What Time Is It?
Twenty-six years after the Clash emblazoned their shirts with the year of punk's breakthrough, the minimalist designer Helmut Lang celebrated his own milestone.
Rooms in the Met are grouped by punk "heroes," and the superbly cool Joe Strummer factors prominently into that. Direct homages of the Lang variety are exceptions, not rules; reimaginings play a more central role. An example: one of the few new designs, Viktor and Rolf's suit from autumn/winter 2013-14 (so it just walked the runway) is jacquard with ripped, gill-like slits that are beaded intricately. Strummer would have probably eaten the beading when he got bored.
Seen here: Joe Strummer in 1977; Helmut Lang look from fall/winter 2003–04.