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Monday, 19 September 2011

Punk, Rockabily and the Tartan Army

Leading nicely on from Poly Styrene's punk pop style to the reappearance of punk and tartan this year. Following a punk inspired issue of ID Magazine that I had picked up early on this year, I have been very excited to see the return of punk styling, not that it ever really left me in the first place. This time around tartan features heavily rather than the ripped, customised punk cliches of the last decade (I'm no innocent in this, I started my label Phlem in the early 2000's based upon this customised, do-it-yourself ethos.) alongside tartan, is the rockabily or  50s influence which was one of the original inspirations for punk from the lovely Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Maclaren. They pioneered the punk style mixing tailored 50s items with bondage gear and customisation, the bondage look is also strong this season.

I have been inspired by the off the wall, playful punk style autumn / winter 2011 Ashish Collection (available at Asos) the A/W 2011 catwalks, and I have sourced a few images from the high street so you can see the type of thing that is out there to buy now, I have also added images from Vivien of Holloway (one of my favourite shops - even got my wedding dress there) who use original 1950s patterns to create their wonderful creations, the cut, shape and quality is fantastic and better than you would get on the high street for similar prices.

 The first of the Ashish pieces that I like (there were so may to chooses from!!!) They are a lot
 out of my budget at £900 for the trousers, but I can admire them, just the same. I love the styling, it's very similar to the styling from my earlier androgynous style post back in August with the denim shirt, 50s ribbon tie,  ankle grazer trousers and the gorgeous brothel creepers (which I now have a pair of and will be appearing on this blog very soon!).
 I always love a bit of Union Jack, there is always such a stigma to wearing it though, is it seen as patriotic? Brit Chic? Or just full on rascist? I always see it as brit chic, inspired by punk and mod styling, I love the skinhead look too always have, this does not make me (or skinheads for that matter) right wing! To be honest, you see the Union Jack (or Union Flag as they like to call it these days) everywhere now from the twee Cath Kidson inspired homewear shops to Asda, despite this there will always be someone who IS offended by the Union Jack. I say if you like it wear it! Politics aside, look at this Ashish jumper? Its so cuddly and warm, who could resist it?
 Loving this little sequin tartan skirt, waist is a bit small for me at the mo and it doesnt contain lycra, I shall admire it from afar, Oh, yes that's right, I couldnt afford it anyway it's £470.....
 It's those lovely sequin tartan trousers again complete with bondage zips and paired with the sequinned skeleton print top. This is the sort of top my son's would choose for me if they got to buy my clothes (I'd clearly be in fancy dress everyday) Well good luck boys this lovely Ashish number will set you back £440. I do love Ashish's tounge in cheek pieces though and can only dream of owning them, I think my favourites here are the Sequin tartan mini skirt and the cuddly right wing jumper!
 This tartan coat from Asos looks cute, I couldn't find a full length version of it but that doesn't matter look at the cute black shorts, black spotty tights and desert shoe boots combo? Love it!
 A bit of eye candy for the girls (who like boys)  here, once you look past the boy check out his Donkey jacket with tartan sleeves, also from Asos. I'd like to see my husband in this, I'm not sure he'd be too willing.....at first...
 This tartan jacket from Asos i like but I'm not too happy with the styling here, it's not how I'd do it, it's a bit twee, It needs roughing up at the edges ( I don't mean ripping up the jacket) I'd wear it undone with some kind of brooch attached, a punk tee underneath, with my ankle grazers (or jeans) and Brothel creepers......sorted!
 There are many versions of this Tartan print midi pencil skirt available on the high street but if you wanna look the part in the best cut skirts make sure you get your's from Vivien of Holloway (mine's gonna arrive in my Xmas stocking this year following the birth of my baby- I'm positive i'll get in it!) How cool is this Pinafore skirt? You can get it in plain colours too for those who can't bring themselves to go for tartan. It's only £49, I love you Vivienne!
 Here it again on the lovely Anna Fur Laxis, I want her tattoos too!
 Another version of the Vivienne of Holloway Pinafore skirt of the gorgeous, Burlesque star Missy Malone ( I had the pleasure of seeing Missy perform at Hoochie Coochie Kaberet, Bristol, where I have been resident DJ for a few years now). Missy rocks the skirt!
Here's Anna rocking a high waister pencil skirt also from Vivienne of Holloway. It's only £35 and has been replicated, in some cases, quite badly, on the high street for the same or even a more expensive price! Get Vivienne, I promise,  you'll feel great and won't regret it!

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