Who inspires your style? Or better question, WHAT inspires your style? Many of us use T.V characters (like Joan Holloway) or celebrities (like Chloe Sevigny) as style inspiration, even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists. Which we don’t have. And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!
Although today she is synonymous with drugs, alcohol, plastic surgery and being an all around hot mess, let’s rewind about 18 years back to the days when Courtney Love was in her prime. In the ’90s, Courtney Love was one of the few women who represented the grunge music genre. As is usually the case, with different genres of music come different ways of dressing (or in her case, throwing on whatever was on the floor – clean or dirty – and peacin’ out,) and hers rocked. Pun intended.
Although there is much controversy over Courtney Love as a person – like whether she “killed Kurt Cobain,” or that time she crashed Kurt Loder and Madonna’s interview flashing all her drunken bits on national television – I couldn’t care less, because, well, sometimes the crazy people have the best style. And there’s something about Courtney’s mix of innocence and rock star, sweet and edgy, angel and devil, that makes me forget about all the crazy sh*t she says and does.
So, if you want to channel Ms. Love with your wardrobe and not with the booze/smudged red lipstick/tiara/stringy bleached hair/tattered-on-purpose dresses, all it takes is a pinch of sweet and handful of edge.
The key to Courtney’s signature look is taking something frilly and girly and mixing it with the unexpected edgy pieces. I love the way black booties can totally change a feminine eyelet dress, and how the brightest red lipstick makes it that much harder. And how, somehow, putting those three things together works and works well. The best part: you probably already have all the pieces to make this work. Just grab your girliest summer dress, a hot pair of shoes, some black tights, muss up your hair a bit, stain those lips red (stain provides a more intense hue) and you’ve got the Courtney Love look without the Courtney Love, you know, everything else.