At the spring/summer 2013 fashion weeks, a handful of top designers looked to the not-so-distant past for inspiration in an attempt to bring back the 1990s.
Grunge style has been bubbling under as a micro-trend for a few seasons now but the fact that brands such as 3.1 Phillip Lim have produced new collections full of 1990s-style grungy layering signals a big comeback.
The 1990s were my formative decade – I entered the decade aged six and came out the other side at 16 – so it is an era that I have a lot of affection for. Having grown up in the 1990s, bleached denim, plaid shirts and bovver boots will forever be stylish in my eyes. I am glad the fashion world has finally caught up.
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Style and music were synonymous in the 1990s and the bands Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam were the soundtrack to my youth. It was also a decade which provided impressive female role models in music. Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon were strong, independent women whom I looked up to – and wanted to dress like.
While it might seem strange that the 1990s, the decade of anti-fashion, would go on to have an enduring influence on the mainstream fashion world, I welcome this chance to re-live my favourite decade. There is an oft-repeated fashion diktat that if you are old enough to have worn something the first time round, then you shouldn't wear it the second time it becomes fashionable.
I never expected to have to revisit the grungy style of my youth before I even hit 30, but I'm going to throw caution to the wind and give grunge another go. Now where did I put my denim cut-offs and checked shirt?