Fashion Pondering #18: Rebel Yell
Currently, the fashion world is awash with a plethora of noises, what with its increasingly digital-savvy denizens. During a fashion week, for example, thousands of Instagram photos, tweets, and now Vine videos seem to be churned by the minute. Everyone wants to know the latest trend right here, right now. There is too much to see, too much to consume. As a result, it starts to feel monotonous.
This situation is definitely the opposite of punk which values non-conformity — expressed, among others, through ripped shirts, leather jackets, tattoos, piercings, you name it. And perhaps this is the reason that lies behind the theme of the Met’s exhibition: When fashion gets boring, provoke.
I wrote a piece for Jakarta Globe Blogs on the influence of punk on fashion (as exemplified by Patti Smith, above), in light of the Met Museum’s “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition.
Read the whole thing here.
(Photo: Caroline Coon/Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Blame Hedi Slimane’s grungy Saint Laurent collection for this, but lately I am fixated on plaid flannel shirts. I guess I’m swayed by its easy-breeziness (especially when nonchalantly layered over a thin gray t-shirt) plus the (über-)faux rebellious streak that seems to emanate from it.
It probably does not smell like a teen spirit (it’s, um, freshly-laundered), but it surely feels liberating compared to the usual knitwear trappings I usually don.
P.S.: Pardon the blurry selfies—I ain’t no Rihanna.
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