We confess to a certain amount of unease with the Met Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Nothing like seeing something idealistic co-opted by its antithesis. But we’d be lying to ourselves if we said we weren’t excited to see the exhibition itself, and Moda Operandi’s punk-inspired capsule collection? Well, some of it’s pretty damned great.
The luxe online retailer (co-founded by Vogue contributing editrix and all-around Cool Girl Lauren Santo Domingo) and exhibit sponsor has partnered with some of the biggest names in the business for the collaboration. Here’s the veritable shopping list of who’s-who brands that contributed: Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Moschino, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Dolce & Gabbana, Hussein Chalayan, Thom Browne, Vivienne Westwood, Preen, Eddie Borgo, House of Waris, Charlotte Olympia, Tom Binns and Ek Thongpraset. Pieces range from a corset in signature Westwood tartan to an (admittedly very cool) $2,000 withered gold hand paperweight. Yep. There are also a number of rare vintage pieces included, and lower-end items like punk mainstay Tripp NYC’s drainpipe pants.
“The enduring appeal of Punk’s avant garde ideology is that it inspires designers across the spectrum of design sensibility,” said Santo Domingo. “Each designer has created pieces for this capsule collection that expresses their unique vision of punk’s rebellious spirit.”
While we’re coveting some of the collection, it’s not without its touches of hilarity, like this Ashish anarchy sign sweatshirt. Because what’s more anarchic than blowing $625 on a sweatshirt?
Shop the collection now at Moda Operandi.
Hermes Kelly, Graffiti’d by Haculla ($16,500)
Givenchy Embellished Cotton Jacket ($6,200)
Gigi Burris Barbed Headband ($290)