Monday, September 7, 2015

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

HELLO FRIENDS,
Happy Monday.
Olivia here.



Recently we released our new September 2015 Lookbook focusing on the NINETIES. To go along with this, we will be posting blogs throughout the month of some of our favorite moments, items, styles, or looks of the decade. Look for a new blog post every Monday and make sure to check out our lookbook HERE if you haven't already!

So, today I'm going to be sharing with you one of my favorite styles of the decade: 90's GRUNGE.
I know most of us may know what grunge fashion is and get the gist of what it entails, 
BUT
Upon diving into the movement a little deeper I found some pretty interesting details about it's history that I'd love to share with ya. 
Grunge can simple be characterized by "non-fashion" (A pretty harsh description if you ask me) or in sweeter terms, an uncoordinated look with a edge. Staples popular in grunge wear include: flannels, worn or ripped denim, oversized knits, band tees, printed skirts, ripped tights, and combat or hiking boots.While most consider the true origins of grunge to ooze from Kurt Cobain's closet, the roots of grunge were really born in the streets of Seattle. A younger generation found themselves searching for second-hand clothing staples that would go against the flashiness of the 80's.  In an effort to find cheap, durable, timeless pieces they looked no further than local thrift shops. Surrounded by a regional logging-industry, flannels and Pendleton wools were easy to come by as a utilitarian necessity. Also, Seattle's weather can vary by 20 degrees in a given day, making it convenient to have a warm flannel ready around the waist: hence, Grunge is born.

These effortlessly edgy pieces soon found themselves on the decade's emerging musicians. They took these "uncool" pieces and made them VERY COOL to youth in and out of Seattle (with the addition of a little less showering). Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video ran on MTV 4-5 times a day for weeks. Before long, Seattle's Grunge Rock style took over the streets of New York City and eventually the rest of America. 

Grunge fashion: Became very popular in the early 90's. this look is very casual and unkempt. Usually consisting of tshirts, large flannels, and jeans.:

Along with Grunge came another even smaller moment in fashion: Kinderwhore. The risqué style was characterized by babydoll dresses, slips/nighties worn as dresses, ripped tights, plastic hair barrettes,  bows, heavy or smeared makeup, leather boots and mary janes. It was a style meant to be sexually provocative by contrasting femininity and fragility with the aggressive music of grunge rock and punk. Leading ladies such as Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland, Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, Christina Amphlett of Divinyls and of course Courtney Love of Hole popularized the look on and offstage.

POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL By Boudoir Queen: Kat Bjelland:

Kim Shattuck of The Muffs:

Baby drool ... Christina Amplett:

'When I see 16 year-olds waiting for me, I just want to spank them and give them guitars and tell them to start bands. It's a bummer that girls have to respond to rock artists sexually instead of, like, 'wow, me too!'. - Courtney Love:


What was once known as "non-fashion" soon found itself intertwined with high fashion. In 1993 Marc Jacobs created a Spring collection for Perry Ellis (This show would basically be Marc's "interview" to take over the line of the recently deceased designer). A 25 year old Jacobs found himself wanting to destroy the 80's and celebrate a movement in fashion that he truly loved. He did so by creating a show that featured layered and vintage looks made out of luxury fabrics. 

Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis, showed a grunge-inspired collection for spring/summer 1993 - MarieClaire.com:

Naomi Campbell, on the Perry Ellis by Marc Jacobs Spring 1993 runway.:

Perry Ellis Spring 1993 (the Grunge collection, which got Marc Jacobs fired from P.Ellis - and made him famous):

Perry Ellis Spring 1993, the grunge collection by Marc Jacobs.:

Marc was fired soon after the runway show. Some thought that he killed the movement but, this remains to be THE show that launched the rest of his career. Despite The mixed reviews, Bergdorf Goodman went on to sell flannel printed shorts for $275 and wool ski caps for $175.
 A few short months later...

Kurt Cobain grunge is dead frances bean rock, indé, dark, gothic, darkwave, batcave, indus, metal, punk:


Even though the king of Grunge himself declared it dead, I just want to point one thing out:
Plaid and flannel shirts, oversized sweaters, band tees, babydoll dress, ripped denim, torn tights, high-waisted cutoff jeans, leather boots, Doc Martens...Any of these ringing a bell?
Sounds to me like things you'd find in a modern closet nowadays. Grunge is back if you want it to be! I'm not saying go full out and don't wash your hair and clothes (Although if that what's you're into GO FOR IT), but we shouldn't forget the roots of so many of our favorite wardrobe pieces nowadays. There are plenty of ways to bring back that grungy vibe of the nineties in a modern way. I think a good way to go about it is to choose a few pieces that highlight the style instead of an entire ensemble. Doing so can take the costume factor down and give it a modern flair by adding some updated pieces. I've put together several looks that I think do just that.
But first, here are a few more  photos that inspired the looks.

My main fashion idol, Courtney Love, with her kinderwhore look:

Introducing the 25 most memorable fashion moments of the '90s: Winona Ryder, Style Icon (1991):

Courtney Love (Hole) / 1991.  Love and other riot grrls invent #kinderwhore style juxtaposing child-like garments with overt sexuality, challenging us to think about society's definition of femininity. #feminism #subvert1990s:

babes in toyland / here ya go girls! This is a perfect representation of what girls in 90's "grunge" actually look like. this is it, nothing more, nothing less, and not even close to most of what you guy's have been slapping the label on. Oh and we were riot grrrls, boys were grunge, google it.:
(Just want to point out that we have this exact same lunchbox that she's holding in store!)

Courtney Love/90's Grunge Princess:

I love the idea of mixing some characteristics of Grunge with some aspects of the Kinderwhore movement. The edginess of Seattle-based streetwear with a feminine edge.

meadow-walking boots:):

Without further adieu, here are my looks all put together with Street Scene goods!



BLACK ZIP-UP CROP TOP: $10
DENIM MINI: $16
BLACK CRYSTAL NECKLACE: $16
SHOES: MODELS OWN










 PINK EYELET CROP TOP: $18
BLACK DENIM JEANS: $16
HEART-SHAPED SHADES: $12
SHOES: MODELS OWN










PINK PLAID MAXI: $14
SHOES: MODELS OWN








 BUTTON FRONT SKIRT: $16
VINTAGE BAZOOKA BUBBLE GUM TEE: $16
FLANNEL SHIRT: $16
RHINESTONE NECKLACE: $16
SHOES: MODELS OWN










BLACK CREPE BABY-DOLL WITH BOW COLLAR: $32
SHOES: MODEL'S OWN








BLACK AND WHITE PLAID JUMPER: $14
LACY BLACK BRA: $12
 LARISSA LODEN MINIATURE KNIFE NECKLACE: $33
SHOES: MODEL'S OWN






Shoutout to my photographer Madison Wathen and model Anna Coke

That's all for now friends. Make sure to pop in the store soon to find these and many more RAD 90's pieces, check out our Lookbook, or just say hi!

Stay GRUNGY,

Olivia


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lazy Dazy Stripes


 Hello again friends 

Here is a little something that makes me happy.
Stripes. 
Perfect for every occasion, always.
But especially for lazy days of laying around doing a little bit of nothing 

I selected some of my favorite lazy day stripe inspired photos, 
then some of my favorite lazy day striped shirts here at Street Scene



















photos via pinterest

Heres a little of our lazy days striped shirts at Street Scene
$16

$14

$12

$14


Until next time friends

xoxo,

Jillian 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer Fall 2015 Lookbook














Stylists: John Feather & Cara Larkin 
Model: Ashley Smith
Set Designers: John Feather & Cara Larkin
Photographer: Madison Wathen
Layout: Madison Wathen
Clothes & Accessories: Street Scene Vintage