WWD informs us that Grunge is back in time for fall. I did it the first time around– when Kate Moss was a mussed-up young thing dating Johnny Depp and Courtney Love was rocking one torn-up baby-doll dress after another. It was the 90s, I was in college and finding myself. I was all about the grunge glam look myself, but I was a secret snob at heart. Even when I wore Doc Martens with plaid shirts over a slipdress, I ALWAYS carried a Chanel bag.
Thank god for Tom Ford who saved me from veering too far down Courtney’s path of smeared Vamp lipstick and shredded tights! In 1995, the moment Madonna wore Gucci’s velvet trousers, complete with horse-bit detail, I knew wanted to be a Gucci queen like Madge, not a gutter rat like Courtney Love.
In fact, I still have my Gucci velvet pants! But I’ll always have a special place in my heart for grunge. Here, the top five bags that honor the early nineties and still stay current:
1. Mulberry Lily Leather Shoulder Bag: Storm-blue leather has an appropriately cloudy effect. Think of Mulberry’s Lily bag as a neo-grunge alternative to carrying a Chanel chain-strap!
On Net-a-Porter for $1,000.
2. Acne Arden Denim and Suede Tote: Under other circumstances, a denim tote would seem anti-chic, but grunge is anti-everything! Let this leather- and suede-trimmed tote get beaten up, torn, and frayed until it looks like you’ve had it since the early ‘90s.
On Net-a-Porter for $700.
3.Theyskens’ Theory Ando Osfa Backpack: The classic shape and all-black leather of this backpack screams disgruntled teenager. Add a holey sweater and a bad attitude, and you’ll be good to go!
On Ssense for $575.
4. Bottega Veneta Crinkled and Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bag: Bottega doesn’t exactly come to mind when you’re thinking gutter-glam, but the brand has an edgy new lease on life. This supremely crinkled, ultra-slouchy bag fits the mood.
On Net-a-Porter for $4,000.
5. Alexander Wang Kristen Satchel: It wouldn’t be a grunge-inspired list without the current forerunner of the movement. Alex Wang’s strap-crazed Kristen bag juxtaposes pebbled leather and suede for an undone bondage-y feel.
At Barneys New York for $825.