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TREND CHAIN, CHAIN, CHAIN

London will always and forever be a rock ‘n’ roll town. In sound and style and spirit, however, rock is a notorious shapeshifterand it thrives best in Blighty when there’s some other kind of music around to bounce off of, and absorb. Beatles loved bhangra. The Clash was basically a reggae band. Everyone in Radiohead was a rave kid. And so on. Current Brit it girl Lily Allen owes very little, sonically, to rockshe sounds like the Spice Girls on vacation in Jamaica but the sneer in her songs descends directly from Sid Vicious. The Lily Allen look, meanwhile, is haute hip-hopand style-wise, that’s where the action is on the English street these days. Bling is everywhere: Chunky chains and rhinestone-studded sunglasses finish the new look of youthful revolt, one mixed liberally with the ripped tees, Westwood plaids and painted-on jeans of rebellions past. East London jeweller Lara Bohinc makes the ghetto-punk aesthetic literal in her work, laser-cutting mega hoops with mohawked points and giving thuggish pendants a goth makeover in oxidized silver. Fashion darling Tom Binns adds gemmed studs and skeletons to XXXL necklaces and gangsta rings. It may look like rap, but this look rocks.

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