From The Beatles' mod suits to the punk gear flaunted by the Sex Pistols, music-inspired fashion dominates at least one chapter in each era of the history of style. And 20 years ago, in the final decade of the 20th century amid a stream of minimalism and American sportswear, Kurt Cobain gave flannel shirts and striped jumpers their place in that history, pioneering a look that continues to symbolise the musical genre he and his band spearheaded.
Ladies and gentlemen, grunge is back!
Actually, saying grunge is back is a bit of an oxymoron, since grunge hardly ever went away for very long. You still spot indie kids and rock musicians around town sporting flannels and stripes. The style is synonymous with big fashion-industry players like Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of French Vogue, while another icon of the 1990s, Kate Moss, still occasionally steps out in a grungy leather jacket and printed tea-dress combo. The 90s was the decade in which many of the current young bloods of fashion grew to maturity and the sensibility of those times has long been incorporated into their personal styles.
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