Grunge Tuesday

I was reading yesterday about D&G and its eventual discontinuation when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana decided to stop the production of their diffusion line, with the S/S 2012 collection as their last runway show. Anyway, I was browsing their previous collections on and stopped at the F/W 2008 to look at the array of plaid, and tartan prints, in varying sizes displayed in every garment.

Ali Stephens - D&G Fall 2008
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And a year before that in February 2007, Jean Paul Gaultier sent out models dressed in the same type of prints for his F/W 2007 show, which was famously opened by the dancing Coco.

Raquel Zimmermann - Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2007
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So for today, I decided to take this shirt out of the closet and use it for work. Since buying it in November, I have only worn it once on a casual day (to The Mind Museum) and never thought of using it in the office because I personally think it was too ‘loud’. Perhaps due to the color, as the most color I usually wear in the office was blue, and as I tend to wear Doc Martens everyday, it might be overkill for 90s grunge look but I did not feel like giving a damn today, so I just let it go. They will have to deal with it.

Black Chocoolate red flannel shirt, black pants, black 8-hole Doc Martens and  olive green Prada tessuto messenger sling

And for the first time ever, I have used Salonpas beacuse I have a persistent lower back pain since Saturday. It was especially painful in the morning after waking up and I had to wait for about an hour before I can normally walk and stand. I already have a slight idea over the reason why this is happening. LOL Mon was kind enough to buy me a pack of 10 plasters for less than Php 50 and it feels more menthol-y than my favorite efficascent oil.

A box of Salonpas

90s? Grunge it is!

This Saturday, a friend and former teammate will turn 25 and he’ll be hosting a birthday party for his friends and family. However, since he did not have a chance to dress-up last Halloween, he decided to have a costume party and bring back the spirit of the 90s!

Coincidentally, last Halloween, I have expressed my limited knowledge of 90s fashion. I can’t even fully remember or I fully regret my clothing choices back in the 90s. I used to wear sandals with socks because it used to be à la mode. At one point, I even tried wearing neon socks with my school uniform because almost everybody was doing it. I was such a sheep. Looking back, the memory of that pop of color by our ankles while walking makes me shiver.

Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis and his take on grunge

Naomi Campbell and Kristen McMenamy - Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis

Back to the upcoming event, I was racking my brain on what I will be wearing. I did not want it to be too costume-y nor shell out money to but things I’d probably wear once because I’m pinching the penny for our upcoming trip. Then, while listening to my iPod on shuffle, Celebrity Skin played… *boom!* No, not Courtney Love, but with Hole in mind, I suddenly recalled Kurt Cobain and the whole grunge movement. I definitely ruled out the second-half of the 90s as inspiration, but the first-half definitely tickled my fancy. Grunge perfectly fits this and I love the disheveled plaid, flannel, dirty jeans, and, of course, Doc Martens!

I’m trying to recall the things I have in my closet and I pretty much have all of them except a ripped pair of jeans. Should I sacrifice one I currently have, or just look for a really beaten up pair somewhere in the storage room? I think the latter was the most viable option. I now feel more excited to try putting things together and see if I can build a grunge ensemble.