They don’t make it like River Phoenix or Brandon Lee anymore. In fashion as in life, we move on looking back in guidance. The new grunge brings back memories of the cool trend from yesteryears swiping its cuts and textiles to create a more polished look. Sweet floral dresses are toned down with chunky knit cardigans and heavy artillery footwear, such as brogues, platforms and short motorcycle boots. Just think Drew Barrymore from the 90’s, and round it out with some sunglasses and a daisy. Louis Vuitton presented lingerie dresses covered with oversized fur coats. Shorts over fishnet tights, checkered shirts over T’s, denim, cropped tops, and layering, they’re all there and back. The new Saint Laurent collection by Heidi Slimane has triumphantly given the latest word in modern grunge. Extravagant Beetlejuice pinstripe and tight leather pants are certainly wanted. Think: Vincent Gallo from Buffalo 66 wandering around wearing cropped pants and a striped shirt. Colors, such as burgundy red and black and white stripe, collide especially well this season. In fact, a clash of high end and low cost pieces shapes the ultimate grunge feel fashion hunters watch out for.
“Autumn/Winter 13 saw the return of grunge,” says stylist Ozzy Shah. “Oversized coats, studs, lace, metallics and tartan were the biggest prominent features. Grunge has no rules or boundaries, (so) mix fur with oversized coats. Mesh tights, boots with pretty dresses and a good solid leather jacket wouldn't go amiss.” It is all about living the moment. Things like Courtney Love’s “just fell out of bed” hair, singing “When I wake up in my makeup” in last night’s smudgy black eye shadow, or simply defined lips like No Doubt’s lead singer Gwen Stefani had back in the day. It is surely a party steady look - smoke fogged, plastic cup, and hard rock that you just can’t miss.
Photography by Paul Krokos; styling by Ozzy Shah; hair by Louis Byrne / Frank Agency; make-up by Annabel Callum / Frank Agency; model: Stephanie / Tess Management; photo assistant: Luke Das. Opening Photo: Coat and dress (worn underneath) by DKNY; top by Ashley Isham.