As we continue to stride through the ensuing madness of New York Fashion Week, let's take a moment to appreciate the deliciously dark creations from R13 Denim's SS17 collection. Founded in 2009, the American brand's enigmatic design team has committed to bringing an aggro-femininity (something they credit to the riot grrrl movement of '90s grunge) to women's denim and casual staples.
This season, R13 carried over its tough-as-nails ethos and rocker edge via a range of garms that would tickle the fancy of Hot Topic shoppers just as equally as they would've appealed to the London punks who frequented Vivienne Westwood's iconic "Sex" boutique in the mid-'70s (except for maybe the "Fuck Trump"-emblazoned tank tops, those refer to something a bit more contemporary).
Fitting with the band T-shirt craze that's been all the rage for a minute now, the brand showered their SS17 line with a slew of iconic rock legends from the late '70s and early '80s (the genre's golden era, in my opinion). OG goth gods Bauhaus were slapped on an oversized tee, stalwart horror punk outfit Misfits' macabre skull face logo made its way onto a jacket and Joy Division's ubiquitous Unknown Pleasures cover art also made a cameo. Guess the trend isn't dead just yet.
Plaid flannels and ripped denim were styled with patches, chokers and wallet chains, while models stomped around in clunky Demonia platforms and combat boots (aka the uniform footwear for every rock music subculture).
Browse some of my favorite pieces from R13's SS17 collection above, but while you do, may I suggest hitting play on this classic here below?
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