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Rihanna Wears Grunge-Inspired Outfit In Concert

05 December 2011, 21.12 | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 comments »

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Rihanna’s outfit featuring a waist-tied ”shirt” for a recent performance in London, very much brings to mind Marc Jacob’s notorious Spring ‘93 grunge collection for Perry Ellis, which was so controversial it eventual led to his dismissal (who’s sorry now Perry Ellis??). My guess is that Rihanna’s skirt-shirt wasn’t designed by anyone, rather created by a savvy stylist, with the military lace-up boots Jacob’s favored updated with black, lace-up stilettos.

It’s funny that Jacob’s collection is so celebrated now because at the time it was reviled not just by fashion folks but also the punks who inspired it, including Courtney Love, who has claimed she and her husband, Kurt Cobain, burned it after Jacobs sent it to them. But oh how minds have changed. Back then, the runways and the fashion community were  viewed as the establishment, and now, street and fashion are practically joined at the hip!

After the flip see the Sonic Youth video “Sugar Kane,” which was filmed in the Perry Ellis showroom and shows pieces from the grunge collection, plus features an up and coming Chloe Sevigny.  There’s an also a 2001 excerpt from an Index magazine interview, in which Jacobs discusses the 1993 collection, described by him as his “favorite.”


MARY: Let’s revisit a collection I loved, which was the Spring ‘93 Grunge Collection for Perry Ellis.
MARC: Oh, it’s my favorite.
MARY: Oh, good.
MARC: That was a time when I did love music, I couldn’t get enough of what was going on. Maybe it was Nirvana that brought me back. I guess it was a comfort because something that sounded so right — and non-commercial — had become so influential, so immediately. I remember being in Berlin the year the wall came down, and I was in some bar, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was on the radio. At that moment I felt an energy I’d only felt before at clubs like Hurrahs, or when I was listening to garage bands.
MARY: Did that free you to try something radical?
MARC: I liked the idea of making some visual noise through clothing. I found a two-dollar flannel shirt on St. Mark’s Place and I sent it off to Italy and had it made into a $300-a-yard plaid silk. It was like the Elsa Perretti crystal tumbler at Tiffany that was inspired by a paper Dixie Cup. I love to take things that are everyday and comforting and make them into the most luxurious things in the world.
MARY: And you made the fancy Birkenstocks.
MARC: Yes. We asked Birkenstock to make satin Birks. We asked Converse to make duchesse satin sneakers. If I were wearing a tuxedo I’d want to wear it with satin Converse sneakers. I’d want my tuxedo to be shrunken and ill-fitting, so I’d look like one of the John Holmstrom cartoons from Punk magazine. It’s the idea of imperfection, of being awkward.
MARY: Did you know it would cause such a stir?
MARC: I didn’t set out to be some hellion. But everybody labeled it grunge. There were a lot of things that stimulated me to do it, and music was one of them. But there was also this new kind of beauty that was starting to be recognized. Girls like Kate Moss. There was this idea of the shoe-gazer, this person who couldn’t look up, who’s sort of insecure. And I’ve always felt like that, that I never fit in. But that’s sort of empowering too.
MARY: So is that feeling something you strive for in what you do now?
MARC: I still think that I’m doing grunge collections, for lack of a better way to say it. But it’s not perceived that way anymore. You don’t have the same reaction to a girl walking around the street today in a nightgown and a vintage coat and sneakers, that you did six years ago.

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  4. Oreka:

    How you mean? @Jennifer I LOVE the grunge look, especially on Rih. I like how she’s always trying daring things; although, grunge has been around forever, in England especially. I don’t really fancy this outfit, but her other grunge inspired outfits were amazing, like in “We Found Love” the Opening Ceremony outfits she was basically showcasing lol.

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