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Fall 2013 Trends: The Punk Life

Everyone’s been talking about punk. There’s something so intoxicating about meshing the fashion and music scene together. One wouldn’t be the same without the other. Almost 35 years later, it still feels just as fresh, and it’s also one of the biggest trends on the Fall 2013 runway. We’re talking plaids, leather and lots and lots of metal bling. Some are full out punk rock while others were obviously influenced by the banging time, incorporating the details. Rip some pant legs and throw on the high drama makeup . The darker the hotter.

Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet - Presentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


Punk was the theme of the Met Ball and even Burberry launched a capsule collection celebrating the event. Leather, studs and killer spikes adorn the duds they released. Truly an homage to the nitty gritty music scene a la the The Clash and Sex Pistols days. Even before May, it was sprinkled all over the Fall runway. Balmain took punk for a spin, flipped it and made it a bit more modern. The colors are jeweled tones but the rocking leather cuts are what gives the line it’s tougher feel. Alice + Olivia channeled some punk vibes, showing deep blues, reds and black in stripes and prints. The high black socks and pouting dark lips make these looks fit for a punky princess.

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Falguni + Shane Peacock brought out the hardware. Dramatic plunging necklaces, metal embossed plating and rich patterning all adorn rocker gowns… like a take on high fashion safety pins. The long leather gloves top off the edginess. Reem Acra added the same vibe to his exquisite gowns with detailing in black and red. Instead of a moshing concert, these dresses are red carpet ready. Emerson brought out the plaids, grungy and punky. Kind of like a ‘sophisticated rebel.’ Add a taste of leather and it’s full-out rock. Monika Chiang blended high hair and sleek silhouettes into a lovely combo. The faux-Mohawk hairstyle, dramatic makeup and a dark color palette feel ultra mysterious.

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Givenchy spun edge around which resulted in some super cool leather looks. Hard lines exposed added some dimension when unzipped and folded over, tricking the eye. Zippers and buckles are plastered on looks that never look sloppy, always femininely refined. Saint Laurent  and Versace also vamped up the plaids and threw on the boots for an all-punk occasion. For a second, we thought we were back in 1979. A trend that’s perfect for fall, embrace your inner tough girl with feminine remixes, even if it’s just a tad more make-up. It’s a truly iconic era of fashion. fdmLOVES fall 2013 runway selects by Brigitte Segura, written by Allison Ripa.

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(select photos by FashionWirePress)