Viva La 1990s!
Grunge, which grew out of Seattle area in the early 1990s with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, soon caught on with mainstream fashion. Vogue featured "Grunge and Glory," a memorable editorial shot by Steven Meisel in December 1992, which Naomi Campbell and Kristen McMenamy in threadbare flannels, skull caps and combat boots. Also in '92, Marc Jacobs bust onto the scene with a blockbuster collection for Perry Ellis that included flannels, Doc Martens and thermal shirts. He was nicknamed the "Guru of Grunge" by Women's Wear Daily and won the CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. James Truman, the editor of Details, told the New York Times in 1992: "To me the thing about grunge is it's not anti-fashion, it's un fashion. Punk was anti-fashion. It made a statement. Grunge is about not making a statement, which is why it's crazy for it to become a fashion statement." And crazier, still, that it would comeback today on cool kids such as Peaches Geldof (and an unidentified pink-haired friend) recently in Los Angeles, and with Elle Style Director Kate Lanphear.