In anticipation of the METâs new exhibit: Punk: Chaos to Couture, weâve dipped into Newsweekâs 1977 archives for insight into the real punks.
“The Rites of Fashion” Yves St. Laurent
There was an almost macabre air about the pale, gawky young man with the luminous eyes and the slim hands; they were fragile hands, as delicate as the stalks of white iris, and his long, lank hair, carefully tinted in a flat russet, fell down in the back over his starched white collar, and over the templates of his heavy, wide-lensed eyeglasses. He had well-shaped ears, a prominent, almost patrician nose, and a wide, full-lipped, sensual mouth. When he spoke, it was in a hushed and diffident tone, the kind of voice one associates with an undertaker. He said: “Allons, mes enfants, il faut commencer…”
Newsweek August 12, 1963