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A quarter century on and her look could hardly be more relevant. The grunged-up vision of femininity that Courtney Love made famous during Hole’s ’90s heyday is right in step with current yens of the catwalk; see the abundance of louche lingerie dressing, bias-cut charmeuse, and off-kilter slip dresses. Hell, Hedi Slimane’s sneak peek at nasty gal x courtney love collection Spring lineup served as a kind of extended rhapsody on Love’s signature look. That relevance isn’t limited to the runways, either. Head on over to Tumblr and you’ll find page after page of snaps of the frontwoman, equal parts feral and glamorous, plenty of them posted by fans younger than Love’s own daughter.
With women the world over chomping at the bit for a Courtney Love collection, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso is answering their prayers, having tapped Love for the brand’s first celebrity collaboration. Dubbed Love, Courtney, the 18-piece offering will debut next Thursday on the Nasty Gal site and in its Los Angeles brick-and-mortar locals (Melrose and Santa Monica). Naturally, Love’s something of a dream girl for the company. As Amoruso tells Vogue.com: “I can’t think of anyone more iconic, and she’s not someone who really lends her name to all kinds of products, so it feels really special.” That’s a sentiment Love echoes with candor, saying, “I wasn’t going to be on it if it wasn’t a real collaboration, so, it really is.”
The resulting lineup hearkens back to Love’s on-stage ensembles through a 21st-century lens—informed, of course, by plenty of archival research. “There were photos,” Love offers, “and I had a few [pieces] that I had saved. We went through some of my rock-star ’90s stuff and redid that in a more modern context, and some new things as well.” Among them: those de rigueur baby doll dresses, a silk maxi gown, strappy lingerie, and sweeping lace kimonos (complete with dangling “doodads,” as Love has dubbed them). Fans will also have the chance to snap up two footwear styles, a mesh stiletto and a cheeky Mary Jane, complete with sparkling heel. The capsule eschews the costumey, and will be right at home in millennials’ wardrobes—and well priced in a range of to 8. “There’s a few pieces where maybe you see the reference,” says Amoruso, “but mostly, it’s about silhouette and the details.”
So, did one of rock’s most name-checked women ever bristle at her scores of emulators? Enigmatically, she offers: “The only time I’ve ever minded was when one designer did it, a couple of times in a row, and then didn’t give me anything. But otherwise, no, I don’t mind. It’s flattering.” While her attitude toward imitation as compliment hasn’t changed, her onstage style has shifted to a more utilitarian tack in recent years: “Now I have more of a uniform that I wear, flat boots, camisoles, and white shirts, and then [for the] encore I always wear a flapper dress. It’s not trying to start a trend, it’s just to get the job done a little more now. Then again, I don’t have an album out right now, so next album I might come up with a new thing and a new look...” Something else to look forward to from the singular Love.
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