Grunge luxe trend

Sarah Crisp,
Web Copy Producer, Womenswear


Mint Velvet Stripe Knitwear, Grey, £69
Grunge Luxe Trend

A fashion-forward spin on self-expression

With an emphasis on self-expression, effortless comfort and accessible styling, it’s no wonder the pared-back groundings of grunge are prime for a new-season makeover.

Grunge stemmed from an early-90s backlash against excessive consumption and an obsession with other-worldly supermodels and poseur-musicians. It steeps its ideals in functionality and the clashing of luxury fabrics – think silk and lace - with the toughness of a leather jacket, the practicality of outdoor boots or the warmth of an oversized flannel shirt.

This season, the original aesthetics of grunge have been revisited with a fashion-forward, luxe edge. Hedi Slimane’s second season at the helm of Saint Laurent’s womenswear offers your perfect ‘grunge luxe’ reference for AW13 – mixing strikingly-embellished evening dresses with warming chunky knits, plaid and biker boots for an accessible edgy yet luxe appeal.

Build your outfit around statement luxe - the Coast Hampton dress offers a nod to the heritage of 90s Grunge courtesy of its playful ‘fit and flare’ babydoll shape, but equally embodies the new season update through delicate embellishment to the bodice.

Contrast is key to this modern twist on the original 90s trend, so add Jigsaw's Waterfall ribbed front cardigan to the mix. The cardigan is sure to throw the babydoll ‘pretty’ off scent by subtly clashing both style and proportion between layers. Enhance the feminine silhouette and pull your outfit together by layering in Reiss' Felix Metal Bar skinny belt over your dress and knit combo for nipped-in definition to the small of your waist.

As if rebelling against the hint of sequined glamour on display, your choice of footwear is pivotal to channelling this new-season incarnation of grunge. Endlessly versatile and practical in appeal, these lightly distressed Steve Madden Rambow ankle boots are sure to perfectly punctuate your outfit. Lace up over delicately opaque black tights for the desired Grunge Luxe aesthetic.

No new-season wardrobe is complete without the ultimate Grunge staple – the leather biker jacket. A modern classic, a playful hint at rock-chick rebellion and the epitome of Grunge-cool, team Boutique by Jaeger leather biker jacket over your outfit for a tinge of tough. Lightly wrap John Lewis' Basket Weave silk square around your neck to complete your look with a touch of soft opulence.

When channelling the trend, it’s essential to stay true to the movement’s humble beginnings: hair should have a certain mussed-up, undone appeal, make-up natural but for kohl-defined eyes or scarlet-stained lips and above all else, a free-spirited confidence is a must.