Would it have been possible to come up with a better person to collaborate with alternative fashion brand Nasty Gal than everyone’s favourite 90s grunge girl, Courtney Love? Nope, I’m pretty sure this was a match made in heaven and, frankly, its surprising that Ms. Love hasn’t brought out her own fashion line earlier. Known for popularising the ‘kinderwhore’ fashion style, Love has been an inspiration to countless designers, from Meadham Kirchoff to Yves Saint Laurent. She’s not the first 90s rockstar to bring out her own clothing line either. Kim Gordon’s 1993 label X-Girl displayed a new range of effortless, androgynous clothes that perfectly encapsulated the tomboyish attitude of the early grunge scene. Love’s own range, aptly titled ‘Love, Courtney’, shares the same rebellious attitude at its core and couldn’t arrive at a better time. It may have just turned 2016 but it’s fair to say from the number of plastic tattoo chokers that are being worn nowadays, the 90s nostalgia is definitely resurfacing.
Love’s 18-piece range for Nasty Gal encapsulates the raw punk rock glamour of the 90s with a slicker, modern twist that includes shoes and lingerie priced at the not cheap but certainly affordable $48-$188 range. Sneak peaks of the collection reveal a plethora of lace bodysuits, silk slip dresses with in-built chokers and, of course, the iconic babydoll dress (available in both black and powder blue). There’s also a wide selection of elaborate strappy lingerie that may reference Love’s more recent stage style, particularly her love for luxury lingerie brand babylikestopony. But the standouts of the range are the pieces which channel the nostalgia of Hole’s early days. There’s a pale pink ruffled bib dress that’s almost an exact dupe of one of Courtney’s early 90s dresses and a vintage-style silk nightdress that would satisfy anyone who’s scoured Etsy in search of authentic Courtney-esque slips.
But does the collection really live up to what we’d hope from such a notorious fashion icon? Well, it does lean quite heavily on the witchy side (12 of the 16 garments are black), while some might have expected a more pastel based colour palette. Of course, I’m not complaining (there’s a spectacular black lace kimono that wouldn’t look out of place in Stevie Nicks’ wardrobe). But perhaps Love could have substituted one of the several black crop tops and provided an updated take on her signature Peter Pan collar dresses? For the most part though, ‘Love, Courtney’ is an extremely covetable collection. It’s already dropped online and is sure to be snapped up in an instant so get your hands on it while you can.