For Christmas I asked for a pair of adidas Original Superstars.
Subsequently, I read two 90s "It Girl" profiles on a young Chloe Sevigny, and an even younger Jaime (aka "James") King.
These profiles, while albeit long, are an incredible look at this 90s subculture we seem to be so obsessed with as of recent. Normcore, anti-style, whatever you want to call it, is everywhere. In the Pacific Northwest, we've always embraced this "trend." Here it's a mixture of dressing for our surroundings (unpredictable yet mild weather) and our upbringing of not settling for clothes that aren't both comfortable and subtly stylish.
James is a girl was written by Jennifer Egan in 1996. The story focuses on the fashion world of the 90s and while fascinating on its own, it also touches on the grunge obsession when every designer from Paris to New York was trying to imulate the city of the moment: Seattle. "Do you think it's fierce yet subtle?" Jaime asks of her outfit in the opening lines.
Chloe Sevigny, designer, actress and still very much an "It Girl" was also once rave girl, scouted on the streets of New York years ago for her style and "weird looking" face. She denies the fashion world that continues to obsess over her, and even in 2014, we still know very little about her. Chloe's Scene looks at all it how began, her thrift store outfits totaling less than ten dollars sounding ridiculously familiar.
Read them both here via The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Photograph by Nan Goldin.