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Fashionably furious

In the frequently changing fashion statements and style upgradations that the fashion world is witness to,with old style mantras giving way to new trends,punk fashion is no exception.

Written by Ketki Phuse |
August 30, 2009 2:52:11 am

With bleached hair,webbed belts and military clothes appealing to the rebellious youngster,punk fashion serves as an enticing outlet for their suppressed angst and need for expression

In the frequently changing fashion statements and style upgradations that the fashion world is witness to,with old style mantras giving way to new trends,punk fashion is no exception. Discovered in the late 1970s,intended to appear as confrontational,shocking and rebellious as possible,punk culture has trotted ahead in the 21st century. The look has evolved and more elements have been added to it,making it a true style statement.

Youngsters,especially in the age group of 16 to 23,who are fascinated with every new trend,find punk fashion very out-of-the-box and enticing.

Poornima,a second-year mass media student says,”I follow punk fashion as it is very comfortable and stylish at the same time. It makes me feel very much a youngster.”

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It is evident that something becomes stylish when promoted by a celebrity. Thus,many rock bands such as System of a Down,Limp Bizkit,Linkin Park have immense contribution in promoting punk culture in India. Punks are famous for colouring their hair in colours such as purple,green,blue and orange. They also sport leather jackets with political,ironic or funky remarks on them. Military uniform items like combat boots,leopard print patterns and spray painted t-shirts also fall under the same category. Typical pants worn by punk followers consist of bleached jeans,bondage pants,ripped jeans,cargo pants,dickies pants. City-based fashion designer Uzma Poonawala says,”More designers are looking forward to developing designs based on punk culture as it’s quite in vogue. The punk look is not just about funky clothes; it can be attained by enhancing simple clothes with accessories like headbands,wristbands,tube gloves,bandanas,berets,webbed belts,spiked collars and fingerless gloves.

Another defining aspect of punk fashion is tattoos and body piercing. Tattoos have traditionally been flaunted by Hollywood celebrities but now,even Indian celebs such as Rakhi Sawant (who sports a sparrow) and Lara Dutta (who has a tattoo on her ankle) are popularising them. Tattoo artist Sabby says minimum of five people come over for tattooing and two for body piercing everyday to his studio. “Of these,90 per cent are Indians. It’s important to keep in mind that following fashion trends is great,but safety and hygiene should be paramount for everyone,” he adds.

Different styles of punk fashion
Gothic,death and horror punk
Anarcho punk
Crust punk
Skate punk
Pop punk

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First published on: 30-08-2009 at 02:52:11 am

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