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Friday, September 24th 2010

End of the Century, Again: ’90s Style Returns

At left: a look from the Charlotte Ronson spring 2011 runway. At right (clockwise): Delia Suede Wedge Booties, Cashmere V Neck Cardigan, Petite Edie Belt, New Army Handhack Tote, and Viva Vena Decoupage T-Shirt.

The comeback is always the best thing about fashion. Far superior to the hot new trend, which tends to leave you a little embarrassed once the fad has passed, a comeback lets you cherry-pick the best of what worked the first time around.

Case in point: Charlotte Ronson’s spring collection was inspired by the “minimalist androgyny of ’90s grunge.” This influence was apparent in the styling that stomped down the runway: print dresses layered over plain white tees and topped off with a knit cap. Even a current fave like the romper received a grungy glam-down in the hands of Charlotte Ronson. Her enthusiasm for this neglected style is contagious. I can’t wait to see everyone dressing like my schoolboy crushes Lisa Loeb and Winona Ryder (without having to endure Pogs and Beanie Babies again).

Ms. Ronson isn’t the only one watching reruns of My So-Called Life, where I think I’ve seen this jacket before. Madewell brings a touch of luxe to grunge with their silk button-down shirt. Wear the jacket and button-down with a pair of boyfriend jeans and, voilá, you are an honorary barista from Seattle, circa 1992.


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