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Mohawks, safety pins, Doc Martens and a surly demeanour are among the most identifiable elements of punk style. The movement ignited in the mid-seventies, flourishing in New York and London, at a time when flared jeans, free love and stadium rock reigned supreme. It was a revolution for disgruntled youth, soundtracked by acts including The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash. At their brashly-named Chelsea boutique, Sex, Vivienne Westwood and her then-husband Malcolm McLaren purveyed ripped slogan tees, studded leatherwear and fetish clothing with abandon. But punk was never just about music or fashion. It was an attitude that lives on today, even if spiked mohawks do not.
In an ode to the rebellion of the era, NARS has released a limited-edition collection for the festive season—because what could be more counter-culture than touting a punk capsule during the holidays? That said, NARS has never been one to play it safe, especially when it comes to cutting-edge colour and provocative product names. Brushed-metal lip shades, from gold to shimmering black, are sure to make a statement this party season, while the Provocateur Eyeshadow Palette, encased in studded black, has moody, shimmering eye looks on lock. The Spiked Audacious Lipsticks, with their embossed bullets, will unleash your inner rebel with shades including “Sheena” (a punk-rock nude from The Ramones hit), “Siouxsie” (resembling Siouxsie Sioux’s iconic burgundy lip) and “Nancy” (a deep plum homage to Sid Vicious’ notorious wife).
Beyond the collection's hard, embellished exterior and defiant shade names you’ll find shockingly wearable colour that’s MADE for gifting. The Orgasm Infatuation Palette in its arresting rose gold studded case, will be a definite crowd-pleaser under-the-tree—it contains NARS' bestselling cheek shades (Laguna bronzer, Orgasm blush) as well as the new Orgasm highlighter. The Hot Tryst Cheek Palette is the ultimate set for blush lovers featuring four popping shimmer shades for cheeks and two illuminators—for cheekbones that could cut glass. Lip sets and coffrets adorned with safety pins and Sex Pistols-esque artwork encase neutral lip line-ups punctuated with pops of raspberry, blackberry and plum, while the Little Fetishes Mini Sets in glam studded jewellery boxes, will delight your Secret Santa—no matter their Spotify tastes.
Whether you rock it at the holiday party or gift it with abandon, NARS’ punk-inspired collection has something for all your summer antics and will be played on repeat.
Words by Romy ErdosOctober 2018
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