Punk frock

We've seen Lolita, power woman and hippie girl. Now it's the turn of leather-clad rock chic, all attitude, snarls and fishnet tights. Photographs by Justin Smith. Styling by Sophia Neophitou.

Tamsin Blanchard
Friday 17 October 1997 23:02

In Milan last week, Anna Molinari's show was a homage to "precious women - superstars of excess and unswerving rebels". The list of women who inspired the collection included Siouxsie Sioux, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull, Jordan, Deborah Harry and Chrissie Hynde. Together, these women have been reference points for designers including Anna Sui in New York, Ghost in London, and Donatella Versace in Milan. The queens of punk and rock 'n' roll are one of the biggest influences on fashion this autumn.

While Siouxsie and Blondie wore bin liners, leather from Kensington Market and T-shirts they had shredded themselves in a fit of anarchy, fashion's new take on punk-goth-rock 'n' roll, is altogether cleaner and more refined. Forget the idea of cutting holes into your mohair jumper: a mohair dress by Versus will set you back over pounds 500, and the label reads "dry clean only". This is plastic punk. And only plastic of the gold variety will buy it.Tamsin Blanchard

Left Black slinky ruched dress, pounds 145; turquoise leather belt, black collar, both made to order, all by Ghost, 36 Ledbury Road, London W11; black knee-high boots, pounds 385, by Gianni Versace, 34-36 Old Bond Street, London W1; tights and socks, as before Right White swimsuit, pounds 70, by Ghost; Aqua blue silvered skirt pounds 155, by Kalinka at Browns Focus, 31-38

South Molton Street, London W1. Silver spike heeled mules, pounds 230, by Gucci; tights and socks, as before; fake leopard skin hat, made to order, by Phillip Treacy for Givenchy (enquiries 00331 4431 5000); black and gold rope belt, pounds 16, by Otto Glanz, available from Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, W1; grey leather stilettos, pounds 170, by Givenchy; black footless fishnet tights, made to order, by Peo Below Black one - armed body, made to order; sheer tube skirt and train, pounds 95, both by People Corporation, as before; black heeled ballet shoes, made to order by Jimmy Choo for Hussein Chalayan; yellow glitter ankle socks, as before; tights, as before

Right Lilac ruched dress, pounds 145, by Patricia Fields, from Browns, as before; wide gold belt, pounds 50, by Otto Glanz; petrol blue ankle boots, pounds 295, by Gina for Ghost

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