If anyone knows a thing or two about grunge it’s Courtney Love. So it’s no shocker that she’s already all over Hedi Slimane’s interpretation for Saint Laurent of the hot-mess look she’s owned for the past two decades.
According to Courtney - who recently debuted her own fashion line up-cycled from vintage pieces - she is experiencing ‘gasms’ over his Autumn Winter 2013-14 offering. Sounds horrible, but we read as positive. “I love it,” revealed Courtney in a random Facebook chat with The Fashion Law’s Julie Zerbo, “It reminds me of Value Village.”
Saint Laurent Autumn Winter 2013
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Value Village, it’s a chain of thrift stores in America. Again, a classically off-kilter Courtney comment which is delivered with all the best intentions; meaning that despite the extra-luxurious finish Hedi has given this Saint Laurent grunge-fest (opulent crystal-studded fishnets, intricately sequinned capes, the softest leather trench) it has the authenticity and genuine (teen) spirit of truly thrown-together street style. The kind that wouldn’t be out of place in the world’s coolest hipster dives.
Where things get really controversial for Courtney is when she states that Mr Marc Jacobs – aka the bold originator of lowbrow grunge on the highbrow runway - didn’t do the look properly. Yikes! “Hedi is a genius,” Courtney said, “No offense to MJ [Marc Jacobs] but he never got it right. This is what it really was. Hedi knows his shit. He got it accurate, and MJ and Anna [Sui] did not.” Oooerr missus!
Marc Jacobs' Spring 1993 collection for Perry Ellis
We’re not sure exactly what Marc didn’t do to please Miss Love’s grunge taste buds the first time round, but in 2010 she also revealed that in a mad moment she and Kurt Cobain burnt the grungy entirety of MJ’s seminal spring 1993 collection that he designed for New York brand Perry Ellis. Love now regrets such a rash move, but explained in 2010 on her blog, “We were punkers — we didn’t like that kind of thing.” We know babe, happens to us all!
Whatever Courtney’s take, grunge ain’t going anywhere this season or next – whether you want old-school Marc, box-fresh Saint Laurent, or, erm, Value Village.