Morphine Generation Fall 2006 Collection - The Dirt, The Grit, The Fury of Fashion

Morphine Generation Fall 2006 Collection

In the 80s, punk was the antithesis of civilized middle-class values. Tattered clothes, safety pins in facial piercings, living in squalor, and never paying more than a dollar for anything were not just lifestyle choices, they were part of the punk ethos. Fast forward to modern-day LA, when punk has climbed the social ladder with the help of celebrity supporters like Anthony Keadis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avril Levigne, and Good Charlotte. For fall 2006, punk is making quite a statement on the renowned runway via LA-based designer, Erik Hart, and his label, Morphine Generation. It appears that punk's token tattered attire has come a long way from the dollar bin at the thrift store!

Nowadays, rather than spending a dollar on a distressed T-shirt, parents of angst-ridden adolescents everywhere are paying a whopping $80 a pop for a Morphine Generation T-shirt! These antiquated tissue-thin tees with gold and silver metallic motifs of skulls and ominous slogans in Latin and French marked the beginning of fashion design for Hart. Now, these original Morphine G bread winners are flying off the shelves of Kitson, the Los Angeles boutique made famous by celeb clients like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. They are also the staple item for Morphine Generation's fall 2006 line.

The theme, 'Hopeless Romantics Since 1979', channeled the spirit of punk's equivalent of Romeo and Juliette, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. The show was a parade of black stripper heels, bulky biker boots, skin-tight black denim, and unisex military-inspired double breasted pea coats with antique brass buttons. Sid and Nancy would have worn their Morphine G garb with pride. Nearly 30 years later, we can all re-live our tormented teenage punk days of old in our new cream silk cashmere distressed cable-knit sweater that has already been ripped and torn for us. Thank goodness we can return to our distressed denim rather than our distressed days of junior high and the 'no one understands me' phase!

Morphine Generation focused on stylish simplicity sans garnish embellishments: au courrant peg-leg jeans in tasteful dark denim, Byronesque capes in black wool, a selection of co-ed pea coats, and military shirts. Sweet Scottish plaid capes with detachable hoods paired with peg-legged jeans are perfect for a stroll down Melrose in LA or through Hyde Park in London. Even the jewelry was austere: necklaces fashioned from antique keys by the hands of Eric Hart. The only things that were in abundance it seemed was tartan, always teamed with faded black denim, and of course the typical pubescent suffering that we all experienced back in the day.

And yes, Mr. Hart is quite the jack-of-all-things-artistic! Fashion, after all, was a business venture intended to help support his band, Suicide Club. While his band is still wandering the streets of LA, his clothing line is simply catapulting Hart into fashion stardom. Yet, he doesn't try to draw a line of demarcation between Morphine Generation and Suicide Club. He believes, instead, that he cannot have one without the other, a pseudo-yin yang of art. In fact, Hart even produced the music for his show at the Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week. What better place to fuse his two passions, music and fashion, than Los Angeles?!

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