Covet punk

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:55am

Thanks to the Met Ball and the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition, punk is officially back on the fashion radar. Celebrities such as model Cara Delevingne (left) nailed the sophisticated punk couture look.

The movement started in mid-1970s London, inspired by bands such as The Ramones and Sex Pistols. Since then, countless designers have referenced fashion elements from the era, from original punk queen Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Balmain to Versace, who made punk posh when he designed Elizabeth Hurley's safety pin dress in 1994.

Today, elements of punk dressing can be found in most women's wardrobes, from embellishments such as studs and skulls to enduring styles like the motorcycle jacket.

An easy way to work this trend without resorting to looking like Madonna at the Met is the clever use of accessories from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Valentino. And judging from the autumn-winter collections of designers such as Junya Watanabe, punk is here to stay. Rebels rejoice!