This season one of the biggest trends is bad-girl chic, but what is it about dressing like a rebel that is so much fun?
Scouring the runway reports it was clear that if you don’t want to be a floral loving, midi-skirt wearing, groovy 70’s girl this season, unleashing your rock ‘n’ roll side is a good alternative. On the catwalk Balmain brought out the leathers while Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci used sheer fabrics to show off a naughty side. The trend was showcased best at Burberry Prorsum, where the models adorning the runway looked like they’d just stepped off motorbikes, working studded leather and looking unmistakably cool. If smoking wasn’t, A. a way to a quick death, B. disgusting, and C. no longer en vogue, you could almost imagine them with nonchalant cigarettes hanging out of their mouths, à la James Dean.
But, just because we are covered in leather, studs and squeezed into ripped jeans, doesn’t mean we are really rebels. I love this look, and it is a style I often lean towards, yet I am actually the least rebellious person I know. I’ve never smoked, I don’t drink, I’ve never ridden a motorbike, broke my curfew, or gotten a tattoo. I didn’t even get my ears pierced until I was sixteen. But I like to think my fun-loving, adrenalin-seeking personality, outspoken opinions and liberal persuasion are sort-of rock ‘n’ roll.
So perhaps pretending to be a wild child is fun because it is just that, pretending. It alludes to a side of us that people might not know and just because your lifestyle isn’t rock ‘n’ roll, doesn’t mean your attitude, and your outfits, can’t be!