A shelled out space showered in red light and a thumping fast paced beat drove the furious march of the R13 Grunge Army on the Fall 2019 runway. Models marched in a deliberate stampede like fashion zombies who had somewhere to be and nothing was getting in their way. Perhaps the most iconic grunge moment of NYFW since Marc Jacobs’ seminal 1992 Perry Ellis show, designer Chris Leba sent his models styled to the tilt in his take on pavement pounding “streetwear”. In the 1990s Marc Jacobs was famously fired from Perry Ellis when the fashion world was shocked by his “from the streets to the runway” vision. Today, Chris Leba refreshingly gives streetwise styling a different look than the urbanized color popping streetwear of the moment.
With the grunge movement now pushing past its 25 year anniversary, Leba flexed his styling expertise showcasing layers on layers of flannel, plaids, denim on denim, stacked boots, and over embellishment. Introducing a young fashion crowd, that wasn’t even born when Kurt Cobain took his own life, to insightful references and a depth of cultural relevance. There was an extra flair for what he is calling “grandma grunge”; details like lace bibs, 50s floral prints, and wooly cardigans. Kaia Gerber added star power, ending the show with a zombie like vacant stare and NYC fast paced strut, but at this stage in her career its hard to disguise her vibrant youthful appearance which still had us looking forward to Fall 2019.
In the meantime, and in the same vain, check out R13‘s Spring 2019, already in store now.