The ’90s were a really rather fun time in the fashion world. It was either pop inspired brights or grunge inspired dirges. Either way it was a chance to be delightfully eccentric in your sartorial choices. Grunge, as a style, is like hipster’s older cousin, who happens to be slightly more dysfunctional, tries less hard and therefore gains twice the cool kudos.
Throwing on an old hole-infested cashmere cardigan with some distressed jeans and flip-flops was the kind of thing that only Kurt Cobain would wear when the nineties begun, but that ‘give-a-sh*t’ attitude soon caught on, and now we’re facing an influx of grunge inspired collections for Spring Summer 2013.
The award for ‘best mix of feminine fancy and sweaty gig’ goes to Dries Van Noten, who had editors and punters alike salivating at the sheer genius of his creations, and styling, last September. By using the grunge golden crown, the checkered shirt, as a running motif, he threw slouchy knits, delicate sheer floral skirts, and tailored gilets over them, to critical acclaim.
If you want to get this ultra on-trend look for a little less, then luckily that’s rather easy for you this season. You’ll have to splash out on the star of the show though, and invest in Dries’ incredible red and blue tartan shirt. For the perfect boyfriend-fit jumper, look to Rag & Bone, with it’s brilliant balance between neutrality and colour. Get authentic with some sunnies from the Dries van Noten and Linda Farrow collaboration, and emulate his accessories with a rich leopard print clutch from Clare Vivier and some truly ’90s style pointed pumps from Alexander Wang. Smells like style spirit.
1. Rag & Bone, Lory Pullover; £245, motilo.com
2. Dries Van Noten, Tartan Shirt; £356, motilo.com
3. Linda Farrow by Dries Van, Oval Sunglasses with Case; £247, motilo.com
4. Clare Vivier, Haircalf Wallet Clutch; £84, motilo.com
5. Alexander Wang, Emma Ankle Strap Pumps; £388, motilo.com