When it comes to Saint Laurent, I feel like the shortsided critic who the history books mention later as the “people” who didn’t “get” the new style and the rebranding process. I was so furious about the last collection (but I insist, the styling was horrible!) that I couldn’t foresee the wonders Slimane was about to offer. I admit defeat and share the wonderful Resort 2014 lookbook starring Sasha Pivovarova; of course black and white – a trademark of Hedi Slimane photography. I feel like THIS was the message new Saint Laurent was trying to convey; a new rendition of grunge with femininity – and I get it now.
Eliza Cummings by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China June 2013
I wanted to assuage my grunge fewer (see post below) but the only grungy item I could pull of right now was this plaid shirt (and the beanie maybe?). If I go all sloppy it’s more than likely that I will look like a real homeless (though surely I would blend in, no offense Montréal) rather than grunge chic. So instead; I, once again, wore every kind of layer I could and justified the look by slipping in the good old tartan and calling it “no no, this is not ridiculous. this is grunge”. Oh Canada, the things you make me do.
“Grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in Washington, inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock. Clothing commonly worn by grunge musicians consisted of thrift store items and the typical outdoor clothing of the region, as well as a generally unkempt appearance. The style did not evolve out of a conscious attempt to create an appealing fashion; music journalist Charles R. Cross said, “Kurt Cobain was just too lazy to shampoo,” and Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman said, “This [clothing] is cheap, it’s durable, and it’s kind of timeless. It also runs against the grain of the whole flashy aesthetic that existed in the 80s.” (wikipedia)
Grunge clothing can simply be indentified as a toned down hippie, or basically blending pretty pieces such as florals or sheer shirts with combat boots and ripped up denim to create a dirty and messy look. Of course at that time they were actually dirty and nonchalant, but now you can create the look with giving a little thought into it. Do not forget the fundamentals: floral and/or velvet dress, acid wash denim, flannel shirt, cropped tee, jersey anything, maxi tube skirt, combat boots and a backpack, preferably all layered together.