Saturday, May 19, 2012

Got these jeans for £10 at a sample sale, the fit is a bit weird and they're missing a zipper pull, they were probably considered defective factory seconds and put into the sale pile but I think they're the perfect candidate for a new pair of crust pants...

Not for everyone??

The finish on the denim doesn't show up too well in photos but it reminded me of this suit Tadanobu Asano wears in Ichi the Killer:

The idea of "high fashion crust punk" is both humorous and interesting to me but the relationship between luxury fashion and punk has been fairly transparent ever since "punk" was even a thing, largely during Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's SEX/Seditionaries/World's End days, it entered public awareness visibly, through fashion tied to music. There's something appealing about the fact that even the roughest DIY is more personalized and handmade and unique than most luxury items, and luxury items are considered precious and sacred. I like the idea of customizing and personalizing things that are treated as untouchable, not being afraid of the illusion of luxury, commit sacrilege against capitalist dogma and customize something with luxury value even if that means slashing it up, if that will make it more wearable for you. I suppose it's in that spirit I'm encrusting these Versace jeans (even though they were cheap and it's just a diffusion label) and making them into something I'll actually wear.

I'm patching them with free samples from fabric stores, so they will end up being made of some luxury fabric like this silk brocade (£70/m) at no cost to me. Now they just need a few hundred more hours of work...

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