Grunge goes high fashion

Apr 5, 2013 at 1:59 p.m. ET

Who doesn't remember the grunge scene that was born out of '90s rock in Seattle? It was hot — but a little dirty. Today's grunge, like the kids of the '90s, is all grown up. Sexy still, but now with a whole lot of chic.

Brunette girl in blue and brown grunge outfit

If you were paying attention to New York Fashion Week this season — and if you weren't, not sure why you weren't! — you would have seen the runways packed with something that looked a lot like '90s-esque grunge. It had elements of old — the slouchy pants and oversized shirts — but it wasn't quite the same. Now it's all about grooming that grunge, glamming up the old. Dressing up and looking laid-back is the now. It's almost like making your makeup look like you aren't wearing makeup at all!

The key: Mixing patterns, fabrics and textures.

If it's written in the music...

It's generally in the stars. Or worn by the stars, at least. Have you heard of Macklemore? He's taken the music and rap worlds by storm with an updated grunge look in his latest videos. The new Seattle grunge look is thrift shop chic but brows and hair are not loose and gross like Nirvana, but coiffed, with the grungier clothing. We like it.

…it's also in the stars

Yes, the '90s have returned, and we're not sorry. In 1992, Perry Ellis designer Marc Jacobs along with Anna Sui and Christian Francis Roth took inspiration from the city of Seattle for their spring '93 collections. Twenty years later for spring 2013, we have seen a return to this idea and no one has taken it to a higher level than Dries Van Noten. "Mis-matched sheer plaids in an array of slouchy skirts and pajama pants have taken this trend to a clever relaxed high-fashion re-do," says celebrity stylist David Zyla.

It absolutely is a re-do, as Zyla puts it, and while we see a taste of the former angst and grittiness, is it really as dirty when it involves flowers and chiffon?

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