When Marc Jacobs sent models down the runway artfully styled in offbeat slips, flannels, and T-shirts inspired by the thrift store clothing of musicians, he made fashion history on the spot. The idea that luxury clothing could be so authentic and reflect the unpretentious mood of the youth was a 180 from the glamour and proportions of the ’80s. The statement got Jacobs fired from Perry Ellis, but he went on to launch his namesake label and win a CFDA Award soon after.
Jacobs was able to tap into the zeitgeist of the time and channel inspiration from his creative peers, like photographers Corinne Day and Juergen Teller, who were proposing a new idea of beauty as unaffected and real. He also aimed to capture the quirky, understated style of his model friends like Christy Turlington and Kate Moss, who had left their glamorous photo shoots makeup-free and wearing Dr. Martens or Converse with vintage jeans and slips (believe it or not, it was novel styling at the time).
It’s been 25 years since the collection launched, and now it’s more relevant than ever. Scroll on for more highlights from the Grunge Collection redux that’s all available at Barneys.