“I don’t give a Shit”. That’s the attitude conveyed by the genre – Grunge. Emerging from Seattle in the United States in the 1980s, grunge went on to have global connotations for alternative bands and DIY(do-it-yourself) clothing. Grunge is a sub-genre of alternative rock that typically fuses elements of punk rock and heavy metal.
Grunge style of dressing, combines elements of punk mixed with inexpensive working class clothing, like jeans and plaid fabrics. As it was associated with popular rock bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam etc, this style quickly trickled up, and designers like Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui released high-end collections built on this genre. Keeping the key element – the plaids and checks – intact, cottons, distressed jeans and ripped tights were replaced by silks. This turned grunge into something that was hot on ramps and catwalks, and sold in expensive stores instead of it being an inexpensive, worn and ill-fitted clothing.
As for me, I wanted to create something Grunge-ish as well. So I picked up, the key colours of the look – Red and Black, and crafted an ensemble. The attire is a combination of a top made out of silk, having a gingham drape attached to it. The right sleeve is highlighted by the same gingham whereas the left one is emphasised by a zipper that cuts through it diagonally. The trousers are made of a heavy knit that is heat set into a 3d dotted texture.
The grunge look, an unkempt look, is often dark and experimental. I left my locks long and loose, which may look like they haven’t been brushed or washed in several days. I used dark black kohl for my eyes, dark chocolate brown for my lips, and kept the nails solid black as well. The maroon leather high ankle boots, from Charles n Keith completed the look.