The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates all things Punk this month with their PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit. At the Met Gala 2013, fashion’s biggest night, celebrities showed their interpretation of the punk aesthetic. Whether punk only lasted for “100 days,” as stated by Mick Jones from the Clash, or is an ongoing movement that still continues to this very day, punk has long been a source of inspiration in music and fashion alike. Whether looking to emulate style icons, or wanting to bring in inspired elements, punk glasses can be embodied through dark sunglasses or frames featuring unique detailing.
Early icons, Lou Reed, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and Joe Strummer of the Clash all sported dark sunglasses, whether a classic Ray-Ban Retro-Wingtip or dark pair of aviator sunglasses, mixed with a wardrobe focused on black leather and denim.
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Vivienne Westwood, alongside Malcolm McLaren, shaped the look and feel of the punk movement since its birth in the 70’s. Being the brash and bold individual she is, Westwood continues to design with inspirations from the era. Iconic fashion houses, including Chanel, Givenchy and Versace, have all folded punk elements in their collections. Turning the trend on its head was Gianni Versace, who went with deliberate cuts in his fabric with strategically placed safety pins rather than his usual torn and disheveled look from his earlier days. Chanel and McQ by Alexander McQueen have featured distressed design and punk iconography. With a similar design approach, punk glasses boast some intriguing design elements coupled with strong black frames.
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Fashion’s elite showed up in punk couture for the Met Gala with pieces integrating spikes on a gown, as seen on Cara Delevingne, and on a cropped motorcycle jacket as worn by Sienna Miller, both by Burberry. Co-chair Rooney Mara selected Givenchy Haute Couture and an ultra-dark lipstick, while Sarah Jessica Parker topped her Giles Deacon gown with a Philip Treacy headpiece mimicking a Mohawk hairstyle.
The simplest way to stay within the punk aesthetic? Simply look for all black glasses and sunglasses frames and compliment with black and denim pieces.