I am away traveling with my husband again for a couple of weeks and I have been blown away by some of the shop windows I have seen while wandering around. The Harvey Nichols windows in London are showing mostly menswear but they are so spectacular I had to put them up. Their impact is amazing, you can see them from miles away, they are raw and blunt but clean at the same time.
Harrods also had spectacular windows with a Great Gatsby theme. The film came out in London a couple of weeks ago and a few stores are embracing the theme.
Bergdorf Goodman in New York have used the Punk: Chaos to Couture theme following the exhibition of the same name that is currently on at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I have seen so much media coverage of the Punk; Chaos to Couture exhibition that is on at the Metropolitan Museum at the moment that I popped in to see it on Friday. The exhibition takes a conceptual look at the subject but also looks at punk as an aesthetic rather than an attitude.To quote Andrew Bolton ” No other counter cultural movement has had a greater or more enduring influence on high fashion. Punk smashed every convention of acceptable self preservation. It prized originality, authenticity, and individuality and devised specific visual codes in order to rebel against the cultural mainstream.”
I used to travel to London a lot on business when I started working in the early 80’s and I loved going down the Kings Road and seeing all the punks. They were larger than life and were unafraid of expressing themselves in what they wore. Their mohawk hair used to fascinate me with their sharp spikes and coloured tips. The piercings and the safety pins that adorned peoples faces amazed but also scared me a bit!
The movement was all about rebellion, anarchy, breaking down barriers and destructure. Fashion and music went hand in hand in the creation of punk. Everyone seems to agree that without Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood the movement may still have evolved but it would not have been the same. They both had enormous influence on both fashion and music.
Some of the clothes included in the exhibit show the lasting influence punk has had on current designers.