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Photography by Franey Miller | Fashion by Kelsey Olivia Ferguson

With an anarchist attitude and a forward style, we revisit one of the most iconic youth movements of years past. Who says punk is dead?

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The Year in Fashion: 2013

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That was fast, wasn’t it? Yeah, with the blink of an eye, 2013 came to a close. But in these short 12 months, there was no shortage of drama, spectacles, and undeniably iconic fashion moments. Let’s get a little nostalgic for a second and reflect on some of the most noteworthy fashion events in 2013.

And just like that, the year came to a close. Sure, maybe something groundbreaking could happen in the next few days before 2014, but otherwise, here’s to a happy New Year and plenty more exciting fashion moments!

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The 2013 Met Gala

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Okay, I know a gala is all about grandiose ball gowns, and I’m well aware that the Met Gala attendees don’t always dress to fit the theme of the exhibit being opened. But last night was, in my opinion, kind of a sick joke. There’s so much that could’ve been done to fit the concept of punk-inspired fashion, yet so many people completely missed the mark.

Why didn’t any guests wear something from collections like Rodarte fall 2008 or Givenchy fall 2009 haute couture? Why did Anna Wintour, the host of the event, look the farthest from punk as possible? Why was someone like Gwen Stefani (who grew up in a punky ska band, designs her own rock ‘n’ roll-inspired pieces, and sings about her admiration for 0ne of the first designers to merge punk and high fashion, Vivienne Westwood) wearing a safe, basic look? What happened to Vivienne Westwood’s designs that were supposedly actively featured in the exhibit? Actually, in general, what happened?

Though it’s more exciting and interesting to look at the creative ways the Met Gala guests present themselves to fit the theme, there’s more than just that. Not many people looked that great in general, whether they were trying punk or not. Essentially, last night seemed basic, uninspired, and disappointing.

Fortunately, some stars like Madonna and Donatella Versace kept up with the theme while balancing it with chic fashion. However, their efforts didn’t necessarily make up for some of the catastrophes on the red carpet. The exhibit is called Punk: From Chaos to Couture, and it’s safe to say that the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala was a chaotic couture mess.

I’m still interested in seeing the exhibit, and I do applaud everyone involved in creating yet another memorable event. I’d just like to see something that really wows me next year.

Check out  some good, bad, and ugly looks from the 2013 Met Gala. I’ll let you decide which fits into each category…

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Punk teaser final

Tonight is one of the biggest nights of the year in fashion: The Met Gala. Although my upcoming finals ripped me away from the event in New York, I’m still just as excited. This year’s exhibit, Punk: From Chaos to Couture focuses on the spirit of punk rock and how it’s informed high fashion. Featuring over 100 designs for men and women, it will include original garments from the early 1970’s punk rock movement juxtaposed with contemporary fashion pieces. Much like the upcoming exhibit, the event will definitely be embellished, but with designers, models, celebrities, and other superstars.

Plenty of people are scoffing at the theme, while Cathy Horyn calls the exhibit “the sanitized and bloodless version of punk’s origins and influence.” However, the punk concept of D.I.Y. and the couture concept of “made-to-measure” can often go hand in hand; the established haute couture houses aren’t as different from the anti-establishment motives of punk as one might think. As looks are handmade and embellished to fit an individual’s own body, the craftsmanship of couture isn’t far off from the production of punk pieces. One of the event’s co-chairs, Riccardo Tisci sees this conversation as “two different approaches, but the same concept.”

More important than the gala or the exhibit is the ideology. Punk doesn’t necessarily have to be the image that the movement’s founders presented, as Tisci defines it as an attitude more than an aesthetic.

“It’s fighting for your rights. Not being scared of opinion. Freedom,” he says.

We’ve seen this ideology in fashion multiple times over the years, and I don’t just mean when a designer replicates certain punk-inspired elements for their collection. Riccardo Tisci embodied this attitude when he reestablished Givenchy against expectations and criticism, while he personally sees this spirit being revitalized by Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. In my opinion, someone working in the fashion industry who is truly original and unique can revive an aspect of this courageous movement.

With freedom of expression comes freedom of emotions. Tisci says, “people are so scared of emotion, and it’s a big part of life. Especially when you are creating in public. This is why I support a lot of artists that are not scared to show emotion…People that don’t—not in a bad way—but they don’t give a shit. They don’t give a fuck.”

Call it being punk or being a badass or whatever you want, but what’s really moving and inspiring is a sense of freedom and fearlessness. Especially in the rigid fashion world, it’s what makes a person and their work stand out from the crowd, and it shows where the most talent and intellect comes from. I can only hope to someday embody this spirit to some degree.

In the spirit of punk fashion, here’s to not giving a fuck.

Check out Riccardo Tisci’s full interview with here, find out some more info on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2013 Costume Institute (which runs from May 9-August 14) here, and take a look at some of my favorite punk-inspired fashion looks below!

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