inspired standout — a monochrome version, like this, with a simple graphic design keeps things simple and lets your illustrated outerwear do the talking. Finish with bleach-wash jeans (also a DIY option, if you’re feeling brave) and black Converse.