Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Early Nineties Bedroom Dancing

I still find it incredible strange that the 90's are such a bygone era, that they are ready to be rehashed anew by the fashion world, having already provided rampant inspiration for many of this past season's collections.  I myself lived through the 90's, remember the day Kurt Cobain died, and still have Pearl Jam's Vitalogy on cassette tape somewhere.  I even have the clothes to prove it, including some Betsey Johnson baby-floral dresses, Courtney Love style slips, and a pair of Doc Martins that I bought when I was fifteen, although I admit, I tossed all of my flannel shirts from that era out a long time ago.  I guess it just makes me feel really old when I see things from my not-so-distant past dug up and brought back to earth as "vintage."

Well, even though I feel like it might be slightly too soon for my comfort to start reminiscing about the 90's, I will reach back and wax poetic about one collection in particular, the infamous grunge collection that Marc Jacobs designed for Perry Ellis Spring 1993.  Even if Marc simply lifted the looks that kids were wearing on the street and put them on the catwalk, to me, that collection epitomized an era.  It also put Marc on the map, even if it got him fired.  Shockingly, I had a lot of difficulty finding images of the collection online, even though it's referenced so often, even by the designer himself for his Fall 2006 collection.  WWD has the entire runway show on their website, but you need a subscription to view it properly.  Apparently though, I've heard that the new Model as Muse exhibition at The Met pays homage to some of the original looks, although I have yet to see it.  I decided to pay homage to the collection myself today, with my open-front Anna Sui floral dress layered over a vintage slip, and mismatched with some disheveled and deconstructed plaid.  I even dragged out my old Doc Martin boots...

Six Six Sick deconstructed plaid shirt, Anna Sui floral print dress, vintage slip, Doc Martin boots, tights from Paris, beanie from the dollar store, Antti Asplund necklaces

The infamous Grunge inspired show that Marc Jacobs did for Perry Ellis Spring 1993.

Young Marc and models wearing looks from Perry Ellis Spring 1993

Naomi Campbell and Kristen McMemeny wearing grunge looks.
-Tiffany

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16 comments:

minorkeys1 said...

tiffany, i believe there are some (fuzzy) youtube videos of the collection, but haven't seen any pics

robyn said...

oy vey. i know how that feels. judging from your time line, i'm slightly younger. i was about 12 the last time docs were a mainstream trend and cobain off'd himself. i remember listening to nirvana mtv unplugged cassette over and over again. oh and stp of course.

i'm still in awe that 90s style is now considered "vintage". i refuse to believe it. perhaps its the quarter life crisis.

i dread the day when there becomes a fine line between being fashionably vintage and being stuck in a time warp. you know?

ps. great outfit.

Amanda said...

you look awesome dude! i forgot about that whole layering loose t-shirts over long-sleeve shirts trend..i know that one is going to get popular again too

WendyB said...

You have the look down pat. Awesome.

The Stylemaster said...

those tights are so sick! pity they are from Paris..

somewherebetweenwakingandsleeping said...

holy fark! you guys have the BEST diys!
to deconstruct this plaid shirt, did you just cut a slit in each sleeve of the shirt till half way up the sleeve, then runch the front part of the sleeve up, then tie it together with some sort of elastic/material? (sorry if that description doesnt make much sense...)

The Six Six Sick Girls said...

Robyn- I'm actually 28!

somewherebetweenwakingandsleeping-
Yes, we basically did what you described, but there are a lot more details that you can't see in this picture. You can see better pictures of the shirt, and get a better sense of the construction here:

http://sixsixsick.blogspot.com/2008/12/1981.html

xxx,
Tiffany

Frou Flu said...

oh i remember these:) loved those looks way back aned i think they're still very cool:) thanks for sharing this!:)

Edelweiss said...

This whole outfit is brilliant. Especially the plaid shirt. I really can't get enough of 90s grunge (despite my friends and I's "grungey" days being a little late), so many people seem to reckon it ought to just die out though...

I'm seeing Pearl Jam in 2 months ;)

somewherebetweenwakingandsleeping said...

thanks for the tip Tiffany!

Isabel said...

I was only born in 1989, but I definitely feel a connection to that era. I mostly just love the music (Nirvana, Hole, Bikini Kill, etc.) but the style that comes along with it appeals to me as well. That picture of Kristen and Naomi from the 1992 December Vogue is iconic.

MissAmyShops said...

OMG, I remember when I had that editorial (last pic) tacked up on my wall in high school. Incidentally, my husband guessed right the it was "90's" day when I came home from work last night in black leggings with patent piping, fuschia mini dress, black blazer & my old Docs. Fun stuff! XOXO, MissAmy

La Chauve-Souris said...

such amazing tights...looks like the one from luxirare...whats your brand??

xx

Ashley said...

I haven't seen Marc's grunge collection for Perry Ellis and I really really want to. I'm 27 and also lived through the '90s. I find it sort of funny as well that '90s garments are being touted as "vintage" now. I love a lot of the items being re-done by designers though..especially floral prints.

http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com

The Six Six Sick Girls said...

La Chauve-Souris- I actually don't know the brand of tights. I bought a pack of 3 of them for 40 euros at a wholesale tight shop next to my hotel in Paris about 7 years ago. I've never seen them sold anywhere since, which sucks because they're starting to fall apart!

xxx,
Tiffany

burnthesebones said...

love love love this outfit...the floral anna sui dress is so cute, and so distinctly "anna".
i really want to do that on the sleeves of a plaid shirt now!