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  • It takes a full generation to endow a decade with retro status. According to this logic, the Nineties has officially comes of age. ‘She’s in fashion’ sang Suede’s Brett Anderson in the band’s iconic anthem. The same could be said of the era’s look. For S/S 13, Courtney Love, Winona Ryder, Justine Frischmann are our pin-ups and their tomboyish grace a refreshingly easy runway to wardrobe transition.
  • This season’s grunge takes everything that was great about the Nineties look – the effortlessness, the sense of rebellion – and adds a serious layer of glossy chicness to avoid falling into teenager territory. Think slouchy, mismatched separates and Claire Danes in My So Called Life mixed with luxurious fabrics and the red-carpet polish that the actress
    exudes today.
  • Stella McCartney and Jil Sander’s gleaming palettes and clean lines also illustrate how to add a smartness to loose, grungey silhouettes. While Derek Lam and Dries Van Noten drill down to the essence embracing plaid and sporty sweatshirts.
  • In an almost too neat cultural twist, the decade’s icons are also currently grabbing the headlines, with Nineties rivals Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher burying the hatchet and taking to the stage together next week for a one-off show in London. Suede also make
    their album comeback later
    this month.
  • The album should be worth
    a listen if only on the grounds that Nineties nostalgia won’t be going away anytime soon, one of the most talked about shows at Fashion Week was Hedi Slimane’s turbo-grunge collection for Saint Laurent Paris, an homage to the decade’s Seattle grittiness, infused with some 21st century sexiness. The nineties are back, but we promise it’s going to look better this
    time around.

Grunge Comes of Age

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