Tuesday, 14 May 2013

"I'd like to see some real punks here... like street punks!"

"I's like to see some real punks here...like street punks...
They probably weren't invited!"
Grace Coddington, Creative Director at American Vogue. 

“I’d like to see some real punks here… like street punks” - Grace Coddington.  

Real punk, something we all expected from the 2013 “Punk: Chaos to Couture” themed MET Gala, but unfortunately, on some occasions we were left somewhat wanting. Grace Coddington however, in Vogue.com’s latest feature, didn't let the lack of 1970’s Westwood & Mclaren-esque punk get-ups faze her. Instead, ex-model and American Vogue's creative director, just drew… yes, drew… what she wished to see on no other model than your very own furry friend – a sassy, yet feral kitten. 

So, it wasn't just me that was a little disappointed with the outcome of the nights much-awaited outfits, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum and Kate Upton amongst the few A-listers that skimped on the "Punk" dress code, opting for the usual on-trend, elegant, red carpet gowns (with not a stud in sight). Luckily, those who did opt for the daring chaos that is punk fashion went all out, leaving us watching (from the comfort of our homes) awestruck and inspired. And with Debby Harry, Vivienne Westwood, and Marky Ramone being the big 'original' punk names on the guest list, there was definitely a lot to live up to.  

One of my personal favourites was Miley Cyrus. Now, love her or hate her, she definitely had a hair-raising moment in that daring Marc Jacobs fishnet dress, teamed perfectly with her punk-rock spiky hair and blood red lips. 

Another celeb that went all out - and it's no surprise - was Madonna. Her not-so-safe, barely-there get-up, was not unexpected, Madge opting for a gorgeous plaid blazer by Givenchy, and very little else - plenty of bling though, but what do you expect from a Material Girl? 

The punk models that graced the red carpet were also stunning - a little less punk a little more glam but still rocking none the less. Cara Delevingne (I'm in love with this girl, alongside every other person on the planet at the moment - What is it about her that we cant get enough of!?) turned heads, not once, not twice but three times in a stellar stud-embellished, floor length black Burberry gown, paired with the perfect smokey eye, and a half head of braided hair. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off her enviable figure in a gorgeous golden number, more Greek goddess than punk rock, but this sexy Gucci dress was definitely a winner. 


But back to  Grace Coddington herself! The witty pics she drew of this adorable kitten featured comments such as "You don't have to spend a whole lot of money to look good - just use one of mother's old dry-cleaning bags... Very Martin Margiela". Coddington's witty suggestions couldn't relate more to the original punk fashion scene, the days of wearing what you want, when you want and when money wasn't an issue (Anyone for a duct-tape dress?). Her sketches show the couture cat making it work in laundry bags and not Haute Couture gowns with hefty price tags... yet that high end influence is definitely there! 

Maybe punk is about rebelling - so Heidi Klum perhaps you're punk statement was the fact that you defied the rules.. And maybe, fashion is a little punk, whether floral, fleecy, lacey or leather, it's all about defying what was once written and coming up with new, fresh ideas right? Or perhaps Coddington has nailed it, just do whatever the hell you want and call it fashion, someone is sure to love it, and you never know, maybe you'll start a trend.. 


What do you guys think? What would you class as punk? Which look is your favourite? 



 







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I in no way claim to, or own any of these images - all of which were sourced on the internet including www.vogue.com. http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/stray-cat-strut-grace-coddington-illustrates-her-ideal-punk-met-gala-looks-on-cats/#1