Is Grunge Making a Comeback?
The 2010’s owe much of its fashion influence to the nineties and noughties, if the recent resurgence in Y2K aesthetics is any indication (i.e. the #bratzchallenge and the unlikely comeback of visible thongs paired with low-rise jeans). And so it seems that along with the resurgence of 90’s looks, grunge fashion is making yet another comeback in the tail end of the decade.
Marc Jacobs is bringing back his then-controversial SS93 grunge-inspired collection for Perry Ellis, which in its original run was slammed by critics and caused Jacobs to be fired from the same brand. This past November, the designer has not only resurrected his grunge collection (now modeled by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Slick Woods), he has convinced Anna Sui to do the same with her similarly-inspired SS93 collection. Jacobs’s collection featured Dr. Martens boots, distressed flannels, slip dresses, Converse All Stars, and graphic tees. Sui, on the other hand, opted for more Bohemian influences, with rainbow stripes, crotchet, and florals featuring prominently in her collection.
But it isn’t just the well-established fashion houses that are bringing grunge back—buzzed about streetwear brands are paying attention, too. Vetements’s Fall 2019 menswear collection is much indebted to the nineties and grunge fashion. Not only is there a heavy reliance on tea dresses and flannels, but also a complete recreation of Kurt Cobain’s iconic “Corporate Magazines Still Suck” look that graced the covers of Rolling Stone back in the day.
The nineties and noughties were seminal decades in fashion, and their influences still manifest in the styles and trends of today. Given the brisk weather, it would not be a bad idea to take a page out of the grunge style book and stock up on some flannels or a pair or two of Dr. Martens to help layer up.
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