Dries van Noten Gives Grunge a High Fashion Makeover for Spring 2013

Grunge gone high fashion. We've seen a lot of '90s rehash from designers this season but this was the best interpretation of the decade I've seen so far.
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Grunge gone high fashion. We've seen a lot of '90s rehash from designers this season but this was the best interpretation of the decade I've seen so far.
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The Clothes: Grunge gone high fashion. We've seen a lot of '90s rehash from designers this season but this was the best interpretation of the decade I've seen so far. Dries Van Noten took Seattle's plaid flannel button down and made it sheer and sexy. Plaid then made its way onto loose pajama pants, dresses and long skirts and all of it was worn together: Plaid on plaid on plaid. Yet somehow, it worked. And when it wasn't plaid, Van Noten, who is known for his prints, sprinkled in some florals--on sheer dusters and maxi dresses worn over plaid looks. Van Noten also turned out some of the best examples of pajama dress we've seen: A silk bathrobe was tucked into a busy skirt covered in gold fringe--perfect for the girl who partied too hard the night before and woke up 10 minutes before she had to run off to the next party. The vibe was relaxed, cozy and sexy all at the same time.

The Hair & Makeup: According to a tweet from Style.com, dark roots were painted on so stylist Paul Hanlon could achieve the "Courtney Love in Hole" look he was going for. Lips were a dark, matte red and many of the models wore white-framed sunglasses (because they were so chillax-ed OK?)

The Soundtrack: Since I have to use a Blackberry in Paris because Verizon and my iPhone 4 won't cooperate, I couldn't Shazam it. So I'll have to rely on the Wall Street Journal's Meenal Mistry who informs that it was: Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' covered by The Cribs, the Breeders and Sonic Youth's 'Superstar.' "Dries Van Noten had best soundtrack so far," she tweeted. We'd have to agree. The Vibe: For the past few seasons Dries van Noten has shown at the Hotel de Ville--the grandest most gilded most Baroque venue you could imagine in Paris. So it was fitting for this high fashion take on grunge that he switched it up and showed in a stark industrial space that felt like a parking garage. Also a thing about a Dries show: Everyone fangirls-out and wears Dries. So everyone looks awesome.

Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Posey

Photos: IMAXtree