holly fulton aw 13

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Holly Fulton’s offering for Autumn/Winter 2013 was inspired by fanzines and girls with a punk rock attitude. I’m not really a fan of ‘high’ fashion appropriating punk because it’s something that is pretty close to my heart and the elitist in me hates the commercialization of it all. That being said, this collection is a far cry from the standard ‘safety pins and studs’ look, which is a refreshing change. The nods to punk are more subtle than most other attempts to ‘pay homage to’ (read: make money from) the subculture.

The fanzine references come to life through a kind of ‘cut and paste’ collage element that runs throughout the collection, and in the mixture of motifs (lipsticks, big cats, foil printed bears and cassettes among them). Holly Fulton’s signature art-deco aesthetic still shines through the collection, particularly in the lipstick print emblazoned on a really, really great dress/overall situation.

Quilting features throughout, continuing the trend seen at several shows during NYFW – one of my favourite pieces from the collection is the quilted drop-waist mini dress – as well as an abundance of the classic ‘rock chick’ (blergh) colours red and black. Another of my faves would be the lipstick-print trouser, jacket and shirt combo. Seems like the co-ord is sticking around for another season.

Images from vogue.co.uk.

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