When a subcultural trend makes it to the mainstream, you’ll inevitably see it watered down and softened to varying degrees. Fashion can be about play, about pulling elements from different sources and inspirations, and that’s what shines through when a trend like punk makes that transition: as we originally wrote in that trend report, punk in 2011 comes down to particular elements rather than an all-out culture.
This shoot of Meghan Collison for Elle France flirts with punk in precisely that way. Added elements like leather pieces, badges, and paid pants are there to give that sense of rebelliousness without wholeheartedly flying some overt punk flag. Softer pieces come into the mix as the styling by Anne-Marie Brouillet finds its of-the-minute balance.
View more of the Elle France ‘Punky Chic’ shoot at the gallery below.