I blame Rooney Mara.
As Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, she has owned nearly every Awards Evening carpet since. Her edgy style, coinciding with the film’s costume designer Trish Summerville collaborating with H&M on a line inspired by Salander’s ‘ferociousness and fearlessness’, has meant that suddenly the whole of media land is speculating on the return of punk.
The Observer has sought to blame it on her majesty. In her Silver Jubilee Year (1977) the Sex Pistols released God Save The Queen and the papers believe there is no coincidence between the Queens Diamond Jubilee and people polishing their well worn studs. The Independent blamed Karl Largerfeld, who has cast Alice Dellal (of the shaved head and girl band variety named Thrush Metal) as the face of Chanel’s boy bag.
The latest in a long line of so-called punks, starting her career with a ‘fashionable’ nose ring, those who think that punk is for the dispossessed need to consult Billy Bragg’s words, ‘If you took all the privately educated people of out of punk bands there would have been me and Paul Weller.’
In a stark contrast to the Spring/Summer 2012 pastels feminine fantasy, Alexander McQueen has created a line of bondage straps, tartan and black leather. At the McQ show there has been plenty of fluorescent yellow and pink to boot too. Even at Lanvin, there were safety pins holding dresses together.
It is a worrying trend, designer punk has always been as authentic as Cheesestrings being ‘real cheese.’ The country of today is too well fed to carry off the Johnny Rotten hollow-eyed hungry look. It should be for people themselves to get customising and making pieces they can be proud of in the DIY ethic that Punk installs. This is proper punk.
However, if you are just too lazy or don’t have the time then websites such as Bambi and Manson can customise your jeans for you at about £50 and Heavy Child, who sell customised Converses and studded vintage DMs for your pleasure.