With so many designers paying homage to the seventies for fall and spring, I have to say it was a big breathe of fresh air to see Charlotte Ronson’s tribute to the nineties. No, I’m not talking 90210 nineties, think more Claire Danes in “My So-Called Life” nineties. Cue the ditsy florals, and plaid!
Now before you cringe let me affirm that if grunge could ever be done in a pretty, feminine, and even romantic way Ronsons’ way is it! She showed us the expected nineties staples such as Slouchy sweaters, plaid shirts (tied around the waist, of course), long flowy dresses with floral patterns, loose beanies and scrunched-down socks while modernizing it with tops in sheer fabrics and–somehow–a more clean though very nineties grunge stylistic approach. Each model had long, flowing locks, stringy little braids and nose-rings! Is this bringing back any memories yet?
But wait a second! Grunge–and the nineties for that matter–would have been nothing without denim. Though Ronsons’ collection wasn’t too denim heavy as far as fabric goes she did utilized a lot of fresh denim blue hues throughout the collection. And when it came down to it, the denim pieces she did incorporate were just right! I mean, you can’t have grunge without a denim vest! And what would the nineties have been without overalls, or in this case an overall-esque, ankle length denim dress. Like I said: just right!
Photographs by Andr? Lucat; Style.com
All-in-all Ronson took the best of a decade know for its free and chaotic spirit and managed to produce a collection with the perfect balance between edgy and soft, grungy and (get this) romantic, and most definitely nostalgic but oh so modern.
– Sandoval Gomez
Tags: Charlotte Ronson, Grunge Style/Fashion, S/S 2011