LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Never before have we experienced random images thrown at our face 24/7 like today, what with the ubiquity of Instagram and other social media platforms. While things like smartwatches are creeping into our wardrobes, it wouldn’t be long before we’re covered head to toe in wearable tech.
But, look at our clothes today. Yeezy’s tattered sweaters, Hedi Slimane’s persistent skinny rocker looks and Prada’s chaos-inspired runway—what’s going on here? As with anything in fashion, what goes around comes around, and we’re experiencing a comeback of the ’90s: Hello thick shoe soles, plaid flannel shirts and ripped jeans!
We can easily point a finger at the culprit: The Millennial. Their impact on fashion (and fashion designers) is undeniable. They are the netizens who dominate the online world. The Millennial’s ultimate message is rebellion—they are constantly bored and unafraid of trying new things (with one selfie at a time).
Now, if you listen really, really close, you can probably hear Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” playing in the background. One snippet of the song’s lyrics, “Here we are now, entertain us, I feel stupid and contagious,” hits all the right chords. Add to that Kurt Cobain’s grunge style and everything makes sense. Yes, the world is ridiculously connected now; yes, the millennials are taking the lead; but … maybe they aren’t … ready. They’re still tattered-looking adolescent souls longing to be entertained, yet inexorably feeling stupid, while remaining impressively contagious.
But then, why are we not wearing clothes that look anywhere near the ever- connected technology today? The ending of that ’90s song seems to sum it all, where Cobain screamed nine times: “A denial.” Yes and what an eye- catching denial today’s style is. Thank you, millennials.
kurt cobain by Jeff kravitz