It was only this past March when the internet collectively gasped (and not with delight) over Hedi Slimane’s return to fashion as the Creative Director of Saint Laurent.
When models walked down the AW13 runway to a soundtrack by the Thee Oh Sees—dressed in grungy plaid, lacy baby doll dresses, combat boots and lingerie inspired apparel—in the newly named “Saint Laurent” label, it was clear that Hedi Slimane was having a grunge moment.
However, as much as rock royalty—like Courtney Love, Kim Gordon and Marilyn Manson, who have all starred in Saint Laurent’s AW13 campaigns—might have loved the collection, fashion editors were heavily-critical, citing that Slimane added nothing new to the nostalgic trend and it was too far of a departure from the YSL brand/vision.
NYT editor Cathy Horyn—who is rumored to have been banned from Slimane’s shows due to an ill-received review—wrote, “One of the first things the new designer, Hedi Slimane, did was to remove “Yves” from the label, thereby severing a symbolic connection to the founder, and everything he stood for, like good taste and feminine power.”
And although, perhaps, Slimane’s Saint Laurent debut collection lacked the ability to interpret an old trend and bring something wholly new to the table, we can’t deny that 90s grunge is here to stay, at least for awhile.
Fall runways were full of nineties-filled flashbacks. Givenchy revealed mesh and sheer pencil skirts paired with leather and plaid. Giles showed a selection of baby doll dresses worthy of Courtney Love’s tiara, and Dries Van Noten sent models dressed in plaid and floral mashups down the runway.
The key to wearing nineties grunge in 2013 is to keep it fresh by selecting one nostalgic item and mixing it up with something new. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking like rogue cast member from the 1992 film “Singles,” except Matt Dillon isn’t your boyfriend.
To get you in a nineties state of mind, come as you are with these glorious grungy picks that we’re totally crushing over.