Punk is back in style, again

The original punks slashed and shredded their clothes,

The original punks slashed and shredded their clothes, but if you don't trust yourself with the scissors, go for this tamer ripped cotton/poly Maje cutout top; $140 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com. (Credit: Handout)

Look, we're not out to contradict the Sex Pistols, whose punk anthem "God Save the Queen" includes the lyrics "Don't be told what you want, don't be told what you need."

So, OK, fine, you may not want or need any of this. But just so you know, it's out there this fall -- spikes, studs, rips, plaids, even safety pins. Yep, the punk look is back.

The spikes these days are a lot cleaner, and not quite as sharp, as those worn by Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and other punk rockers (and their fans) back in the day. The violent styling of old reflected their frustration with a society they felt had gone soft -- and it also had a practical function.

"Tears, safety pins, rips all over the gaff, third-rate tramp thing, that was poverty, really, lack of money," Rotten once observed. "The arse of your pants falls out, you just use safety pins."

Last spring's exhibit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture" at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no doubt inspired various designers, like Tom Binns, the award-winning jeweler who has decked out A-Listers from Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama. His line includes an array of eye-catching, anti-conformist looks, from gold "barbed wire" cuffs to safety pin rings.

Or slip into a pair of spiky ballet flats (from Shopbop.com), scissor cuff links (Mateo Bijoux) or plaid jeans (7 For All Mankind). Not that you NEED to. We wouldn't want to offend Mr. Rotten.

PRETTY IN PUNK

Even makeup is taking a punk turn. Flash your punk-painted nails courtesy of Butter London's Rock Your Colour Lacquer Collection, in six shades like Union Jack Black, Pistol Pink and Indigo Punk; $15 each at macys.com. And from Marc Jacobs' new beauty line, plush shadow in The Punk; $42 at select Sephora and Marc Jacobs stores, sephora.com and marcjacobsbeauty.com.

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