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Monday, March 16th 2009

fashion’s got it bad for bad girls


It’s a far cry from cashmere twinsets and Tiffany pearls, but owing to the sartorial (not to mention musical) brilliance of legendary ladies like The Runaways, Debbie Harry, Meg White, and Karen O, rock chick style has become a classic in its own right. (More on that topic in this great piece from the NYT.)

And one need look no further than the pages of What’s New for proof that fashion’s got it particularly bad for bad girls this spring. It’s sent them the ultimate love letter in the form of leather, fringe, studs, ripped denim (my personal fave is a bf style from Genetic Jeans), coolly androgynous boyfriend blazers and slouchy trousers, and colors that certainly aren’t for the shy or retiring. Leggings (shredded or embellished with zippers or lace) add just the right amount of ’80s flavor (David Lerner leggings are getting lots of press), while studded bags from perennial favorite Rebecca Minkoff handbags bring new refinement to a punk staple.

Equal parts rebellious and refined, spring looks inspired by the enduringly cool chicks of rock manage a delicate balance of fashion-forward and forever-chic. Ready to bring out your inner bad girl? (You know you are.) Check out spring’s valentine to rock chick style, here.


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