Glam Punk: The Nonconformists of Society The Los Angeles Fashion - 365hangers May 9, 2013 FASHION 1 Comment Leather, studs, combat boots, and ripped jeans: These are the trademarks of a rebel. There’s something extraordinary about punk, which symbolizes much more than the music genre in its name. It is a representation of the free spirit and self-expression that society’s outsiders so proudly wear for the world to see. What started in the early seventies as an act of rebellion has become something of greater meaning and value. Every time we encounter the slightest hint of punk, we are taken back to the seventies when the Sex Pistols and Guns ‘N Roses mesmerized the world with the weirdness that came with their music and style; we remember the designers –Vivenne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier—who dedicated their life’s work to the punk era and all that it meant to be a rebel. Glam punk, a subgenre of glam rock and protopunk, is rooted from the seventies and eighties. This style was pioneered by rising bands such as The New York Dolls and later influenced pop culture. The glam punk style is—as it’s named—a glamorous reinvention of punk. It is a style so wholesomely punk yet so distinct in itself. Glam punk is a realm of glitter, bleached bright hair, leather, spandex, and otherworldly androgyny. It is a mysterious, wild, and bold spirit that was—and continues to be—embodied by the biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industry. Glam punk is many things; it’s Cyndi Lauper bouncing up and down the stage in a yellow Bohemian jacket with multi-colored hair; it’s David Bowe rocking it on his electric guitar with flaming red hair and a lightning bolt etched on his face; but most importantly, glam punk is art in its most electrifying form. The seventies and eighties allowed glam punk to be championed by the most iconic acts of the era. This was the time when the boldest of souls dared to embody the glamorous weirdness that was to be known as glam punk. These artists were the wildest of superfreaks, and they knew they were fabulous. The New York Dolls were –and still are—known for their big hair, ultra-skinny jeans, and all that metallic and leather. Guns ‘N Roses was the leather-clad, bomber jacket-wearing band whose members were loud and proud to be punk. Cherry Vanilla was the wild chic who wore her hair big and red. She was best known for her outrageous campaigns and the catch phrase “Lick Me”. Iggy Pop, widely known as the godfather of punk rock, was the always half-naked blond rocker who never wore anything other than his ultra-skinny jeans. Cyndi Lauper was the punk princess who just wanted to have fun. She was the epitome of all things glam –bright funky hair, androgynous make-up, electric-colored clothes, and all that glitter! David Bowe a.k.a Ziggy Stardust was one of the biggest names in glam punk. His image was distinct—the lightning bolt!—and later influenced the likes of Gaga. Flash forward to forty decades later and glam punk still pumps in the veins of present day rebels and artists. These artists are the people who refuse to be conformists of society. These punks knew who they were and channeled the same free-spirited fashion that icons decades ago did. Prima Donna is the new age Guns ‘N Roses who takes refuge in ultra-skinny jeans and head-to-toe leather –the style which early glam punk bands started. Avril Lavigne is the new princess of glam punk who is best known for her hot pink highlights, black-on-black outfits, combat boots, and for starting her own line of glam punk fashion, Abbey Dawn. Hayley Williams, Paramore’s lead singer, is glam punk’s rocker chic. The singer, who recently dyed her hair half pink and half orange, is known for her bright hair, tank tops, t-shirts, leather tights, and skinny jeans. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.