Studs and spikes used to be a mainstay of 80s punk, but these days so many niche trends have crossed over to the mainstream with designers like Balmain, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang and Chloe featuring plenty of hardware in their collections. If you look at the history of punk fashion (and music) it was an intentional rebellion against the mainstream with controversial and often offensive themes. These days, thankfully, punk fashion have branched off into many different subcultures and its influences have filtered down and been made more wearable for everyone else — here are some inspiration style pics I’ve come across recently!
I’m a huge fan of studs and spikes and I often find it cheaper (and more fun!) to DIY something I already own to get the look than to spend lots of money on a designer original.. not that there’s anything wrong with that :) But until I save enough money for that amazing red leather Balmain jacket, it’s DIY for me.. I’ve done a few and it’s really easy especially if you’re working with fabric. If you’re working with leather make sure you have a hole punch of some sort (depending on what you want to do).
This is something I did earlier this year and if you feel like studding something Studs & Spikes is the best web store I’ve found online – the quality of their stuff is amazing compared to the cheap ones you find on eBay. Rebecca Minkoff do some nice studded leather bags and bracelets, as do nOir Jewelry, that you see in some of these pictures and Wanderlust + Co has some nice studded leather pieces as well. I’ve also found some really nice studded accessories at vintage markets, the sex shops on Oxford St in Sydney and (of all places!) pet stores!