Photographer: Paul goodsin / goodsin studios / www.goodsinstudios.com
Model: Zachary cross
MUAH: Nomi Nguyen
wardrobe styling: Paul goodsin
Rogue clothing courtesy of west coast leather / www.westcoastleather.com
Personalities and fashion have swerved and collided over the decades and have been passed back and forth over oceans and across cultures. In America and the UK in the late 70’s and early 80’s, one particularly aggressive genre became prevalent in youth culture in both music and attitude. With it, an aesthetic of spiked hair, ripped jeans, suspenders and cuffs and a general attitude to f*ck the system and opinions of social conservatives. One particularly favorite song title comes to mind as the inspiration for this legendary era of slam dancing and rioting bar scenes that lives to this day. “Punks Not Dead” was the title track for The Exploiter’s debut studio album back in ’81 and to this day I think punk can be appreciated as one of few trends that refuse to die.
Growing up in the 80’s, skateboarding and listening to punk and hardcore bands, and the up and coming new wave music of the time, punk styles and music is something I will forever relate to. Given, in my youth we never once considered our rebellious attitudes to be anything reflective of what would then be considered fashionable. The idea would have been laughed at, or even more likely, spit on. Finding myself several decades older and with an eye for fashion, I still favor the bold and the edgy. In my humble opinion, few men are able to take fashion safely outside of conservative standards without looking foolish. The concept I wanted to capture was a time and an attitude that I think deserves it’s place in the hall of fame for out of the box wardrobe themes, and step it up with modern designers to create an in your face editorial that’s as timeless as the genre that inspired it.
This is the first editorial I’ve created where half of the wardrobe comes straight from my personal collection. Many of the pieces were furnished courtesy of West Coast Leather (www.westcoastleather.com), being everything leather and the boots by Rogue and the coat by Shrine. The cut off tuxedo pant by Dolce and Gabbana and suspenders and gloves by Steam trunk among-st a few other items were courtesy of my personal fascination with fashion and out of my own stash. Inspiration for this set comes from a handful of places. I took some inspiration from Debbie Harry, some poster art from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sid Vicious, and various other punk stars from the era and added to it a little modern glam to glitter up the gutter that punk once arose. For fear of the mundane I will always be a fan of progressive fashion trends and of people pushing their self expression through wardrobe, art and communication. Enjoy my impression of the fashion punk, and feel free to spit on the oxymoron if you’re too anarchist to enjoy the company of those two words together.
look 1: leather jacket by rogue, jeans by diesel, belt by leather island by bill laven
look 2: leather jacket by west coast leather, jeans by rogue, sunglasses by chanel
look 3: jacket by rogue, t-shirt vintage nofx t stylist owned, jeans by rogue, boots by rogue
look 4: coat by shrine, shirt by hugo boss, jeans by rogue, gloves by steam trunk, boots by rogue
look 5: tank top by h&m, suspenders by steam trunk, gloves by steam trunk, pants by dolce & gabbana
look 6: vest by rag & bone, pants by hugo boss, handkerchief by tom ford, boots by rogue
look 7: handkerchief by etro, shirt vintage duran duran t stylist owned, sunglasses by waiting for the sun . w/sun