There's something wonderfully ebullient and gritty about punk fashion, and it's no surprise that the high fashion minds at work on "Project Runway" often incorporate punk elements into their designs. And over the years, there have been some pretty memorable punk outfits. Here are some of them, in no particular order.
Punk Rock for Suede
In the fifth season episode "Rock N' Runway," the designers were tasked with designing looks for each other. The twist? Each design had to be inspired by a certain genre of music. Korto had to design for Suede, putting him in a punk rock-inspired look, which featured multi-colored hair strands on top of a shaved blond base, grey pants with bleach spots, plenty of hardware, and a grey shirt that looked like ink got spilled all over it. Korto won, while Suede was eliminated after designing a rock n' roll look for Jerrell. Still, some fans felt the punk look was too costumey and broad to truly represent the core of the punk aesthetic.
High Flying Fashion
In the third season episode "High Flying Fashion," the designers were tasked with designing looks for themselves that had to travel well on a flight to Paris. Jeffrey Sebelia constructed a totally rock star look for himself that drew on some classic punk elements. The overall outfit consisted of tight, shiny pants with studding down the crotch, a bold graphic tee, and a sexy little jacket. He rocked the look and went on a bit of a winning streak shortly thereafter, ultimately winning his season.
Punk Meets Girly
April designed a little black dress that was the perfect blend of punk and baby doll delicacy, and judge Michael Kors absolutely ate it up. The resort wear challenge look, featured in the seventh episode of Season 8, consisted of an oversized shirt dress with multiple straps, paired with a totally perfect boy short. April was in the top for this episode, winning overall while Casanova was (finally) sent packing.
Three Cheers for Seth Aaron
Seth Aaron almost always had a punk vibe to the clothes he wore, not unlike Jeff Sebelia. But many of Seth Aaron's designs also had a touch of punk about them. The judges gave him high marks at the finale (a finale event he won, by the way) for looks that had a punk edge blended with a sophisticated European flair. Those yellow plaid pants, stripey leggings, and purple cinch dress were all absolute showstoppers.