We all love the traditional concept of Christmas. We really do. All that positivism and coziness and christmas trees and huge family dinners where you are morally obliged to eat more than your body can handle (it feels great anyway). But well, for the first floor of our Vintage Winter Fest we chose to do something a little bit eccentric, probably because most of us from the KTGA team were always the most eccentric at family gatherings.
The first floor of the market is called Tartan Punk, and it is all about youthful spirit, rebelliousness, self-expression, and DIY. Like the first time you wore that Clash t-shirt to go to high school, or the other time that you bought that vintage item whose amazingness nobody else in the world seemed to understand. Take Vivienne Westwood as your guru. She “invented” punk, and created a new standard of beauty and coolness based on things that didn’t appeal to the general public. It was rebelliousness against mainstream culture and against the standards imposed by such an unilateral ad passive media as TV in the ‘70s.
“Subcultures such as punk try and create an identity set in resistance to the dominant culture. (…) British punk in particular adopted symbols and forms of musical expression from other outcast cultures (such as the reggae music of Rastifarians and the suspenders and boots of post-World War II working class culture) and synthesized it into something uniquely their own.”
And yes, that unique mix of pins, leather jackets, tartan, and shocking logos, that Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren made popular by styling the Sex Pistols, ended up being commodified, translated into runway fashion and sold in boutiques. But it also became one of the most ground-breaking movements in pop culture, and it influenced artists, designers, and musicians, for years to come. It made young people feel passionate about that little something (ideals, music, art, style, attitude) that was just radically different from the greyness and conservativeness of the UK in the ‘70s.
God bless the internet then, as we can now take inspiration from literally anything in the world, scroll through Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest, and acknowledge the existence of new peculiar forms of self-expression-through-fashion such as "seapunk", "health goth", the even crazier "normcore", and Japanese or Korean fashion. Inspiration is literally everywhere. And one thing you need to remember for when you’ll explore the colorful and cozy Tartan Punk area of the market, is that here in China the amount of eccentric outfits and original mixes that you are socially allowed to pull out is probably beyond that of any other place in the world. Ganbei to China for that.
- Vivienne Westwood takeover at Dazed Digital
- “Savage Beauty”, a retrospective of the groundbreaking works of Alexander McQueen
- “Vivienne Westwood and the post-modern legacy of Punk”
- "Beijing Punk" by Shaun Jefford, a documentary about the underground music scene in Beijing
SOUNDTRACK Tartan Punk
Join Vintage Winter Fest. and experience Tartan Punk.