Whether she was ditching the regulation backpack for an implausibly small handbag, scrawling x-rated doodles in her maths book or sewing patches on her school blazer, everyone remembers the cool girl at school and her rebellious take on uniform dressing. For this month’s Editor’s Picks, fashion editor Emma Wyman selects her favourite pieces of the season that put a twist on the traditional, whether a satchel that’s been shrunk, a shirt decorated with #freethenipple-worthy artwork or sunglasses that have been flipped upside down.
Making the yuppie staple cool again thanks to his ‘with the band’ inspired vision, Hedi Slimane’s black leather Saint Laurent satchel will fit a pen, that new shade of vampy lipstick and a pack of behind the bike shed cigs, but not much else. Who wants to be weighed down with textbooks when heading to after school gig anyway?
How do you rebel against the uniform policy and still wear your shirt to sixth-form? Mixing and matching forbidden fruit and veg in their SS15 collection, Acne Studios collaborated with Portuguese artist Raquel Dias to create an unlikely sexy and surprising take on the traditional button-up and trousers look. But it's not explicit – the spectator has to do a double-take to notice the hints of eroticism present in the prints in the form of nipples (#freethenipple, anyone?) and torsos mixed with cherries and lemons.
IT'S CALLED PUNK, LOOK IT UP
The queen of punk unites with US brand Opening Ceremony for a return to the classics and a revamp of the now legendary World’s End designs that defined youthful rebellion in the 70s. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim bring back this patch-covered army shirt and the iconic Seditionaries boobs shirt that featured in Dame Vivienne’s legendary 1981 Pirate show. Safety-pinned and stitched, these looks are definitely against the dress-code.
SKATE SHOES FROM CALI (VIA MOSCOW)
Moscow-based designer Gosha Rubchinkskiy is constantly inspired by the skater subculture of his hometown, but for his latest collab with Vans things get a Californian twist. He replaces the famous checkered print for his rows of his signature illustrated suns – as spotted decorating his SS15 collection – to create summer-worthy slip ons perfect for the girl who hops on her board when the bell rings at 3.30.
BOOTS FOR BIKER GIRLS
Atelier Bâba’s suede thigh-high boots were made for hopping on a “Leader of the Pack” style boyfriend’s bike at the school gates – not for the faint of heart. Carefully crafted by the mysterious London-based company, they are are part of their debut collection, “Timiditine”, comprised entirely of delicately constructed items dyed with indigo pigment from North Africa.
Photography Daisy Walker; styling Samia Giobellina; hair Sven Bayerbach; make-up Lucy Joan Pearson using M.A.C Cosmetics; model Harriet Rose at Select Model Management; lighting Chris X Jones; retouching LAH Retouch