Punk Rock is all about the music, the attitude and the fashion. It seems this downtown movement is having a national recurrence at the moment, though I would argue that punk never left us. In my opinion it has been recycled, modified and played-upon since its inception in the 1970s.  We’re all familiar with the major punk themes.  Things like; plaid, safety pins, mo-hawks, ripped jeans, skin-tight leather pants, Dr. Martens and grungy denim vests. We’ve seen the likes of Blondie, The Sex Pistols and the Ramones wear the most disgusting ripped muscle tees and spiked dog-collars in a way that seemed dangerous, glamorous and fantastical. Do these fashion cues sound familiar to the  younger generation incorporating these tropes into current street fashion? I think so.  These iconic trends, which came from the down-trodden, misunderstood youth in the urban, lower-class districts in the U.K. and the USA in the 1970′s and 80′s, have been inspiring some of the most influential and pervasive designers all across the runway for years.  In time, these trends have found their way back to the underground  youth culture and hit the city-streets in new and exciting ways, thus coming full circle and giving this misunderstood movement back to the kids on the street. So lets give a nod to the entire punk rock genre and show you how to work this edgy, “I don’t give a F*CK” look in a very Miss KL way.

First of all, here’s a little peek at the real deal.


punks, kings road 1980



These shots include 2 punks riding the subway in the London Tube, punks on Kings Road, The Sex Pistols and Siouxie Sioux of Siouxie and the Banshees.

These kids and performers paved the way for designers and fashionistas with their off-beat, grunge-y, sometimes downright disgusting styles and “punk” became a recognizable genre in the world of fashion. Here are some of the more noted designers and their heavily punk-influenced iconic fashion: John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Betsy Johnson, Balmain and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few.








So how can Miss KL fans get in on this shredded and tattered scene? Easy. Here are a few of my favorite punk rock pieces that you can use to scatter about your wardrobe, or go full force and really stick it to the man with a head to toe look that’s crustier than a street punk after a warehouse show.


A. The Dr. Martens Smiley 8-Eye Boot in Yellow, B. The 8 Other Reasons My Muse Choker in Gunmetal, C. The Limited Edition UNIF Metal Moto Jacket, D. The UNIF Dropout Skirt, E. The Obey Living In Darkness Cropped Tee in Vintage Black, F. The Tripp NYC Faux Leather Z-Cut Pant,  G. The 8 Other Reasons Forever and Ever Cuffs in Gunmetal, H. The Jeffrey Campbell Wakeling Shoe in White and Gold, I. The UNIF Nobody Tee.

That’s all folks.