40 years ago, fashion was a spiky beast. It was the heart of the punk movement, incited by Johnny Rotten’s angsty spitting of “God Save The Queen”, and Siouxsie Sioux’s torn fishnet sleeves. At the turn of the millennia, the punk aesthetic has gone through various permutations, never truly going out of style the way velour tracksuits did.
Autumn/Winter 2016 proved exactly that, with designers like Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and Comme Des Garçons adapting punk signatures with a minimal approach for a more contemporary time. If you want in on the bandwagon, here are some pared-down punk accessories to add to your shopping cart.
Playing on the cuff synonymous with every punk look, this Balenciaga bracelet uses the hardware from the label’s iconic City Bag for added edge.
Isabel Marant’s iconic slouchy boots are made over with chain ties. The unique merger of soft suede and metal creates an in-your-face, but not altogether obnoxious punk statement.
The Alix bag spins safety pin jewelry into a paper clip clasp for this understated patent leather bag. Think of it as punk streamlined, with none of the clunk, but every bit of the attitude.
Chain necklaces and chokers were two accessories that dominated the punk era, and are now coming back in fashion. Annelise Michelson combines both styles in her statement-making chain choker, with gold and silver-plated chains keeping the overall effect chic.