Tag Archives: grunge

WOMEN.

For a while I’ve been composing my list of female inspirations. Gals with style, energy, talent and BALLS appeal to me, be they musicians, models, actors, writers, artists etc. Enjoy the prettiness 🙂

Carole King – I Feel the Earth Move (Tapestry, 1971)

Lara Stone, supermodel.

Alison Mosshart, Musician.

Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) – Fight Club, 1999

"Le Due Frida" - Frida Kahlo, Artist

The Breeders (Kim Deal) – Cannonball (Last Splash, 1993)

Britney Spears, Musician.

READ: "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" - Julia Phillips

Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel.

Meryl Streep in Sophies Choice, 1982

Courtney Love, Musician.

Carole King, Musician.

READ: "Fear of Flying" - Erica Jong.

Hole (Courtney Love) – Northern Star (Celebrity Skin, 1998)

Sophie Dahl, Supermodel/Writer. (NB: I also love this picture because Opium is one of my favourite fragrances.

Julianne Moore in Magnolia, 1999

 More to follow…

Dre x

Anything You Can Do, Courtney Did Better

Whilst casually looking through Courtney Love pics on t’internet, I noticed something. There’s a fair few trends resurfacing that Courtney started in the 90’s. We all know Grunge is back, but I seriously think a few designers made C-Love mood boards when doing their sketches:

Courts in the early 90's

Dress from Asos

Mid 90's: Navy dress

Navy French Connection dress

More to come…

Dre x

Rule Britannia


The modern take on the British classic Dr Marten.
Lace up military worker boots or ‘grunge’ boots. (And Union Jack socks to give it that real, late 70s punk, Sex Pistols feel!)
Bought from eBay for £27.99.

Vicky

Kinder Surprise

Hole in the mid-ninties

Grunge music is officially on its way back and so must be its fashion counterpart. Kinderwhore, made famous by Courtney Love and Kat Bjelland, is the classic good girl gone bad way of dressing. Baby doll dresses, tights ripped to shreds, smeared makeup and extreme bed hair. It kinda says “I’m innocent…but get too close I’ll rip you to shreds.” The late 80’s/early 90’s was a crazy time. Music was radical and powerful, young people everywhere didn’t give a damn about what people thought and constantly provoked reaction from the mainstream. The late 00’s/early ‘10’s do no harbour such free thinking rebellion, so any attempt at Kinderwhore nowadays would have to be done in a sensible and controlled manner. Take Peaches Geldof:

Peaches for PPQ

Victorian style colours (black and cream always work well together), lace, netting, frills and strong shoulders. Dark red lips and careless waves complete the look. The aim of the game is to look a little dishevelled, but still some what presentable. Try this take on the babydoll from Jovonna at Topshop with these Topshop tights. Mary Janes are the staple shoes and these cuties from New Look will do the trick. Search EBay for a mid length brown faux fur coat to throw over the outfit to keep you toasty. A sweet yet grown up fragrance is needed here. J’adore by Dior or maybe more fittingly, Baby Doll by Yves Saint Laurent. But above all, to pull off this look you need shit loads of attitude and true love for all things grunge. 

 Dre x

GRUNGE IS BACK



Aah, those words feel good in my mouth.

Recently,  grunge seems to have climbed its way out of its early grave by the grubby hands and crawled its way back into our consciousness. Although, I don’t think it was really dead (though some argue that it died with Kurdt Cobain.) NIRVANA was one of the biggest groups of the 90s. A band like that isn’t just forgotten because they don’t make records anymore. I, for one, can say that I listen to a Nirvana record at least twice a week and there are tons like me. Otherwise we wouldn’t have had the steady release of post-humus ‘new’ Nirvana paraphernalia to buy.

But GRUNGE goes beyond Nirvana. It’s a movement. It’s an identity. So much of grunge music is poetry. A shy person’s poetry. Painfully honest lyrics wrapped up in metaphors and delivered in an aggressive, sometimes incoherent way. Like a teenager having a tantrum.[ I think that was the side of me that instantly got drawn to its emotive power.] But deeper than that, the grunge/riot grrl! movement that was happening in the early 90s is not dissimilar to what was happening with Punk in the late 70s. Kids had never been more creative, experimenting with words and language, (L7’s ‘Wargasm’ being an example.) They found modern ways to express political opinions through the music and the fanzines, and found a way of slipping melodies into hard rock music. But the core of the movement was the juxtaposition between all things light and beautiful and all things scruffy and dark.  

Grunge fanzine 'Bikini Kill'. 2nd edition

This was also reflected in the fashion. The ‘Kinderwhore’ thing began: girls wearing cute babydoll dresses, mary-janes, makeup and hair clips. Though the dresses and tights were often ripped, the makeup smudged and/or heavily applied, and the hair a Punk hairspray mess. The style, roughly translated from German means ‘Child Whore’ and was concoted by either Courtney Love (Hole) or Kat Bjelland (Babes in Toyland). It is not known which, as both seem to have staked claim on the look. It is a look that sums up how so many young girls feel; child-like, young and carefree, however, sexualised by men and the media. It was a way of owning the sexualisation that was (involuntarily) happening, a way of reclaiming their sexuality. Feminism, at its most jaded, was in the youth. And this look is one that can still be seen today, in tea dresses/vintage dresses teamed with biker/’grunge’ boots. The ultimate juxtaposition between beautiful and dark was  Mr Grunge himself, Kurt Cobain. Blond, beautiful, but a complete mess.

The 90s was a time when people were coming down from the heady heights of the 80s. The hedonism, indulgence, greed, and vanity had taken its toll, the economy had since declined and this left a gaping hole for the disaffected youths to re-package Punk and scream out their frustrations. With the dawning of this new decade, maybe the same thing is needed to combat the similarly indulgent Noughties?

And it seems to be the case.

Over the last few years we have seen the return of grunge bands Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Pixies, Alice in Chains and more recently, Hole and Soundgarden. Grunge did not die. Many bands came and went in between, including new ones like French band Sassy. What I’m saying is that Grunge cannot and will not die. As long as there are kids with guitars, a decent CD player and things to worry about, it will live forever. What happens is that it just becomes unfashionable every decade or two.

GRUNGE went away while the 00s attitude of ‘party party money money’ leant itself to Pop, Dance and R&B music. With the recent recession looming and lingering, GRUNGE, is back.

Vicky

Things to check out:
GrungeReport.net
Book – Grunge is Dead
Book – Grunge

Hole Lotta Love

                                       

So the rumours started circulating a while ago but now it’s official: grunge band HOLE is BACK! Courtney Love and her new band mates are playing under the name Hole (at ex-Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson’s behest) in Europe over February. No news on when the album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ will be released as of yet, but expect songs to be put up on their brand new YouTube page.