EVERYONE is talking about the Met Gala and its 2013 theme: Punk, “From Chaos to Couture.” So many questions need answering before this weekend’s huge event—What will we wear? How are the old people going to deal? What is punk?
Here are a few answers: You’ll wear something your stylist tells you to; the old people ARE the punks; and punk is dead.
Punk as a fashion concept has been editorialized since its inception, because it was created by merchandizing mavericks Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. You know who Vivienne Westwood is because everyone does, which means the designs she created and continues to create have entered the mainstream. This is not a read, this is a fact. Punk has been applied to such flavors of attitude as the heroin users of the 1970s, the post-[insert genre here]s of the 1980s, the grunge rockers of the 1990s and the pop-poseurs of the 2000s. Now, it’s used to describe anyone who feels repelled by cultural stasis (so, everyone).
Are piercings strictly punk? Are tattoos and mohawks? Think about it. At this point, punk basically means on the edge of something else, or between categories. So, what should you wear to the Met Gala? Something edgy. Rachel Roy is wearing a jumpsuit.
One of the best parts of punk is the music. Here at V we like to think we’ve been punk from our not-so-humble beginnings, and we can make up whatever that means because the term is really a shell of something that used to be so important, it was once the world’s most debated musical genre.
Above are a few examples of our favorite REAL punks we’ve featured. Don’t argue with us here.