“So Punk Rive Gauche” at Le Bon Marché celebrates underground spirit with new fall event

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The legendary punk movement that took Great Britain by storm in the 1970s left its mark on multiple generations, with lasting impact on fashion, design and of course music. Le Bon Marché celebrates punk spirit in a new exhibition for the fall season (until October 20th), inviting shoppers to assert their personality and embrace their individuality with complete freedom.  

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Punk attitude defined an era,  with pioneering artists such as the Sex Pistols and David Bowie, plus instantly recognizable sartorial style – military and biker jackets, studded bracelets, ranger boots, psychedelic badges and more. The unbridled energy that marked the movement infuses every floor of Le Bon Marché until October 20th.

The “So Punk Rive Gauche” exhibition at the department store revisits the style of the punk movement with offbeat installations, inventive personalization services and exclusive products. The event showcases two themes, So Punk Music and So Punk Fashion.

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The So Punk Music area features a music school where lifestyle brand Lola James Harper invites visitors to take the stage to compose and record their own music in a mini studio. Nearby, Gibson is showing thirty of its legendary acoustic or electric guitars in the heart of a typical London music shop.

The So Punk Fashion section celebrates punk lifestyle as Le Bon Marché invites visitors to explore their eccentric side. The emblematic Doc Martens brand is featuring unique models to be decorated with piercings. The Madlords workshop creates custom graffiti on clothes and accessories, while the biker jacket – the star of the punk rebellion – is spotlighted in the original version by Schott and reinvented by Harris Wharf.

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Tattoos and piercings also figure prominently at So Punk Rive Gauche with special guests luxe piercing star Maria Tash and the Parisian collective L’Encrerie. There are two beauty bars as well, one for extravagant manicures  with Kure Bazaar, and dazzling colorful makeup by Uoma.

On the top floor of Le Bon Marché, the Sunlee Howard coffee shop is serving fish and crisps for a quick bite. And gourmets can also choose dishes created by starred anti-conformist chef Guillaume Sanchez at the restaurant La Table.