Grunge was a look brought to prominence in the early ’90s by bands like Nirvana and Hole, worn by their lead singers (and partners) Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, as well as by Love’s best friend, actress Amanda de Cadanet. At the time I found the look a bit grubby maybe because those wearing it often were a bit grubby. For the guys it was all about frayed and holey jumpers or cardigans, low-slung distressed denim, stripe t-shirts, plaid shirts that had been worn around the waist for day, and worn-in Converse. For the girls, it was prom gone wrong, evening dresses and slips cut on the bias worn with Dr Martens and a denim jacket. Always a mix of high and low.
Now that we have Modern Grunge (the cleaner, washed version), I have learnt to appreciate the styling of a simple silk slip, with a plaid shirt tied around the waist and a classic black leather biker jacket draped across the shoulders. The Edit’s March editorial ‘Come As You Are’ captures Modern Grunge perfectly, combining pieces from the likes of Christopher Kane, Isabel Marant, Joseph & Burberry. Holes in sweaters are now placed and part of the design, rather than occurring through natural deterioration. The shirt tied around the waist has evolved into a sleek skirt with built-in tie detail.
With this new take on the grunge trend I think I might now be ready to embrace a little teen spirit.