Holy ’90s flashback. Charlotte Ronson‘s Spring/Summer 2011 collection was very literally inspired by the mid ’90s. Stuff Rayanne Graff and Angela Chase would have died to wear. Maybe even some stuff Rayanne Graff did wear. And as someone who came of age in the ’90s, the show was a nostalgic blast. Much credit must be given to Charlotte’s sister Sam for providing an amazing ’90s soundtrack for the show that included “Laid” by James and a finale set to Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” (everyone sang along).
Lindsey Wixson opened the show and set the tone in a sheer orange spaghetti strap dress, slouchy knit beanie hat, thin braids towards the front of her straight, parted-down-the-middle hair, and a nose ring. Hoodies were draped in an “I don’t give a fuck” kind of way over models heads. There were long floral print dresses over short-sleeved white tees, cinched at the waist with, duh, a tied flannel shirt. I could hear Cher’s voice in my head, “So, this flannel thing. Is that a nod to the crispy Seattle weather, or are you just trying to stay warm in front of the refrigerator?”
The grunge inspiration continued with a series of army green cargo looks but that’s not to say the collection didn’t have some more girly feminine pieces. There was plenty of sheer in the way of delicate tiered sheer tops in bright yellows and mid-calf length skirts worn with nothing but underwear underneath. Not quite sure how that look will translate from the runway to the street. Also hoping the espadrille flats paired with thick wool socks look is one that won’t make it past the runway either. But the long floral and striped knit skirts certainly will.
All in all, a super fun show. Thanks for the memories Ronson sisters!
**All photos by Julia Silverman.