High-end Parisian department store, Le Bon Marché, is embracing all things punk rock as part of its new season "So Punk Rive Gauche" event. A huge collection of exclusive collaborations, installations and DIY offbeat entertainment that characterise punk rock, including the Triumph & Disaster range of products.
T&D went along for the launch party to see just how they had captured the spirit of punk, and it seems punk is still very much alive!
From the window installations to the beer on offer, every product, design and food item, had been thought about from its conception to its creation and, of course, everything had one thing in common, they all smashed through the usual conformity and parameters within their respective industries with the snarl of Johnny Rotten!
We were also entertained by the legendary French singer Catherine Ringer of Les Rita Mitsouko, who has collaborated with such legends as the godfather of punk himself, Iggy Pop.
A fantastic collection, and oh 'So Punk' experience!
“Punk's influence on music, movies, art, design and fashion is no longer in doubt. It is used as the measurement for what is cool.” This phrase from Malcolm McLaren, an iconic figure in British counterculture, could singlehandedly sum up the post-summer mood, as (surprise!) this fall, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is joyfully celebrating the Punk spirit.
A particular interpretation of Punk: chic and modern, given a twist with a very Parisian sophistication… yet without losing any of its subversive force, of course. Le Bon Marché’s philosophy is not so far removed from the movement’s key ideal of inviting everyone to boldly express their uniqueness. Assert their tastes and desires. Break free from conventions, all the better to stand out from the crowd. Take risks—preferably without taking themselves seriously. And what could be more punk than this attitude? Fashion, beauty, design, food… From August 31 to October 20, the energy of this highly distinctive movement is set to infuse every corner of Le Bon Marché. The exhibition follows two guiding threads: So Punk Music and So Punk Fashion. In both cases, offbeat installations, inventive services and exclusive products paint a picture of punk reinvented in Left Bank style. Punk is the new chic. It’s up to everyone to put their own unique spin on it
In honour of Le Bon Marché & all things Punk, our new playlist pays ode with 30+ songs compiled by the team at T&D spanning everything from proto-punk to punk-inspired.
Miss anything? Let us know in the comments below and we'll add your favourite punk songs to the playlist.