Ode to the Stud

Photograph Courtesy of WGSN.com

I honor thee, O stud today, not the type you date mind you but the kind you array. You came in to my life at a time long past, yet your presence remains strong and will not be lost. You rose successfully to the top of the fashion charts, you were loved by Burberry and portrayed in the arts. You were on every cover of every fashion magazine, you were on coats, jackets, shoes and motor bike machines. I have bags with you and tights with you, you are even on my jeans, I wear you as I’m writing now this ode to you, this dream. I feel though, sadly your reign has come to an end so I thought to make my blog about you, my forever stud friend.


Well, I do hope that made you smile, that was indeed my intent.

On a more serious note.  For those that know me, they will have expected the first thing that I wrote about to be studs. I went through a serious stud fetish phase.

My fascination began back in 2007 when Burberry bought out a collection that featured studded garments. At the same time they were selling an amazing leather trench coat which was featured on the cover of Elle Magazine, October 2007. (Whenever I think studs, I also think leather).


Cover, Elle UK, December 2007


Although studs had been popular before this time amongst ‘punk’ circles it became a likeable trend to me via Burberry. The clever marketing of glam ladies such as Eva Longoria wearing the leather trench on the cover of Elle (right) caught my attention.

Back in the UK, there were multiple advertising campaigns with models such as Kate Moss and Agnes Deyn all rocking studded garments and accessories.  Studs moved from punk to rock chic making the look more versatile reaching a broader audience.

I knew that this trend would be a hit on the high street and as one not loaded with a ton of money to dispose on a GBP3,000 coat I waited for the high street adaptation of this trend. There were a few hit and miss collections from various retailers but in the end, about a year later studs were everywhere with similar standards to those I saw on the catwalk. I’m sure the economy had a great boost as my spending increased during this season. Amongst my collection of studded pieces  I purchased studded belts, skirts, leather pants, heels, handbags and all manner of accessories including gloves, headbands, sandals, scarves etc and from just about every location I happened to be in at the time from London, Paris, Mexico and New York! Of course I don’t wear them all at the same time. Well enough about me and my addiction, take a look at a few of my favorites from the studded / rock chic trend that was predicted to last only a couple of seasons but has remained a ‘stayer’ for considerably longer!

Photograph Courtesy of WGSN

Burberry Leggings, 2001. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Advertisement, Burberry.

Givenchy Bag. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Author’s Own DIY Studded Hanky Panky Thong


About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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