Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Editor's Letter -

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In my in­ter­view with Vivi­enne West­wood some 15 years ago, the proto-an­ar­chiste said punk was “a phi­los­o­phy of life”. It wasn’t, she brazened, just about lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic and dress­ing the part, but about hav­ing a mind­set of cu­rios­ity, and re­belling against con­ven­tion. Her con­tro­ver­sial wave was then mis­un­der­stood as be­ing sim­ply an aes­thetic of shock, but for the Dame who flashed her knick­er­less self to the world just af­ter re­ceiv­ing her OBE from the Queen in 1992, punk cham­pi­oned high cul­ture, chal­lenged pol­i­tics, and made for thrilling fash­ion. It still does.

At the sem­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Punk: Cou­ture to Chaos’ at The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum in New York this sum­mer, it was all vinyl, tar­tan, studs, spikes – and some lip­sticked sneers – herald­ing the re­turn of anti-fash­ion fash­ion, as evinced by the Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13 col­lec­tions. “Al­though punk’s democ­racy stands in op­po­si­tion to fash­ion’s au­toc­racy, de­sign­ers con­tinue to ap­pro­pri­ate punk’s vis­ual vo­cab­u­lary to cap­ture its youth­ful re­bel­lious­ness and ag­gres­sive force­ful­ness,” wrote ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor An­drew Bolton in the cat­a­logue. But how this has evolved ...

We take on a more pas­sion­ate at­ti­tude in the col­lec­tions spread (‘Tough Love’ on page 186) that show­cases plenty of sub­ver­sive dress­ing, lus­cious la­tex, cu­ri­ous prints, and dark-eyed beauty – shot in the wet al­ley­ways of Lon­don, where it all be­gan. Be­yond the archetypes, the essence of anarchy lies in how we are re­con­sid­er­ing the way we dress. It’s the big furs with sweet flo­rals and stud­ded knick­ers at Saint Lau­rent, to slip dresses worn flasher-style un­der man­nish coats at Louis Vuit­ton (our ode to this sug­ges­tive sen­su­al­ity on page 200). Also note Givenchy’s gypsy-meets-grunge col­lec­tion of de­con­structed biker jack­ets tied pe­plum-style at the waist and slashed-Bambi sweat­shirts that re re­ally puts your head in a spin, mak­ing Ver­sace’s ‘Vunk’ the most we wear­able of the lot.

W While we show you how to wear th­ese new propo­si­tions – alon along­side the pil­low clutch, the midi boot, the next skirt length, and neo non-colours (all on page 116) – it’s essen­tially about go­ing against the grain and do­ing it your way. Now that’s a plat­form on which to base your style.

A sen­sual fairy­tale in ‘ Pil­low Talk’

Ver­sace Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

High Jew­ellery Diva ear­rings in sap­phires and di­a­monds, Bul­gari Demelza corset, Agent Provo­ca­teur

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