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Trending: Grunge

Did you go through a grunge phase? I did, when I was about fourteen and I’m quite happy that there is no photographic evidence of this. I dyed my hair (and the entire bathroom) pink, I wore 16-hole Dr. Martens and I was a barrel of laughs. Or not. As you can imagine, I was a “fearsome thing to behold” in the words of Jane Austen. During this time, my Mum gave me some sage advice: I could continue to dress like this, as one day I would define my own style and attitude. And she was right, as only Mums can be. The pink hair went blonde, the Docs turned into stilettos, and as for me, well I grew up. So then when I saw what came down the catwalk at Versace this season, it was like déja vu. Donatella and I are going to have to have some words: my teenage angst was being reincarnated.

Grunge and punk are the words of the moment, but one misconception is that this particular style is all about being dark and gloomy. The return of punk sees tartan come to the fore (on which I will share my opinions next week) and re-introduces red to our wardrobes, thanks to Moschino and Saint Laurent Paris. Versace took an errant approach to tartan with yellow, black and white patterns, meanwhile at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci combined tartan with floral prints. So no, this is not about gloom.

Givenchy AW13 credit to style.comGivenchy AW13. Image Style.com

The perfect example of this new trend being executed is at the Met Ball. Rewind to May, and you’ll recall that the theme of the main event on the fashion calendar was indeed punk. Some got it wrong (Sarah Jessica Parker), some got it very wrong (Beyoncé) and some were just bang on, like Cara Delevingne in a black Burberry dress with plunging neckline, embellished with gold studs. Christopher Bailey’s creation executed the brief from Cara’s toes to her famous eyebrows, all the while looking elegantlea and not over the top. The learning from this is key; wearing this trend is not about going all out in a Johnny Rotten kind of way, it’s about paying tribute to it.

Met ball 2013:  Cara DelevingneCara Delevingne at the Met Ball. Image: guardian.com

The palette is certainly mysterious, the foundation of which is black with accents of red, grey, emerald green and white, and incorporates textures like leather, fur and sheepskin, not just for their warming qualities, but luxury. We don’t all have the wallet to spend on the hefty price tag that comes with this trend, but we can look to alternatives. The high street and online outlets will champion this trend for Autumn Winter, with PU leather biker jackets and vests, faux fur gilets and cropped jackets, and the must-have leather legging or waxed jean. Collections from The Outnet, New Look, Karen Millen and Forever 21 give us the freedom to style ourselves in key pieces paired with staple, trans-seasonal items such as skinny jeans, A-line and skater skirts and cotton mini dresses which no Winter wardrobe should be without.
£27.00_New Look AW13

New Look AW13, £27Forever 21
Leggings: Forever 21

But one important thing to note is how this trend can be achieved with the DIY approach, by taking a basic white tee for example and adding studs, even safety pins, to create your own bespoke piece. Fashion is essentially one big experiment, so why not start your own.

lorna wearing karen millenLorna wears Karen Millen

Words by Lorna Weightman
Photographs by Colin Price

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