Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Bergdorf's ode to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's PUNK: CHAOS to COUTURE Exhibit

Every so often, a montage of wacky words, sharp outfits and A T T I T U D E rule my kingdom of controlled chaos. This Wednesday, Bergdorf's punk-themed windows quite accurately illustrate the off-the-wall week I'm having. With studded leather and a deconstructionist vibe, the uniquely tailored threads and meticulously manipulated mannequins portray punk rock. But realistically speaking, where hides the sexy, self-made spirit of punk? As an avid admirer of all windows Berdorf, I can't criticize the decor. But perhaps a recent New Yorker essay on the MET exhibit pens it best when its author declares, "This evokes not punk but Surrealism and high-end seamstresses. No punk ever had the time or money to put together outfits like these" [credit: The New Yorker]. Do you agree?

Acne Studio, D&G, Lanvin, Bergdorf Goodman, CD Greene, Eddie Borgo, Gareth Pugh, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Pierre Balmain, Saint Laurent

Punk flourished in the 70s with the rise in popularity of garage bands, political activism and artistic movements. While some punks chose to evoke nihilism through body modification, savagely altered clothing, and everyday objects as an aesthetic, others wore plain T shirts and jeans, insisting punk was more defined by music or philosophy. Common viewpoints of the movement included rebellion, non-conformity, anti-authoritarianism, anarchism, a DIY ethic, darkness, etc. Places that defined punk included 430 King's Road in London and CBGB's in NYC, though punk ideology quickly spread to Boston, Los Angelos, Sydney and Melbourne. The 90's saw a revival of Punk and the current MET exhibit PUNK : CHAOS to COUTURE once again brings light to the subject. Will you be going to catch a glimpse of the newly opened exhibit? For a look back at the preview, click here.

Thom Browne, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, Rag & Bone, Libertine, Balmain, Dries Van Noten, Acne, Kentshire, Eddie Borgo

Is that a male or female clad in Gareth Pugh?


  1. wow! loved the 1st pic..and the skull art in the 3rd...Ghastly yet pretty!

    1. Thanks! Bergdorf always manages to WoW with their windows!


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