Punk is making another noisy comeback to the world of fashion.

The May editions of both Elle and Vogue feature editorials and accompanying retrospectives of the 70s movement and its influence on both fashion and social attitudes.


Guinevere van Seenus for Vogue (left) and Flo Dron for Elle (right)

Punk, like "the new black" and 60s beehives and miniskirts, frequently re-enters the fashion domain every few years before being declared dead again. Underground, it lives on, with many DIY punk bands having been around since punks conception back in the days of Vivienne Westwoods first boutique SEX, alongside Sex Pistols band manager Malcolm McLaren.

You probably won't be surprised to learn - if you didn't already know - that punk is my background. I am the lead vocalist for on-and-off band Nuclear Babies and I've been to more grotty, cider-fuelled gigs than I care to count. It probably doesn't look apparent with the kinds of fashions I wear now, but if you look for it there's an irrefutable punk undertone to my style that doesn't ever really ebb.

And of course, there's the hair. Look at a short history of a couple of my looks:


(That's best friend and bandmate Liz attempting to spike my hair... it didn't work).

Now, punk's comeback - and really, it's going to come back with a vengeance this Autumn/Winter - probably won't mean your hair will look quite the way it does on the thoroughbred underground scene here in the UK, but already we're seeing a big upsurge of brighter, less conventional hair colours in the celebrity world and it's affecting girls around the UK like a virus. I pretty much love it.

If avant-garde hair is the catwalk equivalent of everyday topknots and side braids that are worn to work or out shopping, then the equivalent in the punk world must, by comparison, come from the same source. Namely, if avant-garde hairdressers do put-ups best, then punks do punk best. If you aren't brave enough to do the real thing - or your boss/parents/best friend won't let you - then at least take inspiration from those who go full ampage...


Punk band The Casualties.

The Causalties (pictured above) have, throughout time, boasted a good variety of DIY punk hairstyles. This image is one of my favourites as it shows that mohawks, spikes and shorter styles aren't just simply haphazard - there's a decisive method to balance, colour placement and execution, and it comes in an eclectic range of differing severity. There aren't any rules, because it's supposed to be about anarchy, but take a very strong tip - make sure it makes a point.

You see, punk isn't necessarily about neon colours and half a can of hairspray. It isn't solely about spitting angry statements about the government and the royal family. Nor does it have to be about a secondhand Fender Strat plugged in on full distortion. Punk is about saying no to the norm. It's about leading, not following. If next season's biggest trend is blue (which it probably will be), punk is wearing orange. But it's not for the sake of wearing orange instead of blue, it's wearing orange because you saw something incredibly provocative in an independent boutique in Camden Town and decided...

..."f*ck trends. This is the new way forward."