The designers Chloé and Parris Gordon of Chloe Comme Parris are Toronto Fashion Week’s favorite sister act. Their fall 2013 collection was a tribute 1990’s grunge. I rocked out to the soundtrack of Nirvana and Hole and reminisced in the ensembles of crushed velvet, slouchy slip dresses and chunky knits.
With any good revival, the collection improved upon the outfits that I remembered from my youth. The calf length cardigan jackets were more flattering than the ratty ones I remember people dragged around. The fabrics were luxurious with delicate details of georgette. There were several outfits that featured a diagonal slashed detail held together with safety pins as an ode to punk, but as a sexier update.
Accessories included thigh high tights that were printed with pretty scroll patterns. Shoes were high contrast dyed loafers in bright colors. Jewelry looked like the rough cut pendants, spiritual bracelets and Goth chokers I used to shop for in the East Village.
Rock on ladies!
photos by David TW Leung