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One of the timeless and always seems to be relevant inspirations in fashion and for dressing up is punk. I own quite few pieces of punk-inspired clothing that I’ve forever kept in my closet because I know those punk pieces won’t ever go out of style – I could always recycle and restyle them with different other pieces of new clothing and accessories and I get fresh chic new styles.
I was really excited when I found out about the Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. I’m not a big fan of ‘DIY’ clothing and accessories which a big part of punk fashion, but I do respect and enjoy the liberty and mischievousness of it. I’ve been wearing my ‘punk’ styles lately. The cool spring weather in New York couldn’t be more perfect for the punk-inspired dressing since it’s all about layering.
I’ll be posting more punk-inspired looks in the next few days. Here’s my first one. it’s a look for going out party, I think this look is a great alternative for the night in the city. It’s fun, different, chic, and still sexy, which is important to me in my dressing
This look consists:
1. Vintage ascot ruffle ‘Victorian’ white lace top
2. Double-belted Dolce & Gabbana hot pink tartan plaid pleated ‘kilt’ skirt
3. Black leather motorcycle jacket
4. Lace-up Christian Louboutin platform heels
5. Kenzo bright floral-printed leather shoulder bag
I was googling around and stumbled upon this stamp that I actually had pinned on to my Pinterest awhile ago when it was just released along with other fashion stamps. Without realizing it, I styled my first punk look with a white lace victorian top with ruffle cuffs just like this on Vivienne Westwood fashion stamp. I guess I did something right! I love that!
I just want to make it clear, none of the pieces of this outfit is by Dries Von Noten. I just used his aesthetic for an inspiration. I’m a big fan of his, he uses a lot of ethnic textiles from all over the world, one of the beautiful ones is batik from Indonesia. Well, I was born in Indonesia, but that’s not the only reason why I’m a big fan of Dries, I also love how he’s able to create chic modern styles using the traditional fabrics like batik.
I got my batik skirt in Indonesia when I was on a vacation in Bali, but this batik is actually Javanese batik. I paired it with a white eyelet lace tank top. I created two looks using this skirt and the tank top. For meeting clients earlier that day, I threw on my favorite Radenroro ‘Yudia‘ crop jacket (in caramel) and stepped on my china print silk satin pumps. This is a great look for work, whatever your occupation is, it’s layered without being too hot on skin because the jacket is made of silk and the skirt is made of cotton. I accessorized with layered chunky metal chains and a stack of tortoise bracelets. Later that day, I was meeting a friend for cocktails, I just left my jacket at my office and changed my pumps to my wooden-heeled sandals for a more casual look. I think this two looks are fresh and pleasantly chic.
We all girl love tulle crinoline/tutu skirts but let’s be honest, most of us would feel a bit hesitant to wear these infamously fabulous ‘ballerina’ skirts. Only Carrie Bradshaw could pull it off, right? Well, no, I’ve proven that with the right styling, tulle skirts could be amazingly wearable and we could wear them without looking costume-y.
My inspiration for this look was obviously ballerina. My black tulle long tutu skirt is covered with of metallic aurora borealis teeny tiny speckles, so I basically can just throw on any colors to go with it on top. I opted for a ‘geisha face’ graphic shirt and layered it with my favorite Radenroro ‘Yudia’ jacket in lipstick pink. As for the shoes I chose my corset Loubies as a take on the ballerina lace-up shoes, I think they play out well with the ‘ballerina’ crinoline skirt.
My party was downtown, for a less-downtowny party, I’d just recycle this look and switch the geisha shirt to a black bustier top and the red mesh bag to a clutch. I’d put my hair up on a messy bun and just put on a pair of diamond stud earrings.Voilà!
I’m naturally not a huge fan of photoprint clothes but I’m an adventurous dresser so I was willing to give it a try. So I went ahead and styled my blue sky and flower photprinted dress with a pale yellow light denim jacket, a periwinkle blue raffia clutch, and a pair of snakeskin AlaÏa sandals. Sometimes more is less
I’m super psyched with how this look turned out. It’s feminine but with a dash of tomboyness.
Wearing floral spring ‘lab’ coats has just been my thing this season, but this is the first time I wore it with shorts. I was just experimenting different ways of wearing spring lab coats. I just adore how the Radenroro ‘Nuning‘ leather shorts sort of peak out between the coat when the coat is un-buttoned, it’s so flirty! As for the top, I just put on a simple black plunging/cowl-neck James Perse tee. To complete the look I wore black cork heels and the Radenroro moss pony/suede pocketbook (worn as a clutch). Do you like this playful flirty look?
Check out more pictures of this look on Pose.