It seems fitting in that in the year which sees the 20th anniversary of the grunge scene that so revitalised 1990s music, Altuzarra would produce a collection for Autumn/Winter 2011 that celebrates the grungy glamour of throwing a parka over your prettiest party dress. The inspiration for this collection? Kate Moss off course!
Now, think back to the early days of Grunge, which juxtaposed the start of the career of the woman destined to be the most infamous supermodel of them all. Grunge music bought grunge fashion – Courtney Love in her torn nighties and Doc Marten boots and Babes in Toyland in 1960s dresses and parkas. Then along came Kate Moss, the waif-like model in stringy vests and multi-coloured underwear, immortalised in a series of pictures by Corinne Day. The epitome of grunge styling…and then she met Johnny Depp. They were the most beautiful couple in the world, and Kate now wore glittering vintage dresses, bt she continued to throw a parka or leather jacket over the top.
This is the style that Altuzarra has tapped into this season. He says he worked with images of Kate Moss tapped to his mood board. Images of the supermodel dressed in beautiful gowns, and in parkas. The new collection oozes with grunge glamour. Pretty diaphanous gowns dressed down with boots, and parkas, and other anoraks that would look more at home in Antarctica than in Bungalow 8.
I just love this collection, as someone who used to go out in a vintage nightdress and cherry red Doc Martens could. It is nostalgia of the highest order, the sort that makes you want to dig out that copy of Nevermind and shake your hair like its 1991…