The Advent of Punk

Somerset house is currently celebrating Blondie’s 40th anniversary, with an incredible showcase of previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the iconic band. Other icons such as The Ramones, David Bowie and Andy Warhol have also been captured during this epic era of punk. Until the 8th February, over 50 of Stein’s images will be on display to the public, providing a behind the scenes look on life in the groundbreaking band, from their underground early days to global sell-out shows and chart domination – we definitely recommend visiting!

With her Cupid’s bow lips and enviable bone structure, Debbie Harry was the first fierce woman in punk rock and defined the New York look with her tough attitude and fearless style. Although her physical features may be hard to imitate, her sense of style and eagerness to experiment make her a perennial source of inspiration to those in the fashion world. Starting out as a Playboy Bunny, Blondie’s frontwoman, Harry soon became a rock star and went on to reach ‘style icon’ status for her wardrobe of thrift store finds. From biker leathers and leggings on stage at CBGBs, to glamorous catsuits and metallic make-up, she consistently set fashion standards very high and her style was envied by many.

During the 70’s and 80’s, punks used clothing as a way of making a statement. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier often used punk elements in their production. Bands such as the Sex Pistols pioneered the punk scene and their influence on fashion was extraordinary, as since then, leather has always remained a classic statement piece, both for men and women. Whether it was a studded jacket, body-con dress or knee-high boots, leather was THE thing to wear…and still is. From Blondie to Michael Jackson to Cara Delevingne..leather has been a wardrobe essential for years.