VintagEye, * Kurt Cobain wearing this model. Brand:….
These are arguably the most recognizable grunge era accessory. Kurt Cobain notoriously donned this model for more than one photo shoot. You can still find them vintage from time to time on sites such as Ebay and Etsy. Or you can score them new, if you can find them in stock.
A few years ago the 6558 was reissued by Silver Lining Vintage for Opening Ceremony. Make no mistake, unlike most things associated with grunge these were always designer sunglasses. However, they were probably cheaper in the 1990s than what Opening Ceremony sells the reissue for, around $450.
If you hope to get a hold of these truly iconic shades, keep your eyes on the auctions. They’re cooler vintage, and sometimes possible to purchase at under $100.
Rescue Beauty Lounge.
Other things grunge. But to be fair, this polish predates the fall runway obsession. It’s actually a very nice wear-to-work colour/color (US). This RBL polish is easy to apply and comes out a putty colour, similar to the way it looks in the bottle.
I’m happy that grunge is back on the runways. It never belonged there in the first place, but at least it inspired many of the fashion conscious to go vintage. There’s nothing wrong with recycling. Especially when it comes to the clothing industry, notorious for violating human and animal rights. I also love plaid. And mohair. And I love pissing off the posh type who seem to take visceral offense to grunge.
Grunge, like punk of course, takes its cues from music. I wonder if we will see a resurgence of Breeders or Gits gracing publicized playlists (what used to be radio when grunge had its first run). It would be strange to see fashion conjure the music, instead of the reverse. Nirvana will always be around, no matter what Marc Jacobs is doing.
Although grunge round 2 is cleaned up a bit (see Stella McCartney’s clean lines+mohair+plaid), and those stupid beenies are everywhere (they rarely strayed far from Jacobs/Ellis the first time), it’s still possible to create runway looks from a thrift store. Brands like free people have picked up on this and are selling some well-worn pieces for around $200-$500, prices that would more than astound any musician associated with grunge round 1. But you can still find most of this stuff by searching through your local vintage/thrift store. That’s what free people buyers do.
I have to admit that some of the most coveted pieces from grunge round 2 are really tempting.
See below, bag, sweater, and coat by Stella McCartney and mohair cardigan by YSL. You won’t find the Falabella bag at any thrift store, but the rest can be approximated. Plus, DIY has always been an important part of grunge.
Note: if you are like me, too busy to do your thrift shopping in person, sites like Rusty Zipper and Etsy have some decent finds.