At his Spring ’17 outing today, Vuitton menswear honcho Kim Jones name-checked punk’s ethos from its most fledgling days, when the primordial, subcultural ooze was just beginning to motivate and Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s seminal London shop Sex (later Seditionaries) was serving up zipper-laden, BDSM-tinged clothes that sent shockwaves through “polite” society. Those styles’ D-rings and bondage straps turned up on Jones’s runway today, adorning models’ tartan trousers as they stalked past in decidedly upscale takes on the classic creeper. But just a few feet away, a bona fide architect of punk sat, looking downright dignified in a striped Vuitton suit.
Paul Simonon, the Clash bassist and painter was on hand today with longtime girlfriend Serena Rees. Indeed, he’s sat front row at LV menswear the past couple of seasons (and back in 2013 collaborated with Sailor Jerry on a ready-to-wear capsule of his own). It’s little wonder why the gap-toothed heartthrob’s style has continued to spark inspiration in so many. While as a young man he embraced his fair share of more overtly “anarchic” looks (spray-painted Perfectos, the odd shredded fishnet shirt here and there), Simonon’s look has long been characterized by a dapper sort of subversion. His deliciously haphazard approach to tailoring—the sport jackets and trousers, shirtsleeves rolled up high—recalled rockabilly rebels of days gone by, like Carl Perkins.
In honor of Simonon’s Paris cameo today, we’re revisiting a few of his best looks from the Clash’s heyday.
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