It Costs To Be Austere

This editorial is a sartorial celebration of punk and female power. It explores themes of punk and subversion in a modern context and asks what austerity and severity entails today. At its center we see model Sarah Parsons assuming a dominant and mystical role – inspired by the character Mad in Derek Jarman’s 1978 punk classic ‘Jubilee’. She is unquestionable, relentless and unequivocally in ownership of her own sexuality as she performs in front of a red velvet curtain. An anarchic force that completely resists the male gaze. She is clad in garments by London designer Ali Ekmekci – in hues and patterns reminiscent of red flesh – as well as archival pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s SEX shop as well as notable punk contemporaries provided by Contemporary Wardrobe. She also wears a custom red latex kimono by Olivia Sonia Pudelko.