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The Punk Issue – Clash of the Tartans

The Punk Issue -  Clash of the Tartans With the amount of studs, tartan, rips and zips gracing the runways season after season, punk and fashion have always gone hand in hand. And this season is no different. Punk’s back for winter – and tartan and heritage prints reign supreme.

Tartan and heritage fabrics have long been punk staples, as Johnny Rotten’s and Vivienne Westwood’s wardrobes prove. Punk reinvented traditional prints – often associated in the movement as a symbol of anti-conformity – into distressed and deconstructed forms. Time after time, designers have teamed heritage prints with offbeat elements — leather, lace and punk-style basics such as safety pins, studs, rivets, chains — to celebrate the anarchic rebellion of the late 70s. This season, however, the classic prints are looking a little less harsh and a lot more polished.

Alberta Ferretti sent models down the runway in tartan-emblazoned shifts, while Moschino showcased quirky matching suits. Celine’s look was slightly more demure with looks in a toned down color palette and ultra-modern cuts. Other designers incorporated heritage prints in jackets, coats, skirts and plaid trousers. It’s a tricky trend to pull off depending on the print, especially when worn as a solo outfit, but pairing one heritage piece and teaming with subtle modern separates makes the look a lot more wearable. You can also casually style the trend with slouchy heritage print pants or a chunky tartan oversized jacket. Join fashion’s obsession with the punk movement – rebel against the drab and get your hands on our best traditional patterned picks.